Hannah Husain steals the spotlight as the first Pakistani debutante at Le Bal des Débutantes

03:50 PM | 5 Dec, 2023
Hannah Husain steals the spotlight as the first Pakistani debutante at Le Bal des Débutantes
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In a historic moment, Hannah Husain has etched her name in the annals of Pakistani distinction as the first-ever participant from the country at the esteemed Le Bal des Débutantes held in Paris.

This exclusive annual debutante ball, which took place recently at the opulent Shangri-La Paris, gathered a select group of 20 to 25 debutantes aged 16 to 22 from around the world, making it an unparalleled event by invitation only.

Husain, the great-great-granddaughter of the distinguished Sir Fazle Husain, graced the occasion in the company of modern royals, young socialites, and philanthropists from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. Her great-grandfather's legacy as the Pakistani Ambassador to Beirut, Lebanon, adds a touch of historical significance to her presence, as reported by Harpers Bazaar Arabia.

Escorted by her brother Harris,  Husain exuded elegance in mesmerizing designs by renowned fashion maestros Georges Hobeika and Elie Saab. The glittering event at the Shangri-La Paris, once the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte's nephew, also showcased five other Asian debutantes, creating a truly international spectacle.

This glamorous affair, orchestrated by Ophélie Renouard, serves a noble cause, raising funds for the cardiology research unit ARCFA of Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, specializing in the care of children with heart defects worldwide, and World Central Kitchen, dedicated to providing meals to vulnerable communities during global crises.

Le Bal des Débutantes, born as a social gathering in 1958 at the Château de Versailles, underwent a hiatus in 1968 due to worker uprisings in France. Revived by Ophélie Renouard in 1992 as an invitation-only fashion event, the ball transitioned from the iconic Hôtel de Crillon to the Shangri-La Paris from 2012 onwards, earning the moniker 'Crillon Ball' along the way.

The event's illustrious history includes past debutantes who have become household names, from Hollywood royalty like Ava Phillippe, Lily Collins, Ella Beatty, Viola Mikkelsen, and Sophia-Rose Stallone to notable personalities such as Jen Li, daughter of Huawei's founder. 

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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