White hot Helena leads a night of high glamour at Vienna ball

It's not easy standing out from the crowd when the crowd in question comprises the most glamorous people on the planet.

But über-model Helena Christensen managed it with grace and panache at this year's Vienna Ball.

The Danish beauty was a vision in white at the glamorous society event, which takes place every year and kicks off the Viennese carnival season.

A 7000-strong crowd of celebrities, dignitaries and socialites gathered in the Vienna State Opera for a night of high culture and glamour. Other guests in attendance included former James Bond Roger Moore, ex-tennis star, Boris Becker and colourful actress Brigitte Nielsen.


Helena Christensen set the tone for the most lavish date on the social calendar 

The stunning facade of the Vienna State Opera was adorned with lights and a red carpet for the cream of high society to glide along 

An aerial shot of the State Opera's decadent interior 

144 couples making their debut at the ball take the floor 

Gentlemen ask their lovely ladies for their hand 

The couples move to a choreographed dance 

The Austrian president, Heinz Fischer watches alongside his wife in a box which can cost up to 18,500 euros 

Boris Becker and his wife, Lilly Kerssenberg 

Former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, and Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen, were guests of construction magnate Richard Lugner 

President Heinz Fischer and his wife Margit smile with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and his spouse, Yoo Soon-taek