Embellished Roman Garb Was the Dress Code at Bulgari’s Lavish Dinner Party

Starlets were bedecked in diamonds, too!

Liv Tyler and Alexa Chung (Photo: Getty Images).

Liv Tyler and Alexa Chung (Photo: Getty Images).

For fashion’s elite, a theme party is the Holy Grail of events, as it’s an excuse to dress as extravagantly as possible. When the host is as haute as Bulgari and the theme is as timeless as a Roman Bacchanal dinner, the sartorial choices are sure to be stunning. Such was the case last night, when starlets turned out to celebrate the opening night of Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration. The dazzling crowd was dressed to the nines to drink and dine at the James B. Duke House, which was decorated with leafy vines and plenty of haute jewelry.

An over-the-top dinner spread (Photo: Getty Images).

An over-the-top dinner spread (Photo: Getty Images).

The exhibit in celebration was curated to showcase how the ancient city of Rome has influenced the house of Bulgari. The curated selection of 40 pieces included a bib necklace with sapphires and diamonds that represented Rome’s earliest street, Via Appia. Another gold neckpiece featured five Roman Imperial coins, while the octagonal ceiling of the Palazzo influenced the design of a sautoir dotted with emerald, rubies and diamonds.

Jewels from Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration (Photo: Getty Images).

Jewels from Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration (Photo: Getty Images).

The host of the evening was the gracious Liv Tyler, who paired a slinky black dress with one of Bulgari’s iconic diamond-encrusted snake necklaces; she had another golden reptile coiled around her wrist. While her outfit played it safe, and strayed a bit from the theme of the evening, attendees including Alexa Chung, Harley Viera Newton, Jessica Hart and Zani Gugelmann had plenty of fun donning their best Roman-inspired gear, accented with a healthy dose of Bulgari jewelry, of course. For those who didn’t make it to the dinner last night, fret not, the Bulgari exhibit will be open to the public until November 22 at the brand’s Fifth Avenue store.

Alexa Chung in Valentino (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Alexa Chung in a Valentino dress, Bulgari Diva diamond earrings, and a Bulgari broach in her hair (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Zani Gugelmann (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Zani Gugelmann (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Lauren Remington Platt with Grecian braids (Photo: Getty Images).

Lauren Remington Platt wove Grecian braids into her hair (Photo: Getty Images).

attends the BVLGARI & ROME: Eternal Inspiration Opening Night on October 14, 2015 in New York City.

Bettina Prentice in a dutifully draped frock (Photo: Getty Images).

Liv Tyler (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Liv Tyler paired a black gown with Bulgari Serpenti High Jewelry (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Even DJ Harley Viera-Newton layered on the bling, with a Bulgari Diva necklace worn as a crown and paired with gold and diamond earrings (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Even DJ Harley Viera-Newton layered on the bling, with a Bulgari Diva necklace worn as a crown, paired with gold and diamond earrings (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Jessica Hart (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bulgari).

Jessica Hart accessorized her golden frock with Bulgari’s Serpenti necklace and earrings (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Bulgari).

May Kwong, Indre Rockefeller in Prabal Gurung and Cleo Wade in Valentino (Photo: Getty Images).

A chic Valentino sandwich: Lily Kwong and Cleo Wade wore embellished dresses by Valentino, while Indre Rockefeller opted for Prabal Gurung (Photo: Getty Images).

Embellished Roman Garb Was the Dress Code at Bulgari’s Lavish Dinner Party