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Masters of Disguise

Masked crusaders whip out the Harry Winston and Lanvin to save Venice

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Laure Heriard Dubreuil and Aaron Young   
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Isn't Venice a bit of a sinking ship at this point? Save Venice cochair Adelina Wong Ettelson doesn't think so. At the charity's annual masquerade ball on Friday night, she said the organization has raised more than $20 million in its forty-year existence, and that its current project is its most ambitious yet: the restoration of San Sebastiano, a sixteenth-century church. Ettelson and her fellow party planners took the evening's festivities nearly as seriously, booking The Pierre and opting for a black-and-white theme à la Truman Capote's legendary fete of 1966.

Lanvin-designed masks were draped off of every chair at dinner, but the fashion crowd had come prepared. Harry Brant fluttered about in his Maison Michel bunny ears. Suno's Max Osterweis sported an authentic Parisian firefighter's helmet. And Laure Heriard Dubreuil topped off her Margiela couture with the crystal face covering from the label's runway show. She took home the award for best disguise of the evening, which included the prize of a private viewing of Harry Winston's archives. There was something ironic about a crystal face mask winning more face time with diamonds. Said Dubreuil: "Who knows, maybe they will let me walk out with some jewels!"

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