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Dolce & Gabbana rally behind Artwalk NY

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It was Sicily in Soho last night, with Dolce & Gabbana underwriting the 19th annual Artwalk NY soirée, benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless. A transformed Mercer Street space—cavernous, hot, chock-full of glittering donated art that could be had for a steal if you got lucky—saw a lot of the Italian label's ornate frocks. "It's a little heavy," said Hilary Rhoda of her bejeweled sanguine shift, "but it's just so fun to wear." Pretty fashion things aside, the party raised a huge amount of money for the coalition, a particularly resonant cause given the anniversary of a certain superstorm. Mid-evening, Bettina Prentice giddily let on, "You guys, we're almost at a million dollars!"

"It's such a great organization, such an important thing to support, and it's especially poignant considering today marks one year since Sandy," said the evening's artist honoree Roxy Paine. Famed for his dendroid sculptures (you might remember his installation atop the Met a few summers back), Paine donated an "overlay fungus drawing" to the live auction, which also included submissions from Chuck Close, Ed Ruscha, and Jenny Holzer. Dolce & Gabbana T-shirts printed with portraits taken on-site by artist Jessica Craig-Martin could be had for $350. Looking around, Rhoda remarked, "This is a really nice party, but out there, there's a real problem. I would encourage people to go out on the vans, deliver food, and get involved. People have to be sure to go full circle."

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