SAVE VENICE INC. A Night On The Lido - Wednesday, 4/11/2012 2:16 PM
, Olivia Chantecaille
and James Mischka
583 Park Avenue was a true vision on Monday, April 2nd, as the entire main floor and balcony were transformed into "A Night on the Lido". The annual Supporters of Save Venice gala fundraiser, this year entitled "Un Ballo in Maschera", perfectly celebrated the organization's mission of preserving the cultural and artistic heritage of Venice. The spectacular evening was sponsored by Badgley Mischka and de Grisogono and chaired by Olivia Chantecaille, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Amanda Hearst, Mary Kathryn Navab, Alexandra Lind Rose, Beatrice Rossi-Landi, Luigi Tadini, and Matthew White.
Cocktails throughout the evening came courtesy of Pernod Ricard USA with water from Voss. Masks and Venetian-inspired costumes were the incentive for attendees to spare no expense on their creative process for the event. Prizes were awarded for: Best Female Mask (a couture gown of the winner's choice by Badgley Mischka), Best Male Mask ( a pair of white 18kt gold cuff links from de Grisogono)and Best Couple Masks (a bottle of 18 year-old Chivas from Pernod Ricard).
and Amanda Hearst
Our evening began with Co-Chair Luigi Tadini admiringly gazing down at the dinner seating and stage, indicating that "the beach" theme was in full effect. A tour around the narrow balcony afforded mingling with the evening's well-coiffed supporters, most of whom were vibrantly dressed with masks attached.
Adelina Wong Ettelson
Designer Bibhu Mohapatra and friend Vanessa Lawrence were greatly enjoying the cocktail hour in quiet conversation when the designer happily made himself available to speak with us. Mohapatra shared his thoughts in regards to what brought him to the event: "I have a lot of friends in Venice, and I love Venice and a friend of mine wrote an important book on Venice, so I'm very familiar with it and I love to contribute to this. So I'm here to support them."
Belles of the Ball included: Michelle Violy Harper, Coralie Charriol Paul, Tinsley Mortimer, Jackie Swerz, Dani Stahl, Chiu-Ti Jansen and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos among others.
Other noteworthy guests: Cornelia Guest, Bettina Zilkha, Francesca Bortolotto Possati, Kalliope Karella Rena, Nazanin Smeets, Nadja Swarovski, and H.R.H. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Anne Fitzpatrick Cucchiaro and Stephen Cucchiaro, Madeline Hult Elghanayan, Sarah Jane Gibbons, Fawaz Gruosi, Shabnam and Tom Henry, Patrick M. Herning, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Julia Moore, Yesmin and Dusty Philip, Eduardo Vergueiro-Leite, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Will Cotton, Peter Davis, Michelle Violy Harper, Amedeo Scognamiglio and Roberto Faraone Mennella.
Dinner began promptly at 8PM, followed by dancing at 10PM. The dancing went well into the night.