Fashion’s elite attended the Save Venice Black and White Masquerade Ball at the Pierre hotel in New York City last Friday. The annual party to raise money for art and architecture restoration in Venice, Italy, was sponsored by Ferrari, Harry Winston, and Lanvin. Attendees were decked out in fancy ball gowns with even fancier masks.
The décor, heavy in black-and-white stripes, may be rooted in the past, but the guest’s masks were far from traditional. A costume contest, judged by stylist Philip Bloch and presented by Ms. Ettelson, awarded Best Mask to Laure Heriard Dubreuil, who owns the Webster in South Beach, Fla., and Di Mondo. Ms. Dubreuil’s wore a sparkling rhinestone mask from the Maison Martin Margiela which covered her entire face and mouth.
“Wearing a mask, there’s a kind of sexual tension,” said Di Mondo, who won best mask for his nightmarish luchador-style concoction. “In my mask, I tried to represent the sexual repression from back in the old days.”