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VENICE — To make a grand statement as a patron of new architecture, it used to be enough to commission a world-class architect — Rem Koolhaas, say, or Frank Gehry or Richard Meier — to build you a house. Not anymore, apparently. Now,...

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A party to publicize the JVC Center, on the Giudecca Saturday night, was one of the biggest bashes of Next, swarming with architects, as well as film director Alfonso Cuaron (his hit "Y Tu Mama Tambien" was produced by Vergara) and local socialites Marie Brandolini and Toto Bergamo-Rossi. No expense was spared on the Cipriani catering, the custom-made plates and even the snappy eco-friendly cutlery molded of pasta.

The only thing missing was the host — Vergara himself. He was stuck in Dallas where his brand new Boeing 737 jet was grounded by radar problems.

"This is what you get for $40 million," he reportedly complained to an aide in Venice. "Maybe I should send it back."

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