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La Dolce Latina

Venice met Latin America Thursday evening at the annual El Museo Gala.

Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Photo By Steve Eichner

Venice met Latin America Thursday evening at the annual El Museo Gala, which this year enticed guests to a masked ball at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Between sips of bellinis, party-goers perused a selection of masks created by more than 40 designers on the night's honorary committee, including Maria Cornejo, Edmundo Castillo, James Galanos, Norma Kamali, Narciso Rodriguez, Diane von Furstenberg and Gilles Mendel.

"Mine was inspired by my dress," explained honorary chair Carolina Herrera of her ribboned confection. "But you won't be seeing any masks on my spring runway!"

Nearby, Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler declined to sport their own looks, though they were more than happy to take on a new identity for the evening.

"Ruben and Isabel Toledo told us we were honorary Latinos," quipped Doonan.

Perhaps even more so than their gala chairs, for after a dinner of tuna carpaccio and steak, Ruben Toledo took his wife for a twirl on the dancefloor——an obligatory one.

"I don't like dancing. But I'm Cuban, so I'm supposed to enjoy it," he smiled.

Things were a bit more sedate the previous day when Natura Bisse held a special ladies lunch in the Green Room of The London NYC to introduce New York girls to its anti-aging products. Over onion soup and Arctic char, Candace Bushnell, Karen Duffy, Dori Cooperman, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Fernanda Niven and Tinsley Mortimer and Fabiola Beracasa listened to a detailed description of the products in their gift box, such as the Diamond Bio-Lift and Sun Defense Cream.

"Does the Glyco-Peel come with instructions?" asked a slightly bewildered Dylan Lauren.

"I love the hand cream!" exhorted Coralie Charriol Paul before asking Lauren of her 4 month old son, "If you ever need a child model please keep him in mind."