LA DOLCE LATINA: Venice met Latin America Thursday evening at the annual El Museo's Gala, which this year enticed guests to a masked ball at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. Between sips of Bellinis, partygoers 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!"
After a dinner of tuna carpaccio and steak, Ruben Toledo took his wife Isabel for a twirl on the dance floor — 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 lunch in the Green Room of The London NYC to introduce New York girls to its antiaging products. Candace Bushnell, Dori Cooperman, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Fernanda Niven, 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!" exclaimed Coralie Charriol Paul before boasting to Lauren of her four-month-old son, "If you ever need a child model please keep him in mind."