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Scene Last Night: Courtney Love, Alexander Navab, Beatrix Ost

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Blair Husain, jewelry designer; Alexander Navab, co-head of the North American private-equity business of KKR & Co.; and Sara Ayres, a managing director of New Providence Asset Management LP.

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Courtney Love at Save Venice's "Un Ballo in Maschera" at the Plaza hotel in New York. Close

Courtney Love at Save Venice's "Un Ballo in Maschera" at the Plaza hotel in New York.

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Ball co-chairmen Carlos Souza, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Mary Kathryn Navab, and Matthew White. Close

Ball co-chairmen Carlos Souza, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Mary Kathryn Navab, and Matthew White.

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Artist Francesco Clemente with model Jessica Hart, as she tries on Clemente's "Clemente" mask. Close

Artist Francesco Clemente with model Jessica Hart, as she tries on Clemente's "Clemente" mask.

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Moms' night out: Fiona Rudin takes a photograph of Heather Georges and Kate Peck.

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Two costumed guards stand watch over a Venice backdrop in the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel.

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Masks are the thing at the Save Venice gala. Some ladies loop theirs around their wrists or fingers, others stow them not too far from their tables. Close

Masks are the thing at the Save Venice gala. Some ladies loop theirs around their wrists or fingers, others stow them... Read More

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Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Adelina Wong Ettelson, co-chairmen of "Un Ballo in Maschera," a 40th-anniversary celebration of a fundraiser for Save Venice. Close

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The Valentino-clad co-chairmen of Save Venice Young Friends: Olivia Chantecaille; Alexandra Lind Rose, and Amanda Hearst.

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Event planner Colin Cowie with Kalliope Karolla, author of "Weddings of Style."

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Lizzie Asher, who helped found the Peruvian liquor brand Macchu Pisco, and jewelry designer Paolo Costagli, who wore mask-shaped tuxedo studs and cuff links of his own design. Close

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Alexia Hamm-Ryan and Sharon Handler.

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Bradley Collins, the low-profile husband of the high-profile Vanity Fair writer Amy Fine Collins, with power publicist Peggy Siegel. Close

Bradley Collins, the low-profile husband of the high-profile Vanity Fair writer Amy Fine Collins, with power publicist Peggy Siegel.

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John Demsey, group president at Estee Lauder & Co.

Sitting next to a serpent proved safe last night for Alexander Navab, the co-head of KKR & Co.’s North American private-equity business.

The glittering bright-green creature slithered along the eyes, cheek and neck of one of Navab’s dining companions, jewelry designer Blair Husain.

“A children’s face painter did it,” Husain said of her reptilian decoration, part of her costume for the Save Venice ball last night at the Plaza Hotel.

Many of the 500 guests at Un Ballo in Maschera wore elaborate masks with feathers, rhinestones and beads. Some wore lace over their eyes.

The goal of the New York-based organization is to protect Venice’s art and architecture. It’s an endless job.

Save Venice has helped complete 400 projects since its founding 40 years ago; it currently has 30 projects under way. The $650,000 in proceeds from last night’s ball will go toward the restoration of the church of San Sebastiano, according to notes in the event program.

Writer and artist Beatrix Ost won the costume contest. She wore a basket on her head and a corset made of “some old long gloves I had around,” she said.

Courtney Love wore a long navy gown with her hair tied back. It was easier to spot her once the celebrants removed their masks to eat endive salad and filet mignon, washed down with Principato Pinot Grigio and Querceto Chianti.

The conversation did occasionally turn to Venice. Event co- chairman Adelina Wong Ettelson spoke of the incredible light. “You cannot take a bad photograph there,” Ettelson said.

“I love just wandering around,” said Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, another co-chairman.

Fiona Rudin, vice chairman of the theater nonprofit New 42nd Street Inc., said she thinks of Venice as the most romantic place in the world. It’s where her husband proposed marriage, at the Bridge of Sighs.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the art and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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