Scene NYC: Thorne Perkin, Charlotte-Anne Swerling

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Charlotte-Anne Swerling, principal at Balderton Capital UK LLP, in a dress from her mother's closet designed by Ian Thomas.

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Charlotte-Anne Swerling, principal at Balderton Capital UK LLP, in a dress from her mother's closet designed by Ian Thomas. Close

Charlotte-Anne Swerling, principal at Balderton Capital UK LLP, in a dress from her mother's closet designed by Ian Thomas.

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John Dalsheim, a vice president and financial adviser at Janney Montgomery Scott, Tatiana Perkin, who oversees marketing at Milly, and her husband, Thorne Perkin, a managing director at Papamarkou Wellner. Close

John Dalsheim, a vice president and financial adviser at Janney Montgomery Scott, Tatiana Perkin, who oversees... Read More

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In the Oval Room. Membership in the Frick Young Fellows is $500 a year. Close

In the Oval Room. Membership in the Frick Young Fellows is $500 a year.

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Aliza Licht, Jenny Lee and Carey Collins Krug of Donna Karan New York marketing. These women were on the job, as Donna Karan New York sponsored the benefit. Close

Aliza Licht, Jenny Lee and Carey Collins Krug of Donna Karan New York marketing. These women were on the job, as... Read More

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The chairwomen of the ball assemble, wearing Donna Karan. Close

The chairwomen of the ball assemble, wearing Donna Karan.

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Molly Howard, an associate strategic planner at Rag & Bone, and designer Wes Gordon re-enact a Renoir. Howard is wearing Wes Gordon. Close

Molly Howard, an associate strategic planner at Rag & Bone, and designer Wes Gordon re-enact a Renoir. Howard is wearing Wes Gordon.

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Hugh Malone of Lapham's Quarterly, John Glass, who works in real estate, Konstantin von Bismarck, a student at Harvard Business School, and Matthias Detjen, a student at Columbia University. Close

Hugh Malone of Lapham's Quarterly, John Glass, who works in real estate, Konstantin von Bismarck, a student at... Read More

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In the Garden Court. Tickets to the party were $300. Close

In the Garden Court. Tickets to the party were $300.

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Jessica Bassett, a designer for New York & Company, and Harry Mateer, who works in credit research at Barclays. Close

Jessica Bassett, a designer for New York & Company, and Harry Mateer, who works in credit research at Barclays.

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Olga Kny of Moscow and New York, in Russian designer Amma, with Marianna Zabavina and Marie-Louise Nielsen. Close

Olga Kny of Moscow and New York, in Russian designer Amma, with Marianna Zabavina and Marie-Louise Nielsen.

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In the garden facing 70th Street. Close

In the garden facing 70th Street.

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A bottle of the new Ferragamo scent Signorina. Close

A bottle of the new Ferragamo scent Signorina.

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Michele Norsa, CEO, Salvatore Ferragamo Italia, and artist Stella Schnabel. Close

Michele Norsa, CEO, Salvatore Ferragamo Italia, and artist Stella Schnabel.

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Model Bianca Balti, the "face" of Ferragamo's perfume Signorina. Close

Model Bianca Balti, the "face" of Ferragamo's perfume Signorina.

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Rachel Chandler Guinness, a photographer, was familiar with the setting for the party, the Schnabel residence known as Palazzo Chupi. "I've been here a lot," she said. "There's a pool and a steam room." Just then Vito Schnabel walked in and headed up to his apartment via the elevator. "I'll be right down," he told her. Close

Rachel Chandler Guinness, a photographer, was familiar with the setting for the party, the Schnabel residence known... Read More

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Pink was the theme at the after-party for the fragrance. Close

Pink was the theme at the after-party for the fragrance.

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"I see an elegance," Fabrizio Ferri, a fashion photographer, said about the party, which he observed with his wife, retired ballerina Alessandra Ferri. "I see people not trying hard to look different than what they are. I see fashion and makeup as it should be used, to enhance, not to change." Close

"I see an elegance," Fabrizio Ferri, a fashion photographer, said about the party, which he observed with his wife,... Read More

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"Signorina is refreshing," said Alexandra Richards, daughter of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. "I'm a flower-scent girl. I like my gardenias. You can wear it any time of day." Close

"Signorina is refreshing," said Alexandra Richards, daughter of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. "I'm a... Read More

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Avery Johnson, the New Jersey Nets coach, dressed in Ferragamo but his wife, Cassandra, did not. Johnson said he and his family are looking for a home in Brooklyn Heights near the team's arena at the Barclays Center. Close

Avery Johnson, the New Jersey Nets coach, dressed in Ferragamo but his wife, Cassandra, did not. Johnson said he and... Read More

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Coco Sumner, a daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler, performed with her band, "I Blame Coco." On the set list: "Drew the Line," "Come Friday" and "The Void." Close

Coco Sumner, a daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler, performed with her band, "I Blame Coco." On the set list: "Drew... Read More

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Model and designer Hannelore Knuts. Close

Model and designer Hannelore Knuts.

Thorne Perkin, a managing director at boutique advisory firm Papamarkou Wellner Asset Management Inc., reflected last night on whether he’d get any work done at the Frick’s Belle Epoque Ball.

“There’s always a little bit of business with pleasure,” Perkin said.

His wife, Tatiana, proved the point: The marketer for Milly wore Milly.

In between talk of weddings, babies and catching a midnight screening of “Hunger Games,” guests mentioned job leads, career changes, gas prices.

Charlotte-Anne Swerling, a principal at the London-based private equity firm Balderton Capital UK LLP, fielded an ethics- related investment question.

“That was probably the only real conversation I’ll have all night,” she said.

As the croque-monsieurs with cherry compote circulated, the 600 guests gave in to the pleasures of coke and steel industrialist Henry Clay Frick’s Fifth Avenue mansion.

In the East Gallery, the Renoirs called. In the Music Room, it was the loud dance tunes. And in the Garden Court, the palm trees and fountain lulled. The event for the museum’s Young Fellows raised $240,000 for education programs and the Frick Art Reference Library.

Chez Julian

Michele Norsa, chief executive of Salvatore Ferragamo Italia SpA (SFER), spent Tuesday night at Julian Schnabel’s home in the West Village, whose name, Palazzo Chupi, conveys its Old World charm.

“I like the library and the bathroom,” Norsa said.

And how about the crowd, there to celebrate Signorina, Ferragamo’s new scent for young women?

“When I’m traveling, I meet mostly with bankers and investors,” replied the Florence-based executive. “Tonight I ate with a polo player from Argentina and an actor from Spain. It’s important for the brand to do things like this. It’s something we didn’t do in the past.”

Waiters served strawberry Bellinis to actress Kate Mara and photographer Rachel Chandler Guinness, who said she has been wearing her grandmother’s size 11 Ferragamo shoes for years.

When Coco Sumner, a daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler, took the stage with her band, I Blame Coco, model Bianca Balti was standing next to a giant Signorina bottle featuring Ferragamo’s signature neatly folded ribbon.

“I used to spray here and here,” Balti said, pointing to her wrists and neck.

Now the “face” of the perfume featured in a global ad campaign knows better. “I just learned,” she said. “You spray in front of you and walk through it.”

The scent reminds Balti of getting out of the bath. “It feels clean,” she said.

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

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