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Rena Sindi was the big winner at the Young Friends of Save Venice Casanova’s Court masquerade ball at the Metropolitan Club last Friday. Accessorizing her outfit with a mask she’d purchased in New Orleans, she was named Best Seductress and brought home a necklace by Anthony Nak. “That’s a real necklace,” said a dumbfounded Dennis Basso who lent many a stole for the party.

“I’ve never won anything in my whole life,” said Sindi.

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Though Olivia Chantecaille chaired the event with Alexandra Lind-Rose and Adelina Wong, she was equally focused on her birthday the following Monday. “Talk about saving Venice — how about saving my youth?” Chantecaille quipped.

Speaking of mink and sable, Anne Grauso, Cynthia Lufkin and Susan Fales-Hill headed to Bergdorf’s to see the opening of the new J. Mendel boutique, and if they didn’t come clad in fur, Gilles Mendel gladly piled it on. While most of the guests were happy to celebrate with cocktails and canapés, Muffie Potter Aston took the opportunity even further, and slunk into a champagne satin gown and fox boa.

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