“I don’t think I’ve ever worn so many colors,” laughed Cecilia Dean at Olana’s Persian Ball held in a vacant Upper East Side town house Wednesday night. “Tonight, I’m making up for all my years of black.”

The same could be said for guests like Amy Whiteley, Alexandra Shiva and Tinsley Mortimer, who all donned the brightest colors they could find — and then removed layer after layer as the temperature rose in the unairconditioned home.

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“God, you guys are all so skinny,” Jeff Klein admonished one group of stripped down ladies. “Why does everyone have weight issues?”

“Because we’re rich,” Allison Sarofim replied.

Over at the Rainbow Room, the Pratt Institute held its Legends benefit dinner, which drew artists like Michele Oka Doner, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who wore daring gowns from Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto. Donna Karan wore one of her sculptural spring gowns from a collection inspired by the work of her late husband, Stephan Weiss, who was honored at the event.

People from the fine arts and decorative arts — we all get along,” said Tiffany design director John Loring. “That might be different in another city, but not in New York City.”

Also present were IOC designer Tara Subkoff’s crafty parents, Cheryl, who edits the antiques magazine CQ and George, an antiques dealer.

Taking a cue from her daughter, Cheryl Subkoff wore a vintage lace blouse and skirt.

“It’s not Imitation of Christ, but it’s close,” she said.””

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