On Friday night, while the rain poured down in Manhattan, a young moneyed crowd showed up in support of another dangerously drenched city — Venice, at the Save Venice Ball at the Metropolitan Club. With a string of benefits coming up for the junior social set — Museum of the City of New York, the Frick and the American Museum of Natural History’s to name a few — party page regulars were a little scarcer than in years past. But chairs Adelina Wong Ettelson, Olivia Chantecaille (wearing a recently acquired engagement ring) and Holly Dunlap were in good cheer, donning iridescent gowns and masks. “It’s really a thong,” Dunlap joked to friends of her mask, which consisted of a swatch of black lace.
“When people wear masks they do things they normally wouldn’t do,” said Wong Ettelson. And she would know. A masked man kissed her in front of her husband at last year’s fete.