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A certain sector of New York was living in a different time zone this week, with endless nights out uptown and down. Though partiers might have been tired from their conversion to nocturnal life, nary a dark circle betrayed them on Thursday night at the Gucci-sponsored Tribeca Ball. Instead, they were all dancing like they’ve never danced before—even before their beef filet was served.

The event, which benefits the New York Academy of Art, offered the opportunity to create a masterwork of one’s own: easels and nude models awaited in one room of Skylight Studios. Not everyone thought the next “David” was at hand, however. “Christopher thinks he should have had input for selecting the models,” Ellen Pompeo said, teasing her fiance. “I’m just kidding,” protested Chris Ivery.

Uptown, fashion followers packed into Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s Madison Avenue store for cocktails. “Even if you have a shop in Milan, you don’t have parties like this,” the designer, said through a translator, as he stared out into the crowd, which included Helena Christensen and Kate Bosworth.

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