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NEW YORK — While the invitation for Friday night’s Save Venice gala called for outfits evoking the Italian glamour of the Fifties, only Margherita Missoni went straight to the source. “I always go for the theme,” she said of the old-world lace gown she’d borrowed from her grandmother. “I don’t know why no one else does.”

While some guests, such as Olivia Chantecaille and Marielle Safra, sought out the Parisians for a little taste of L’Italia — Chantecaille wore Dior, Safra chose Chanel — others vanno fa’ l’americano. Gilles Mendel was surrounded by a bevy of beauties in his designs for J. Mendel, while Zani Gugelmann showed up in a stunning red column by Oscar de la Renta and Tara Subkoff, just back from Tortola and bemoaning her sunburned legs, went with a sparkling “vintage Imitation of Christ.”

Also participating in the live auction — which featured a loaner Maserati (the evening’s sponsor) for the weekend — were Coralie Charriol, who rode to the party in one of the cars; Adelina Wong; Alexandra Lind Rose; Faraone Mennella jewelry designer Amedeo Scognamiglio, who was supporting Venice even though he hails from Torre del Greco; Nina Griscom, and Jazz Johnson.

“I had the baby two-and-a-half weeks ago,” Johnson said of her new daughter, Wilhelmina. “She’s already gained a pound.”

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