Potent cucumber cocktails, 200 of New York's notables and a flawless array of iconic Italian couture are enough to make any party a raging success. Add an enchanting setting, a jazz quartet and an important cause to the mix, and you'be got the inaugural Junior Spring Benefit for Lincoln Center Institute held Monday night. A mélange of our city's talented young actors, ubiquitous fashion editors and fashionably conscious socials braved unseasonably chilly weather in support of the Institute's ongoing mission to bring arts education to underprivileged schools worldwide. The non-profit, founded in 1975, has benefited over 20 million students and teachers by introducing dance, music, theatre and visual arts  into classrooms. Valentino, the evening's head-sponsor, was responsible for outfitting committee members in striking garb. The evening also marked the official season opening of the Private Park at the Hudson Hotel, a perfect warm-weather hotspot with an Italian terrazza feel that was a perfect setting for the festivities. Among the attendees I spotted former PAPER cover stars Mamie Gumer, Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, as well as Serena Merriman, Lorenzo Martone, Sabine Heller, Whitney Port, Top Model Fernanda Motta, Lorenzo Martone, Nina Freudenberger, stylist Kate Schelter and Timo Weiland.

Photos by Patrick McMullan