A star-studded event, the Cinema Against AIDS dinner has been the hottest and the most coveted tickets in Cannes during the annual Film Festival season.
Presented by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films and contemporary Italian jeweller Bulgari, the black-tie event was attended by a coterie of Hollywood’s who’s who and glitterati of the entertainment world such as Milla Jovovich, Lana del Rey, John Travolta, Leonardo diCaprio, Marion Cottilard, Kellan Lutz, Adrien Brody, Karlie Kloss, Kylie Minogue, Dita von Teese, Aishwarya Rai Bachan, Abishek Bachan and many more.
Hercules star Kellan Lutz was looking dapper and dashing in Dior Homme ensemble while Milla Jovovich was spotted in a Chanel creation. On the other hand, burlesque star Dita von Teese spotted a vintage printed dress
Live auction was the highlight of the event with the sale of a gilded woolly mammoth skeleton in colossal steel and glass vitrine, created by renowned artist Damien Hirst, captured the attention of star guests who attended the dinner. Titled Gone but not Forgotten, the three-meter tall Mammuthus Primigenius, which became extinct over 10,000 years ago, fetched a sum of 15 million dollars ― the highest grossing lot in amfAR’s history.
The exquisite piece, a tribute to the elegant spirit of amfAR’s late founder Dame Elizabeth Taylor, sold for $550,000 with introduction given by the current ambassador of Bulgari, former First Lady of France and former supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
Also auctioned to the guests was the last seat on a flight to space on Virgin Galactic with Leonardo DiCaprio that was sold for $1 million. In total, the event successfully raked in a record $35 million, thus helping amfAR in its continuous fight against HIV/AIDS.
Long time amfAR supporter and renowned fashion curator Carine Roitfeld curated “The Red Collection” fashion show with one-of-a-kind looks in the hue of red from the world’s most celebrated fashion houses.
Singer Lana del Rey kicked off the soiree with her iconic sultry performance; Aloe Blacc performed his global hit “The Man”; and the blue-eyed R&B sensation Robin Thicke performed a set that includes his internationally acclaimed hit “Blurred Line” as the evening concluded. Guests were also treated to a surprise performance by extraordinary Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli.
Guests were treated to a retrospective exhibition of photographs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pirelli calendar and featuring the work of Hans Feurer, Norman Parkinson, Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, Patrick Demarchelier, Mert and Marcus, Inez and Vinoodh, Peter Beard and Karl Lagerfeld.
Post dinner, guests made their way to the exclusive after party, presented by Moncler and partied the night away.