Sunday, 25 May 2014

Party of Stars at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Cannes

Cannes’ Hotel du Cap Eden Roc played host to the stars, fashion icons and global prominent figures as it hosted the 21st edition of the annual Cinema Against AIDS dinner by amfAR. 

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
For the 2014 edition, amfAR Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone and long time amfAR supporter Harvey Weinstein helped to lead the legendary live auction, along with the evening’s official auctioneer, Simon de Pury. 

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.
Apart from the mammoth, other items that were auctioned during the evening includes a Bulgari “Serpenti” necklace made of white gold with a 13-ct drop shape Aquamarine and 19.2-ct of pave diamonds. 

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. 

Participating designers in “The Red Collection” included: Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Alexandre Terekhov, Altuzarra, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Comme des Garçons, Fendi, Gianvito Rossi, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, JW Anderson, Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Versace, and Ulyana Sergeenko, among others.

Forty of the world’s top models participated in the spectacular runway presentation, including Alessandra Ambrosio, Dalianah Arekion, Ana Beatriz Barros, Nadja Bender, Maria Carla Boscono, Katharina Damm, Saskia De Brauw, Jourdan Dunn, Lida Fox, Charlotte Free, Toni Garrn, Veroniek Gielken, Izabel Goulart, Gigi Hadid, Jessica Hart, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Chanel Iman, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Karlie Kloss,Karolina Kurkova, Magda Laguinge, Maryna Linchuk, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Luss, Eniko Mihalik, Arizona Muse, Kati Nescher, Soo Joo Park, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Irina Shayk, Natalie Siodmiak, Daria Strokous, Iris Stubegger, Lea Tisci, Anne Vyalitsyna, Liu Wen and Devon Windsor. The lot was auctioned by Sharon Stone, who once again taking the role of Chair of the event, and sold for a whopping $5 million.

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.  









*Photos by Image.net/Getty Images

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