Since it was first launched in Cannes in 1993, the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS charity has raised more that $70 million for AIDS research and remained one of Hollywood and the fashion world’s beloved events. Last night at the Eden Roc hotel in Cannes, with the help of some high ticket auctions and an all black fashion show courtesy of Carine Roitfeld, we were treated to yet another parade of glammed up ladies.
Former French Vogue editor and master of her upcoming journalistic venture CR Magazine, Carine staged an ambitious show featuring looks from designers such as Versace, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Chanel, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Christopher Kane. All of the pieces were auctioned off for the charity to some deep pocketed attendees.
Ever since Angelina Jolie debuted her pose du jour of sticking leg out of a high, high slit at the Oscars, the trend has been picked up by virtually everyone on one red carpet or another. The amfAR gala’s “Anglegging” ladies included, Nina Dobrev, Kim Kardashian, Jessie J and Victoria Silvestedt.
Without a doubt, everyone made a big effort to not end up on the dreaded “worst dressed list”, unfortunately life’s not fair and well, it just doesn’t always pan out that way. Kate Upton, SI’s cover girl of the year has been making quite an effort to steer herself into the high fashion category lately. Wearing a navy peplum monstrosity to the amfAR Gala that looked more like an over-sized scrunchie just did not help. Unfortunately the hair and makeup made her look much older than it should have- she’s only 19! She made the similar mistake of trying too hard at the Met Ball earlier this month as well.
We are not quite sure what happened to poor Rose McGowan’s face, but between her and Tara Reid, there is surely a lesson about the perils of overdosing on plastic surgery. Also we hate to say this, because Janet Jackson is truly amazing and talented, but -for some women it' is just not a good idea to skip the whole wearing a bra thing. Kanye West’s other half (for now), wore a saffron colored dress with a high slit and dark red lips, but really, why she was even there is the bigger issue, isn’t it?
Diane Kruger who has been dazzling us lately with some pretty amazing gown at Cannes continued her sartorial efforts by donning a gorgeous Chanel number. Kirsten Dunst was perfectly chic in a minty dress by Louis Vuitton and Milla Jovovich shined in a futuristic Versace Atelier gown. One of the surprise guests at the benefit was Joley Richardson. We haven’t seen much of the actress since the ending of Nip/Tuck, but wow, did she look great. Joley was simple and elegant in a bright pink gown with an interesting gold necklace.
Practically all the best models are flocked to the gala as well. From Liya Kebede to Natasha Poly, Karolina Kurkova, Cara Delevingne, Liu Wen and Shanina Shaik all of the women looked absolutely flawless. Our personal favorite though has to be Doutzen Kroes. The new mom was spectacularly dressed in everyone’s favorite go-to label for events, Atelier Versace.
Heidi Klum wore a glittering silver lace Marchesa gown with a simple updo and diamond earrings. Heidi, who was also a presenter, auctioned off a rose gold Cartier watch, than was scooped up at $62,665 by one of the bidders. According to Us Magazine, One of the biggest bidders of the evening was Milla Jovovich, who won a L'Oreal Paris custom-made lipstick from the brand's Paris headquarters, complete with a Chopard diamond encrusted lipstick case. She also bid $12,518 to support an HIV-positive baby in Cambodia for one year. The charity also auctioned off loads of artwork including one of Any Warhol’s “Marilyn” pieces.
Most of the evening went off without a hitch, except for a rather awkward moment when Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev’s name was mispronounced when she was called onstage. Instead of brushing it off, she felt it necessary to correct the announcer, "No, it's Dobrev, but I guess you got it close enough so thanks for that." Touchy, touchy.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger
Rose McGowan Kylie Minogue Janet Jackson
Carine Roitfeld and Kenneth Cole
Shanina Shaik Milla Jovovich
Eva Herzigova Natasha Poly
Petra Nemcova Karolina Kurkova
Anja Rubic Heidi Klum
Cara Delevingne Lily Donaldson
Liya Kebede Ana Beatriz Barros
Magdalena Frackowiak Liu Wen
Images VIA Zimbio