Cannes: Inside the amfAR Gala With Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and Tom Ford
A bevy of beauties — Karolina Kurkova, Gigi Hadid, Diane Kruger and Sienna Miller — showed their support (and partied on) for the annual benefit dinner in the South of France.
Even supermodels get starstruck. This year’s AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS dinner got off to a sweet start with a visibly moved Adriana Lima fumbling her words during the opening, before going off script.
"I’m very nervous. This is the second time I’ve been here and really, really, really I would like to thank AmfAR and Harvey to just be in a room with such amazing people for such an amazing cause. Thank you and I’m sorry!”
Among the many boldfaced names in the room were Jake Gyllenhaal, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Sienna Miller, Robin Thicke and Leo DiCaprio. Even Diane Kruger flew in just for the evening.
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"We force people to have fun; if they aren’t, they’re out," AmfAR chair Kenneth Cole told The Hollywood Reporter about why people come back each year. "In this room we have the best of film, the best of fashion, the best of music and the best of art converged in this little oasis in the South of France. You can have a good time and know you are doing something great."
Charli XCX rocked the crowd before Andrea Bocelli took to the stage for a soothing seranade, then Mary J. Blige got the crowd jumping with "Family Affair." She was decked on in custom Jitrois, complete with opera-length leather gloves. She specifically sought out a French designer. "I wanted to feel like I'm in France," she said.
Fassbender and Cotillard, whose MacBeth premieres Saturday night at the Palais des Festivals, had a mini-reunion. Fassbender confessed he missed Cotillard after months of working together. He’d just watched her last festival entry at home, he said, though she had to correct him on the numerical title of 2 Days, 1 Night.
The two then took to the stage to auction an original Bansky that DiCaprio had donated to the auction. It sold for $1 million.
Hollywood events were also hot tickets, with a seat at DiCaprio’s table for his upcoming environmental gala going for $280,000 and tickets to the Golden Globes fetching $220,000. Even Eva Longoria got in on the action, and plunked down $600,000 for Andy Warhol’s portrait of AmfAR founder Elizabeth Taylor.
Earlier in the evening Gyllenhaal joked that he was going to pick a fight with the notoriously tough Harvey Weinstein, whose The Weinstein Company was a host of the evening, along with jeweler Harry Winston.
Models including Karolina Kurkova, Chanel Iman and Lily Donaldson strutted down the runway, planting kisses on Lara Stone and high fiving with legendary French editrix Carine Roitfeld, before Tom Ford took to the stage to auction off the collection including one-of-a-kind creations from Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Armani and a photoshoot with Mario Testino. If the fashion on stage wasn’t enough, Ford enlisted BFFs Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, who promised to post photos of the winning bidder to their social media followers.
"For all your daughters that want to be models, there’s no other way to make it," joked the Instagram star. With Hadid, Jenner, Kurkova and model Jourdan Dunn on stage, the group said they collectively had 40 million followers. "But we’re not good at math," added Jenner.
The collection eventually sold for $1 million.
John C. Reilly auctioned off a sculpture from Fernando Botero. Titled Donna su Cavallo, Reilly noted the enormous artwork had “some serious buttocks.” Reilly vigorously hit the poolside dance floor afterwards with wife Alison Dickey with Mark Ronson spinning.
While "Flatgate" has been boggling film festival goers, Longoria made a statement by taking off her shoes altogether, which then posed a problem for the petite actress. She simply climbed on a chair to get a good view of the stage and dance to Imagine Dragons.
The afterparty lost a little star power as celebs were seen catching a shuttle — not the one back down the windy roads to town; the party wasn’t over that early — but to Giorgio Armani’s yacht around 2 a.m.
The night raised $30 million for the research charity.