Kris and Kendall Jenner were the stars of the night at Cannes’ annual AmfAR gala, with Jenner the younger turning heads in a peony pink pouf of a gown.
The duo was happy to be reunited, as Kendall spent the day in fittings for her Giambattista Valli x H&M gown. Even in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, Kris, ever the momager, had one thing on her mind. “It’s always work, even if we are having fun,” she told THR. “I’m excited to see her because I haven’t seen her all day.”
Kendall debuted the dress walking down the long promenade at the Hotel du Cap and posed for photos in front of the sea, before she walked in the fashion show curated by French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld. “Carine is such an inspiration, especially to me, and when she puts something on I feel like everybody just wants to be a part of it,” she said.
Orlando Bloom, Andie MacDowell and Tiffany Trump were among the guests at the most glamorous garden party in the world.
Antonio Banderas was still buzzing from the 12-minute standing ovation his film Pain and Glory received at its premiere earlier in the week.
“It was embarrassing at some point. There’s that moment where you don’t know what to do really, there is only so much bowing and thank you that you can do,” he joked, refusing to speculate about Saturday’s awards. “So I’m very happy and that’s it! I have no idea what is going to happen or what the jury is going to determine, so I want to just have what I have in this moment.”
The actor added a little star power to the evening, which opened with Met Opera singer Andreas Schager serenading the crowd just before Brit band The Struts rocked out the tent at the Hotel du Cap grounds.
Chris Tucker opened with a Frank Sinatra song and a few fashion quips: “I heard it was an all white party, I’m glad I could get in! I wore a white jacket,” he joked before introducing his Fifth Element co-star Milla Jovovich, which he noted was his first Cannes trip 25 years ago.
Jovovich sang the praises of the foundation, noting how it has raised $200 million for AIDS research over the years.
AmfAR has always been the hottest ticket of the festival, but this year the movie stars were noticeably absent. Aside from the Jenners, the lack of A-Listers was palpable. “Say what you will about Harvey [Weinstein], but he brought the stars,” said one American producer. “It’s not Harvey level,” added a German guest.
“It used to be Harvey’s thing,” said Chloe Sevigny, who hit the afterparty following a dinner celebrating her competition short film White Echo. “Now we need someone else to come in and take over the mantle, because it’s a great cause and something we have to keep talking about, keep raising awareness.”
A diminished guest list — longtime regular Leonardo DiCaprio is in town but skipped the event, where he usually sits next to Milutin Gatsby, who is the lead fundraiser for both AmfAR and his own Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation — didn’t lessen the fun for the fashion crowd.
Model Coco Rocha auctioned a pair of earrings from sponsor Chopard. “If it doesn’t go high enough, I get to keep them,” she said, joking that she was playing AmfAR’s Vanna White. They ultimately went for €150,000 ($168,000).
A jokeless Rebel Wilson — she introduced herself as being serious and was, well, serious about that — auctioned off a Mickey Mouse stone statue to celebrate the character’s 90th birthday. It went for €450,000 ($504,000).
Roitfeld’s show, which has become the highlight of the event, once again featured the cream of the couture crop. The collection was inspired by David Bowie and dedicated to late designer Karl Lagerfeld. Among the looks featured was a piece from his Chanel protege Virgine Viard. Alexandre Vauthier, Hedi Slimane’s new Celine, Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Prada, Ralph & Russo, Saint Laurent and Virgil Abloh’s Off White were also included the collection that was up for sale.
Model Winnie Harlow implored the crowd: “We didn’t come out here for fun, we came out here for a good cause,” she said, adding: “You get all of these looks — but you don’t get the models.”
The collection sold for €1 million ($1.1 million) after much cajoling from Eva Longoria. “You are heroes!” Longoria shouted after the winning bid came in.
Mariah Carey took to the stage for a two song set after performing at the Chopard party earlier in the week. Tom Jones got the crowd going with “Sex Bomb,” and Dua Lipa added energy to the night with a post-midnight set of her hits that got Kendall to her feet.
The event raised $15 million for the AIDS research foundation.