Rebecca Wang Chairs amfAR New York Inspiration Gala 2013
Jennifer Lopez and Uma Thurman join AIDS research foundation gala dinner
Hot on the heels of AIDS research foundation amfAR’s recent Cinema against AIDS party, the Inspiration Gala New York 2013 was held on the evening of Thursday, June 13th at the landmark luxury Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue. Alan Cumming hosted the event which was produced by Josh Wood Productions. The evening was presented by M.A.C Viva Glam, which also acted as sponsor, along with Microsoft, Ketel One Vodka and Plaza Hotels.
amfAR -the American Foundation for Aids Research, launched the Inspiration Series in 2012 to celebrate all aspects of men's fashion and style, while raising funds for the Foundation's lifesaving AIDS research programmes. Annual events take place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, and Miami, and this year sees two new venues added to these chosen cities; Toronto in Canada, and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Those serving as Chairs for amfAR’s events have always tended to be inspirational in their experience, success, creativity and vision, and this year's line-up is no exception. Among those taking the role of Chair this year were Rebecca Wang, Maria Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli and Thakoon.
Rebecca Wang is a Hollywood executive film producer who is a devoted patron of the arts and a committed supporter to a number of significant charities. In 2012, Rebecca Wang Entertainment acted as a sponsor for the successful amfAR Paris Inspiration Gala. Wang is a member of the Academy Circle for BAFTA, the Directors Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and a patron to the prestigious Tate Modern, Serpentine and National galleries in London. Maria Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are joint creative directors at the fashion house of Valentino since the founder's retirement in 2008. The pair joined the label in 1999 to create a luxury accessory line and by 2003 they were responsible for launching the brand's secondary and more youthful line ‘Red’. Thakoon is an upcoming young Thai-US designer whose creations have found huge success, most notably with the ultimate endorsement from Michelle Obama. The afore mentioned joined amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, widely known for his use of fashion as a medium to promote social conscience, and John Demsey, Group president of Estee Lauder, Chairman of M.A.C Funds, and renowned for having his finger on the pulse of the most contemporary trends.
amfAR again delivered a high calibre soiree. Following a cocktail reception on arrival, the black tie event moved on to an Interpretive Camouflage and Military Training themed fashion show. Singer Carly Rae Jepson gave a performance after the dinner and DJ and violin duo ‘the Dolls’ (Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe) took the stage prior to a live auction at the end of the evening. Special guests at this year's event were international entertainer and long-term supporter Lisa MinellI, and fashionista Alexa Chung.
Three awards were given during the evening. Internationally revered designer Valentino received the Award of Inspiration to commend his lifetime contribution to the world of fashion as well as for the work done by his association L.I.F.E for the support of AIDS related patients. The Humanitarian Award was presented to actress and singer Jennifer Lopez who has used her celebrity status and position to endorse and support a range of causes, including charitable activities post September 11, the Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, Run Something Better which supports physical fitness for children, the Boys and Girls Club, and the American Red Cross. Scottish actor, writer, producer and director Alan Cumming OBE added the amfAR Award of Courage to his many professional awards. Cumming was recognised for his fearless public stance on and promotion of LGBT and AIDS issues as well as for his longstanding support for Human Rights Campaign, amfAR and Broadway Cares/Equity fights AIDS.
amfAR holds a fierce reputation for creating spectacular events that brim with first-class entertainment and fun activities that support and raise funds for its aims and programs. The annual Cinema against AIDS party was held during the Cannes International Film Festival at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d'Antibes in May. Sharon Stone hosted the evening that saw guests including Kylie Minogue, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Chastain and Roberto Cavalli treated to the Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show, which was presented by Carine Roitfeld and paraded by forty international top models. The show was followed by an auction which raised a staggering $25 million and saw one individual make a successful bid of $1.2million to take a space trip with Leonardo DiCaprio.
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