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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Milan’s Fashion Week has been graced by myriad celebrities supporting HIV prevention. The glamourous amfAR dinner and fund raising auction was a perfect example of how stars can channel their popularity for a greater cause–and not surprisingly, many of those stars present at the event are also known for their sustainable lifestyles.
Case in point? Heidi Klum. The Project Runway host known for moving around in eco-friendly Prius and supporting the careers of eco-friendly designers like Michelle Lesniak. Environmental activist and actress Rosario Dawson was also at the event, as was the top model and creator of eco-jewellery brand Senhoa, Coco Rocha.
These women, along with other celebrities at the the sixth annual amfAR Dinner 2014 Milano event held at La Permanente in conjunction with Milan Fashion week, helped raise more than $1.4 million for the Foundation. The black-tie dinner and live auction was hosted with exceptional style and aplomb by longtime amfAR supporter, Heidi Klum.
Amongst the many guests the event were Bar Refaeli, Alessandra Ambrosio, Poppy Delevingne, Alexander Ludwig, Bella Thorne, Luke Ryan, Margherita Missoni, Teresa Missoni, Jessica Stam, Izabel Goulart, Toni Garrn, Ashley Madekwe, Gale Harold, Michelle Ryan, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Isabella Ferrari, Nieves Alvarez, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Francesco Cinquemani, Mauro Conte, Giorgia Sinicorni, Isabella Borromeo, HRH Princess of Venice Clotilde Courau and Alessandro Roja.
Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani was honoured by amfAR at last year’s gala. This year, Sozzani presented Moncler Chairman and Creative Director Remo Ruffini with the Award of Courage in recognition of his outstanding personal commitment to the fight against AIDS. She described him as “a passionate and dedicated businessman who, in spite of the dizzying heights to which he has risen, has never lost sight of the importance of philanthropy.” Ruffini accepted the award to a roaring round of applause.
Interestingly, artwork by A-list artists featured in the charity auction. A one-of-a-kind piece by artist Damien Hirst was the hottest item of the evening, selling for €250,000. The piece, titled DL-Octopmaine (2010), was donated to amfAR from Hirst’s personal studio. In the past Hirst has donated a number of works to amfAR auctions, including Gone but Not Forgotten (2014), a work made especially for amfAR’s Cinema Against Aids 21.
The fashion brand that raised the most money for the cause was BVLGARI, which donated a beautiful yellow-gold watch which was auctioned for the considerable sum of €22,000. The watch, from the iconic Bulgari-Bulgari line, was recently worn by Matthew McConaughey at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Its triumphant bidder took home the watch, as well as an autographed picture of McConaughey wearing the luxury timepiece.
Grace Jones brought guests to their feet with an electrifying performance of ‘La Vie En Rose’ and ‘Pull Up To The Bumper,’ followed by a hula-hooping rendition of ‘Slave To The Rhythm.’ A great way to top off a great evening!
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