Naomi Campbell honored at the amfAR Inspiration Gala

Naomi Campbell honored at the amfAR Inspiration Gala

Leonardo DiCaprio, Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Derulo, Zayn Malik, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Zac Posen, Michel Sidibé, Kelly Osbourne, Victoria Justice, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole were among those who gathered at Skylight at Moynihan Station last night to support amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, at the seventh annual Inspiration Gala New York. Naomi Campbell and Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director, Kim Jones, were honored at the event for their longtime support of the fight against AIDS. Whoopi Goldberg hosted the black-tie benefit and celebration of men’s style, which raised $1.2 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research initiatives and featured performances by Jason Derulo and Nico & Vinz.

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Other guests in attendance included Anna Cleveland, Josephine Skriver, Alina Baikova, Devon Windsor, Andreja Pejic, Valery Kaufman, Nyle DiMarco, Karrueche, Nicolay Sereba, Vincent Dery, Lindsay Ellingson, Catherine McNeil, Lexi Boling, Felipe Diniz, Alex Lundqvist, Brandon Maxwell, Stephanie Seymour, Harry Brant, Peter Brant, Brian Kelly, and John Demsey, among others.

Master of ceremonies and longtime amfAR supporter Whoopi Goldberg opened the evening and introduced Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Sidibé spoke about UNAIDS’s support of amfAR’s efforts to find a cure for HIV by 2020 and thanked those who have supported amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative. amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, newly appointed International Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS, who stated that the cure for HIV has moved “from the realm of fantasy to the realm of possibility, and now, to the realm of probability in the foreseeable future.”

Zayn Malik presented the amfAR Award of Inspiration to his friend, Kim Jones, who continues Louis Vuitton’s legacy of support for the fight against AIDS.

Actress and iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell, who has been a devoted supporter of amfAR for 23 years, was then presented with the Award of Inspiration by her friend Wendy Williams. In her acceptance remarks, Campbell dedicated the award to everyone who has been affected by HIV/AIDS, and thanked amfAR “for bringing us to this much more hopeful point,” stressing that “we are nearly there and we are not going to give up.” Following Campbell’s speech, Honorary Chair Kate Moss appeared in a video to send her congratulations to friends Naomi and Kim.

The evening also featured two spectacular live performances, ending with an explosive performance by pop and R&B sensation Jason Derulo, who performed a set of his biggest hits including “Trumpets,” “Wiggle,” “Talk Dirty,” and “Want to Want Me.” Nico & Vinz, who earlier this week performed at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, also performed their hit single “Am I Wrong.”

The evening’s live auction, conducted by Andrea Fiuczynski of Sotheby’s, featured an array of luxury items and exclusive experiences. Highlights included:

  • A private portrait sitting with one of today’s most influential photographers, Steven Klein.
  • A surprise package to attend the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s annual gala in St. Tropez.
  • A photograph by legendary photographer Herb Ritts, titled Backflip, Paradise Cove.
  • Donuts (Chocolate), a work by the world’s most famous and mysterious street artist, Banksy.
  • An opportunity to explore the stunning Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the most sacred monastery in Bhutan, with adventure explorer and world record holder Johan Ernst Nilson.
  • Exclusive Louis Vuitton scarves, donated by honoree Kim Jones.

The black-tie benefit, produced by Josh Wood Productions, also featured a full-scale menswear runway show. This year, the world’s top designers offered looks for a “Jet Set”-themed fashion show. Participating designers included Acne Studios, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein Collection, Diesel Black Gold, DSQUARED2, Givenchy, Helmut Lang, Kenneth Cole, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Thom Browne, Todd Snyder, Valentino, and Versace, among others. The runway looks were styled by Benjamin Sturgill. Makeup was provided by M·A·C Cosmetics, and hair styling was provided by Rodney Cutler for Hairdressers Against AIDS. Runway Production and Casting were provided by Trew Productions. Décor was provided by Raul Avila, and music was provided by Honey Dijon.

amfAR Trustee R. Martin Chavez and Adam Norbury served as Event Hosts. Marc Jacobs, Quincy Jones, Michael Kors, Kate Moss, Zac Posen, Rihanna, Mario Testino, and Riccardo Tisci were Honorary Chairs. Event Chairs included Mert Alas, Jim Clerkin, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Fran Cutler, Alan Cumming, John Demsey, Paolo Diacci, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Bethann Hardison, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Nayla Hayek, Cheyenne Jackson, Brian C. Kelly, Shayne Oliver, Marcus Piggott, Vincent Roberti, and Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

Harry Winston, M·A·C Viva Glam, and The Points Guy were the Presenting Sponsors. Moët Hennessy and Windows were the event’s Signature Sponsors. Reca Group was the Fashion Show Sponsor.

Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. Moët Hennessy is amfAR’s Official Wine and Spirits Partner.

The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s life-saving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $26 million to date.

eBay and CFDA: “You Can’t Fake Fashion”

A few of our favorite designers were at The General on Monday night to celebrate their contributions to the “You Can’t Fake Fashion” campaign.  Now in its third installment, eBay asked 90 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America to customize canvas totes to benefit the CFDA Foundation to raise awareness about counterfits and support authentic design. The custom bags, by designers including Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, Zac Posen, Rachel Roy, Tory Burch, Diane Von Furstenberg and more, will be auctioned off on eBay until March 25th at 9am.  The 90 designer bags will have a starting bid of $100.

With 90 designers on board this year, each customizing a bag as one-of-a-kind to show their support, eBay and CFDA are dedicated to protecting original design and the integrity of the fashion industry,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA.

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Gotham Mag Names 6 Designers Who Give Big

Today, Gotham magazine highlights 6 designers who give big.  The article by Stephanie Murg, focuses on these designers’ creative fashion of giving by raising awareness and funds for causes near and dear to their hearts.  Causes range from preserving NYC landmarks and providing for the city’s foster children to projects across the globe to fight hunger.

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Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” said Coco Chanel. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” For these six masters of runway and retail—Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, Rachel Roy, and Michael Kors—fashion also exists in the way that they give. Their commitments to a range of causes, from efforts to preserve New York City landmarks and provide for the city’s foster children to projects in Africa that address the global plight of hunger, are deeply personal. In addition to cash contributions, they’re also pioneering fresh, creative approaches to raise awareness and much-needed funds. “Philanthropy and commerce are a powerful combination,” says Karan. “It’s addressing and dressing at the same time.”

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Fresh Off the Carpet: What DVF, Tory Burch, Tom Ford and More Wore

Designers don’t just hide behind the scenes dressing Hollywood royalty!  Check out pics of them getting in on the action from the carpet at the annual Vanity Fair Oscar After-Party.  And it wouldn’t be Haute Giving if I didn’t let you know the charities and causes they support.


Zac Posen and Naomi Campbell

Posen has focused his philanthropic attention on arts and education organizations, including TeachersCount and the Metropolitan Opera; another passion is New Yorkers for Children


Vera Wang

Last year, the former competitive figure skater (who knew?!) was honored by Figure Skating in Harlem at its annual Skating with the Stars event. Wang skated at the event that benefited the non-profit which provides girls with skating and educational opportunities to help build their self-worth.

During her Fall 2013 RTW show she auctioned off two tickets to her runway show.  Proceeds from the auction went to The Promise Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping under-served children with learning disabilities get the support they need to learn.

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The Tory Burch Foundation was started in 2009 to empower women entrepreneurs through microfinance and mentorship. TBF invests in the success and sustainability of women-owned businesses and provides women and girls with the information and tools needed to achieve their aspirations as entrepreneurs and leaders.


Tom Ford

Celebs gathered at the TOM FORD boutique in Beverly Hills, California this past weekend for designer Ford‘s cocktail event in support of Project Angel Food–which is an organization that provides meals for people homebound or disabled by HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.

item0.rendition.slideshowWideHorizontal.01-Diane-von-FurstenbergDiane Von Furstenberg

The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation is a private family foundation which provides philanthropic support to various 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.   The primary recipients of the Foundation’s support are orgs that support Community Building, Education, Human Rights, Arts, Health and the Environment.


John Travolta and Donna Karan

The Urban Zen Foundation works to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children in mind body and spirit. The org designs forums, partners with existing organizations and brings together experts to define solutions and implement action.