Taking it all off for charity at the amfAR São Paulo fundraiser
"Kate [Moss] and I were thinking I should show my underpants for money, but as you know, I don't wear underpants, so Kate will show hers," said a very inspired Sharon Stone at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in São Paulo, Brazil, on Friday night. Stone, amfAR's global fundraising chairman and the night's auctioneer, hosted the event alongside Moss, Naomi Campbell, Riccardo Tisci, and Kenneth Cole.
Brazil seems to be a hot topic right now. If you follow Tisci on Instagram (#riccardotisci17), you know that he's been traveling to the country a lot recently. "What I love from Brazil is the celebration of life," he said. "Brazil is the future in many scenes…art, music, architecture, design. The people are liberated and full of joy. The energy you find in this country is rare to find anywhere."
The fundraiser took place on the last day of São Paulo fashion week, so it was filled with top models—Izabel Goulart and Candice Swanepoel included. Daiane Conterato wore an all-nude dress straight off of designer Paula Raia's Spring 2015 runway, one of the best shows at SPFW. "I did sixteen shows this week. I felt like a newcomer," the model told Style.com. "I am here today, and I fly tomorrow to Hong Kong for the Dior show."
For its fourth year in the city, the event raised $2.7 million for the cause, making São Paulo a new hot spot for the foundation, which, since 1985, has raised more than $366 million for AIDS research and HIV prevention, treatment, and education. The event featured a tribute to Nizan Guanaes, one of Brazil's leading communications entrepreneurs, and his wife, Donata Meirelles, style director of Vogue Brazil. Campbell presented them each with the Humanitarian Award. "There are many great things in life, but finding a cause you connect to and being able to help is better than anything," Meirelles said in her speech.
The gala ended with a performance by Mary J. Blige, but the night was far from over. Performing at the after-party, samba artist Mart'nália had Tisci favorite Lea T dancing up on the stage.