AmfAR hosts its annual gala; Rachel Comey has friends and family over for dinner
"Welcome to the 2014 amfAR gala, brought to you by Hunter boots!" Jane Krakowski joked during her opening remarks. The actual sponsors of the evening were Bulgari and Wells Fargo, but the slushy weather outside meant you couldn't help but laugh. Knee-deep puddles at the curb or not, the annual party drew the likes of Ethan Hawke and Chelsea Clinton to Cipriani Wall Street.
The evening's honorees included mother-daughter duo Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, and Peter Lindbergh, whose photographs have helped raise more than a million dollars at auction for amfAR. A portrait of Helena Christensen earned the organization another $50,000 last night. Models Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, and Coco Rocha came out to support Lindbergh. "I remember the first time we shot together," Rocha told Style.com. "We were on location, and it was so hot that my nail polish wouldn't dry."
The amfAR gala is a mainstay of the New York social calendar, but there was particular cause to celebrate: Since 2008, two patients have been clinically cured of HIV, with one of the cases documented by amfAR-funded researchers just last year. After announcing the ambitious Countdown to a Cure for HIV/AIDS initiative, which aims to find a cure for HIV by 2020, chairman Kenneth Cole wondered for how much longer he would be able to make his familiar joke: "We have come a long way, but am-fAR from a cure."
Out in Red Hook, Brooklyn, designer Rachel Comey held her second show at Dustin Yellin's Pioneer Works. There wasn't the promise of a September sunset this time around, but that didn't stop artists Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons or either Gyllenhaal from making the trek. During dinner, Nath Ann Carrera and Amber Martin, who perform under the name Witch Camp, sang Led Zeppelin and Vangelis tunes while models circled between the tables. Parker Posey and Gaby Hoffmann whooped it up the whole time. Afterward, Posey said she wanted the washed denim overalls and jacket in look six. Hoffmann, for her part, liked the shoes best.