Plenty to Celebrate at amfAR's NYC Gala
The crowd at last night's New York amfAR gala was worth sticking around for. Just ask Joseph Altuzarra, who was scoping out his table during cocktail hour. "I'm going to have to be rude and leave early; I'm just seeing who I'm going to offend," explained the designer, whose runway show is this Saturday. Among those he'd be ditching: Linda Evangelista, Sky Ferreira, and Terry Richardson.
Sarah Jessica Parker served as master of ceremonies, launching the evening's program with a tribute to the AIDS research organization's founding international chairman, Elizabeth Taylor. Kenneth Cole added a current-events twist during his turn at the dais, expressing gratitude to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which declared California's Prop 8 unconstitutional earlier this week.
Cipriani Wall Street's dining room was a veritable supermodel corral, thanks in large part to the presence of honoree Roberto Cavalli. Elizabeth Hurley, Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, and Liya Kebede were there to pay respects, and on the designer's right sat none other than Cindy Crawford, who had the inside scoop on why her old friend was going around the room with a point-and-shoot camera. "He's blogging now, that's what he says," Crawford related. It's not a hobby she's picked up yet, she added. "I barely have time to tweet."
A Robert Mapplethorpe photograph of Richard Gere fetched $20,000 during the live auction, with Padma Lakshmi's offer to hang it personally failing to secure an extra five grand. By the time the Cavalli VIP package came onto the block, though, the competition had heated up. A menu of royal treatments that included front-row seats to the designer's show in Milan next September and a styling session with the man himself went for $32,000, funds that will improve the prospects for sufferers of HIV and AIDS—as Cavalli put it in his heavily accented English, "to make them more happy, like we are."