Hero for a Night
Mario Testino Headlines a Fashionable Fundraiser
To commemorate World AIDS Day, New York fashion types like Lazaro Hernandez, Jack McCollough, Richard Chai, Margherita Missoni, and Philip Crangi gathered at Guastavino's, where Aid for AIDS International was honoring Mario Testino. The night raised $500,000 to support HIV-positive women and children in developing countries, with special attention to Latin America and immigrants in the U.S. "There's such a big focus on Africa that Latin America gets sideswiped," said master of ceremonies Fabiola Beracasa, who was making a short New York City pit stop between Thanksgiving in Colombia and Art Basel in Miami. "And I'm Venezuelan, so I'm supporting my roots."
Also enjoying the Latin-themed night was Narciso Rodriguez, a gala co-chair and the recipient of last year's My Hero award. "Aid for AIDS' focus on recycling medicine is just so important," he said. "And it's great that they're honoring someone like Mario, who is so generous and committed." The man of the hour, however, was quick to demur. "I feel a little bit embarrassed to get an award," said Testino with Lily Donaldson on his arm. "Compared to what these people do, I do so little. But you do what you can."