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Highlights of this year's amFAR Gala

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the amFAR foundation once again enchanted the Riviera

Highlights of this year's amFAR Gala To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the amFAR foundation once again enchanted the Riviera

While the team of "L'Amour Ouf" triumphed on the steps of the Cannes Film Festival, another traditional evening of the fortnight of cinema was held in an equally prestigious setting. On Thursday, May 23, stars headed to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc to celebrate the 30th gala of amfAR. This must-attend event alongside the festival gathered renowned personalities for a philanthropic evening dedicated to the prevention and medical research against AIDS. Hosted by Demi Moore and sponsored by Chopard, the gala saw the participation of stars from all generations such as Kelly Rowland, Michelle Yeoh, Heidi Klum, Diane Kruger, Lena Mahfouf, and Alton Mason. The evening, presented by the Red Sea International Film Festival, also included a fashion show curated by the famous fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and performances by Cher, Nick Jonas, and Jess Glynne. Without further ado, here's what you need to know about this edition that brought together the biggest names in cinema, fashion, and music in support of research.

The looks that marked the evening

On the red carpet, many celebrities spotted on the Cannes steps in recent days were present, such as actress Diane Kruger and models Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana. But also some celebrities who came especially for the occasion like Winnie Harlow, Alton Mason, Cher, and Heidi Klum. Among the most memorable looks of the evening, we will remember the white Nina Ricci dress from the Spring-Summer 2024 collection, adorned with black feathers, worn elegantly by Elsa Hosk. Also, the pristine bespoke Loewe dress worn by Demi Moore captivated all eyes. Other guests did not fail to make a sensation. Michelle Yeoh shone in a black turtleneck dress by Bottega Veneta, enhanced by an original Mikimoto set. Barbara Palvin stood out in a peach train dress by Vivienne Westwood. And in a more fantastic register, Coco Rocha made a sensation in a golden dress recalling the majesty of an Egyptian phoenix signed Yanina Couture.

Last minute surprise: the French Timonthegram as the host of the red carpet

As TikTok has expanded its horizons, events previously reserved for a limited audience have been made accessible to the general public through live broadcasts. This allowed us to see Léna Situations on the app, during the red carpet of the Césars. Something that did not fail to react the internet users. This time, while Bella Thorne was already announced as the commentator of the red carpet for this edition of the amFAR, a last-minute surprise ignited social networks a few days before the event. It was the French Timon thegram, an emblematic figure of live TikTok with no less than 2 million followers, who was revealed as the second unexpected commentator. The live, brilliantly conducted in a mix of French and English, added a touch of freshness and spontaneity to the evening and attracted a new audience.

Cher, the star of the evening

This Thursday, May 23, the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc was illuminated by the presence of Cher. Accompanied by her partner Alexander Edwards, she captivated the cameras with a "passionate" kiss, much to the delight of the gossip press. But Cher did not just make a remarkable entrance. In her unique style, dressed in a black sequined bodysuit and a leather biker jacket, she electrified the stage with a musical performance. By performing her legendary hits, she transported the audience through the highlights of her career, reaffirming once more her status as a timeless icon.


Givenchy, Jacquemus, GCDS… The custom creations of the parade by Carine Roitfeld

Under the artistic direction of Roitfeld, this 15th parade perpetuated the tradition of the amfAR gala. For this edition, the theme "fairy tales" inspired designers to reinvent iconic characters with a touch of modernity and elegance. Versace dressed a sparkling Tinkerbell, while Miu Miu transformed Rapunzel into a sophisticated figure. Maison Margiela gave new life to Cinderella, LaQuan Smith brought a twist to Little Red Riding Hood, and Richard Quinn revisited Alice in Wonderland with an avant-garde touch. Other houses such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Jacquemus, Off-White, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga as well as Courrèges, Saint Laurent, Rick Owens, Alaïa, Marc Jacobs also participated, each bringing their own creative vision to the fairy tale theme. Altogether, these shows have raised more than 17 million euros for the foundation over the years, thanks notably to the auctions of the dresses presented.