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Sharon Stone, Kylie Minogue, Dita von Teese, Courtney Love, Kenneth Cole, and Kevin Huvane Join For amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles




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Los Angeles, CA, October 28, 2010—Kylie Minogue, Sharon Stone, Dita Von Teese, Courtney Love, Kenneth Cole, Kevin Huvane, Adrien Brody, Ali Larter, Alek Wek, and Natasha Bedingfield were among those who came together at the Chateau Marmont on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, for amfAR’s first Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles.  The Black Tie//Black Leather-themed gala was co-sponsored by Piaget and DSquared², along with automobile sponsor Audi, and model sponsor Wilhelmina Models.  Nearly $400,000 was raised at the event, benefiting the Foundation’s cutting-edge AIDS research programs.

Kylie Minogue hosted the gala, the third in amfAR’s new Inspiration event series celebrating men’s style. Minogue also served as host for Inspiration events held earlier this year in New York and Paris.  The inaugural series has now raised close to $1 million for amfAR. 

Jean-Paul Gaultier and DSquared² presented menswear designs inspired by the Black Tie//Black Leather theme.  Wilhelmina’s top male models were staged around the Chateau Marmont pool wearing the looks along with Piaget watches, while guests sipped cocktails and DJ Marco Da Silva provided the music.

Serving as chairs of the event were CAA’s Kevin Huvane, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone.  All three addressed the crowd, reminding them of the important strides that amfAR has made towards a cure for AIDS.  Stone gave an impassioned speech, noting that solving the AIDS crisis is not only a public health issue, but a human rights issue.  She thanked the many audience members who have been involved in the fight against AIDS since the early stages of the epidemic for their “courage, dignity, and kindness.”

Rock icon Courtney Love performed an intimate, stripped-back set for the Hollywood crowd. Many of the audience members sang along to her acoustic versions of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Longtime amfAR supporter Dita Von Teese also performed, closing the evening with her racy “Opium Den” burlesque act.

During the evening’s live auction, conducted by auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski of Christie’s, Stone returned to the stage to encourage the bidding.  The highest selling item of the night was a musical date with Kylie Minogue, which included tickets to Minogue’s Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour 2011 tour and a backstage champagne toast with the pop star herself.  After Minogue agreed to offer the opportunity multiple times, Stone walked through the audience personally collecting pledges from five different guests, raising a total of $62,000.

Other highlights of the auction included:

  • Steven Meisel’s “Untitled (Naomi and Linda),” a signed print by the famed fashion photographer of supermodels Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, sold for $17,000.
  • A provocative photograph by the legendary Robert Mapplethorpe entitled “Lisa Lyon” was coupled with a handmade black leather codpiece by designer Thom Browne, selling for a total of $15,000.
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier donated two coveted front-row seats to his menswear show during Paris Fashion Week.  Also included was a private backstage photo with the designer, two tickets to amfAR’s Inspiration Night in Paris, a men’s ensemble personally selected by Gaultier from his collection, and Ralph Lauren’s calfskin “Cooper” bag.  The package sold for $12,000. 
  • Model Alex Lundqvist modeled Piaget’s Polo FortyFive watch, handcrafted in Grade 5 titanium.  The elegant timepiece sold for $9,000.

Other guests at the Inspiration Gala Los Angeles included Gabriel Aubry, Natasha Alam, Neil Barrett, Garcelle Beauvais, Dean and Dan Caten, Paolo Diacci, Larry David, Brad Goreski, Kirsty Hume, Donovan Leitch, Mia Maestro, and Lorenzo Martone. Event vice chairs were Andre Balazs, David Bohnett and Tom Gregory, Larry Boland, Stephen Huvane, Dan Jinks, Sean Patterson, Alan Poul, Rich Ross, and Tom Whitman. 

About amfAR:
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $307 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

About Josh Wood Productions:
Josh Wood Productions is dedicated to creating provocative and socially conscious events, concerts, festivals, theatrical productions, political fundraisers, and nightlife.  Recent projects include the creation of the amfAR Inspiration Gala series in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles honoring Jean-Paul Gaultier and the Ricky Martin Foundation; “America: Now & Here,” a national touring exhibition of the greatest living artists in America including Paul Simon, Cindy Sherman, and Julian Schnabel; and the Highline Festival curated by David Bowie.  Raising money for non-profits as diverse as Oxfam, Downtown for Democracy, Rock the Vote, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, among others, events have featured artists from Kylie Minogue to Lady Gaga, David Bowie to Lou Reed, and Arcade Fire to Pink.

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