amfAR 5th Annual Inspiration Gala

Sarah Jessica Parker and event chair, Kenneth Cole

The party: The 5th annual amfAR Inspiration gala in NYC, an international series of events produced by Josh Wood Productions

The concept: A fashion show and dinner benefitting amfAR’s HIV/AIDS research

The setting: The Plaza Hotel, an iconic NYC luxury destination

amfAR Inspiration Gala

The host: The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)

The décor: The Grand Ballroom’s characteristic chandeliers set the tone for the formal affair. Each table was adorned with The Plaza’s monogrammed table setting and a beautiful centerpiece of pink peonies.

The raison d’être: To raise funds for HIV/AIDS Research and honor HRH The Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norwary, HBO and Calvin Klein Collection with amfAR’s Award of Inspiration

J’adored: The red carpet looks, inspired by the “prints” theme. Sarah Jessica Parker arriving in a Schiaparelli couture gown. The upbeat atmosphere during the menswear fashion show. Bill Cunningham snapping a shot of Thom Browne sitting on the front row. Shirtless Calvin Klein models in their signature briefs. The breathtaking entrance to the Grand Ballroom, complete with dim lights and loud music. Chairman Kenneth Cole’s announcement of amfAR’s new, ambitious Countdown to a Cure initiative with his heartfelt remarks. The Crown Princess’ emotional acceptance speech and her passionate dedication to fighting HIV/AIDs. Fergie’s spontaneous outburst in song during her introduction of honorees Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli of Calvin Klein Collection. The crowd immediately rushing the stage when New Order began playing “Bizarre Love Triangle.” Raising $1.2 Million for HIV/AIDS research.

amfAR 5th Annual Inspiration Gala

Sighted: HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, Michael Lombardo, Sarah Jessica Parker, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Zachary Quinto, Laverne Cox, Hamish Bowles, Thom Browne, Chris Salgardo, Matt Bomer, Francesco Carrozzini, Franca Sozzani, Zac Posen, Kenneth Cole, Tyson Beckford, Alan Cumming, Karolina Kurkova, Gabriela Isler, and New Order

To attend next year: Visit the amfAR website for donation/table sponsorship information.

Gallery Photos: Patrick McMullen

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