Black tie meets black leather

Kevin Huvane summed up the Oct. 27 event with his opening remarks regarding amfAR’s Inspiration Gala at the Chateau Marmont. “I had no idea black harness qualified as black tie,” said the CAA partner.

The eye candy during the preceding poolside cocktail hour consisted of two tableaux of male models courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier and Dsquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten, who took the opportunity to pose with singer Natasha Bedingfield and the boys. Amazing how plastic those male pecs can look with the right makeup and lighting.

Courtney Love worked the red carpet for at least half an hour then took the stage, but ran into trouble with the Santa Anas blowing through the garden. The sound system reduced her comments to something like “my stepfather…San Francisco…coming out…Bryan and Kevin…lavender mafia…donate money.” She then screamed that Madonna classic “Like a Prayer.”

Sharon Stone led the auction of a handmade leather codpiece, an untitled Steven Meisel photo of two women wrestling and Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Lisa Lyon” photo. “The Mappelthorpe Foundation was founded to promote pornography…a…photography,” Stone corrected herself. She also announced that “50 years from now you will have a gay president,” which prompted one wag in the crowd to ask, “Wasn’t Abraham Lincoln supposed to be queer?”

Kylie Minogue hosted and Dita Von Teese, who also performed, got an early jump on the Halloween festivities with her fab drag.

In one respect, the amfAR gala was like any other AIDS-charity event in Hollywood: an all-female cast onstage and mostly guys in the audience.

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