You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Inside amfAR’s NYC Gala With Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum and Milla Jovovich

Kim Kardashian West, Heidi Klum, and honoree Milla Jovovich were among the many stars who stepped out on a rainy Wednesday night in New York City for amfAR’s gala championing AIDS research.

The 21st annual AmfAR Gala New York serves as the unofficial kickoff to New York Fashion Week, attracting a slew of models and the who’s-who of the fashion industry, including Candice Swanepoel, Chanel ImanKarolina Kurkova,and Elsa Hosk. Winnie Harlow began the night by popping a bottle of champagne on stage, while Alessandra Ambrosio was spotted taking photographs with Klum before the gala started with a performance by Caroline Vreeland.

Michelle Rodriguez introduced Jovovich with the Award of Courage for her work and commitment toward the fight against AIDS, which has been the cause of over one millions deaths just this year. More than 37 million people are currently living with HIV or AIDS.

“When it comes to charitable actives, she gives it her all,” Rodriguez said of Jovovich, her “Resident Evil” co-star, who took the podium to explain her personal connection to the cause. “Like many of you,” Jovovich said, “I’ve lost friends to AIDS and have friends living with HIV today, so amfAR’s work is very important to me.”

Klum hopped on stage to help honoree Simon de Pury with the live auction, and the supermodel had a hand in raising $140,000 for a trip to Tanzania. Other auction items included Andy Warhol original signed photographs of Mick Jagger, which started at $20,000, and an iconic Playboy photo of Kate Moss, which was shot by honorees Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, which raised around $100,000.

Kardashian West presented the famed photographers Mert and Marcus — who recently just shot her sister Kendall Jenner’s “Vogue Italy” spread — with their award of courage honor. Prior to the gala, Kardashian West posed on the red carpet in lookalike black gowns with her sister Kourtney Kardashian, who was in attendance at the black tie affair at Cipriani Wall Street, Other notable attendees were Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Star Jones, Victoria Justice and the Chainsmokers, who closed the night with a performance that had vape-smoking guests dancing on their feet.

The night remained true to the cause and stayed away from politics, despite President Donald Trump’s remarks the night before during his State of the Union address during which he announced his administration’s plan to end new HIV infections in the United States by 2030.

AmfAR, however, did release a statement in response to the President’s remarks: “We commend the Administration for this achievable goal…We are hopeful that the President’s budget, set to be released in the coming weeks, reflects a strong commitment to federally funded HIV programs…In order to achieve an end to new HIV infections, robust funding is vital to these important programs, but additional funding is needed, particularly for implementation science research.”

More Scene

  • Yalitza AparicioTeen Vogue Young Hollywood Party,

    'Roma' Star Yalitza Aparicio, 'Central Park Five's' Jharrel Jerome Sound Off on Trump

    Yalitza Aparicio recently reunited with Alfonso Cuarón, who directed her in “Roma,” for a W magazine photo project that featured her standing at various barriers built at the border between Mexico and the United States. The message? “You can make a name for yourself despite the differences,” Aparicio told Variety on Friday at Teen Vogue’s Young [...]

  • Karl LagerfeldChanel Paris-Londres 2007/8 Show, London,

    Legendary Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85

    Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion icon – and iconoclast – who outfitted and photographed such stars as Nicole Kidman and Lady Gaga, has died. He was 85. Lagerfeld died in Paris, fashion house Chanel said. Although his health had been failing, he kept working up to his death, issuing instructions regarding Fendi’s fall ready-to-wear collection, which [...]

  • Eric Wareheim, 'The Simpsons' E.P. Matt

    Beefsteak Gathers Comedy Bigwigs for Meat and Mayhem

    The masterminds behind Beefsteak, a debauched tribute to the meaty arts that raises thousands for the Los Angeles Food Bank, switch things up each year so that guests are never bored. Organized by comedy players including Eric Wareheim, “The Simpsons” executive producer Matt Selman, and ABC Studios VP of comedy Cort Cass with Redbird chef Neal [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron71st Annual Writers Guild Awards,

    Alfonso Cuarón on Academy's 'Inevitable' Reversal on Televised Oscar Categories

    Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]

  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA - February 16

    San Francisco Symphony Ushers in Chinese New Year With Glitzy Gala

    As legend has it: among the Chinese Zodiac’s 12 animals, the pig comes last because it was the final one to arrive to a party thrown by the Jade Emperor — lazy sauntering being a characteristic trait of the animal. The folktale was perhaps less fitting this past Saturday evening, as the San Francisco Symphony [...]

  • Marianne Rendon, Matt Smith, Ondi Timoner

    Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic Team Talks 'Fast and Furious' Filming

    Thursday night’s New York premiere of the Matt Smith-led biopic “Mapplethorpe” took place at Cinépolis Chelsea, just steps from the Chelsea Hotel where the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe once lived — but director Ondi Timoner had no sense of that legacy when she first encountered him in a very different context. “When I was ten [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content