Record $10 million raised at amfAR Event—Stars Shine—Some Even Glow, at Glittering Gala

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Put a Crown on Cap D’Antibes—for coming up with a record $10 million in one night, at amfARs Annual Cinema Against AIDS gala—the capstone of a week of film, fashion and festivities at Cannes.

amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole joined Cannes jury president Robert de Niro, jury members Jude Law and Uma Thurman, and celebrities Gwen Stefani, Jane Fonda, Harvey Weinstein, Kirsten Dunst, Brooke Shields, Sean Penn, Naomi Campbell, Kanye West, Patrick Demsey, Courtney Love and many others for this star-studded dinner and auction held at the legendary Hotel du Cap-Ede-Roc in Cap d’Antibes.

Hosted by Bold Films, Chopard and The Weinstein Company and co-sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, L’Oreal Paris and Palisades Tartan, the event reached a new milestone–raising more than $10 million for AIDS research.

It was a night of celebration—mixed with a little business, and catching up with friends—some of whom are looking remarkably young these days—while making new ones.

Roberto Cavalli-clad Rosario Dawson, star of “The Zookeeper”—due out on 8 July, loved her hotel stay so much, she extended her visit for another week.

Gwen Stefani—sleek in a black L.A.M.B. gown that sold at auction for over $125,000 as part of a Milan Fashion Week Package—split her time between sunning on Russian millionaire Roman Abramovich’s yacht with her husband Gavin Rossdale and shooting her latest ad for L’Oreal Paris at a villa overlooking the Mediterranean.

“That commercial I think is going to be the best one we did so far,” she said.

Another L’Oreal brand ambassador, Patrick Dempsey—in a Ralph Lauren tuxedo, said he was low-maintenance, although his wife Jillian begged to differ. “A metrosexual,” she smiled.

The maestro of the evening was the indefatigable Karl Lagerfeld—Chanel’s and Fendi’s superstar designer who, in addition to providing the décor for the dinner tent—oversize black and white portraits of celebrities, offered a double lot for bidding: a custom-fitted Chanel jacket and personal portrait session. It sold for $514,000.

Lagerfeld, who just days before had staged his Chanel Cruise Collection at the hotel, hugged everyone and chatted amiably with Dunst and Thurman—both clad in Chanel, and Silvia Venturini Fendi, who reminisced about holidays at the hotel through past decades.

One of the top lots was an Andy Warhol lithograph of his painting “Liz, 1964,” which sold for 400,000 euros, or $571,000.

Prince Albert of Monaco and his fiancée Charlene Wittstock raised the ante, offering personal tennis and swimming lessons, respectively–garnering $1.4 million for the charity.

Presenters included Bar Refaeli, Goldie Hawn, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Freida Pinto, Aimee Mullins and Sean Penn—who exhorted women in the audience to threaten to stave off sex in order to force their partners to bid.

Milla Jovovich, Bebel Gilberto, Courtney Love—looking decades younger—who does her face, I wonder? and Boy George—looking older, entertained the guests.

Fonda—looking fabulously refreshed and youthful, reclaiming a “babe” mantle—is coming out with a new book, “Prime Time” on how to live well while after 60. If she is any example, the book will fly off the shelves.

After a sumptuous dinner, guests Dree Hemingway, Roberto and Eva Cavalli, Carine Roitfeld, Georgina Chapman, Karolina Kurkova, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Anja Rubik and Peter Dundas headed to the after-party by the hotel’s pool.

The rest went on to other hot-spots. The night was young—there was still a lot of partying to be savored.

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