amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2012 Benefit

One of the social events I’ve always had a soft spot for is the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit, which takes place every year during the Cannes Film Festival. This year I had decided to skip the event again but then I opted for taking a better look at what the celebrities in attendance sported for the occasion [1]. Let me tell you there’s nothing special here, but some of them wore gorgeous dresses, so I realized it was worth writing about it, after all. This post comes terribly late (the event took place on May 23rd, at the Eden Roc Hotel in Cap d’Antibes), but I hope you’ll enjoy it anyway.

Ladies in Black (and White)

Carine Roitfeld is the first of my list: the former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief hosted a fashion show – featuring black dresses only – during the event. She often wears Givenchy outfits and this time she followed this tradition once again: she wore the modified version of a dress from the Haute Couture fall 2012 collection, pairing it to Givenchy strappy sandals, black clutch and chandelier earrings. She looked great, but I wish she wore the glittering version of the same dress: this one looks a bit bland to me.

Giovanna Battaglia was my favourite of the event. She wore a spectacular Dolce & Gabbana lace dress, with short-sleeved sheer blouse, visible bra and panties and long skirt with central slit. She completed this dramatic look with lace-up sandals, huge hoop earrings, an array of colourful bracelets and a satin clutch. I admire Giovanna for being fearless on the red carpet, while managing to look refined, chic and nicely over-the-top.

Many models attended the event – they walked the runway of the Little Black Dress fashion show; among them, Lindsey Wixson, who wore a beautiful dress from Giambattista Valli Haute Couture spring 2012 collection. It features a lace underlay embellished with black sequined stripes; the effect of the sequined skirt revealing the lace underlay is awesome.

Delfina Delettrez Fendi was in attendance with her mother, Silvia Venturini Fendi, and the Italian movie director Luca Guadagnino. She wore a lovely strapless dress from Fendi spring 2008 collection, one of my favourite collections of the Roman maison. She wore it with platform t-strap sandals, a black Baguette bag, gold hoop earrings and bracelets.

Liya Kebede was gorgeous in this masculine outfit by Roberto Cavalli – black satin trousers, crisp white shirt and white blazer with a peculiar cut. She paired it to black pumps and a matching clutch. It takes lots of personality and self-confidence to sport this outfit, quality that Liya definitely has.

Ladies in White/Light Colours

Diane Kruger never fails to impress on the red carpet, as she proved during the 65th Cannes Film Festival, which she attended as a member of the jury. She picked a Chanel Haute Couture dress from the Resort 2013 collection: I love this brocade dress with floral purple accents, because the structured skirt contrasts with the plain bodice. She also wore Christian Louboutin diamanté Pigalle pumps, a silver clutch and amazing feather diamond earrings.

Heidi Klum is known for her daring style choices: this time she opted for a sheer Marchesa dress from the fall 2012 collection. The tulle and lace embroidered dress is a very bold piece, and I’m sure it would have looked totally wrong on a person with a normal body type; but Heidi – everybody knows it – is far from being normal, so the dress looked gorgeous on her. She completed the outfit with silver strappy sandals and diamond earrings.

Too bad I haven’t been able to find a better picture of the Tunisian model Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, because she totally blew my mind. Her beauty reminds me of a queen of the catwalks, Farida Khelfa, and her haircut is just perfect (pixie haircuts rock!). She looked super-chic in a powder pink tiered dress from Azzedine Alaia Haute Couture fall 2011 collection, which she completed with diamond ring and pendant earrings.

Ladies in Red/Pink

Berenice Bejo followed the example of Lindsey Wixson and wore a printed dress from Giambattista Valli Haute Couture fall 2012. This silk chiffon dress is so beautiful: I love the juxtaposition of different prints and the red sash at the waist.

She chose an exquisite accessory to complete her outfit: an Olympia Le-Tan book clutch! The “cover” of this clutch is inspired to the cover of the first edition of La femme amoureuse by Jacques Hardy.

Quite surprisingly, Kelly Rutherford was among the guests! She looked pretty in peach: she wore a one-shoulder draped dress from Elie Saab spring 2011 collection, which she paired to Salvatore Ferragamo double platform satin peep-toe pumps and De Grisogono jewellery, among which ball short dangle diamond earrings. It’s kind of weird to see her out of New York or of the Gossip Girl set, isn’t it?

The Outsider

I always love when a celebrity breaks the dress code set by most of the attendees and opts for something completely different. Cara Delevigne took the role of outsider: she walked the white carpet of the Eden Roc wearing a Burberry Prorsum forest green draped dress from the pre-fall 2012 collection, which she paired to a geometric-patterned clutch. I think she looked stunning: that shade of green beautifully contrasts with her complexion and blonde hair. Is it only me or her darker eyebrows are so appealing?

Despite my first impression, it wasn’t a bad-dressed event, after all. Don’t you agree? Which celebrity would you give the best-dressed award? Share your thoughts in the comments and vote!

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[1] My friend Lorenzo asked me why I had decided to skip the coverage of the event and this is the reason why I thought: “Well, let’s do it”.



  1. Diane Kruger never fails on the red carpet, but on this occasion Giovanna Battaglia wins to me. The Dolce and Gabbana gown is simply amazing.

    1. Same here. Giovanna’s choices are often daring (just think of the vintage Sprouse dress she wore last year), but she always manages to look chic, not like she was wearing a costume. My mind goes to Anna Dello Russo, whose only goal is dressing to impress. No, in the case of Giovanna, she’s naturally chic and is able to pull off such a dramatic dress like this one by Dolce & Gabbana with grace.

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