Stars and designers prepare for this year’s amfAR gala in Cannes


If there is one thing besides films that everyone looks forward to during the Cannes Film Festival and the amfAR Gala, it is haute couture. From Blake Lively in custom Gucci in 2012 to Bella Hadid in Jean Paul Gaultier this year, the Cannes Film Festival red carpet lights up with the best looks possible at this time of year. And the amfAR gala, being the city’s most sought-after event, takes everything to the next level.

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Taking place at the exit of Cannes, the gala is the most anticipated event of the festival; This year is of course no different, with our very own Carine hosting the fashion show again at the Cinema Against AIDS gala. She has held the position since 2012 and even partnered with amfAR earlier this year to help host a virtual gala amid the pandemic.

Alicia Keys will star at this year’s gala, which is themed “I’m a Movie Star”. Emphasizing on dreams and fantasy, the show is sure to take us into a magical space of excitement and imagination. Plus, with movies and movies finally relaunched after so many months at home, the theme is the perfect way to celebrate the world’s return to life.

With the amfAR gala in its 27th year this year and everyone anxiously awaiting the return of the show, the designers are doing their best to create looks that are magical and over the top. The gala will feature a mix of archival clothing and new custom designs from iconic houses such as Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. Young designers will also join them to create looks for the event, including Nensi Dojaka, Alled Martinez and Ludovic de Saint Sernin. In the meantime, everything will be accessorized by Chopard, the event’s jewelry sponsor.

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Alled Martinez sketches for the amfAR gala

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Dior sketches for the amfAR Gala

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The fashion world has recently seen a shift towards a more asexual approach to clothing, and this month’s gala reflects that sentiment. While past galas have exclusively included women’s clothing, this runway will showcase men’s looks for the first time from the more than 30 styles included in the collection.

One of the most successful fundraising events in the world, the gala raised $ 235 million for vital amfAR research programs and helped keep the fight against AIDS in the spotlight of the global media. While many will certainly look forward to the event’s return to the French Riviera, the number of places this year is strictly limited. In order to follow the Covid-19 protocols in place, a much more intimate event is planned, including a social distancing cocktail, sit-down dinner, the fashion show hosted by Carine, musical performances, auctions, and more.

The amfAR Gala will take place on July 16, 2021 at Villa Eilenroc in Cap d’Antibes, France.

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