Stars and Designers Prepare for this Year’s amfAR Gala in Cannes

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If there’s one thing besides the films that everyone looks forward to during the Cannes Film Festival and the amfAR Gala, it’s the high fashion. 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 this time of year. And the amfAR Gala, being the most sought-after event in town, takes everything to the next level.

Taking place at the end of Cannes, the gala is the most anticipated event of the festival; this year is no different of course, with our very own Carine once again curating the fashion show at the Cinema Against AIDS gala. She has held this role since 2012 and even teamed up with amfAR earlier this year to help host a virtual gala amidst the pandemic.

Alicia Keys will be the headlining performer at this year’s gala, which has a theme of “I Am a Movie Star.” With the focus on dreaming and fantasy, the show will be sure to take us away to a magical space of excitement and imagination. Plus, with film and movies finally being revived after so many months of being at home, the theme is the perfect way to celebrate the world roaring back to life.

With the amfAR Gala in its 27th year this year and everyone looking forward to the show’s comeback, designers are putting in their best effort to create magical and over-the-top looks. The gala will include a mix of archive garments and new custom designs from iconic houses such as Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton. Young designers will also join them in creating looks for the event, including Nensi Dojaka, Alled Martinez, and Ludovic de Saint Sernin. Meanwhile, everything will be accessorized by Chopard, the jewelry sponsor for the event.

The fashion world has recently seen a shift towards a more genderless take on clothing, and the gala this month reflects that sentiment. While the past galas have included exclusively womenswear, this show will for the first time feature men’s looks among the more than 30 styles included in the collection.

One of the world’s most successful benefit events, the gala has raised 5 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and has helped keep the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. While many are sure to be looking forward to the event’s return to the French Riviera, the number of seats this year are strictly limited. In order to follow the Covid-19 protocols in place, a much more intimate event is planned, including a socially distanced cocktail hour, seated dinner, Carine’s curated fashion show, 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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