Last night, the annual amFar AIDS charity gala took place at the Cipriani Wall Street event space and raised over $1.4million for the cause, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The event, which is one of the more significant event of the New York Fashion Week fringe calendar had the stars out in force, with Project Runway star Heidi Klum putting in an appearance, as well as super models Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford as well as designers such as Kenneth Cole and Roberto Cavalli.
Screen stars also turned out to support the event such as Julianne Moore, Woody Allen and Jennifer Hudson. Lindsay Lohan also arrived, wearing a "demure long-sleeved white dress." The evening involved live performances from Janelle Monae and Theophilius London as well as a performance by the opera singer Michelle Johnson who dedicated her turn to the late Elizabeth Taylor, who was a founder of the AIDS charity.
The organisers of the fundraising event also organised an auction to raise extra cash. One of the highpoints of this was the framed black and white portrait of Richard Gere. The photograph was taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, the famed photographer who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989. He was well known for his fetish photography but also for taking the cover shot of Patti Smith's iconic album Horses.