At Last Night’s amfAR Gala, Disco, Skin, and a Proud Peacock

Metallics, flamenco dresses, thigh slits, and an alarming amount of black mesh also popped up on the red carpet

Last night, A-list celebrities, supermodels, and more stepped out in the South of France for amfAR’s 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS gala. The star-studded fete was, as it always is, an evening brimming with glamour. And while the gala, which was held at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock, was a proven philanthropic success (WWD reported that the event raised more than $25 million for AIDS research) we can’t help but discuss the fashion element of the Cannes affair—after all, it is historically one of the best-dressed parties of the year.

Since 2012, CR Fashion Book editor and all-around fashion icon Carine Roitfeld has staged a fashion show during the event. This year, the theme was “The Disco Collection.” But, aside from the supers like Jourdan Dunn, Doutzen Kroes, Natasha Poly, and Isabeli Fontana, who danced down the runway in designer, Studio 54-inspired ensembles, and Katy Perry, who performed in a gilded fringe cape, mirrored mini dress, and metalic thigh-high Gianvito Rossi boots, there wasn’t much ‘70s style seen on guests. 

That being said, we need to give credit to a handful of attendees, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sophie Turner, and Milla Jovovich among them, whose gowns looked like shimmering disco balls. There were hot, bold colors—Uma Thurman in a custom shocking pink Schiaparelli, Heidi Klum in canary yellow Versace—and red, red, red (Daria Strokous, Lily Donaldson, and Katy Perry again), as well as a good number of Chanel moments (Juliette Binoche, Kirsten Dunst, Ellie Bamber). Flamenco-esque dresses that recalled a young Madonna dancing through the streets of el barrio in “La Isla Bonita” emerged as an unlikely trend, and we saw surprising amount of black mesh. (All hail Dame Helen Mirren in Temperley London!) Also worth mentioning is the fact that a number of women seemed to have taken cues from 19-year-old Bella Hadid, who showed up at the screening of Unknown Girl on Wednesday looking like a modern-day Jessica Rabbit in a fiery, skin-baring, slit-up-to-there Alexandre Vauthier number. (Seriously, though, how did she so gracefully avoid a wardrobe malfunction? Props to her styling team.) Our personal favorite, however, was a young lady who didn’t necessarily fit into any trend—Elle Fanning donned a divine custom Valentino gown, the skirt of which was covered in feather motifs. The stunning actress gave new meaning to the term “peacocking.”

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