Actress Scarlett Johansson and designer Donatella Versace were honored at amfAR’s New York Gala last night at New York City’s Cipriani restaurant. Both were recognized for their longstanding support of the foundation for AIDS Research and the fight against AIDS.
Johansson walked the red carpet in a custom-made Versace tuxedo and black pumps, telling reporters, “I’m deeply touched to be honored tonight. I’m so happy I can be here and on behalf of amfAR. It’s such an important cause. There’s 37 million people living with HIV/AIDS so it’s important that we never forget that.”
Many celebrities wore Versace in honor of Donatella, including Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum and Diane Kruger.
Actress and model Amber Valletta was on hand for the occasion, telling Footwear News that her first memory of Versace had to be her first runway show with the label, dating back to the early ’90s.
Alessandra Ambrosio was in attendance as a co-chair for the event, and Ellie Goulding served as this year’s performer. Other guests included Iman, Adriana Lima, Chloë Sevigny, Diane Kruger and amfAR Chairman of the Board, Kenneth Cole.
Cole told FN that if you have a platform, you should use it. “It’s more important than ever to stay focused and steadfast. We all need to be aligned,” he added.