On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, amfAR will hold its sixth annual Inspiration Gala New York at Spring Studios, honoring Miley Cyrus and Andy Cohen for their longtime support towards the fight against AIDS.
Hosted by Anderson Cooper, the black-tie gala will also feature an auction of exquisite items, a sensational menswear runway show, and unforgettable live entertainment. The theme of this year’s fashion show and auction is “Street Art/Street Fashion”.
Cyrus has continued to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS through her support of amfAR, the M·A·C AIDS Fund, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. She is currently the spokesperson for M·A·C Cosmetics’ VIVA GLAM campaign, where every cent of the lip products go towards the M·A·C AIDS Fund helping people globally affected by the disease. This year, Miley is focusing her efforts with the M·A·C AIDS Fund on raising awareness and ending the HIV/AIDS stigma, particularly around marginalized youth. Since its inception, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has raised more than $380 million dollars. Miley recently launched her Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rallying young people to fight the injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations.
Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” has been a supporter of amfAR for over ten years. He has chaired multiple amfAR events, previously hosted the Inspiration Gala Los Angeles in 2011, and led the planning of honoring the family of beloved amfAR Trustee Natasha Richardson at last year’s New York Gala for continuing her legacy in the fight against AIDS.
Alexander Wang, R. Martin Chavez and Adam Norbury will serve as Honorary Chairs. Event Chairs include David C. Bohnett, Ed Chase, Jim Clerkin, John Demsey, Curtis Forsythe, Nayla Hayek, and Vin Roberti. Ellen Barkin, Klaus Biesenbach, Bruce Bozzi and Bryan Lourd, Tom Ford, Kathy Griffin, Dakota Johnson, Liam Neeson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole are members of the Host Committee.
Harry Winston and M·A·C Viva Glam are the Presenting Sponsors. Moët Hennessy is the Official Champagne, Wine, and Spirits Partner. Microsoft is the Official Technology Partner. The Points Guy is the Silver Sponsor. Spring Studios is the Gold Sponsor. FIJI Water is the Water Sponsor. Delta is the Official Airline of amfAR.
The amfAR Inspiration series, produced by Josh Wood Productions, celebrates all aspects of men’s style and revolves around a new design theme each year. This year, the world’s top menswear designers will offer looks for the street-inspired runway show.
Participating designers include Acne Studios, Alexander McQueen, Baja East, Belstaff, Calvin Klein Collection, CoSTUME NATIONAL, Christopher Kane, Diesel Black Gold, Dior Homme, DKNY, Dries Van Noten , Hood By Air, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jil Sander, J.W. Anderson, Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Lucio Castro, Marc Jacobs, Marcelo Burlon | County of Milan, Michael Kors, Moschino, Neil Barrett, Off-White, Raf Simons, Ralph Lauren, Robert Geller, Rodrigo Otazu, Thom Browne, Tom Coppens, Todd Snyder, Tom Ford, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, and Y-3.
The runway looks will be styled by Nicolas Bru. Makeup will be provided by M·A·C Cosmetics, and hair styling will be provided by Rodney Cutler for Hairdressers Against AIDS. Runway Production and Casting will be provided by Trew Productions, and Show Design will be provided by Stefan Beckman.
The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 to celebrate men’s fashion and style while raising funds for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs, and it continues to attract the most prominent and influential members of the entertainment, fashion, and business communities. Last year’s event honoring HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Calvin Klein Collection, and HBO raised more than $1.2 million, and to date the Inspiration series has raised more than $20 million to benefit amfAR.
Past Inspiration New York honorees and participants include Matt Bomer, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Heidi Klum, Kenneth Cole, James Franco, Uma Thurman, Alan Cumming, Michael Kors, Ricky Martin, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Inspiration New York galas have also featured stunning performances by renown artists such as New Order, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jennifer Hudson, Liza Minnelli, Courtney Love, Scissor Sisters and Cyndi Lauper.