As the curtain slowly falls on a 76th Cannes Film Festival that has felt at times more like a neverending fashion show, it was almost inevitable that one of its final acts had absolutely nothing to do with cinema.
Indeed, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc provided the five-star backdrop as the great and good of film and fashion – but mostly fashion – converged for the annual amfAR Cannes Gala, hosted by Queen Latifah.
Leading the way at the star-studded event were Heidi Klum, Kate Beckinsale, Eva Longoria and Helena Christensen who all looked incredible as they walked the blue carpet.
Heidi, 49, put on a leggy display in a green mini dress that featured a dramatic train with a layered detail and tasseled embellishment.
The German beauty posed up a storm on the red carpet and added to her outfit with a pair of silver shimmering heels.
Turning heads: Heidi, 49, put on a leggy display in a green mini dress that featured a dramatic train with a layered detail and tasseled embellishment
Couple: The America’s Got Talent judge was joined at the event by her husband Tom Kaulitz who looked dapper in a black suit
The model’s garment also featured a sweetheart neckline and a sheer detail, while Heidi let her blonde locks fall loose down her shoulders for the event.
The America’s Got Talent judge was joined at the event by her husband Tom Kaulitz, with the couple sharing a kiss as they walked the blue carpet together.
Kate Beckinsale showcased her sense of style in an eye-catching purple dress with a structured front and layered detailing.
The gown also featured a train and a cinched waist while Kate, 49, accessorised withh a pair of silver diamond earrings.
Eva Longoria showcased her jaw-dropping figure in a black dress with a sheer detail that highlighted her toned pins.
The garment also featured a high collar and a shimmering detail while the Desperate Housewives star, 48, also sported towering black heels.
Styling her brunette tresses into an updo, Eva accentuated her natural beauty with a daring red lip.
Helena Christensen looked sensational in a pale pink dress with a low cut neckline and a cut out detail along the midriff.
Leggy: Eva Longoria showcased her jaw-dropping figure in a black dress with a sheer detail that highlighted her toned pins
Stunning: Helena Christensen looked sensational in a pale pink dress with a low cut neckline and a cut out detail along the midriff
Colour: Kate Beckinsale showcased her sense of style in an eye-catching purple dress with a structured front and layered detailing
The Danish model, 54, also wore a matching cape for the evening along with a pair of silver open-toed heels as she posed on the blue carpet.
Elsewhere, Stella Maxwell exuded old Hollywood glamour as she donned a black figure hugging gown with a plunging sweetheart neckline.
The dress also featured a sheer detail leading up to a dramatic silver choker while the Victoria’s Secret Angel also wore a pair of gloves.
Adding height to her frame with a pair of heels, Stella styled her platinum blonde locks into vintage-style waves.
Lori Harvey set pulses racing with her look as she slipped into a bright red gown with a cut out along the centre that highlighted her toned midriff.
The garment also featured a high collar and a flowing train, with Lori adding to her look with a pair of sunglasses.
Jourdann Dunn set pulces racing with her look as she arrived to the event in a tiny red mini dress that highlighted her incredible figure.
Her outfit came complete with a matching bow and train while the model also wore a pair of matching heels.
Glamorous: Alessandra Ambrosio flashed every inch of her incredible model figure as she made a stunning arrival for the gala
Sultry: Jourdann Dunn set pulces racing with her look as she arrived to the event in a tiny red mini dress that highlighted her incredible figure
Pose: Alessandra stunned in the daring silver gown with racy beading as she blew a kiss for the cameras
Alessandra Ambrosio flashed every inch of her incredible model figure as she made a stunning arrival for the gala.
The model, 42, looked nothing short of incredible in a perilously plunging silver sheer gown that certainly caught the eye as she arrived for the prestigious annual charity event.
Alessandra stunned in the daring silver gown with racy beading that showed off her ample cleavage.
Her gown boasted a daring low-cut front and a matching thigh-high split that left little to the imagination.
Meanwhile, fellow model Cindy Bruna was a vision in a black sleeveless dress as she arrived to the swanky event.
The star’s outfit featured a cut out detail along the chest along with a faux fur lining along the hemline.
Boosting her frame with black heels with a diamond encrusted buckle, Cindy wore her locks in a poker straight style for the evening.
Style: Cindy Bruna was a vision in a black sleeveless dress as she arrived to the swanky event
Model: Coco Rocha turned heads in a royal blue gown with a patterned train which she wore with towering boots
Flawless: Meredith Mickelson looked radiant as ever in a peach two-tone dress which featured a layered detail
Wow: Elsa Hosk sent temperatures soaring in a daring sheer dress that left little to the imagination
Ensemble: Rebel Wilson looked sensational in a dark green strapless dress and a pair of black open-toed heels
Coco Rocha turned heads with her look as she donned a royal blue gown with a patterned train and structured shoulder detail.
The model also sported a pair of towering blue boots and styled her brunett locks into a bouffant style for the bash.
Model Meredith Mickelson looked radiant as ever in a peach two-tone dress which featured a layered detail.
Meredith, who is the ex-girlfriend of The 1975 singer Matty Healy, let her brunette locks fall loose down her shoulders and accessorised with silver earrings.
Amelia Gray Hamlin cut a glamorous figure in a pale pink dress with a scooped neckline and a purple sequinned emellishment.
The garment also featured a daring backless detail and leg split while Amelia added height to her fram e with a pair of heels.
Pals: Eva looked in good spirits as she posed for a snap with Petra Nemcova who looked incredible in a flowing red gown
Sizzling: Lori Harvey set pulses racing with her look as she slipped into a bright red gown with a cut out along the centre that highlighted her toned midriff
Loved-up: Heidi shared a kiss with her musician husband Tom as they walked the red carpet together
On point: Ashley Graham opted for a white blazer and matching trousers along with a black hat
Wearing her raven locks in a poker straight style, Amelia accessorised for the evening with a white clutch bag and silver necklace.
The model, who is the daughter of Real Housewives of Beverley Hills star Lisa Rinna, completed her look with a light palette of makeup.
Elsa Hosk sent temperatures soaring in a daring sheer dress that left little to the imagination.
The model showcased her incredible figure in the garment which featured a low cut neckline and a cut out detail along the midriff.
The Swedish beauty boosted her frame with a pair of open-toed heels while she wore her blonde tresses in an elegant updo.
Emma Weymouth cut a typically glamorous figure in a figure-hugging white and blue dress with a feathered detail.
Couple: Robin Thicke cut a dapper figure in a black suit as he attended the event alongside his fiancée April Love Geary
Loved-up: Queen Latifah served as host for what is the hottest party during the annual Cannes Film Festival and attended the event with her partner Eboni Nichols
Host with the most: Queen Latifah donned an elegant white suit with a flowing train
Suave: Adam Lambert looked sharp in a turquoise blazer with a matching waistcoat and trousers
The garment also featured a flowing sheer train with tasseled shoulders while the socialite drew further attention to her look with a diamond necklace.
Victoria Silvstedt put on a busty display for the gala as she slipped into a blue sheer dress with a sweetheart neckline.
The outfit featured a floral print while glamour model Victoria styled her platinum blonde tresses into loose waves.
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Queen Latifah served as host for what is the hottest party during the annual Cannes Film Festival, and which raises millions of dollars for AIDS and HIV research and awareness.
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Elegant: Winnie Harlow ensured all eyes were on her as she put on a leggy display in a white off the shoulder dress
Pals: Helena posed for a snap with fellow model Maye Musk, who is the mother of Tesla founder Elon Musk
All smiles: Emma Weymouth cut a typically glamorous figure in a figure-hugging white and blue dress with a feathered detail
Sensational: Sara Sampaio opted for a light blue off the shoulder gown with a daring leg split
Pose: Halsey commanded attention in a sheer fuchsia dress and black leather globes
Style: Izabel Goulart opted for a black sheer dress with a cut out detail while Alek Wek looked incredible in a black dress
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The swanky amfaR gala also included a fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld, and a fund-raising auction by Simon de Pury.
Included in the auction were Cecily Brown’s latest work – created specially for amfAR – and a signed 2016 Damien Hirst artwork of Leonardo DiCaprio.
Amongst amfAR Gala Cannes’ co-chairs are Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke, Scarlett Johansson, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria and Heidi Klum.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy.
Smooch: Amy Jackson domnned a multi-coloured off the shoulder dress as she cosied up to her boyfriend Ed Westwick
Dapper: James Marsden looked dapper in a black tuxedo while Jordan Barrett wore a b lack and red striped suit
Stunning: Former Hollyoaks star Wallis Day turned heads in a black sheer gown with a floral detail
In April 1983, Dr. Mathilde Krim and Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, along with Michael Callen and a few others in New York City, founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF).
It was the first private organization in the world dedicated to raising funds to support scientific and medical research on AIDS. Its first research grants were awarded in 1984.
In September 1985, amfAR was formed through the unification of AMF with the like-minded National AIDS Research Foundation, which had been incorporated in California in August 1985.
Since then, amfAR has invested nearly $617 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,500 grants to research teams worldwide.
amfAR Gala Cannes has raised a cumulative total of more than $245 million for amfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research.
Guests: Jas Mathur, Kate Beckinsale, Ramona Agruma, Rebel Wilson, Vas J Morgan, DÃ©bora Nascimento, Victoria Villarroel and Kelle Crisp posed for a snap at the event
This extraordinary success has enabled the Foundation to make critical research investments to bring it within reach of a cure for HIV.
amfAR’s research investments have contributed to the development of antiretroviral drugs that are keeping millions of people alive, and helped eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in many parts of the world.
And amfAR has galvanized a scientific community that, once deeply skeptical, has largely embraced the notion that a cure is not only possible but achievable in our lifetime.
Today, amfAR is supporting a range of cure-focused strategies. A new grant initiative called ARCHE-GT, for example, is supporting teams of researchers investigating gene therapy approaches to a cure.
Importantly, the researchers are charged with developing an intervention that could be delivered by injection, increasing the chances that, if effective, it could be administered without requiring complex laboratory procedures.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, approximately 84.2 million people acquired HIV and more than 40 million have died of AIDS-related illnesses.
What is AIDs and HIV?
What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
It is a disease in which the body’s immune system breaks down and is unable to fight off infections, known as ‘opportunistic infections,’ and other illnesses that take advantage of a weakened immune system.
What is HIV?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.
It is the virus that causes AIDS. A member of a group of viruses called retroviruses, HIV infects human cells and uses the energy and nutrients provided by those cells to grow and reproduce.