As we well know by now, the Cannes Film Festival is about so much more than the films. Despite its celebration of artistic nuance, the surrounding festivities eschew all subtlety and restraint, and excess surely has no limit. Undoubtedly the most glamorous celluloid gathering in the universe, the star wattage culminates towards the end of the festival, when luminaries from the entertainment, fashion and philanthropy worlds collide at the Cannes amfAR Cinema Against AIDS event, now in its 22nd year.
Supermodels like Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima and Joan Smalls arrived in high-style to walk a 47-piece designer black and white fashion show, curated by France’s most powerful editrix, Carine Roitfeld. Star studded fantasy packages were auctioned off, such as an intimate dinner for 12 hosted by Andrea Bocelli at either his Miami or Tuscan estate (1 million Euro), dinner on a yacht in St. Tropez with Leonardo di Caprio (250K Euro), or a package of tickets to the Golden Globes, Weinstein after party, CAA post Globes party, Spectre premiere and photo shoot with Bradley Cooper (220K Euro). But the hottest lot of the night was Jeff Koons’ massive Coloring Book from his Celebration Series, which commanded a whopping winning bid of over $13 Million (12M Euros) – sold to Russian oligarch and Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik, who also dropped $15 million on a Damien Hirst at the previous amfAR gala.
While celebs like Zoe Kravitz, Jake Gyllenhall and Adrien Brody mingled during the dinner, the party was energized with electrifying performances by Bocelli, Charli XCX, Mary J Blige, and Imagine Dragons. To cap off the glamfest, Marc Ronson got the real party started downstairs, as supermodels kicked off their heels and shimmied with stars while sipping the free flowing Moet champagne and Belvedere libations into the wee hours of the night.
Oh, and about those films – Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan won this year’s Palme D’or.