The devil and the Amfar
Text Maria A. Crespi
AmfAR has changed its skin. From now on it will be hard and of struggle, it will mean, besides its meaning. Taking a road or losing it forever, a definite break with compromised faces, a female oath. Twenty-five women, all acting as front-woman, HonoraryChairs in the key year, as many as the years celebrated in homage to the intuition of Liz Taylor who had the idea to raise funds for AIDS research. Linda Evangelista, Silvia Fendi, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson and many others because the official hashtag #AmfARCannes #BeEpic was perceived as the right thing, a natural emanation of #MeToo suitable for the moment, able to mitigate even the glorious un-correct of a rich party. The first AmfAR after Weinstein, evil memento to the transience of human things. Overcoming Harvey and the financial scandal that fell on him with a weight of infamous spot: accused of having drawn profits from fundraising.
Pierce Brosnan arrived on purpose. Leonardo Di Caprio remained at home but, on the other hand, Sting and Shaggy were celebrated guests, with Grace Jones who will be seventy years old on Saturday. At the Hotel Du Cap/Eden Roc in Antibes, usually heavily guarded, where the charitable beauty night has been spent for years, all welcomed by BoldFilms and Chopard main sponsors together with PernodRicard, new entry. On the redcarpet, many models dressed as they went to the beach or in the bedroom – Bella Hadid, undisputed icon of what we are obliged to define trash.
One hundred thousand Euros for a table overlooking the performers and the auction of the privilege for discomfort. Forty dresses specially realised by Armani, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Alberta Ferretti, a bronze of the celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and a sculpture by Bernar Venet and a Bentley of 1964. Doubling past glories, in terms of money offered, is not easy, 210 million dollars of which 20 collected in 2017 while in 2014 the evening yielded 34 million. For its part, AmfAR has invested more than 517 million dollars in research programs against AIDS and funded over 3,300 research teams worldwide.