A steady stream of A-listers and other wealthy supporters sashayed into the exclusive Hotel du Cap in Antibes, men in black tie and women in the most attention-grabbing creations they could muster.
Actress Joely Richardson also went for red, while Jovovich made a typically bold choice with a futuristic Versace invention. A Cannes regular, Jovovich described it as, ‘one of the most exciting festivals.’
Singer Jessie J put a spin on her trademark leopard print with a deep-red figure-hugger from Louise Heal, complete with a thigh-high split. Dunst opted for a feminine colour-blocked Louis Vuitton gown, while several guests contrasted in black leather, including singer Sky Ferreira in Givenchy. ‘I like a lot of black,’ she told us, looking suitably smoky-eyed.
And what of the men? Gerard Butler livened up the red carpet, joshing with reporters as queues formed for photo calls, while Garrett Hedlund arrived a few minutes after his girlfriend and On the Road co-star Dunst. Stopping to chat about his sexy role in the Beat generation drama, Hedlund said he was having a ‘wonderful’ time in Cannes. He tried to play down his burgeoning sex symbol status, saying, ‘Aw, that’s just a performance,’ but admitted to being happy about comparisons to Brad Pitt: ‘I f***ing love Brad, he definitely took me under the wing in Troy. It’s great.’
Once inside the luxury hotel, guests enjoyed dinner along with performances from FUN, Jessie J and Aloe Blacc. Carine Roitfeld produced a fashion show featuring Karolina Kurkova, Kate Upton and others, in all-black looks from designers including Chanel, Christopher Kane, Tom Ford and Valentino. The entire collection was auctioned off for €300,000, while other items winning cash for the cause included a private shoot with Peter Lindbergh (€90,000) and a signed screen print of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn 29 (€600,000).
An after-party saw Ferreira singing the intro to Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ before DJ Giorgio Moroder took to the decks with a tribute to the late star. It was a fitting end to a night of glamour that raised nearly $11m for the cause.