The stars were out as the annual Foundation for Aids Research black-tie benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street kicked off Fall 2009 Fashion Week. R&B superstar Mary J. Blige congratulated designer Donna Karan, who received an Award of Courage for the role she's played in furthering amfAR's mission. "This is not about me," Karan said, noting that the fashion industry can contribute even more to the cause. "This is about we."
At the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s benefit gala, Gabrielle Union showed up in a strapless styled Prada gown in a rich shade of emerald green. A diamond wreath at her neck and black T-strap heels completed her look.