amfAR's Fashion Week Gala

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Parties - Iman in Angel Sanchez and Donna Karan - amfAR's Fashion Week Kickoff Gala
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amfAR's Fashion Week Gala

01 of 06

Heidi Klum and Michael Kors

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Parties - Heidi Klum in Michael Kors and Michael Kors - amfAR Fashion Week Kickoff Gala
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In New York City, Heidi Klum (in Michael Kors) and Michael Kors were among the boldface names who celebrated the arrival of Fashion Week while getting the message out about AIDS awareness at amfAR's 12th annual New York Gala, co-sponsored by MAC Cosmetics. After placing their bids during one of amfAR's legendary auctions, the charitable crowd was moved by musical performances that ranged from the sacred (Meryl Streep) to the profane (Lady Gaga) and a memorable tribute to longtime amfAR advocate Natasha Richardson, who passed away last March. "I wasn't even supposed to be here, but amfAR called so I said yes!" said Klum of her unscheduled appearance. "I'm glad that I can give back by attending events like this, talking about an issue and helping to raise some money."

-Bronwyn Barnes, with reporting by Nakisha Williams

02 of 06

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Parties - Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen - amfAR Fashion Week Kickoff Gala
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Mary-Kate

and Ashley Olsen braved the blizzard to show their support for the cause. Ashley even got in on the action once the bidding started on a Louis Vuitton vanity case created by amfAR board member Sharon Stone and a painting by Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli. Though the actress didn't win either of the coveted items, which raised a combined $1.2 million for amfAR's programs, she and the other guests took home a gift bag containing MAC's new Viva Glam Cyndi and Viva Glam Gaga lip colors.

03 of 06

Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Parties - Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper - amfAR's Fashion Week Kickoff Gala
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In an unforgettable ensemble that she accessorized by applying dozens tiny white pearls to her cheeks, Lady Gaga was the center of attention for much of the evening. Gaga's fellow MAC Viva Glam face Cyndi Lauper introduced the songstress' shocking performance, which included a crowd of mannequins, a rotating piano and a few curse words. Gaga later accepted the Award of Courage on behalf of an absent Elton John and David Furnish, telling the crowd, "I just wanted to say how much Elton means to me and how much David means to me and I just recently became good friends with them, but to me it's like you feel like you've known someone your whole life and watched them your whole life."

04 of 06

Zoe Saldana and Chloe Sevigny

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Parties - Zoe Saldana in Louis Vuitton and Chloe Sevigny in Louis Vuitton - amfAR Fashion Week Kickoff Gala
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"I had the privilege of going to the amfAR benefit in Cannes last year and I was taken by the consciousness on spreading awareness," said Avatar star Zoe Saldana, who mingled with Chloe Sevigny-both actresses wore fashion forward dresses from event co-sponsor Louis Vuitton's pre-fall collection-before taking her seat. "When I see how people like Elton John and brands like Louis Vuitton have lent their time, their money and their voices to help this cause expand it makes me more than happy to be here."

05 of 06

Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Parties - Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep - amfAR's Fashion Week Kickoff Gala
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"It takes guts to follow Rufus amp#91;Wainwrightamp#93; and Gaga, the sacred and the profane," said Meryl Streep when she took the stage to honor Natasha Richardson. "But I'm going to sing an Irish song for amp#91;Natashaamp#93; and everyone else who couldn't be here tonight." Streep's acapella version of "The Parting Glass" was followed by a touching speech by Richardson's mother, Vanessa Redgrave and a video tribute from Bravo's Andy Cohen.

06 of 06

Iman and Donna Karan

Fall 2010 Fashion Week Parties - Iman in Angel Sanchez and Donna Karan - amfAR's Fashion Week Kickoff Gala
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Looking elegant in an emerald Angel Sanchez gown, Iman cozied up to Donna Karan. Karan, Christian Siriano and Diane von Furstenberg were among the designers who put preparations for their Fashion Week shows on hold for the night in order to show their support.

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