Inside UNICEF’s Sixth Biennial Ball, Where David Beckham Was Honored and Mariah Carey Performed Her Throwbacks
There are few things better than a fashionable night out for the sake of charity. UNICEF and Louis Vuitton provided just that when the two teamed up for the sixth biennial UNICEF Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday night.
The star-studded event not only celebrated the non-profit organization’s lifesaving work for children, but also honored David Beckham with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award for his support of UNICEF’s work and University of Southern California president C.L. Max Nikias with the Spirit of Compassion Award as well.
“Tonight’s very special,” Beckham, who rocked a black Tom Ford suit, told us before heading into the event. While his family wasn’t able to attend the festivities, he said, “They’re back in London, but they’re very proud and [the children] know that daddy’s receiving an award tonight… It’s always something to be part of this organization, I’m very proud.”
Louis Vuitton artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière also gushed over UNICEF and the fashion house’s collaboration, telling us, “It’s a fantastic project. When [Louis Vuitton CEO] Michael Burke told me about the project, I was of course fully supportive and very proud that UNICEF and Louis Vuitton have decided to join and create a fund for children in danger.”
With such an iconic brand tied to the event, stars like UNICEF ambassadors Selena Gomez, model Miranda Kerr, and newly-minted LV girl Lea Seydoux (making her first appearance for the brand) made sure to slay the red carpet in Louis Vuitton on their way inside. Gomez nailed it in a cleavage-baring red leather dress while Kerr showed off her gorgeous gams in an embellished mini-dress, which she paired with the adorable LV for UNICEF LockIt bracelet. Nicole Kidman was also on hand in a shimmery, deep-V design.
Inside, Goodwill Ambassador Angie Harmon hosted the event in a red Naeem Khan gown, while guests including Jennifer Connelly, Camilla Belle, and Michelle Rodriguez swooned over Mariah Carey performing “Hero,” “We Belong Together,” and “Always Be My Baby.”
But, the night wouldn’t have been complete without Elton John, who introduced Beckham to the stage to accept his honor (fitting, considering John is godfather to his sons Brooklyn and Romeo). “What is truly extraordinary about David is not the depths of his talent or his fame, but the depth of his heart,” the legendary singer said. “He’s generous and loving to a fault, and the world’s children are much better for it.”
And so is the world as a whole.