Top celebrities and supermodels gathered for an annual charity dinner considered to be the most glamorous night of the Cannes Film Festival.
Among those on the star-studded guest list for the amfAR dinner were supermodels Winnie Harlow, Natasha Poly and Maryna Linchuk, who were pictured arriving for the event.
Sienna Miller and Kate Hudson were among 25 women appointed honorary chairs of the Thursday night’s extravaganza, hosted by US-based Foundation For AIDS Research.
There was one notable absence from this year’s dinner, which was held at the exclusive Cap-Eden-Roc hotel on the Cap d’Antibes that juts into the Mediterranean along the coast Cannes.
Until this year, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein rarely missed the amfAR dinner, but he was not there at the opening of the event on Thursday.
Weinstein’s representatives did not comment directly on his absence but said he had helped the event collect more than $170 million over the years and would “continue to quietly be supportive and passionate for AmfAR”.
Hollywood Reporter had called him the event’s “driving force”, bringing A-list talent to the dinner where an auction of artworks, fashion and ultra-elite experiences raises millions of dollars for AIDS research.
He was brought down last year by scandal. More than 70 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape. Weinstein has denied engaging in nonconsensual sex.
The event faces “a critical test for its viability”, Hollywood Reporter said in an article suggesting it had become tainted by the scandal due to Weinstein’s former involvement.
“Tonight’s event is going to be just as exciting and entertaining as always while raising critical funds for AIDS Research,” amfAR said in statement.
Hundreds of guests were invited to the event held at Cap-Eden-Roc, an exclusive hotel on the Cap d’Antibes juts into the Mediterranean along the coast Cannes.
Grace Jones, Ellie and Sting are due to perform and the lots at auction include a sculpture by Ai Weiwei, a vintage Bentley convertible and an authorised replica of Michelangelo’s David, with proceeds going amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
Stars often also offer themselves for auction. Last year David Beckham raised 350,000 euros ($415,000) for a chance to play soccer with him.
Another year George Clooney auctioned a kiss for $350,000 and, in 2008.
In 1999, when asked if he would get the host Sharon Stone to “strut some stuff” to help raise money, he replied: “Listen I’ll make Sharon do a striptease for the charity.”
AmfAR this month appointed 25 women to be honorary chairs of the event.
Additional reporting from Reuters news agency.