This year's Cannes AmfAR gala benefiting Cinema Against AIDS will honor the iconic actress with a runway show organized by Carine Roitfeld and Naomi Campbell, featuring all-gold looks designed especially for the event. As the event is in its 20th year, it promises to be the biggest, most star-studded yet.
“Since it is the 20th year of this event, I thought people should walk away with an incredible memory," Roitfeld told WWD. "For me, this is really a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. When you think of her in Cleopatra, you have this very powerful image of gold and beauty.”
Roitfeld's Liz Taylor obsession has been well-documented. In a recent Q&A, Roitfeld said Taylor was her fashion icon:
I can tell you she was not very well dressed but Liz Taylor was an icon for me. She was the most modern person. She didn’t give a shit if people didn’t like what she was doing. I’m very happy to continue her work at AMFAR.
Roitfeld also--in one of her first gigs after leaving Vogue Paris--styled a 72-page spread for V inspired by Taylor.
Roberto Cavalli will provide the decor for the event, so suffice it to say this will not be very subtle.
Cavalli and his wife Eva are co-chairs, along with Kenneth Cole, Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum, Jessica Chastain, Janet Jackson, Milla Jovovich, and Harvey Weinstein.
Labels contributing looks for the fashion show include little-known up-and-comers like Christian Dior, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander Wang, Pucci, Fendi, Givenchy, Marchesa, Missoni, Michael Kors, Prada, Moncler, Vionnet, Valentino, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Lanvin, Comme des Garçons, and Kenneth Cole.
The jewelry will be provided by both emerging and established designers who are affiliated with the World Gold Council’s LoveGold initiative, including Bulgari, House of Waris, Kimberly McDonald, and Hoorsenbuhs. It will obviously all be gold.
As extravagant and over-the-top as this year's gala promises to be, it sounds like it might have been even more fun in the early days. Andy Boose, who is producing the event, told WWD of one of the first gatherings: "We auctioned off the belly ring that was in Naomi Campbell’s belly, because we didn’t have anything else to sell.”