amfAR Gala 2017: The glitz and glam of the red carpet

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The amfAR Inspiration Gala 2017 held in Los Angeles raised more than $13 million to amfAR’s lifesaving research programmes but not without controversy.

The Foundation for Aids Research, more commonly known as amfAR was formed in 1985 through the unification of AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF) and National AIDS Research Foundation. Funds raised by the organisation have revolutionised drug treatments, supported diagnostics and played a key role in changing public policies. amfAR has been described as one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations dedicated to the support of AIDS research.

Attracting a number of celebrities, press and acknowledgment from the public, this year’s amfAR Gala was the most renowned yet; kept in the public eye by host James Corden’s controversial Harvey Weinstein comments.

But we had our eyes on one thing and one thing only; the fashion and this year’s gala did not disappoint. Our favourite outfits which really captured the spotlight were as follows:
Chris Salgardo taking apart the classic suit and throwing a Gucci kimono on top took guts and didn’t it pay off! The vibrant hues of the yellow and black floral detail mixes well with the tailored shirt and trousers combo.

Caroline Daur wearing a beautiful cascading beaded gown, this is what I call a showstopper. The attention to detail is phenomenal and we can’t miss those jewelled droplet earrings, proving to us diamonds certainly are a girl’s best friend. The handmade embroidered gown was created by PatBo. The brand designed by Patricia Bonaldi has been a firm favourite in the best dressed lists so far this year.

Patricia Bonaldi wearing her very own PatBo design. The two-tone skirt speaks volumes. Rather than opting for a totally fitted silhouette the fit and flare style combines perfectly with a ruffled waterfall layering. The skirt really compliments the bejewelled finer detail of the top.

Victoria Justice looks like she’s come straight from a fairy tale in this romantic gown. Another design by Hollywood favourite Patricia Bonaldi. Justice channels old Hollywood glamour with her sleek curls and dark gloss lipstick in this look.Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana stole the show with their combined style. Metcalfe opting for a Bogart in Blue Velvet look while Santana wearing Monique Hullier; a brand renowned for extravagant designs. Santana looks flawless and the floral design is show stopping; teamed with a classic red lip this look is a timeless classic.

The star-studded event was of course filled with the usual glitz and glamour of any Hollywood gala. However, it wasn’t without its controversy as popular television host James Cordon grabbed the headlines with his views on Harvey Weinstein. But, controversy or no controversy we can be sure of one thing the red carpet did not disappoint.

Words by Rosie Mary Kathleen Boon

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