AmfAR 2012 - New York
The New York Public Library was the scene for the amfAR Inspiration Gala New York, where Fergie, the lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas, and Robert Duffy, President of Marc Jacobs International, both received the Piaget Award of Inspiration. Two-time Best Actress Oscar winner, Hilary Swank, presented Duffy with his award, while past Piaget Award of Inspiration winner and Calvin Klein Creative Director, Francisco Costa, presented Fergie with her award. Both Fergie and Duffy were recognized for their inspiring style and commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, attributes which embody the Piaget Award of Inspiration.
The Gala was hosted by actors Cheyenne Jackson and Rose McGowan, and included a live auction moderated by Barneys’ Simon Doonan. The highlight of the evening was an athletic-themed runway show inspired by the upcoming London Olympic Games. The design featured exclusive looks from the world’s top menswear designers like Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne and Kenneth Cole, who were all in attendance. Legendary Olympic gold medalist and AIDS activist, Greg Louganis, and famed rugby player and gay rights supporter, Ben Cohen, made special appearances on the runway while sporting Piaget Polo FortyFive watches. Acclaimed New York glam rock band, Scissor Sisters, closed out the evening with a rousing performance that got everyone on their feet.
Larry Boland, President of Piaget North America, and a Chair for the evening’s festivities, hosted Blondie lead singer, Debbie Harry, and TV personality and author, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, at Piaget’s tables. Bensimon accessorized her sleek black gown with Piaget Rose motif earrings in white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds, a Piaget Rose ring in white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds and a Piaget Limelight watch in white gold set of brilliants, square and triangle-cut diamonds on a black satin strap.
2012 marks the third year of Piaget’s partnership with amfAR and its valuable fundraising efforts for HIV/AIDS research programs. The company will continue its support with two more Inspiration Galas to be held in Paris on June 28th and Los Angeles in the Fall. To date, this series has raised over $4 million.