Inside The Glitzy, Star-Studded amfAR Gala In Cannes 2018 At Hôtel Du Cap

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Jason Derulo arrives at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

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The annual, high-profile summer fête for the Cannes amfAR Gala was nothing less than extraordinary, as can be expected of the Cannes Film Festival pinnacle event. The charity affair benefitting research and funding for AIDS worldwide has become one of the world’s most successful charity benefits and most coveted tickets to snag in town during the two-week Film Festival. The Gala continuously draws in the likes of A-listers from actors/actresses, supermodels, musicians, politicians and other leading forces of the world, generating more than $210 million to date for the foundation.

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Perrier-Jouet: at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap

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Absolut Elyx: at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap

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This year was extra-special, as it was the Gala’s 25th Anniversary, taking place at the lauded Hôtel Du Cap on the gorgeous Mediterranean in Antibes. Guests came off the Red Carpet, decked out in jaw-dropping couture, including vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Chanel, Dior and dripping in jewels from Chopard, Piaget, Tiffany & Co. and more. As they entered into the magical Gala, they were greeted with ever-flowing glasses of Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Champagne as well as inventive Absolut Elyx signature libations.

Winne Harlow attends the cocktail at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018
Winne Harlow attends the cocktail at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018

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Lais Ribeiro attends the cocktail at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018

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The guest list included boldface names like Off-White designer Virgil Abloh, actresses Kristin Stewart, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, actors Adrien Brody and Pierce Brosnan, heiress and DJ Paris Hilton with fiancé Chris Zylka, supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum (with new beau Tom Kaulitz accompanying her for their first-ever public appearance), Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova, Winne Harlow, Elsa Hosk, Lais Ribeiro, Sara Sampaio, Shanina Shaik, Martha Hunt and so many more.

attends the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 dinner at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2018 in Cap d'Antibes, France.
amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 dinner at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

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Chris Tucker attends the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018
Chris Tucker attends the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018

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The evening consisted of a multi-course gourmet dinner accompanied by glasses of Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque, an exclusive fashion show by Carine Roitfeld and a diverse mix of high-profile, live music performances by Ellie Goulding, Grace Jones, Sting & Shaggy and finally Jason Derulo for the grand finale. The famed pop star belted his greatest hits like “Trumpets,” “Whatcha Say,” “Talk Dirty,” and “Want to Want Me” as guests danced jovially in the crowd. 

attends the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 dinner at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2018 in Cap d'Antibes, France.
amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 dinner at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

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Guests were also treated to an on-stage toast with comedian Chris Tucker, where he clinked his glass of Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque to the brand’s exclusive NetJets experience, which sold in the auction for an impressive €80,000 EUR bid. The lucky winner received round-trip travel aboard the NetJets Phenom 300 to Paris, where they will dine at Akrame. A round-trip helicopter will then take the group to the Maison Belle Epoque in Épernay, where they will meet with Perrier-Jouët Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps to customize 24 bottles of champagne. 

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