Last night's sixth annual amFAR Inspiration Gala — which celebrates the notable AIDS advocacy efforts of public figures — brought out a gaggle of shimmery LGBTQI icons, a few Bravo TV household names, and one very happy hippie for the cause.
That hippie, of course, would be none other than Miley Cyrus, who was being honored for her work within the LGBTQI community with her Happy Hippie Foundation. Arriving in a punked-out scarlet Moschino floor-length gown, replete with a train, a ginormous bow, and a smattering of jeweled hearts across its corseted bodice, Cyrus brought Tyler Ford along as her date for the evening. Ford, who identifies as queer and agender, presented Miley with her award that evening — they both taking the event by storm in matching custom Doc Martens.
Major props to Miley for finally channeling that rambunctious spirit of hers into charitable work and a worthy cause — a spirit we saw on the red carpet and the event's charity fashion show later that evening. As models vogued down the runway, Miley attempted a duck walk while seated in the front row.
The only woman to rival Miley on the red-carpet would of course be Laverne Cox, who, although not an award recipient, essentially won by wearing the likes of this:
In a jaw-dropping gown with a bold slit right up to thurr, the OITNB star and Entertainment Weekly cover star strutted down the red carpet in a pair of black spiked Christian Louboutins, putting all supermodels on notice.
The supermodels in question included Joan Smalls, who arrived in a flippy monochromatic striped dress with an odd detailing of ruffles that were, truthfully, unnecessary. Then there was Alek Wek, a steely goddess in a slate racerback leather Calvin Klein dress, the Sudanese stunner joined by trans models Andreja Pajic and Hari Nef. In severely goth chic looks, Pajic and Nef — both of whom have made history-making strides in the modeling industry respectively as the first trans model to be the face of a beauty campaign and the first trans model to join the IMG modeling roster — made basic black anything but basic.
Also in attendance was Tinashe, my second favorite alt R&B songstress (bested only by FKA twigs), whose silvery sequined mini was a little too formulaic for my taste — unlike her music, which is pretty much lit. Alexander Wang brought his ridiculously attractive muse, Abbey Lee Kershaw as his date, but I couldn't take my eyes off those lustrous locks of his. What does he use? Is that the work of dry shampoo?! Then two of the seven present Real Housewives of New York, Luann de Lesseps and Sonja ("Sonja-with-a-sexy-J") Morgan, arrived to support their boss, Andy Cohen, who was being honored last night for his charitable work — they both wearing colorful tailored dresses that seemed more befitting the taping of a reunion than for a red carpet.
Speaking of Bravo, Andy Cohen arrived with wonderfully salty comedian Sandra Bernhard on his arm, so he can essentially have any award he wants. Such a clutch plus-one, she wearing wildly butterfly patterned midi wiggle dress that had the feel of a 1960s Palm Beach socialite.
Actually there was a septuagenarian socialite in attendance: the one and only Joy Venturini Bianchi. In a pop art-inspired Tom Ford gown that is just the tip of the iceberg, considering all the fashion treasures the San Francisco philanthropist/clothes horse has collected over the years, Bianchi bested women half her age.
But the woman who continues to slay on the youngens was none other than Mary J Blige, the R&B legend bringing the house down and just being, well, y'know, Mary.
Marjon Carlos is a style and culture writer for Fusion who boasts a strong turtleneck game and opinions on the subjects of fashion, gender, race, pop culture, and men's footwear.