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A Date With JLo


“I love this party because you have a sense that what you’re doing is important. You don’t feel indulgent,” Kenneth Cole told at last night’s amfAR Inspiration Gala. “Except maybe tonight’s a little indulgent because we’re at the Plaza.” After cocktails in the Oak Room, guests were led, by drummer boy, to a military-inspired men’s fashion show off the lobby. The whole affair was topped off with dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Liza Minnelli exclaimed, “I feel like Eloise!” And well she should, of course. Minnelli’s childhood in the famous hotel is said to have inspired her godmother, Kay Thompson, to pen the popular children’s books.

The Inspiration Gala, as amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost explained, is the night when amfAR honors the people who might not be HIV/AIDS activists but whose work informs amfAR’s mission nonetheless. The evening’s honorees were Alan Cumming, Valentino (he couldn’t make it, so Iman accepted the award on his behalf), and Jennifer Lopez. A date with Lopez when she accepts her Walk of Fame star in Hollywood later this year was a highly coveted auction lot, especially after Lopez upped the ante by offering not one, but two dates. Dsquared²’s Dean and Dan Caten secured the first, and another bidder got the other, each for a cool $90,000.

—Todd Plummer

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