EJAF Raises a Record-Breaking $7 Million at Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party 0

Academy Awards Viewing Party

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is a nonprofit organization, established by rock musician Sir Elton John
February 26, 2017
West Hollywood Park
West Hollywood, CA

The 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised a record-breaking $7 million for the global effort to end AIDS.  The gala, which took place on Sunday, February 26, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was generously sponsored by BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.

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EJAF Raises a Record-Breaking $7 Million at Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

EJAF Raises a Record-Breaking $7 Million at Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

EJAF Raises a Record-Breaking $7 Million at Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party


Attendees included Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Adam Lambert, Adriana Lima, Alano Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio, Amy Landecker, Andie Macdowell, Andrew Rannells, Anita Baker, Anna Musky, Ashley Tisdale, Ava DuVernay, Beck and Marissa Ribisi, Beejan Land, Bellamy Young, Bernie Taupin, Beverly Johnson, Big Sean, Bradley Whitford, Bryan Singer, Caitlyn Jenner, Caroline Vreeland, Carrie Brownstein, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris Colfer, Chris Cornell and Vicky Karayiannis, Chris Hardwick, Chrissy Metz, Ciara, Colman Domingo, Colton Haynes, Daniel Paltridge (President, North America at Bulgari), David Alan Grier, David Bisbal, Diana Jenkins, Dorit Kemsley, Eric Esrailian, Eric and Janet McCormack, Freida Pinto, Gabby Douglas, Gaby Hoffmann, Gordon Ramsay, Heidi Klum, Jane Seymour, Jay Duplass, JC Chasez, Jeffrey Tambor, Jhene Aiko, John Demsey (Group President at Estee Lauder), Josephine Skriver, Judith Light, Justin Hartley, Karen Buglisi (Global Brand President at M∙A∙C), Katharine McPhee, Keesha Sharp, Kiersey Clemons, Kyle MacLachlan and Desiree Gruber, Lady Caroline Grainge, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele, Leona Lewis, Lizzy McGroder, Lottie Moss, Luke Hemsworth, Lydia Hearst, Mark O’Brien, Matthew Morrison, Michelle Dockery, Mike Colter, Mike Medavoy, Parky and Peter Fonda, Patricia Hearst, Paul Kemsley, Paz Vega and Oren Segal, Petra Nemcova, Quincy Jones, Rachel Griffiths, Regina King, Ricky Martin, Robert Kraft, Ruby Rose, Russell Simmons, Russell Wilson, Ryan Adams, Ryan Kwanten, Sandra Lee, Seth MacFarlane, Sharon Stone, Smokey and Francis Robinson, Sting and Trudie Styler, Terry George, Tim and Jane Allen, Toni Collette, Tony Goldwyn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vanessa Hudgens, and Yvonne Orji, among others.


Guests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 89th Academy Awards® telecast.  For a fifth consecutive year, Chef Gordon Ramsay, British celebrity chef, television personality, restaurateur, and holder of 14 Michelin stars, prepared an exquisite five-course meal for guests. Moët Hennessy provided champagne, wines were provided by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits were provided by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila.

During the evening, Elton and David introduced Open Road and Survival Pictures’ new film – The Promise – which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey at the outset of World War I.  Written by Terry George and Robin Swicord and directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), The Promise stars Oscar Issac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon.

In addition to sharing EJAF’s vision for championing human rights, The Promise team at Survival Pictures has taken the unprecedented step of making the commitment to donate all proceeds from the film to nonprofit organizations including EJAF and other humanitarian groups.  As part of this commitment, Survival Pictures matched the pledges guests made to EJAF via text and live auction purchases during the event to help make EJAF’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party a record-setting evening.

The dinner was followed by a lively auction conducted by Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8, which featured a Barrie Wentzell fine art print Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Hampstead Heath, 1970; BVLGARI Diva’s Dream Necklace in white gold with pavé diamonds; Lalique and Damien Hirst Eternal Love, Eternal Beauty, and Eternal Hope limited edition crystal panels; Norman Seeff fine art prints Carly Simon, Los Angeles, 1974, and Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, New York, “Robert and Patti II,” 1969; a RETNA painting Close Lipped, 2016; a five-day vacation at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian retreat; and two tickets to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Following the auction, St. Paul & the Broken Bones took the stage for an exciting performance of their hit songs, including “I’ll Be Your Woman” with Sir Elton John.

Audi, BBVA Compass, TheBLUEFISH, M∙A∙C Viva Glam, and StyleHaul partnered with EJAF as the evening’s Co-Sponsors; the Foundation for Global Sports Development, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, and Bob and Tamar Manoukian were Associate Sponsors. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals.  American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.

In his remarks, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John thanked his guests for enthusiastically participating in an audience participation feature, which enabled guests to make gifts to the Foundation on the spot using their cell phones. Throughout the evening, live messages from EJAF friends Laverne Cox, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Gaby Hoffmann, Judith Light, and Jay Duplass encouraged guests to text in pledges to support the Foundation’s urgent mission.  The first 40 guests who donated $5,000 or more received a Christopher Makos limited edition print Andy American Flag, 1969.

“As we look back on our efforts over the past 25 years to prevent HIV infections, help people living with the disease, and speak up for their rights, we have a lot to be proud of and a lot of valuable experiences to inform our work going forward,” said Elton. “This party and our work have always been about love, inclusion, fairness, and good health for everyone. We believe these remedies can cure anything – most especially AIDS.”

We are deeply grateful for the wonderful volunteer leadership of our Event chairs Mahershala Ali, Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beck, Carrie Brownstein, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Stéphane Gerschel, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Miranda Harper, Luke Hemsworth, Tommy Hilfiger, Gaby Hoffmann, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Landecker, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Siran Manoukian, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Yvonne Orji, Daniel Paltridge, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Andrew Rannells, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoë Saldana, Jane Seymour, Steve Sims, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Tambor, Steven Tyler, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

All of us at EJAF are thrilled with the results of this signature fundraising event, and we are deeply grateful to all of the individuals and organizations that helped to make this benefit such an incredible success.



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Kendall and Gigi’s Favorite Jewelry Designer Is Launching a Lower-Priced Line Today 0

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It’s always been important for brands to connect with their customers, but in the age of Instagram, it’s even more crucial—and a lot easier. Dylanlex founder Drew Ginsburg essentially launched her edgy, statement-making jewelry label on the platform in 2013 by posting photos of herself in the jewelry. What started as a fun side-project quickly grew into a huge online business as she built up a following; at a time when minimalist jewelry was all the rage—the tinier, the better!—Dylanlex’s hard-edged, in-your-face aesthetic stood out. Now, Ginsburg is the go-to girl for major jewelry moments, from Beyoncé’s “Formation” video to red carpets.

Lately, her necklaces and chokers have been worn by Gigi HadidKendall Jenner, and Rihanna—arguably three of the most influential women in the industry right now. Anything they wear tends to sell out, but many of their fans might not be able to justify the price tag of a handmade Dylanlex piece. So after countless pleas for more accessible items, today Ginsburg is releasing Dlnlx by Dylanlex, a 31-piece collection of necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets that start at $45 and max out at $195. Fans of the label will be happy to see that Dlnlx looks nearly identical to Ginsburg’s fancier fare, but might have a few less crystals or a more simplified silhouette.

“It’s always been the plan to evolve into a lifestyle brand,” Ginsburg explains. “To do that, it felt natural to expand our offerings so that they could satisfy a true lifestyle, so we created Dlnlx as a brand of everyday statements.” Ginsburg herself tends to wear several pieces at once—a full arm of cuffs, two necklaces, earrings, and maybe a handful of rings. “Customers would see how great the pieces looked layered together, but would sometimes be disappointed to see how much the full look would cost,” she explains. “For example, in the ‘Formation’ video, Beyoncé is probably wearing $8,000 of Dynalex. With Dlnlx, all of our fans can create their own unique layered looks.”

In fact, Ginsburg credits Beyoncé, Hadid, and Jenner with paving the way for Dlnlx. “Their public support is what really exposed Dylanlex to the masses and allowed us to have a market for a brand like Dlnlx. They helped make our jewelry an aspirational product for a lot of people, and Dlnlx expands that group of people even wider,” she says. Another hugely influential woman she’d like to see in her jewelry? “Michelle Obama,” she adds. “She’s such an amazing person, and she always wears statement pieces so well.” Now that Obama is moving onto the next chapter of her career, she may just be ready for a little Dylanlex edge.

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11 Alternative Necklaces to Buy Now Before Kendall Jenner Makes Them Ubiquitous 0

11 Alternative Necklaces to Buy Now Before Kendall Jenner Makes Them Ubiquitous

You’d be hard-pressed to scroll through Kendall Jenner’s Instagram account and find any photo of her not wearing a choker. Diamanté or dark velvet, this piece of jewelry has become the model’s signature accessory, inspiring millions of It-girl loyalists and, most recently, a cheekyMatt Lauer to mimic the look. And yet, as the inevitable ebb and flow of fashion trends go, the choker craze may be waning in 2017. Like the street style frenzy for creeper shoes and bomber jackets that came before, it’s time to consider hanging up those little black ribbons and try on a new kind of necklace this year.

Pretty pendants, long chains, and multi-strand statement pieces are poised to take the lead, so better jump on board and shop the 10 alternative choices above, before Ms. Jenner snaps a stylish selfie with one.


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House of Holland RTW Fall 2017 0

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Designer Henry Holland called the collection his "love letter to America."

House of Hollandmight be a label known for its tongue-in-cheek approach, but that doesn’t mean designer Henry Holland isn’t thinking about the bigger picture. “It’s very difficult not to be looking to America at the moment so the collection was kind of my love letter to America. What I wanted to do was celebrate the culture of the country,” said Holland.

He took a characteristically exuberant attitude for a collection filled with Stars and Stripes prints, retro checkerboard patterns and lace and fringing. His ever-youthful silhouettes had an off-hand, Nineties quality this time around, as Holland said he’d been taken with how the era’s hip hop stars had interpreted cowboy looks. There were designs such as a slouchy, pink-and-white checked fluffy sweater worn over a slipdress. Jeans printed with white stars were paired with an oversized lumberjack shirt and a sweater with a Woody Woodpecker motif (part of a capsule collection inspired by the cartoon character.)

As much as the collection channeled a bold, brash mood – fishnet tights and cowboy boots worn with a coat in red-and-white shaggy shearling checks – there were looks that tempered all those wild elements. Nodding to the grungier side of the Nineties, there were lace dresses in muted shades of mauve and khaki, trimmed with silky fringing.

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