NEW YORK — Gay Men's Health Crisis made a foray into the fashion world with Fashion Forward, a celebration of style in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The Nov. 1 event, hosted by Tim Gunn at the Altman Building here, kicked off with a cocktail reception, both live and silent auctions and runway presentations featuring resort and spring looks from Andrew Buckler, Heatherette, John Bartlett, Perry Ellis, Peter Som and Rag & Bone. Auction items included studio portraits, passes to the Whitney Museum and gift certificates for a class at the Institute of Culinary Education, as well as pieces from Thom Browne, DKNY, Joseph Abboud Outerwear, Laundry and Nautica.

Among those present to support and help raise money for the nonprofit and volunteer-supported GMHC were Marjorie Hill, chief executive officer of GMHC, and designers John Bartlett and Andrew Buckler.

"We have never done a fashion event before and we were thinking of events, and the fashion industry has always been a part of HIV/AIDS," said Hill. "Unfortunately, the fashion industry was among the hardest hit during the epidemic, and many fashion icons have been leaders so we thought it would be a very good mix."

"I have always been involved with GMHC in one way or another since I moved to New York in 1986. Two years later, I got involved in their buddy program, which is where you go and visit the houses of people who aren't well and you help them run errands," said Bartlett of his involvement with the GMHC. "At that point it was such a drastic, desperate time, so it was a very profound moment, moving to New York and getting involved."

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