Cannes has always been as much about the glittering late-night parties as the films, and this year was no exception. At amfAR’s 14th Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Moulin de Mougins Wednesday, Kenneth Cole and Sharon Stone got people to dig deep into their pockets to help raise $7 million for AIDS research. Among the items for auction: a serenade by Kylie Minogue, lunch with Dita Von Teese and a smooch from George Clooney.
Even without the sex appeal of models including Gemma Ward, Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell and Carla Bruni, there was plenty of heat in the tent, which was stifling in the unseasonable temperatures. It got so hot, Clooney joked he was going to auction off an air conditioner for $500,000.
The fashion crowd — including designers Stefano Pilati (who came with Catherine Deneuve), Roberto Cavalli and Emanuel Ungaro‘s Peter Dundas (in town to fit Angelina Jolie) — stuck to one side of the room while the movie stars were clumped front and center. The crush left festival jury member Sarah Polley casting her eyes about the room for “;someone that I know.”
Friends were in high supply later on at Quintessentially’s Hotel du Cap after party and at a Karl Lagerfeld photo exhibit, which drew Minogue, Mischa Barton and Claudia Schiffer. Lagerfeld stayed out until the wee hours of Thursday morning and may as well have just kept going until the “;Ocean’s 13” premiere later that night.
Co-stars Brad Pitt, Clooney, Matt Damon and Ellen Barkin did their due diligence on the red carpet, then sped up to club Bâoli for a Martini-sponsored bash, where they partied privately as the nonfamous guests were left to gawk at them on the patio through a glass wall. Minutes later, the well-dressed stars departed for dinner on a yacht at the Hotel Du Cap.