amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Sandra Bullock, Sinead O'Connor, Deborah Harry, Andy Cohen to Join for amfAR's Inspiration Gala

Fahion Presentations by Hugo Boss, Fendi, and Thierry Mugler



amfAR Media Contacts: 
Bennah Serfaty, Senior Director of Communications: (212) 806-1607; 
Natalie Jacobs, Media Relations Associate: (212) 806-1694;  

New York, NY, October 11, 2011— amfAR’s Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles will take place on Thursday, October 27, at the Chateau Marmont.  Produced by Josh Wood Productions, this event celebrates all aspects of men’s style. The design theme for the evening is “Black Tie//Hot Metal.”

Andy Cohen will host the event, which will feature a tribute to amfAR’s Founding International Chairman, the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, presented by Sandra Bullock, and special performances by legendary musicians Sinead O’Connor and Deborah Harry.  Kevin Huvane and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole will serve as Honorary Chairs of the event, accompanied by Event Chairs Larry Boland and Patricia Quick and Vice Chairs Mohammed Al Turki, Greg Berlanti, David Bohnett and Tom Gregory, Stephen Huvane, Dan Jinks, Ryan Murphy, Sean Patterson, Alan Poul, Rich Ross, and Tom Whitman. Host Committee members include Joseph Abboud, Christos Garkinos, Kenneth Gillett and Ron Maassen.

Guests at the Inspiration Gala Los Angeles will also enjoy specially crafted Grey Goose cocktails, dinner, a live auction of fashion pieces and luxury items and a men’s fashion presentation.  Designers who have donated Black Tie/Hot Metal–inspired looks for the Inspiration series’ fashion presentations and auction include: Atelier, Band of Outsiders, Neil Barrett, John Bartlett, Michael Bastian, Bess, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein Collection, Thom Browne, Richard Chai, Kenneth Cole, Dolce & Gabbana, DSquared², Tom Ford, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Robert Geller, Tim Hamilton, Hugo Boss, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Prada, Trussardi, Viktor & Rolf, Y3, and Yves Saint Laurent. 

Inspiration Los Angeles will mark the sixth event in the Inspiration series; other events have taken place in Paris, New York and Sao Paulo.  The Gala is sponsored by Piaget, Hugo Boss, Audi, HBO, Delta Private Jets, and model sponsor Wilhelmina Models.

amfAR recognizes Delta Airlines for its commitment to the fight against AIDS and its generous support of amfAR’s mission.

HP is the official technology supplier of amfAR

About amfAR:
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $325 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

About Josh Wood Productions:
Josh Wood Productions has produced and promoted socially conscious events and concerts featuring artists such as Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais, Norah Jones, Kylie Minogue, Lou Reed, Scissors Sisters, Michael Stipe, and the Pet Shop Boys. Their events have raised money and awareness for Downtown for Democracy, The Guggenheim Foundation, Empire State Pride Agenda, Friends of Hillary, Friends of the Highline, Hetrik Martin Institute, MoveOn, Obama for America, Oxfam, Rock the Vote, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Veterans for Peace.  Josh Wood Productions’ latest project, “The Inspiration Gala Series: A Celebration of Men’s Style,” is an international fashion gala fundraiser benefiting amfAR.  For more information please visit