Italo Zucchelli Fergie Francisco Costa Matt Bomer
Italo Zucchelli Fergie Francisco Costa Matt Bomer

NEW YORK, Jun 11, 2014/ — With Creative Directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli accepting the award in behalf of Calvin Klein Collection, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research honored the New York-based label as a company that has made a profound impact on the state of AIDS research.

Actor and amfAR board member Matt Bomer and performer Fergie presented this prestigious Award of Inspiration to Calvin Klein Collection at the Foundation’s 5th annual Inspiration Gala held last evening at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

For the evening, Calvin Klein Collection wardrobed Fergie, Matt Bomer, Alex Lundqvist, Alan Cumming, Zachary Quinto, and the evening’s host, Josh Duhamel.

Fergie wore a Spring 2014 Calvin Klein Collection white silk long slip dress designed by Mr. Costa, the brands’ Women’s Creative Director, and carried a Calvin Klein Collection metal box clutch. Each of the men wore looks designed by Mr. Zucchelli, the brands’ Men’s Creative Director.

The Inspiration Gala featured a rare intimate performance by legendary, influential British rock band New Order. The black-tie benefit also featured a gala dinner, a live auction of luxury goods, and a full-scale runway show – including10 men’s and women’s Calvin Klein Collection looks – which was held in the Plaza’s historic Palm Court.

amfAR also honored steadfast AIDS activist HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, and HBO was recognized for the company’s impactful contribution to AIDS research. Proceeds from the event will benefit amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.

Since its launch in 2010, the Inspiration event series, produced by Josh Wood Productions, has raised $15 million for amfAR, and has been held in such cities as Los Angeles, São Paulo, Paris, Toronto, and Miami.

IMAGE CREDITS: © 2014 Kevin Tachman/Getty Images

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