FASHION

Taraji P. Henson, Halsey, and a Slew of Celebrity Models Kick Off New York Fashion Week

Written by Lauren McCarthy
Photographed by Victoria Stevens

There’s no more glamorous kickoff to the February fashion month than the annual amfAR Gala, held each winter at Cipriani Wall Street to raise awareness and support for AIDS research. This year, the organization honored Lee Daniels and W‘s Editor in Chief Stefano Tonchi, and, for the event’s 20th anniversary, pulled out all the stops at the party, with free-flowing Champagne, a live performance from Halsey, and an A-list emcee in the form of Taraji P. Henson. The space itself was transformed with flickering candles, moody red upholstery, and dark purple flowers. Of course, the most eye-catching spectacle of them all was the sheer number of models circulating the room, including Hailey Baldwin, Joan Smalls, Andreja Pejić, Sistine Stallone, Anwar Hadid, Presley Gerber, and Elsa Hosk. There were also much of Hollywood represented, with Queen Latifah, Adrien Brody, Rachel Brosnahan, Sienna Miller, Lucy Hale, and Nicola Peltz making the rounds. Here, go inside the star-studded evening.

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Halsey at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Taraji P. Henson and Queen Latifah at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Heidi Klum, Adrien Brody, and Sienna Miller at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Hailey Baldwin at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Heidi Klum and Ellen von Unwerth at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Sienna Miller at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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La La Anthony at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Anwar Hadid at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Nicola Peltz at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Larsen Thompson at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Taraji P. Henson at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Andreja Pejic at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Elsa Hosk at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Heidi Klum at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Delilah Belle Hamlin and Alanna Arrington attend the 2018 amfAR Gala New York at Cipriani Wall Street on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)

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Hailey Clauson at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Halsey and Taraji P. Henson at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Rachel Brosnahan at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Guests at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Stefano Tonchi at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Michael Kenneth Williams at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Queen Latifah and Lee Daniels at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Maxwell at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Kenneth Cole at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.

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Halsey at the 2018 amfAR Gala at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, February 7th. Photo by Victoria Stevens for W Magazine.