MAC Viva Glam Fashion Cares 25 went down on Sunday night at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts. The event was dubbed “A Night of Glitter & Light”- A benefit for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). The end of an era. And it ended with a bang!
Tickets for the event ranged from $73.50 to $1500. Tax receipts of varying amounts are issued depending on the ticket cost. Patrons were treated like celebrities with red carpet arrivals, pre-show cocktail reception complete with ample complementary bars and hors d’oeuvres as well as a retrospective exhibit with live models displaying the designs and concepts of last 25 years of this historic event.
The night was ablaze with fashion. The guests were completely decked from head to toe in fierce ensembles ranging from full on tuxedos with glittering capes to MC Hammer pants and sleeve-less blazers! The models were strategically placed throughout the venue and they were doing a killer job at giving good face! The music was eclectic- perfect for working the room- or the runway. There were even a couple drag queens, Sofonda Cox being one of them, thrown into the mix as models.
Costumes from the main headliner of the event, Sir Elton John were also on display. They were so fabulously flamboyant that only he could pull them off with such finesse! All in all the pre-show gala was a success.
The live show was carded for 8 but started at approximately 8:20 or so- a minor hiccup that very few noticed. The festive mood of the night was enough to smooth over just about anything. The show was hosted by Fashion Cares co-chairs Michael King and David Furnish as well as the adorable twin duo of Dean and Dan Caten/DSquared2. Canadian born international supermodel Linda Evangelista and TV personality Jeanne Beker also graced the stage.
After a stunning display of fashion with pieces from designers such as Comrags and Stephane Rolland, the nights performances were underway. The Scissor Sisters kicked it off with a high energy performance including this summer’s hit “Let’s have a Kiki”. The Canadian artistes gave a wonderful performance. Followed by Sky Ferriera and powerhouse Janelle Monae- who rocked us with a wicked rendition of Jackson 5 hits I want you back, Cold War and Tightrope. As if the night couldn’t get any better, the man himself, Sir Elton John gave a performance like only he could singing hits like “I’m Still Standing”, “Rocket man” and “Tiny Dancer” to name a few.
The finale was a performance by Sir Elton along with all the musical acts of the night. All in all, this was excellent event in support of a good cause -HIV/AIDS.