On Thursday night, Rihanna closed out New York Fashion Week on a glamorous high note with her Fourth Annual Diamond Ball. Hosted by Insecure comedian Issa Rae and with performances from Grammy winner Childish Gambino and DJ Mustard, the charity event raised funds for Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation — and proved a raucous party for celebrities like Seth Meyers, Odell Beckham Jr., Tiffany Haddish and Paris Hilton, who danced in designer duds at the bottom of Manhattan. (Also spotted: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Daily Show host Trevor Noah, and Rihanna, who stayed mostly out of the fray at a central table surrounded by family before getting up to dance.)
“We’ve got some good food, some music… and we’re working on making the world a little bit better, so you can feel less guilty about getting drunk,” Rihanna joked in her short notes to open the evening, which was kept phone-free for the first half to encourage guests to ostensibly skip the selfies.
“Rihanna, you are truly a good girl who went bad and then got good again,” Rae said during her monologue.
Inside the cavernous Cipriani Wall Street ballroom, about 650 guests sipped sparkling rosé in a space decked out with copious pink flowers before sitting down for a dinner of cheese tagliolini and short ribs.
The live auction was the main event, including items like Audi’s first electric car (the winning bidder will receive the first car off the assembly line — and bid a generous $120,000 for that pleasure; “They come equipped with seat belts,” hype man Meyers joked onstage to up the ante), an ultra-luxurious trip to Costa Rica for 20 that went for $260,000 and a set of rare bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne, with a trip to the wineries included in the price, for $35,000. Tiffany Haddish herself put down $75,000 for a pair of Chopard diamond earrings. Last year the Clara Lionel Foundation brought in about $5.5 million from this event, and director Justine Lucas told TIME they’re hoping to top that number with this year’s ball.
The Clara Lionel Foundation, named after Rihanna’s grandparents, pursues a number of charitable projects worldwide, often focusing on health and education. But that mandate has recently expanded. In the past year, Lucas said, they’ve provided emergency response support following crises in places like Texas, Puerto Rico and Mexico, and …read more
Source:: Time – Entertainment