She Leads, You Follow: amFAR New York Gala Edition

In the middle of a season filled award shows and fashion shows alike, it’s important to dedicate some time to an important cause. And on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the stars did just that when they attended the amFAR New York Gala. The gala, which serves as the kick-off event for New York Fashion Week, also “honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

Blake Lively attended the gala for a cause in an all-white ensemble, featuring silver and gold beading and pointed-toe gold heels, says ELLE. Although her dress didn’t need many accessories, her outfit’s best accessory was perhaps husband Ryan Reynolds, who donned a sharp three-piece suit for the occasion.

Following suit in contrasting number was Brazilian model Izabel Goulart, who stunned on the red carpet in a black lace gown with a scoop back, according to ELLE. The mermaid-style gown featured a dramatic train, done in black beaded lace over a nude underlay.

Changing things up in a jumpsuit was Liu Wen, a model from Yongzhou, China. Wearing a black, dolman-sleeved jumpsuit with hip cutouts, the model took a simple, yet stylish approach to gala style as she made her way down the red carpet.

Although these ladies are dressed for a black-tie gala to kick off New York Fashion Week, there is one important thing to remember from their red carpet appearances:

While  wearing clothing that fits properly and makes you feel beautiful is important, it is even more important to take the time to think about how you can make an impact on the world — whether it is by supporting a cause or an organization like amFAR or volunteering in your own community — and then setting out to make that change possible.

Fashion changes and style is fleeting, but the mark you leave on the world will hopefully be a lasting one.

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