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Stars come out for AIDS relief

Stars come out for AIDS relief — Madonna, Queen Latifah, and Susan Sarandon came out for New York’s Love Ball 2

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Madonna was there but this time she didn’t stand out. Even for the daring docugirl, it was hard to get noticed in the middle of hundreds of men wearing thousands of yards of lace and tulle. New York’s Love Ball 2, a fashion-victim fund-raiser with proceeds to be administered by the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS, brought to Roseland a fascinating mix of celebrities, designers, artists, and musicians for a night of friendly but fierce competition in such over-the-top categories as Cross Dressing and Delusions of Grandeur. Judges Susan Sarandon, Queen Latifah, Robert Klein, Bob Mackie, and Jean-Paul Gaultier bestowed ”crowns” designed by architect Michael Graves on the evening’s winners, among them Donna Karan and Emporio Armani. Onstage, the celebrity emcees matched the spirit of the contestants: Cyndi Lauper and Sylvia Miles dressed as men with mustaches, while Sandra Bernhard taunted the crowd by unbuttoning her tux and revealing her black lace bra. By the end of the night, Love Ball creator Susanne Bartsch was proudly announcing that the event’s tally was more than $600,000 and that those with any money left over simply must attend an auction of incredible crowns, made by artists as diverse as Paloma Picasso, Tina Chow, and Philippe Starck, at Barneys New York on June 5. The crowd then retired to the Copacabana and danced all night.