With pride, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Susanne Bartsch celebrated Ballroom culture at LOVE BALL III and raised funds for the CFDA-Vogue HIV/AIDS Fund at the New York Community Trust at Gotham Hall.
Performers in six categories competed for trophies customized by world-renowned artists. The ball’s winners were:
Roger Superstar for Head to Toe, the self-made couture category, with a Lucy Dodd trophy.
Orlando for Hair Spectacular, which featured hair stylists pushing their artform, with a Tony Oursler trophy.
Yasmine Petty for Beauty and Face, bringing illusion through make-up and sponsored by M∙A∙C Cosmetics, with a KAWS trophy.
Invertebrate for the Move to the Groove dance category, with a Kenny Scharf trophy.
Charlene for the Show Stoppers performance art category, with a Raúl de Nieves trophy.
Xtravaganze for Battle of the Legendary Houses, with a Jack Pierson trophy.
Harlem fashion legend Dapper Dan presented the trophies to each winner.
The judges included: Aquaria, Kevin Aviance, Mary J. Blige, David & Phillipe Blond, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Marc Jacobs & Char Defrancesco, Amanda Lepore, Miss Lawrence, Jack Mizrahi, Patrick Starrr, Teyana Taylor, Dita von Teese, and Zaldy.
In one of many highlights of the night, Master of Ceremonies Billy Porter performed his new song, Love Yourself.
Notable guests included: Amanda Lepore, Aquaria, Billy Porter, Christian Siriano, Dapper Dan, David Barton, David & Phillipe Blond, Dita von Teese, Eric Rutherford, Fernando Garcia, Geena Rocero, Indya Moore, Jack Mizrahi, Janet Mock, Jason Wu, Jillian Mercado, Jonathan Adler, Brian Donnelly (KAWS), Kevin Aviance, Linda Fargo, Marc Jacobs & Char Defrancesco, Mel Ottenberg, Mary J. Blige, Milk, Miss Lawrence, Nicky Hilton-Rothschild, Patrick Starrr, Raul de Nieves, Sharon Needles, Simon Doonan, Simon Huck, Stan Herman, Stephanie Shepard, Steven Kolb, Steven Klein, Susanne Bartsch, Teyana Taylor, Timo Weiland, Zaldy and more.
Raul Lopez of LUAR designed the official LOVE BALL III T-Shirt.
LOVE BALL III is made possible by the generous support of corporate sponsors including M∙A∙C Cosmetics, Lyft and SKYY® Vodka.
The ball was conceived with the help of a volunteer committee of creatives led by Susanne Bartsch and featuring Drew Elliott, Jack Mizrahi, KCD, Kevin Aviance, Simon Doonan, Simon Huck, Vogue, and Zaldy. The late Hector Xtravaganza was part of the committee.