06/15/2011 08:23 am ET | Updated Aug 15, 2011

Michael Kors, James Franco Honored At amfAR Inspiration Gala (PHOTOS)

Michael Kors and James Franco were the guests of honor at Tuesday night's amfAR Inspiration Gala.

The designer took home the amfAR Award of Courage, while the actor-turned-student-turned-photographer (and whatever else he's up to now) received the Piaget Award of Inspiration.

Inspiration, an amfAR event series produced by Josh Wood Productions, is a celebration of men's style that benefits the Foundation's innovative AIDS research programs. The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 with events in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles. A different design "inspiration" is featured each year. The theme for 2011 is "Black Tie, Hot Metal" and guests are encouraged to dress inspired by the theme.

As part of this year's Inspiration benefits, some of the world's top menswear designers will donate a piece inspired by the "Black Tie, Hot Metal" theme. All designs will be presented in a runway show at the New York event and select pieces will be auctioned in each of the three 2011 Inspiration cities, with proceeds to benefit amfAR.

Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Atelier, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein Collection, DSquared2, Yves Saint Laurent, Piaget, Michael Kors, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Elie Tahari, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Thom Browne, Vivienne Westwood, Hugo Boss and Kenneth Cole donated looks for the runway show. There were also performances by Jennifer Hudson (who continued to look a-mazing), Courtney Love and the one and only Liza Minnelli.

Check out photos from the event.