And The Guests Wore Chanel

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Inside A Star-Studded Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner

As the first burst of hot summer weather arrived in New York City on Monday, April 18, the city’s cultural life got heated as dozens of celebrities and social figures, all dressed in elegant Chanel creations, swarmed to Balthazar’s for the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner.

Summer time was on everyone’s mind as guests were guided inside the stylish brasserie overflown with cream-colored peonies and a fountain made of pear blossoms, in the center of the dining room, surrounded by warm candle glow, all arranged by Bronson Van Wyck event designers.

Most of the attendees opted for the black and white simplicity that Chanel brand is synonymous with. Katie Holmes showed up in a pair of high waisted lace paneled pants that Mademoiselle Coco would have certainly approved of. Chloe Sevigny paired her lacy tights with leather, adding a touch of downtown cool to Chanel’s uptown aesthetic. Actress Emily Mortimer went for an updated version of the timeless black and white Chanel blazer while Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Vanessa Traina both chose romantic white dresses. Model and actress Dree Hemingway was the belle of the ball in her long lace white skirt and a casually thrown on black sweater.

Chanel’s current lineup of starlets known for their nonchalant style like Anya Taylor-Joy and Kaya Scodelario enjoyed steak and frites followed by Balthazar’s famous profiteroles. Customarily this year’s dinner paid tribute to several artists who contributed original pieces to the filmmakers. Keith Edmier, Zak Kitnick, Virginia Overton and Alex Gartenfeld were all honored during the dazzling event.

As the festivities came to an end, attendees like Robert De Niro, Leelee Sobieski, Arden Wohl, Rupert Friend, Bruce Weber, Tory Burch, Harley Viera-Newton were sent home with art books. Each guest got a pre-selected just for him or her art tome. Chloe Sevigny received a Donald Sultan, Dree Hemingway got a book of Alex Katz‘s pop art, and De Niro got one on William Wegman’s portraits of Weimaraner dogs, all presenting themselves as conversation topics outside of New York Primaries anticipation.

Photos by Billy Farrell/


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