art & Fashion in Tribeca

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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Last night the Chanel artists’ dinner at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival drew a stylish set to The Odeon. Each year, renowned artists contribute pieces for the Festival to be exhibited before serving as awards for 10 winning filmmakers. “When we started Tribeca we decided to award original artwork to the winning filmmakers in lieu of a trophy because we felt that one artist giving to another demonstrated the importance of artists supporting each other in their work,” said Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal.

Along with stunning artwork, this night especially brings stunning style to Tribeca.

This year, Naomi Watts walked the red carpet wearing a gold Chanel sheath and yellow shoes–but the most notable accessory was on her arm- her mom Myfanwy Edwards. Joining Watts on the red carpet was fellow Aussie actress Rose Byrne (who has three films due for release simultaneously) along with other red carpet regulars including Adrien Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Robert De Niro, Zach Braff and Lauren Hutton.

Artsy types such as Chiara Clemente, Aaron Young with his chicer-than-chic girlfriend Laure Heriard Dubreuil (Paris-born owner of the Miami boutique the Webster), Julian SchnabelKalup Linzy, Jeff and Justine Koons, Warhol superstar Jane Holzer and Clifford Ross.

And uber-fashionables like Harley Viera Newton, Fabiola Beracasa, Sophie Auster, Nina Garcia and Julia Restoin Roitfeld.

The Odeon was also in stacked with style- Bronson Van Wyck and team transformed the restaurant’s mirrored walls with painted colorful flowers and Chanel signature interlocking C’s.

New Yorkers and festival-goers alike can view the works at the New York Academy of Art before they are presented at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards Ceremony on the evening of April 28.

Since art played an integral role in Chanel’s history and continues to today, it is no wonder Chanel supports the Festival and celebrates the artists of the past, present and future.


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