Some Like it Haute at Phantom Thread Premiere

by Debbie Bancroft Photographed by Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Might there be a secret message sewn into the label of your bespoke or couture duds?  If so, it would be from the mysterious, elegant, and just a bit masochistic Reynolds Woodcock, the couturier (perhaps) inspired by Charles James in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Phantom Thread,, which premiered at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center on Monday night.

Three-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis stars and forcefully reminds that he is perhaps our finest living actor in what, sadly, is reputed to be his last performance. 

Cinema Society convened an appropriately chic fashion crowd.  Some even donned evening clothes, as Mr. Woodcock would have liked.  And the choice of the Harold Pratt House as the site for the after-party was sheer genius, as it mimicked the sweeping staircase and elegant drawing rooms of the film’s fictional London atelier.

Co-star Luxembourgian Vicky Krieps, who could be the daughter of Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, swanned down the stairs in a dress that looked as if it was out of the movie. Costume designer Mark Bridges was there, so perhaps it was.

Another co-star, Leslie Manville, was equally radiant—much more so in real life than her stoic character,  and award nominees abounded:  Bob Odenkirk, noticeable because he’s so darned handsome, mingled with Mark Rylance and Michael Shannon in a decidedly un-Woodcockian flannel shirt.  Sienna Miller was defined by bright ruby lips that announced themselves ahead of her. Frances McDormand (frequently touted for best actress awards this year), came with husband Joel Coen. New dad Ben Foster caught up with Hugh Dancy, Amber Tamblyn and David Schwimmer. And stylish folks Fern Mallis, Candy Pratts Price, Stan Herman, Jenna Lyons and Cynthia Rowley relished this dramatic, slightly mysterious homage to all things haute. 


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