The Tribeca Film Festival wrapped up its ten days of movies and more in New York City on Sunday, with yet another successful compilation of emerging talent and pop culture. Originally created to regain vitality in the lower Manhattan neighborhood after the September 11, 2001 attacks, today the festival reins on as a display of New York City culture and international flair.
Especially on the forefront of the festival this year was our old friend, fashion, with big names like Chanel and Dior making headlines. Once again Chanel hosted the annual Artist’s Dinner, which notably took place this year at Balthazar in SoHo (not TriBeCa). The reason? The root of most Manhattanite’s problems: space. But, Jane Rosenthal, one of the founders of the festival, was keen to note that “As long as you have the spirit and soul of TriBeCa, then you can go anywhere.” The dinner was cloaked in the elegance that Chanel embodies, with mosts guests appropriately dressing in the designer of the evening. Black and white were the colors of choice, and not just for dinner but at the festival overall. Bloggers for the event were quick to pick up on the trend, and an article is even featured on the Festival’s website (which you can check out here: http://tribecafilm.com/stories/tff-2014-fashion-black-and-white). Perhaps this is a sign that spring essentials are better in black and white. Here at SNOWMAN, we can’t help but agree.
Chanel also made headlines in relation to the Film Festival with their support of the program’s Art Awards. This year contemporary artists such as Clifford Ross, David Kratz, and Gillian Laub have created pieces that will be gifted to winning filmmakers. In the excellent marriage of film, fashion, and fine art a clear thread of artist interaction is visible. Much in the same way that art has been showing up on the runways (hello Prada fur!), art is now having its fling with film. It is a wonderful thing to see a company like Chanel supporting modern artists- just more proof that fashion is a world that touches all genres.
Not to be overshadowed by Chanel, one of the biggest moments in fashion at the festival was the premiere of the documentary Dior and I, directed by Frenchman Frédéric Tcheng. Tcheng has done previous work in the fashion realm, with films such as Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and of course Valentino: The Last Emperor (which is available as a DVD on Netflix and should be in every fashionista’s queue). His keen eye and ability to capture raw emotion was evident in the documentary on Dior, which followed Raf Simons during the creation of his first Haute Couture collection for the fashion house. With the collection regarded as a huge success, it is no surprise that the documentary is expected to follow suit.
Overall, it was a fabulously fashionable ten days of film and fun at the Tribeca Film Festival. With big names like Chanel and Dior making headlines, and black and white showing up everywhere, it was almost like any other week in New York- with a little bit of extra flair. The true essence of the Film Festival is the very energy and vibe that we all love about TriBeCa and New York City in general. It’s raw, it’s unique, and, of course, it’s stylish. The Film Festival sounds like everything SNOWMAN is all about.