Chanel's Downtown Dinner Party at Tribeca 2009
Mary-Kate Olsen and Diane Kruger
From haute couture to hoodies, the fashion was as diverse as the guest list at Chanel's 8th annual Tribeca Film Festival dinner, held at legendary neighborhood haunt Odeon. While Debra Messing and Kerry Washington wore designs from the Karl Lagerfeld's Spring 2009 collection, other guests didn't feel the need to adhere to a Chanel-only dress code. Mary-Kate Olsen paired her Nina Ricci tunic with a TopShop belt, Bradley Cooper worried he was under-dressed in cargo pants, and Diane Kruger opted for an ensemble from Alexander McQueen. "The bag is Chanel," said Kruger, pointing to the iconic interlocking C's. "Obviously."
Kerry Washington and Molly Shannon
"I loved the neckline," explained Kerry Washington when asked why she choose the classic tweed boatneck dress for the occasion. "It's very Jackie O...I mean, it's very Michelle O." The talk turned from politics to art when Washington chatted with Molly Shannon, whose husband, painter Fritz Chestnut, is participating in this year's Artist Awards Program-contemporary artists donate their work to be presented to the winning filmmakers at the festival.
Adrien Brody and Robert DeNiro
Fresh from an afternoon orientation, festival jury member Adrien Brody chatted with founder Robert DeNiro before sitting down to enjoy bistro fare like asparagus salad, steak frites and creme brulee. "I'm just honored to have been invited," Brody said.
Looking perfectly put-together in a cream-colored Chanel dress-accented by gold, diamond and quartz baubles from the Chanel Fine Jewelry line and a retro up-do-festival juror Debra Messing claimed to have gotten ready in a big hurry. "We had our welcome lunch, where I got my orientation bag and met my fellow jurors, I saw two films, then I ran home, threw my Chanel dress on and ran here," Messing said, describing her hectic day.
"I love the little details," said Alexis Bledel, pointing out the hints of leopard print on her navy satin Chanel dress. "And I love the heels I'm wearing and the jewelry. I probably got a little too exited about getting dressed up tonight!"
"I grew up on the Lower East Side 'til I was about 10 or 11 years old and [my family] moved to Vermont," said native New Yorker Melissa Leo of coming home to Manhattan. "When I come back now, I marvel at how the city has changed."