About Last Night: Vanity Fair Fashion in Film Festival 2011

12/09/2011 § 3 Comments

This weekend I was lucky to receive tickets to the second annual Vanity Fair Fashion in Film Festival at the Museum of Arts and Design, courtesy of Vanity Fair Agenda.  The first night, I attended a screening of one of my favorite films, Les Parapluies des Cherbourg (you may recall I blogged about the film and its similarity to Prada S/S 2011, back in March) and the afterparty, complete with a gorgeous view of Columbus Circle, goodies and makeovers from event co-host L’Oreal (quite liked their Voluminous Million Lashes mascara, btw) and copious amounts of bubbly — all the makings of a fabulous New York Fashion Week evening.

Image via VF Agenda.
Image via VF Agenda.

The second day, Anne and I attended a panel on Creative Inspiration from Cinema, moderated by Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador at Barneys New York.  The panelists included fashion designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, stylist Freddie Leiba, Dr. Valerie Steele, PhD., of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Vanity Fair’s Matt Tyrnauer.  After a lovely discussion of style icons (sidenote: Faye Dunaway and her many incarnations was the runaway winner of that popularity contest), recurring cultural references, favorite films, the distinction between costume design and fashion design, and the godsend that is Google Image, the group retired to the lounge for a bit of refreshment and mingling.

As I frequently find style inspiration in film and am simultaneously obsessed with costume design — have I mentioned my undergraduate degree is in theatre? — the Vanity Fair Fashion in Film Festival was a pure delight to attend.  Vanity Fair’s approach to New York Fashion Week is exactly what I would expect from the publication — it is smart, cultured, and more than a little tongue-in-cheek — embodied best by Doonan’s hilarious intro to the festival:

While you have missed the festival, most of the films shown can be hunted down in some way or another.  Of course, I must recommend you start with Cherbourg.

Be on the lookout for next year’s festival. Vanity Fair Agenda will keep you in the know.  Follow them on Twitter here.

Quite Continental Recommends: BAMcinématek Deneuve

15/03/2011 § Leave a comment

Currently, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is showing a 25-film tribute to the amazing Catherine Deneuve.  Running through March 31, the festival includes films such as Belle du Jour, Manon 70, and Repulsion, among others.  Last week I had the good fortune to catch Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.  If you’ve already seen the film, you’ll remember it as the rather odd, completely sung, vibrantly colorful film that features a 20 year-old Catherine Deneuve in a story about young lovers in the small port town of Cherbourg.  And if you haven’t seen it, how could you refuse it after that description?

Playing to a packed house on a stormy night, a story about an umbrella shop seemed quite apropos.  The bright colors were a dream!  I immediately had a desire to wear pink with orange, and found myself thinking about the color blocking, stripes and use of contrast of Prada S/S 2011.  See what I mean?  J’adore!

Image via Vogue Paris

More from Les Parapluies…

If you can make it, do drop by BAMcinématek Deneuve.

30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1486

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