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Keith Edmier: Chanel's 11th Annual Artists Dinner Honoree
April 19, 2016

Chloe Sevigny, Tavi Gevinson Discuss Met Gala,
Art at Chanel's Tribeca Dinner:

April 19th, 2016 by Laurie Brookins

Tory Burch calls Matisse her all-time favorite, while Carey Lowell is a fan of "old-school artists" like Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti. Chloe Sevigny favors the New York art scene and just purchased a pair of works by fashion-favorite painter Jeanette Hayes. "I also really love Daniel Turner; he’s a friend, but he’s a little pricey," Sevigny added.

Melding art with fashion was the hot topic Monday night at Balthazar, where Tribeca Film Festival VIPs took a break from screenings to attend Chanel’s 11th annual Artists Dinner, which honors those artists — this year’s roster includes sculptors Keith Edmier and Virginia Overton and painter Stephen Hannock — who contribute original works as prizes to the award-winning filmmakers.

Robert De Niro, Katie Holmes, Jane Rosenthal, Jean Reno, Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer and Carmelo and La La Anthony were among the guests at the candlelit dinner, always a sought-after ticket on the festival schedule. "Julian Schabel is here tonight, he’s definitely a favorite," said Rosenthal, who famously co-founded the event with De Niro 15 years ago in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. "Julian has been a huge supporter of the festival from day one, and his work always inspires me, whether it’s a painting or a sculpture or a film. He’s an extraordinary multihyphenate."

CHANEL'S CREW: From left, Katie Holmes, Tory Burch and Chloe Sevigny (Photos: Getty Images)

Holmes, Sevigny, Mortimer and Tavi Gevinson were among the ladies decked out in Chanel on Monday night. But with the Met Gala just two weeks away, what to wear to that fashion-centric event on May 2 also was top of mind. This year’s gala kicks off the latest Costume Institute exhibition, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," which opens to the public May 5, and the forward-thinking theme has attendees wondering how to translate "man vs. machine" to the red carpet. "I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone wears, especially labels that do very traditional things," said Gevinson.

Burch agreed. "It’s a little tricky this year, and I don’t think I’ll be wearing silver," she said, a nod to Anna Wintour’s recent prediction about the metallic hue as a trend on May 2. Sevigny, who revealed she has been invited by Vogue, looks forward to delving into the search for the perfect look. "For those designers I always have thought of as visionaries, I’m hoping to go through their archives and find something that’s both modern and retro," she said.

Veteran publicist Peggy Siegal — who’s hosting a screening with Jeremy Irons on April 27 for the Tribeca entry The Man Who Knew Infinity — already may have found the perfect look. Trouble is, she decided it was perfect for the Chanel dinner. "I was going to wear this," said Siegal, fanning out the skirt of her voluminous pleated A-line dress by Viennese designer Susanne Bisovsky. "Now I really have no idea — the search begins again." - Laurie Brookins