“Neither rain, nor snow…” as the postal adage begins. Admittedly, there was no actual precipitation Tuesday night as Vanity Fair feted the start of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival at the State Supreme Courthouse—but there were some robust winds. Winds that were gamely braved by the well-heeled set. Despite dropping temperatures, Sienna Miller sported a flirty black frock, Karolina Kurkova bared an immaculately tan hint of midriff, and Evan Rachel Wood (baby bump included) opted for a sleeveless Gucci number.
One of the evening’s hosts, Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter, was spotted with Fran Lebowitz comparing blazer sleeves to see whose navy was deeper. Style.com has yet to receive a conclusive verdict. The courthouse steps were lined with hundreds of illuminated paper flowers. As guests filed up the stairs to waiting trays of Champagne flutes, police commissioner Ray Kelly chatted with TFF cofounder Robert De Niro.
Vera Wang, wearing brocade trousers and a fedora, told Style.com that she hoped to attend some festival screenings but had other pressing business at hand—the finishing touches on her latest bridal collection, which she described as “a bit Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” For Rachel Roy, festival picks are all about family values: “My brother is the film curator of the MoMA, and I asked him what I should see!” Zac Posen was accompanied by model Tao Okamoto, wearing one of the designer’s gowns, an exquisitely detailed canary confection that he summed up as “very Ladurée.” Oui, Zac.
Whoopi Goldberg was on hand both as festival juror and filmmaker. Her Kickstarter-funded directorial debut, I Got Somethin’ to Tell You, premieres at the Festival on Saturday. “[Directing] is never something I thought I would be doing, ever,” she said. “It’s a little freaky.”