Since the French created cinema and perfected fashion, who better to discuss how the two arts inform one another? The French Institute in New York City boasts a series of events through March doing just this. An exhibition of artwork by Jean-Philippe Delhomme is on display in their gallery at 22 East 60th Street through April. They've partnered with FIT to screen four fashion-related documentaries including The Day Before: Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld on February 23 as well as And ELLE Created Woman on February 27. Three figures in fashion give talks in March: Reed Krakoff (March 21), Stefano Pilati (March 27) and Dries Van Noten (March 29).
But the cinematic highlight is a selection of movies curated by the designer Agnes B, all of which deeply influenced her work. It began with Jean Renoir's amusing bauble The Crime Of Monsieur Lange last week (which she presumably loved for the jaunty hats the women wore) and continues with ...And God Created Woman on Valentine's Day (a movie better known for what Brigitte Bardot DIDN'T wear), Godard's My Life To Live (Vivre Sa Vie) and Pierrot Le Fou on February 21 and Golden Marie/Casque d'Or on February 28. Head to the FIAF website for more information and check out trailers for two of the selections below.