10 Looks We Loved at HIFF

There was a lot to love on screen at the 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival, from opening-night screener Truth to Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. But when you combine the Hamptons with Hollywood, you’re bound to find several enviable looks. From East Hampton to Westhampton, promising actors, actresses and filmmakers showcased some stylish ensembles on the red carpet and while taking a midday breather at the film festival’s Official Headquarters. It was a tall task narrowing it down to my 10 favorite looks, but I burned the midnight oil and got it done and found the pieces you need to rock them yourself.

A Traditional Blazer

Giulio Ricciarelli hamptons international film festival parties

Giulio Ricciarelli credit: vanessa pinto

The versatile blazer and dark-washed denim for men is a modern classic and is a perfect choice for daywear. Labyrinth of Lies director, Giulio Ricciarelli, goes for the more relaxed approach with the jacket unbuttoned for a midday break. A neutral fitted two-button blazer and your favorite denim fit will seal the deal.

Dapper Vest

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Nick Read credit: vanessa pinto

If you prefer to leave your blazer at home, you may wish to maximize your style with a stand-alone vest as Nick Read did in between screenings of his film, Bolshoi Babylon. Compliment it with a durable black boot if your plans call for lots of walking.

Fit and Flared

Bel Powley

Bel Powley credit: vanessa pinto

Bel Powley, a British actress who stars in A Royal Night Out, wore a comfy, cropped knit white sweater and navy flowing maxi skirt during afternoon tea before attending the first screening of her film’s US premiere. Get the 50’s inspired look with a flared skirt and pair it with a fitted, simple silk blouse and platform pumps.

Bel Powley credit: vanessa pinto

Bel Powley credit: vanessa pinto

The next day, Powley chose a studded vintage-inspired denim dress. Start with an oversized smock denim dress.

The Trench Coat

Adinah Dancyger credit: vanessa pinto

Adinah Dancyger credit: vanessa pinto

However you may wear it, a beige trench coat never goes out of style and suits everyone. I loved this look on Adinah Dancyger, Filmmaker of Chopping Onions, especially because the autumn weather can be unpredictable with wind and passing showers. This look can be dressed up with pumps or dressed down with rain boots depending upon where you are headed.

Your Favorite Cozy Scarf

Darcy Dennett credit: vanessa pinto

Darcy Dennett credit: vanessa pinto

A scarf in the fall. I know, it’s not exactly reinventing the wheel, but there are reasons it’s stood the test of time: they provide some much-needed warmth and are an easy way to show your unique fashion personality. If you’re fuss-free and chic, select one like Darcy Dennett the filmmaker of The Champions. So effortless.

Oxford Cloth

Daniel and Adam Cooper credit: vanessa pinto

Daniel and Adam Cooper credit: vanessa pinto

Though filmmaker brothers Daniel and Adam Cooper (Five Windows) wore matching corduroy beige trousers, they decided to express their personalities with different colored button-down oxford cloth shirts. Opt for the interchangeable neutral or the country-style plaid print as you hone in on your style preference.

Muted Palate

Dylan Blue and Lucy Fry credit: vanessa pinto

Dylan Blue and Lucy Fry credit: vanessa pinto

Perhaps inspired by their film, The Preppie Connection castmates Dylan Blue and Lucy Fry channeled a dapper look. Blue sported a collared button-down Oxford cloth shirt, well-fitted dark grey slacks combined with a grey flannel jacket, and Fry chose an English cotton laced conservative classic knee-length waist dress. Their styles proved suitable for transitioning between interviews and the theater. Mimic the look with an exquisite silhouette lace dress and his with an unstructured two-button blazer.

Tailored Rugged

Dylan Blue and Lucy Fry credit: vanessa pinto

Christopher Abbott credit: vanessa pinto

James White actor, Christopher Abbott, showed us how to obtain a comfy, country-chic look. Pick a brown suede jacket that is essential for the changing autumn weather, light but warm and pair it with slim straight denim with a relaxed feel.

Classic Casual

Thomas Mann credit: vanessa pinto

Thomas Mann credit: vanessa pinto

Thomas Mann, lead actor in The Preppie Connection, put together a festival ensemble with a CPO-look grey jacket and a patterned cotton button down. Again, dark denim proved to be the most popular choice for dressing up your jeans. Mann knows that trendy pieces from the 70’s and 80’s are still trendy today.

vanessa gordon

Vanessa is a writer, tutor and fitness instructor based in the Hamptons. She loves paddle boarding, antiquarian cookbooks, and tea rooms. Check out more of her work at http://eastendtaste.com