Battle of the Fashion Dinners: Gucci vs. Chanel

On opposite coasts this week, two powerhouse fashion brands hosted dinners for a slew of pretty young things. In New York, Chanel hosted the annual Artists Dinner for the Tribeca Film Festival; and in Los Angeles, Gucci threw a dinner party for...well, do you really need an excuse to throw a dinner party? It girls abounded at both, with Soko and Kacy Hill at Gucci, and Audrey Gelman and Tavi Gevinson at Chanel. Dree Hemingway, meanwhile, attended both. Ah, the life of a jet-setter. Here, a breakdown of which luxury company did it better.

Big Brand Chanel, helmed by legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld (who wasn't there).
Gucci, which has seen staggering growth (and press) under designer Alessandro Michele (who wasn't there).

Location, Location, Location
Chanel: Overpriced French bistro Balthazar in Soho.
Gucci: Reasonably-priced French bistro Cafe Stella in Silver Lake.

The Tribes
Chanel: Art world bigwigs and the fashion set.
Gucci: Film and TV types on their way to Coachella.

The A-List Chanel: Robert DeNiro's favorite artists (Julian Schnabel, Leo Villareal, Tom Sachs) and producers (Rupert Friend, Harvey Keitel). Plus, cool downtown girls like India Menuez and Petra Collins.
Gucci: "Love" writer Lesley Arfin, artist Petra Cortright. Plus, cool downtown girls like Kacy Hill and Langley Fox.

Token Runway Model Chanel: Jamie Bochert.
Gucci: Jane Moseley.

The Goody Bag
Chanel: Personality-based art books: Harvey Keitel received a book about LEGOs; RobertNiro got a book of William Wegman’s portraits of unsmilingWeimaranerdogs.
Gucci: All guests were gifted Spring/Summer 2016 accessories.

Talk of the Table
Chanel: The 2016 election (Gelman is for Hillary, Collins would vote for Bernie if she wasn't Canadian).
Gucci: Festival fashion.

And for Dessert
Chanel: Profiteroles and apple tarts.
Gucci: Berries and fresh cream.