Fashion-Forward: Fall Events


by Mallory Passuite, 09/06/2012

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Fall in NYC means the air becomes cool and the leaves in Central Park start to turn. But before the weather gets cold, the City, haute-er—beginning with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The international fashion world flocks to the City for the week's series of events, which kick off a season sprinkled with style-related exhibitions, store openings and sales. This year, celebrate the 111th anniversary of Bergdorf Goodman, see what Diane von Furstenburg has to say in person, check out The Sartorialist's new exhibition and shop American Apparel basics on discount at the brand's new SoHo factory outlet. Other events will crop up throughout the season, so remember to check back for updates. 

Stores & Sales

Bergdorf Goodman 111th Anniversary 
The luxury department store celebrates its 111th anniversary with 111 exclusive top-designer pieces created for the occasion—including those by Maison Martin Margiela, Moncler and Marc Jacobs—plus special events, pop-ups and shop-in-shops from the likes of Valentino and The Row. 

September 7 and 16; October 1 and 14; November 2, 11 and 25; December 9 
Free Fashion Walking Tours
Explore New York City's Garment District during this one-and-a-half- to two-hour tour, led by Mike Kaback. You might visit a private showroom, a sample sale, Mood Fabrics and more, all while learning about the neighborhood's historic background and importance. The tour—which starts at 10am on weekdays and 2pm on Sundays at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and West 39th Street—is free, but reservations are required; you can make them by emailing

September 12
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Diane von Furstenberg
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
Join New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis for her Fashion Icons conversation series, this time with designer Diane von Furstenberg, creator of the wrap dress and current CFDA president. The talk begins at 8pm; tickets start at $15.

September 21–24
Antiques, Art & Design at the Armory
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., 212-616-3930
More than 60 dealers offer everything from art deco furniture, Chinese porcelain and rare books and manuscripts to 20th-century fine silver, estate jewelry and more.

October 4, 11, 18 and 25; November 1, 8 and 15
Legendary Movie Stars
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
This series is devoted to the classic movie stars who defined Hollywood glamour. Howard Oboler leads the discussion and shows film clips focused on the style of such film greats as Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. Each session starts at 7pm and costs $25. For the complete schedule, visit

October 17
Fashion Conversations: The Model Alliance
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585
Model and filmmaker Sara Ziff is founder and director of The Model Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving working conditions for American fashion models. She and Susan Scafidi—creator of Fordham University's Fashion Law Institute—will talk about the advocacy group, as well as Ziff's work on the film Picture Me, at The Museum at FIT, beginning at 6pm.

October 27
Fashion Conversations: Hal Rubenstein in Conversation with Valerie Steele
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585 
Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle and CFDA Founders Award winner, discusses his book, 100 Unforgettable Dresses, with Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT. The talk begins at 11:30am; tickets are $20.

November 6
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Marc Jacobs
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
Much has changed since Marc Jacobs' early-'90s grunge collection for Perry Ellis, but the designer remains a prominent fixture in the fashion world. For the next installment of her Fashion Icon series, New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis speaks with Jacobs at 8pm. As of press time, tickets are sold out; call 212-415-5500 to be placed on the standby list.

November 13
Fashion Conversations: Swedish Fashion: H&M, Acne, and Much More
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585 
Home to globe-trotting fashion brands like H&M and Acne (which recently opened its first New York flagship store), Sweden has claimed a big stake in the fashion business. The Museum at FIT hosts a panel discussion with Mikael Schiller, CEO of Acne Studios, Catarina Midby of H&M and more, beginning at 6pm.

November 15
Five Years of Unisex: Rad Hourani
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585 
As Canadian-born designer Rad Hourani celebrates the fifth anniversary of his unisex line RAD this year, he also becomes the first ever to present unisex haute couture in Paris, having showcased his collection in July. "I don't like to put limits to gender," he once said in an interview with The Cut. Hourani will present his creations starting at 6pm.

September 7–15
The Sartorialist: Closer
Danziger Projects, 527 W. 23rd St., 212-629-6778
With the rise in popularity of street-style photography in recent years, Scott Schuman (aka The Sartorialist) has become recognized as a leader of the form; his first book has sold more than 100,000 copies, and he won the CFDA Media Award in June. Danziger now presents a selection of images—which include editors and models like Emmanuelle Alt, Carine Roitfeld and Abbey Lee Kershaw, plus a mix of anonymous, elegantly dressed individuals—in celebration of the recent release of the photographer's second book, The Sartorialist: Closer.

September 7–October 20
Antonio's World
The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand St., 212-625-8130
This exhibition surveys three decades of works by artist Antonio Lopez, best known for his colorful fashion illustrations featured in publications like Vogue, The New York Times and Women's Wear Daily throughout the '70s and '80s.

September 7–February 17, 2013
Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art
Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
Doris Duke, the only child of tobacco mogul James Buchanan Duke, inherited most of her father's estate. When he died in 1925, she became known as the richest girl in the world, but she refused to be defined by her wealth, gender or social status. An independent, intelligent spirit, Duke fell in love with Islamic art while on her honeymoon, during which she visited the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Her final stop that trip was Hawaii, and, shortly after, she started a home there—Shangri La, which Duke devoted to Islamic art, architecture, textiles and more. This exhibition marks the first time works from her personal collection are being shown outside of Shangri La. The show includes everything from tiles to beaded bindalli wedding gowns to inlaid wood and mother-of-pearl furniture.

September 9–December 16
Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years
Artists Space: Exhibitions, 38 Greene St., 3rd fl., 212-226-3970
Artists Space presents the first retrospective of the art collective Bernadette Corporation, which formed in New York in the early '90s. Works in this show include a trailer for the 2003 film Get Rid of Yourself, starring Chloë Sevigny, and parts of The Complete Poem, a 130-page piece of verse accompanied by photos of models wearing denim taken by fashion photographer David Vasiljevic.

September 14–January 5, 2013
Ivy Style
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585 
Today's preppy men's fashions owe their provenance to the campus styles of elite Ivy League colleges—think Harvard, Yale and Princeton—back in the early 20th century. Ivy Style reviews the menswear trend with more than 60 looks, including a pinstriped orange blazer from around 1919, as well as contemporary designs by Thom Browne and Michael Bastian.

Through September 23
Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta
Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
Space-Light Structure is the first comprehensive retrospective of works by mid-20th-century jewelry designer Margaret De Patta. Seeking a new way to illuminate crystals, De Patta developed an innovative cutting technique that proved revolutionary—creating brilliant, transparent objects from the stones. Inspired by modern architecture, she aimed to transform jewelry into wearable art.

Through September 30 
Yayoi Kusama
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., 212-570-3600
The Whitney presents a career-long retrospective of Yayoi Kusama that spans more than six decades of work. The Japanese artist is known for her large-scale installations and love of polka dots—recently seen in a Louis Vuitton collaboration, timed to launch with the opening of this exhibition. 

October 18–January 12
Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, 917-275-6975
Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn had a distinct sense of style, both on-screen and off-. On set, she was a vision in glamorous gowns and updos, while in her private life she preferred casual looks—trousers and blazers. Both are on display here, along with film stills, posters, playbills and notebooks.

Through November 10
Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part II
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
With exhibitions at The Museum at FIT coming and going, it's easy to overlook the institution's permanent collection, which is wonderfully comprehensive. The second act of a two-part showcase presents a selection of masterpieces chosen from the 50,000-plus garments and accessories and 30,000 textiles in the archive and ranges from classic 1950s Dior to '90s Martin Margiela and last year's Raf Simons collection for Jil Sander.

Stores & Sales
Brian Atwood
655 Madison Ave.
While Brian Atwood's billboard ad for his new store was deemed a tad too racy for Upper East Side residents, his daring stilettos will make their mark on Madison Avenue with the opening of this location.

Emporio Armani 
601 Madison Ave.
The Italian design house will open a New York flagship for this high-end line.

Massimio Dutti 
689 Fifth Ave.
The Massimio Dutti brand—owned by the same company as Zara—will open its first stateside store, featuring sophisticated staple wardrobe pieces at reasonable prices.

Through Fall
Outdoor Markets
Shop for vintage clothing, handmade art and knickknacks, plus enjoy local-food favorites, at the City's outdoor markets, open spring through fall, like Brooklyn Flea (in Fort Greene and Williamsburg), Smorgasburg and the Hester Street Fair.

Recently Opened 
American Apparel SoHo Factory Outlet 
285 Lafayette St.
American Apparel has made its popular warehouse sale permanent with the opening of a SoHo factory store, where shoppers can find discounts of up to 90% on merchandise. For more information, visit the store's Facebook page

329 Lafayette St., 212-219-3525
Men can shop luxury health and skin-care products at the first stand-alone MenScience store, a sleek space created by architect and design firm HWKN.

363 Bleecker St., 646-664-1655
Maison Martin Margiela's more affordable MM6 label has opened its first-ever outpost. Look for items featuring the brand's signature sense of whimsy.

Narnia Vintage Brooklyn
672 Driggs Ave.
The new Williamsburg outpost of the Lower East Side vintage store features quality finds and an outdoor patio.

Proenza Schouler 
822 Madison Ave., 212-585-3200
The hip label with a downtown vibe has opened its first brick-and-mortar location.

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    92nd Street Y
    1395 Lexington Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  2. 2
    Park Avenue Armory
    643 Park Ave
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10065
  3. 3
    Whitney Museum of American Art
    99 Gansevoort St.
    Manhattan – Meatpacking District
    NY 10014
  1. 4
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  2. 5
    New York Public Library
    Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10018
  3. 6
    Danziger Projects
    527 W. 23rd St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011
  1. 7
    Museum of Arts and Design
    2 Columbus Circle
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019

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