Fashion February


by Mallory Passuite, 02/08/2011

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Although Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week's runway shows and after-parties are invite-only, there are trunkloads of fashion-related events for everyone to enjoy throughout the City this month, from a Balenciaga retrospective exhibition to the opening of high-end-brand shops.

Stores & Sales

February 10–17
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Fall 2011
Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 212-875-5456
The weeklong fashion circus floods the City with excitement once again. And this season—New York Fashion Week's second at Lincoln Center—brings Thom Browne's first official women's presentation and Billy Reid's first show since he won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize (a trophy, a year of mentorship and $300,000) in November. Unlike Tom Ford, who launched womenswear at an exclusive show in September, some designers plan to share all with everyone, in real time. Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Michael Kors, the latter celebrating 30 years of designing in 2011, are among the labels offering live streams of their collections. Visit for the full streaming schedule.
February 17
Tokyo Fashion Festa NY Part 2: Cosplay
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585
Tokyo Fashion Festa at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) transports the Japanese cosplay culture (think manga and anime dress-up) to New York, with a runway show starting at 6pm. After the show, stay for a makeup demonstration, which will be followed by a tea-party reception.

Through February 18
The Master of the Blue Jeans
Didier Aaron, 32 E. 67th St., 212-988-5248
In this recently extended show, at Didier Aaron, seven paintings thought to be from 17th-century Italy depict an early appreciation for blue jeans. (And you thought your Levi's were vintage.)

February 18–June 5
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; 2 E. 91st St., 212-849-8400
The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents vintage Van Cleef & Arpels in this comprehensive look at the legendary line, established in Paris in 1906. One highlight: Marlene Dietrich's 1937 ruby-and-diamond jarretière bracelet.

Through February 19
Balenciaga: Spanish Master
Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, 684 Park Ave., 212-628-0420
This show at the Spanish Institute, curated by Vogue European editor at large Hamish Bowles, examines the influence of Spain's history, art and culture—from flamenco dancers to bullfighters—on beloved Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga.

Through April 2
Japan Fashion Now
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
The Museum at FIT recently extended this popular show of top Japanese designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, with innovative pieces that range from avant-garde to street style.

Through May 10
His & Hers

The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
From an 18th-century velvet court suit to an '80s ladies' Yves Saint Laurent power suit, this exhibition at The Museum at FIT explores the evolution of masculine and feminine identity in dress.

Stores & Sales 

February 9
Hublot Opening
Hublot, 692 Madison Ave., 212-308-0408
The Swiss watchmaker, an LVMH acquisition known for such luxury timepieces as the bold Big Bang, opens a New York flagship on the Upper East Side.

February 10
NARS Opening
NARS, 413 Bleeker St., 646-459-2323
Another new stand-alone, New York's first NARS opens in the West Village as Fashion Week kicks off. Visit NARS on Facebook for makeup updates.

February 17
Alexander Wang Opening
Alexander Wang, 103 Grand St.
The first stand-alone shop of this downtown-chic designer is set to open in the old Yohji Yamamoto space in SoHo during Fashion Week.

February 17–March 6
Barneys Warehouse Sale
255 W. 17th St., 212-450-8400
As if Fashion Week weren't frenzied enough, this season's closing coincides with the Barneys biannual designer blowout. Lines form early for the deals, with markdowns starting at a range of 50% off to 75% off and increasing throughout the sale.

February 23
Helmut Lang + Olivier Theyskens' Theory Opening
Helmut Lang, 93 Mercer St., 212-242-3240
Helmut Lang's Meatpacking District shop closed just before February but will reopen in a new spot, with a new spin. The SoHo store will also carry Olivier Theyskens' Theory collection (the Helmut Lang brand is owned by Theory), which hit stores on February 3. The former sample-sale spot may be a temporary location, but details remain uncertain.

Through February 26
Playmountain at Creatures of Comfort
Creatures of Comfort, 205 Mulberry St., 212-925-1005
Through mid-April, Creatures of Comfort welcomes Tokyo design store Playmountain for a limited-time shop-in-shop. The featured home goods are selected by Playmountain owner Shinichiro Nakahara and reflect the simple, functional beauty of Japanese craftsmanship.

Through Mid-April
MAC Cosmetics Wonder Woman–Themed Store
MAC Cosmetics, 109 Spring St., 212-334-4641
MAC Cosmetics reveals its new Wonder Woman collection—full of bold lipsticks, colorful mascaras and fun accessories—sold exclusively at this SoHo spot (two doors down from its previous location) until the line launches nationwide on February 10.


related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Creatures of Comfort
    205 Mulberry St
    Manhattan – NoLIta
  2. 2
    Didier Aaron
    32 E 67th St
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
  3. 3
    Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
    684 Park Ave
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10021
  1. 4
    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
    70 Lincoln Center Plaza
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023
  2. 5
    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    2 E. 91st St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  3. 6
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001

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