Fashion-Forward: Spring 2015 Events
by Christina Parrella, 10/20/2014
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New York City is one of the world's great fashion capitals. Luxurious boutiques, designer flagships and fast-fashion emporiums offer stylish goods in every corner of the five boroughs. Runway shows lend the start of every season a theatrical grandeur, but talks, exhibitions, store openings, exclusive collaborations and sample sales round out the offerings. Glamour is more accessible here than it is anywhere else on earth. Read our calendar below for stylish seasonal tips, and remember to check back for updates.
Aerin Lauder x Neue Galerie
Neue Galerie Design Shop, 1048 Fifth Ave., 212-628-6200
To celebrate the opening of Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold at Neue Galerie, Aerin Lauder (granddaughter of Estée) is releasing a limited-edition lipstick set inspired by Klimt’s painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. The set includes two shades, blush and berry, and is available for $64 in the museum’s gift shop. Proceeds from sales will benefit exhibition and education programs at the museum.
April 7–May 26
Haute Couture on Film
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., 212-355-6100
This series highlights the costume-design achievements of such luminaries as Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. Films to be shown include Belle de Jour, Funny Face and How to Marry a Millionaire.
April 19, May 6 and 17, June 14 and 25, July 12 and 23, and August 9 and 19
Free Garment District Neighborhood 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 Designer 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 email@example.com.
Madison Avenue Watch Week
Madison Avenue between East 57th and East 69th Streets
Now in its fifth year, Madison Avenue Watch Week is a weeklong fete of luxury timepieces. Celebratory events and exhibitions take place at Madison Avenue boutiques including Chopard, David Yurman, Montblanc and A. Lange & Söhne. This event also features panels, demonstrations and limited-edition pieces for sale.
Iris Apfel, the best-dressed woman in New York City, is the subject of a new documentary. Directed by the late Albert Maysles, Iris profiles the 93-year-old fashion icon, who, along with her husband, Carl, started a textile design and manufacturing company in 1950. Long celebrated for her taste, Apfel took part in restoration projects at the White House for nine presidents including Nixon, Kennedy and Reagan. The film fetes her originality, independent spirit and lust-worthy closet.
Live from the NYPL: Diane von Furstenberg | Rhonda Garelick
New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., 917-275-6975
Diane von Furstenberg created the wrap dress in 1972 and has been an inspiration to aspiring designers ever since. This evening, Coco Chanel biographer Rhonda Garelick chats with DVF about fashion and what it means to be a style "icon." Tickets cost $25.
Bobbi Brown George Eyewear Collection Launch
Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., main floor, 212-753-7300
Makeup guru Bobbi Brown launches her George collection of 10 eyewear styles at the department store where she got her start 24 years ago. Named in honor of Prince George, the collection features sunglasses and optical frames, and it is designed to complement a variety of skin tones and face shapes. The event begins with breakfast at 8:30am, followed by a master makeup class at 9am and a book signing at 11am. Brown will sign copies of Everything Eyes, a book featuring tips and makeup techniques for people who wear glasses.
Free Fashion on the Hudson
Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive at 145th St.
This all-day show, presented by Fashion Avenue News Magazine, will feature two dozen designers and 150 models strutting on an outdoor catwalk at Riverbank State Park. Styles on display will range from couture to ready-to-wear, teen and even resort wear. (It’s summertime, after all.) For more information and to RSVP, visit eventbrite.com.
Urban Oasis Shopping/Education Tour
This licensed New York City tour company specializes in fashion tours of the Garment District, SoHo, NoLIta and Brooklyn. But their tours aren't limited to just the retail experience—they also involve learning about the design process. Urban Oasis Shopping/Education Tour's clients shop at hidden-gem designer showrooms and workspaces at 65–75% off retail prices, and visit pattern-making facilities, fabric stores and small factories to learn about the complete process of fashion design from concept to production. Tours may be customized to include shopping only.
Through August 30
Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
In the 1970s designer Ralph Pucci transformed the mannequin from a dull tool of display into an item that embodies beauty, personality and art. His handcrafted “models” took their inspiration from supermodels, Greek and Roman sculptures, and glam rockers the New York Dolls. This display features over 30 mannequins (sans the original garments); one even resembles Diane von Furstenberg.
May 7–August 16, 2015
China: Through the Looking Glass
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.), 212-535-7710
Chinese culture is the theme of next year’s annual exhibition and gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center. Titled Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion, the exhibition features more than 100 examples of garments influenced by Chinese culture. Haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear fashions from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Laurence Xu will be displayed alongside paintings, films and decorative art pieces.
(L to R) Day suit (1966), by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Gift of Eleanor K. Graham; Licensed copy of a Chanel day suit (c. 1967). Gift of Ruth L. Peskin. Courtesy, © The Museum at FIT
Through April 25
Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits
The Museum at FIT, Fashion & Textile History Gallery, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Long before the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was being knocked off by the thousands, counterfeiters in the early 20th century were miming the creations of that era's fashion designers and labels. Considering the high cost of couture and ready-to-wear clothing, fakes are an irresistible lure, a seeming bargain that allows the buyer access to an exclusive cachet. This exhibition focuses on the counterfeiting phenomenon, which the curators trace as far back as 1903—when a purple velvet dress made by English fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth was copied without permission. From then on, the trend has only flourished, as in a 1947 milestone, when copycats produced replicas of Christian Dior’s coveted collection of pleated skirts and crew neck jackets. To this day, fashion brands continually combat the rip-offs—whether they be dresses, jeans or shoes—and counterfeiters still thrive. The exhibition examines the trend with both originals and fake versions of clothes on display, among them an authentic wool bouclé Chanel day suit along with a licensed copy, as well as real and counterfeit bags from Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.
“Cornelia Ward Hall and Her Children” (1880), by Michele Gordigiani. Courtesy, Museum of the City of New York
Gilded New York
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672
The Gilded Age in America was marked by industrialization and immense economic growth, which attracted immigrants from all over Europe. It was a period of poverty for many and ostentatious displays of wealth for some. This exhibition explores the mark the upper echelon left in NYC through costumes, jewelry, portraits and ornamental objects created from the mid-1870s through the early 20th century. The exhibition further surveys the establishment of the retail and luxury marketplace that can be credited with the City's place in the global fashion world.
Stores & Sales
Stuart Weitzman Legwrap Capsule Collection
625 Madison Ave., 212-750-2555
Proceeds from high-end shoemaker Stuart Weitzman’s newest capsule collection will benefit cancer research at the Folkman Institute in Boston. The Legwrap shoe comes in four colors: red suede, yellow suede, denim and gold.
Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale
260 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400
Shop up to 70% off bags, leather goods, shoes and ready-to-wear at the designer's semi-annual sale.
Diesel Sample Sale
151 Wooster St., 212-725-5400
The popular denim line offers discounts on the brand's apparel, accessories and, of course, denim for both men and women.
Vivienne Tam Sample Sale
260 W. 39th St., 11th fl.
Expect 75% off retail prices on Vivienne Tam women's wear, including her intricately crafted dresses, tops and vintage samples.
Benefit Cosmetics & Brow Bar
168 Court St., 347-464-0804
Cutesy beauty brand Benefit opens its first Brooklyn location, offering products for sale as well as amenities like makeup applications, lash tinting, airbrush tans, waxing and—of course—brow services.
Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey St., 212-417-7000
The Italian shoe brand makes a home for itself inside Brookfield Place's Winter Garden. The 4,200-square-foot marble- and leather-accented shop carries shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear clothing. Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Calypso St. Barth will soon arrive as neighbors.
105 Fifth Ave.
The label gets a brand-new, 14,338-square-foot flagship in the Flatiron District. Creative director Marissa Webb put her own spin on the store, which features personal picks from the designer as well as her first full debut collection for the brand. The space has been designed to have an artistic ambience, with handwritten quotes on its walls, artwork and items handpicked by Webb.
The Row Store Opening
17 E. 71st St.
In keeping with the Row’s clean and classic aesthetic, designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are set open the label’s first NYC flagship in a former townhouse.
July 10–October 4
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., 718-638-5000
On the, er, heels of its successful Killer Heels exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum shines a light on another form of footwear—the sneaker. The exhibition will showcase around 150 pairs of kicks and follow the evolution of athletic shoes from the 1820s through today. Here, sneakerheads will see the likes of the very first spiked running shoe, an original Air Force 1 and early Adidas Superstars, to name just a few. Sneakers from brands such as Puma, Nike, Reebok and Converse will be on display, as well as pieces from the private collections of Bobbito Garcia, Dee Wells and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. Also on display: high-fashion sneakers from Prada, Jeremy Scott and Lanvin, which have had their own impact on the current sneaker culture.
September 2016–January 3, 2017
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
This exhibition focuses on the real-life inspiration for Marcel Proust’s character Duchesse de Guermantes from his lengthy novel, In Search of Lost Time. The duchess was modeled after Élisabeth, Comtesse de Greffulhe, considered a renowned beauty in her time. The show concentrates on her wardrobe, consisting heavily of dresses fashioned with lace bodices and billowing taffeta.