Fashion-Forward: Winter Events


by Mallory Passuite, 12/11/2012

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There are plenty of places to shop, sights to see and even scents to sniff all winter long. Just a few examples: the Museum at FIT offers an ode to the stiletto with its exhibition, Shoe Obsession, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art goes highbrow by examining fashion in the paintings of Manet, Monet and Renoir. More exhibitions, events, store openings and sample sales will crop up as the season goes on, so remember to check back for additions and updates.

Stores & Sales

Bergdorf Goodman 111th Anniversary
Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., 212-753-7300
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.

March 5–26
Pierre Cardin in Film
French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St., 212-355-6100
The Italian-born French designer, who helped define the look of the 1960s (view some of his early presentations and fashion films here), will turn 91 this year and is still working. While he is a creative designer, Cardin is also a businessman. In addition to licensing his name to everything from cigarettes to mattresses, Pierre Cardin was among the first in high fashion to enter the Japanese and Chinese markets, and he now plans to modernize Venice with a project called Palais Lumiere (a high-rise complex that doubles up as sculpture). Among many design merits in his heyday, Cardin created the Beatles' collar-less suit jackets and has costumed such films as Jean Cocteau's Le Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast) and Louis Malle's starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau. The French Institute presents a selection of such films through March.

March 14
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim
French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St., 212-355-6100
The founders of Opening Ceremony, an indie fashion mecca in New York—known for collaborations like the ongoing line with Chloë Sevigny and, most recently, a '90s-DKNY revival—have recently become co-creative directors of Kenzo. Leon and Lim will speak at the French Institute beginning at 7pm.

March 15
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel with Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland
French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St., 212-355-6100
The legendary fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, and the woman who reinvented the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in 1970, has been the recent subject of new literature and film, including a biographical documentary by her great-granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Immordino Vreeland. The director will lead a discussion to follow this special screening.

March 27
Naeem Khan
French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St., 212-355-6100
The New York–based Indian designer, known for impeccable evening gowns in lavish fabrics worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, will speak at the French Institute beginning at 7pm. Khan recently announced his first show in India at Lakme Fashion Week, held in his hometown of Mumbai.

February 8–April 13
Shoe Obsession
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585
It's safe to say that shoes—whether Cinderella's little glass heels, Dorothy's ruby slippers, Alexander McQueen's 10-inch-high armadillo platforms or the red-sole subjects of the Louboutin vs. Yves Saint Laurent contretemps—are a cultural obsession. This exhibition at The Museum at FIT showcases more than 150 contemporary styles, from Azzedine Alaïa, Prada, Manolo Blahnik and Balenciaga to even more avant-garde designers like Kei Kagami and Noritaka Tatehana.

February 26–May 27
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710
The Met explores the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries in paintings by Manet, Monet and Renoir (the latter of whom was the solo subject of a fashion-inspired exhibition of paintings at the Frick last February). The Met's study focuses on the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s, when Paris became known as a capital of style, and the show includes period costumes and photographs.

March 8–April 20
French Institute Alliance Française, 22 E. 60th St., 212-355-6100
This exhibition represents the manifestation of Vogue's Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis' recent piece on New York–based female artists. It includes works by Ellen Berkenblit, Haley Mellin, Olympia Scarry, Lola Montes Schnabel and Ena Swansea. In her piece, TNT, as she is known, asks what these artists have in common. The answer? "Each one admits to drawing an abundance of inspiration and drive from living in New York City—it is their home, their muse, and their creative laboratory."

March 22
Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672
You can still find his latest collections reviewed on, but Stephen Burrows is best known for his work in the '70s. The Museum of the City of New York reviews that period of the designer's oeuvre, featuring slinky dresses in bold colors and made of metallic fabrics. The designer began to garner acclaim soon after graduating from FIT in 1966. He opened Stephen Burrows World at Henri Bendel in 1970 (and again in 2002), and he regularly dressed the likes of Cher, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minelli and Jerry Hall.

Through February 24
The Art of Scent 1889–2012
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
This show at the Museum of Arts and Design is the first major museum exhibition dedicated to olfactory art. It focuses on 12 key fragrances that date from 1899 (Aimé; Guerlain's Jicky) through the present and looks at major developments in the evolution and design of fragrance, as well as the creative process behind them. Other featured artists include Ernest Beaux (Chanel No. 5), Bernard Chant (Aromatics Elixir), Olivier Cresp (Angel) and Annie Buzantian and Alberto Morillas (Pleasures).

Through March 30
Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy
Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, 684 Park Ave., 212-628-0420

The Spanish Institute offers this retrospective of the life and work of Spanish artist and designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo. Born in 1871 in Granada, Spain, Fortuny y Madrazo was the son of two artists and grew up in several locations around Europe. He founded an atelier line in 1906 and designed gowns like the "Delphos" for society women of the time, including Isadora Duncan and Peggy Guggenheim. This exhibition, curated by Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the institute's board of directors, features dresses, paintings, photographs and more.

Through March 30
Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
With a selection of 80 international artists, architects and designers—from Anish Kapoor and Iris van Herpen, to Zaha Hadid and Jürgen Mayer—the Museum of Arts and Design considers the impact of new digital fabrication technology, such as 3-D printing and digital knitting.

Stores & Sales
Recently Opened
Monique Lhuillier
19 E. 71st St., 212-683-3332
The renowned designer has opened her first New York City store, which features a bridal salon as well as her ready-to-wear collections.

Housing Works Buy the Bag

159 28th St., 718-840-2923, Greenwood, Brooklyn
Housing Works has turned its legendary sale into a full-fledged store, open five days a week in a permanent location. Shoppers pay $25 for a bag, which can be filled with as many contemporary, designer and vintage goods as they like (or as they can fit inside). Proceeds go toward Housing Works' fight to end AIDS and homelessness and fund housing support, medical and dental care, job training and other services.

related venues/(8)

  1. 1
    French Institute Alliance Française
    22 E. 60th St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10022
  2. 2
    92nd Street Y
    1395 Lexington Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  3. 3
    Museum of Arts and Design
    2 Columbus Circle
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  1. 4
    Half Gallery
    208 Forsyth St
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  2. 5
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  3. 6
    The Paley Center for Media
    25 W. 52nd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  1. 7
    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    111 Amsterdam Ave
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
  2. 8
    Salon 94
    12 E 94th St
    New York – Upper East Side
    NY 10128

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