Fashion-Forward: January Events


by Mallory Passuite, 12/21/2011

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As the New Year arrives and department stores disassemble their glitter, their Gaga and other holiday displays, there's a slight calm before the frenzy of February Fashion Week. But fear not, fashion faithful—there's plenty new to see and shop. This month, meet designer Donna Karan in discussion with New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis; see a selection of Spanish paintings and dress, from traditional to couture, in an exhibition conceived by Oscar de la Renta and curated by André Leon Talley; and peruse a winter sale from French staple A.P.C. More exhibitions, events, store openings and sample sales are likely to crop up as the month goes on, so remember to check back for additions and updates.

Stores & Sales

January 7–8
Simon Doonan: Gay Men Don't Get Fat
Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900
The TimesCenter, 242 W. 41st St.
Barneys creative ambassador–at–large, author and all-around tastemaker Simon Doonan has released a new book of a different flavor—Gay Men Don't Get Fat, which teaches readers to eat more like gay men to stay slim. (The key is mixing it up, he told The New York Times: "Gay men don’t stay trim because they only eat gay food. I don’t live on macarons and lettuce.") Doonan will offer insights and signed copies of the new book at an event at Barneys on Saturday, January 7, beginning at 3pm and again the following day, Sunday January 8, in an interview with Erik Piepenburg as part of The Times' Arts & Leisure Weekend, beginning at noon. While admission to the former is free, tickets for the latter are $30 and available at

January 12
Donna Karan and Fern Mallis
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis hosts talks with fashion icons in a series that has previously featured the likes of Calvin Klein. On January 12, Mallis’ guest is designer Donna Karan; the Fashion Week impresario will lead a discussion about Karan's life and career, beginning at 8pm. Tickets will surely sell out, so be sure to get yours now at

January 13
On Cecil Beaton: The New York Years
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St.
Donald Albrecht—author of Cecil Beaton: The New York Years and curator of the exhibition of the same name, now on view at the Museum of the City of New York—will share from his book. It features never before seen images, previously unpublished letters, sketches, letters and more. The discussion begins at noon and tickets are available at

January 18
Everyone Must Be Announced Book Signing with Designers Shipley & Halmos and Photographer Aaron Stern
Milk Gallery, 450 W. 15th St.
Designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos have released a music photography book, shot by Aaron Stern, that looks less at the performing artist and focuses on crowd reaction instead. For Everyone Must Be Announced, Stern photographed audience members at shows of Sonic Youth, Sleigh Bells, the Strokes, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Phoenix and more. The designers and photographer will sign copies of the book at Milk Gallery on January 18, where prints of it will also be on view. The exhibition stays up until January 22.

Through January 7
Daphne Guinness
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
The heiress, couture collector and occasional window dresser co-curated this exhibition, which showcases 100 pieces from her fascinating closet personal collection. Among the featured designers, find creations by Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Gareth Pugh, Valentino, Givenchy and others, plus—those who missed The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Savage Beauty exhibition, take note—several pieces by the late Alexander McQueen, a friend of hers.

Through January 8
Harper's Bazaar: A Decade of Style
International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, 212-857-0000
During her decade as editor of Harper's Bazaar, Glenda Bailey and her creative director, Stephen Gan, have continued the magazine's storied tradition of extraordinary photography. This retrospective includes striking portraits and tableaux shot by such fashion photographers as Jean-Paul Goude, Patrick Demarchelier, Sølve Sundsbø, Tim Walker, Mario Sorrenti, David Bailey and Peter Lindbergh.

Through January 8
Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
Some of the 20th century's great artists have created stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, often intended to be given as personal gifts. The Museum of Arts and Design displays almost 200 works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons and others.

Through January 20
Incomparable Women of Style: Selections from the Rose Hartman Photography Archives, 1977–2011
Gladys Marcus Library, Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
New York nightlife and fashion photographer Rose Hartman has captured iconic moments in style and culture in the City for more than 30 years (think: Bianca Jagger, wearing Halston, riding into her 30th birthday party at Studio 54 astride a white horse in 1977). Hartman's photo collection includes impromptu pictures of Grace Jones, Diana Vreeland, Courtney Love and Iris Apfel, to name a few, plus lesser-known underground figures.

Through February 20
Cecil Beaton: The New York Years
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672
In 1928, the late, now-legendary fashion photographer Cecil Beaton moved from England to New York, where he shot fashion and portraits for the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair. The New York Years, now on view at the Museum of the City of New York, pays homage to his time in the City, with a collection of photographs, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger and Greta Garbo, plus costume and set designs for My Fair Lady (1956) and Swan Lake (1951).

Through March 10
Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress
Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, 684 Park Ave., 212-628-0420
Select works by Joaquín Sorolla, the Valencia-born painter known for his impressionistic use of light, will serve as the centerpiece for the Spanish Institute's follow-up to last year's much-loved Balenciaga exhibition. In an unprecedented partnership with the Ministry of Spain, the new show will display the paintings alongside other art and costumes never before seen in the US, including pieces from Madrid's Museo del Traje. The exhibition was conceived by Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Institute's board of directors, and curated by André Leon Talley, the Vogue editor who also recently curated the first show of the gallery named for him, in the Savannah College of Art and Design's new museum of art.

Through April 15
Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones
Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 18 W. 86th St., 212-501-3023

While the hat remains a timeless category of garb, Lady Gaga and guests of the royal wedding have put the avant-garde types back in the spotlight as of late. And, with impeccable timing, the Bard Graduate Center hosts a collection of hats curated by British milliner Stephen Jones. The exhibition, which opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2009, includes more than 250 extraordinary pieces by Jones, Philip Treacy and Bill Cunningham. American- and New York–centric items like Mouseketeer ears and Babe Ruth's baseball cap were added for this iteration, the show's US debut.

Through May 8
Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT: Part One
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
With exhibitions at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) coming and going, it's easy to overlook the institution's permanent collection, which is wonderfully comprehensive. The first of a two-part showcase will present 50 masterpieces chosen from the 50,000 garments and accessories in the assemblage and include stunning pieces from Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Gianni Versace, Prada and Valentino. Admission to The Museum at FIT is always free.

Stores & Sales
Through January 2
Gaga's Workshop
Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900
With the help of friends like Mugler creative director/Lady Gaga fashion director Nicola Formichetti and artists Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson, Lady Gaga's interpretation of Santa's workshop will be the theme of the iconic holiday window display this year at Barneys. And, for the first time ever, the holiday initiative will take over the entire fifth-floor Men's Store, complete with a special collection of Gaga-designed gift items. Barneys will donate 25% of proceeds from sales of the items in Gaga's Workshop to a charity of the star's choice.

Through January 11
American Apparel Warehouse Sale
766 Sixth Ave.
Save up to 90% on warehouse stock for men and women

Through January 15
A.P.C. Sale
131 Mercer St., 212-966-9685
Save between 30% and 50% off fall and winter pieces for men and women.

Through February 6
Grey Area Mini Pop-Up
The Hole Gallery Shop, 312 Bowery
The online art-object store opens its fourth pop-up in yet another prime location, The Hole Gallery Shop. Commissioned pieces include a Vadis Turner Wax lingerie set, Anne Koch Band-Aid rings and a Carlton Dewoody Best Friends skateboard. After poking through the pop-up, stop by the gallery next door to check out the new Lola Montes Schnabel exhibition.

January Special Offers
Just after the holiday rush New York City retailers offer some major discounts. Here’s a sampling of special offers from NYC & Company members—click on the links for discount details. Save 40–70% off select designer denim and apparel at Atrium in SoHo and Brooklyn, and catch the last chance to buy a Pandora Limited Edition Midnight Heart Charm at Martinique Jewelers. Basketball fans can save up to 40% off select items at the NBA Store. An American Craftsman is offering markdowns up to 30%, and the Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar is knocking $2 off gift basket purchases of $20 or more.

related venues/(8)

  1. 1
    92nd Street Y
    1395 Lexington Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  2. 2
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  3. 3
    International Center of Photography
    250 Bowery
    Manhattan – NoLIta
    NY 10012
  1. 4
    Museum of Arts and Design
    2 Columbus Circle
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  2. 5
    Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  3. 6
    Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
    684 Park Ave
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10021
  1. 7
    Bard Graduate Center
    18 W 86th St
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10024
  2. 8
    Barneys New York
    660 Madison Ave
    Multiple Locations
    NY 10021

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