Fashion-Forward: July Events
by Mallory Passuite, 06/22/2011
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Summer has already officially begun, which means that July brings with it sales on warm-weather apparel and the earliest items from designers' pre-fall collections in stores. Fashion-savvy readers will also be interested to learn about a new specialty skin-care boutique opening early in the month, that The Metropolitan Museum of Art has extended the duration of its lauded Alexander McQueen exhibition and that BAMcinématek is hosting a Marilyn Monroe film series. Remember to check back for updates and additions as the month goes on.
Stores & Sales
BAMcinématek Presents Marilyn!
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100
Though her career spanned little more than a decade, the legacy of Marilyn Monroe endures—in art, pop culture and fashion. The actress—who sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy, inspired Andy Warhol's portrait series, was on the cover of the first issue of Hugh Hefner's Playboy and starred in several hit films—died tragically young in 1962. BAMcinématek takes a look back at the legend with a special film series, which includes favorites like Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Misfits.
Andy Warhol's New York City: Four Walks, Uptown to Downtown Launch Party
Clic Bookstore & Gallery, 255 Centre Street, 212 966 2766
Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame has transcended his own time. Just this year, 24 years after his untimely death, Rob Pruitt has unveiled a silver life-size Andy Monument in Union Square and Thomas Kiedrowski, an independent scholar and Warhol tour guide in NYC, has released Andy Warhol's New York City: Four Walks, Uptown to Downtown. The book highlights 80 of Warhol's New York haunts, from The Factory to favorite restaurants and nightspots. Clic Bookstore & Gallery will host a launch party, where Kiedrowski will sign copies of the book, beginning at 6pm.
Adam Kimmel x Carhartt: Meet and Launch
Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-833-2200
Preview menswear designer Adam Kimmel's second collection for Carhartt when it launches at Barneys July 21. The American workwear collection is a mix of classic Carhartt silhouettes in Kimmel's selection of fabric, plus Kimmel's silhouettes in Carhartt fabrics. Kimmel says he has worn Carhartt since age 10.
The CFDA and W Magazine Present Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Bar Basque, 839 Sixth Ave., 646-600-7150
For the first screening of Bar Basque's fashion film series, designer and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) President Diane von Furstenberg and W's Stefano Tonchi will host Pedro Almodóvar's 1988 classic, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The limited $60 tickets include cocktails and tapas, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the CFDA.
July 28–September 26
Uniqlo Roller Rink and Pop-up
The Lot at Tenth Avenue and West 30th Street
Uniqlo rolls over The Lot, beneath The High Line, with a pop-up shop and skating rink. The space features an 8,000- square-foot skating area, benches made from original High Line beams and a Uniqlo Cube, where skaters can shop a collection of T-shirts, cashmere and more. The $12 admission ($10 for children) includes skate rentals.
Through September 5
Sleep No More
McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St.
British theater troupe Punchdrunk presents a contemporary, voyeuristic and nearly wordless interpretation of Macbeth. For the interactive promenade performance, directed by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, the audience is required to wear masks as they silently wander the elaborate rooms, following whichever performers they please—even interacting with props by, for example, going through a suitcase left behind by one of the characters. The cast is outstanding, but the venue takes the lead in establishing this production’s eeriness: When the McKittrick Hotel's construction was completed in 1939, it was set to be Manhattan's most lavish hotel. But days after it opened, WWII broke out and it was condemned and closed until now. One last note—if you’re planning to attend this racy, violent show, leave the kids at home.
Through July 4
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., 212-849-8400
The Cooper-Hewitt, which serves as the country's National Design Museum under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, 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. Bargain-seekers, take note: on July 4, its final day, the exhibit is free.
July 22—Aug 8
Make it Hard: Helmut Lang
The Fireplace Project, 851 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton, NY; 631-324-4666
When Prada acquired Helmut Lang in 2004, the designer left the business entirely. And while his name is still on the label, he seems to be snipping any other thread of connection. He's donated archive collection pieces to international museums and has now literally shred the 6,000 remaining archive pieces. That's okay: Lang used the resulting scraps to create the sculptures that make up Make it Hard, the new exhibition at East Hampton's Fireplace Project, curated by Neville Wakefield. The renowned designer worked the bits of fabric, fur, feathers, leather, plastic, hair and metal from former collections into column-like structures that stretch from floor to ceiling.
Through July 29
Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 E. 57th St., 13th fl., 212-888-6007
The late photographer (and wife of the Beatle) is best known for the intimacy and ease of her portraits, often of musicians, like the 1967 shot of Jimi Hendrix yawning. (Of the image, Paul McCartney told Harper's Bazaar: "He's hanging, you know, everyone's hanging, because she made everyone so comfortable.") Linda's massive collection includes vintage photos of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Willem de Kooning, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Michael Jackson. Linda and Paul had been married nearly 30 years when she died of cancer in 1998. The retrospective exhibition at Bonni Benrubi accompanies the release of a book of the same name, published by Taschen.
Through July 31
Knoll Textiles, 1945–2010
Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 18 W. 86th St., 212-501-3000
While Knoll is best known for such modern furniture pieces as the Womb and Tulip chairs (fashioned by ingenious architect Eero Saarinen), its contributions to textile design are often overlooked. When Hans Knoll, who founded the company in 1938, married Florence Schust in 1946, the brand was reborn. A protégée of Saarinen, Schust brought new contacts and a commitment to innovation to Knoll, which began to commission its own textiles a year later, with a range of new materials, textures, bold colors and patterns. Today, the company continues to innovate by commissioning fresh design talent and developing environmentally friendly products.
Through July 31
Playboy at Partners & Spade (NSFW)
Partners & Spade, 40 Great Jones St., 646-861-2827
Playboy is going digital, placing its entire archive online, and to celebrate, the magazine has asked figures in fashion and art—like Simon Doonan to Andre Balazs, Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava and Jeremy Scott—to select their favorite images for an exhibition, now on view at Partners & Spade. The photos include vintage shots and some by Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton. The store is open Saturdays and Sundays only.
Through August 7
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710
Alexander McQueen was a fashion icon—a four-time British Designer of the Year—when he took his life in February 2010. But his legacy lives on, especially as seen in the innovative, avant-garde creations exhibited in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute's new show. The retrospective includes work spanning from his 1992 postgraduate collection to his final runway presentation, held nearly a month after his untimely death. Savage Beauty (an apt title) showcases McQueen's genius—dark and dangerous, ethereal and beautiful. Due to the high demand to see the exhibition, the museum has introduced "Met Mondays with McQueen" to allow for extended viewing hours on Mondays, when it is typically closed. In addition, the museum will remain open until 9pm on August 4 and 5, and until midnight on the final two nights, August 6 and 7. Museum officials believe it will be the first time the Met has ever stayed open so late.
Through August 31
Certain Young French Photography and Drawings
Agnès b. Boutique Galerie, 50 Howard St., 212-431-1335
The Agnès b. Boutique Galerie presents its second exhibition since it opened in April. For Certain Young French Photography and Drawings, a collection of works from up-and-coming French artists—including Lionel Avignon, Nicolas Dhervillers and Mathias Olmetta—Agnes b. partnered with the Paris Beaux-Arts School in Versailles (of which she is a graduate) and the Lucien and Rodolphe Hervé Association. With the juxtaposition of the two mediums, the show hopes to recall the great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who eventually gravitated away from the art that brought him fame to the mediums of drawing and painting.
Through September 4
Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., 212-685-0008
Illuminating Fashion explores the evolution of the concept of fashion in Northern Europe, from the fashion revolution of the early 14th century, marked by rapid change in clothing styles, to the rise of the Renaissance. The exhibition showcases period clothing styles in art and illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and re-created ensembles to dramatize the works.
Through November 5
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
With the constant convergence of fashion and art, and a recent influx of foodie couture (remember Simon Doonan's elaborate ode to celebrity chefs and cuisine in Barneys' last holiday windows?), it's easy to take for granted other style mergers, especially those that are effortlessly woven into our everyday lives. But with Sporting Life, The Museum at FIT reminds us of an important one. The exhibition explores how active sportswear and fashion have influenced each other—in silhouette, textile and more—over the past 150 years.
Stores & Sales
VERAMEAT Flagship Opens
315 E. 9th St., 917-353-3885
Indie jewelry label VERAMEAT works charm into its atypical charms, from its gold-spine knuckle-duster to its silver vampire teeth accent necklace. Model-turned-artist-turned-designer Vera Balyura launched the line in 2007.
Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., 212-867-7311
The cult skin-care line from Australia, known for using strictly botanical-based ingredients and for its utilitarian brown-bottle packaging, opens its first stand-alone shop in NYC. Three more stores will follow the Grand Central location later this year—one in NoLIta, one near New York University and a Greenwich Village flagship.
July 7– 10
Burkman Bros Sample Sale
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave.
Doug and Ben Burkman offer up to 75% off their menswear line at this special summer sample sale, hosted at Chelsea Market.
July 8– 10
Timo Weiland Sale
Black Tag, 219 Mulberry St.
Score men's and women's ready to wear from Timo Weiland on major markdown at Black Tag in NoLita. Designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein offer a cocktail meet and greet on the opening night, from 3 to 7pm, when shoppers can shop the sale at up to 90%. Find discounts for the remainder of the sale at up to 75% off.
Through July 10
Odin Pas de Deux Sample Sale
328 E. 11th St, 212-475-0666
The East Village shop that stocks labels like Karen Walker and Alexander Wang is offering markdowns over 50% off through Sunday, July 10.
Spa 1851: Kiehl's First-Ever Spa Opens
Spa 1851, 157 E. 64th St. 1-888-SPA1851
Just in time for the legendary skincare line's 160th anniversary, Kiehl's will open its first-ever spa, above a new Upper East Side boutique. (Kiehl's first opened as an apothecary in the East Village in 1851.) The spa will feature three full treatment rooms, plus a separate men's grooming station.
July 20, 23, 24
Billy Reid Sample Sale
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave.
Recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Prize-winning designer Billy Reid offers discounts of up to 75% off his men's and women's collections, plus runway samples at Chelsea Market.
Though July 20
131 Mercer St., 212-966-0069
Cult French brand A.P.C.'s biannual sale brings markdowns of up to 50% off its well-cut wares for men and women. Check out the sale in the SoHo store, or stop by the new A.P.C. Specials West Village location at 92 Perry Street.
Grey Area Hamptons Pop-Up
The Old Stone Boys Club, 938 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY
The first pop-up shop of Kyle DeWoody and Manish Vora's new art-design web store, Grey Area, will open in the Hamptons. The 10-day boutique will feature items like the Aaron Young tire swing and Ed Ruscha beach towels, and it opens with a cocktail celebration July 22, from 4 to 9pm.
JNBY Spring 2011 Sale
75 Greene St., 212-219-2529
Shop JNBY's simple, architectural silhouettes for women, plus jnby by JNBY for children, at 40 to 60 percent off.
Proenza Schouler Spring Sample Sale
495 Broadway, 8th floor
Proenza Schouler, winner of the 2011 CFDA Fashion Award for Womenswear Designer of the Year, will host a sample sale from 9am to 6pm on July 27 and 28. Look for classic T-shirts at more than half off, plus items from previous collections.
OpenHouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St., 212-334-0288
If a Vespa and an electric bicycle had a baby, it might well be the FlyKly. The eco-friendly vehicle combines the style of the former and ease of the latter, running solely on battery power and requiring no license or registration. This NoLIta pop-up, the start-up's first brick-and-mortar location, offers free test rides and will remain open throughout the summer.
BLK DNM Opens
237 Lafayette St., 212-966-6258
In February, former Diesel CEO Johan Lindeberg launched BLK DNM—a denim-heavy, Web-based luxury line with a downtown New York aesthetic. BLK DNM is now available off-line for the first time at its new SoHo shop. With a raw, deconstructed feel, baroque furniture and art installations, the store is "designed to manifest the BLK DNM culture," Lindeberg says. Its opening also marked the launch of Gazette, the BLK DNM magazine; the first issue includes contributions by director Wes Anderson, noted tattoo artist Scott Campbell and art-world bad boy Nate Lowman.