Fashion-forward: June Events
by Mallory Passuite, 05/25/2011
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Of all months of the year, June brings the most hours of daylight to NYC, leading to the start of summer. And, of course, the City stocks loads of fashionable ways to spend those long days, whether it's sample-sale shopping for summer wardrobe pieces or viewing the Met's Alexander McQueen exhibition. The month promises a rich collection of fashionable events, exhibitions, special sales and new stores.
CFDA Fashion Awards
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
The annual awards of the Council of Fashion Designers of America recognize the year's greatest contributors to American fashion. Anderson Cooper will host this year's ceremony, which will honor Lady Gaga with the Fashion Icon Award and Marc Jacobs with the Geoffery Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Alexander Wang is nominated for three awards and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler are nominated for two. See the full list of finalists at cfda.com and check back for winners on June 7.
June 13, 15 and 17
Nail Files Free Manicures
To promote Nail Files, the premiere of her new TV Guide Network reality series, LA-based manicurist Katie Cazorla brings her free-manicure mobile tour to NYC. Its first stop is in SoHo, on West Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets, on June 13 from noon to 8pm. On June 15, Cazorla and crew will be in Columbus Circle, on West 58th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, from noon to 8pm. The final stop is on Staten Island at the Time Warner Payment Center/KMART from 11am to 6pm. Nail Files debuts on June 21.
From the Set to the Runway: Deborah Nadoolman Landis and Valerie Steele
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., 212-685-0008
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a costume designer whose credits include Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" video, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Coming to America (which earned her an Oscar nomination) and author of Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, will discuss the differences between costume and fashion with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). The ticketed event begins at 6:30pm. The exhibition Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands will be opened at 5:30pm especially for event attendees.
June 16 and 23
Thursdays at Five: Tracy Reese Flagship Anniversary Party
Tracy Reese celebrates the fifth anniversary of her West Village flagship with two Thursday parties. The first is "An Evening of Accessories." Jennifer Ouellette and Gerard Yosca, hair accessory and jewelry designers, respectively, will share a special trunk show of goods and mingle with guests (including Reese herself). The second fete is called "Perfectly Polished" and will include complimentary manicures from Sally Hansen and mini makeovers by Mally Roncal. Both events run from 5 to 8pm and include wine, music, giveaways, raffle prizes and sales of up to 50% off. A portion of proceeds from each evening will benefit the New York City AIDS Fund.
Gainsbourg and His Girls
Mainstage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 212-360-2777
Many know Serge Gainsbourg for his sexy ballad "Je t'aime…moi non plus," promptly banned by the Vatican after its 1969 release. Gainsbourg was France's beloved enfant terrible, a romantic poet, dark yet zealous, a writer of beautiful music and lover of beautiful women. He composed for such songstresses as Juliette Gréco, Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, Anna Karina and Vanessa Paradis. Directors Didier Varrod and Pascal Forneri present a documentary that portrays the man, 20 years after his death, through the eyes of his many muses. The free outdoor screening, part of the City's annual SummerStage festival, will begin at 7pm with performances by Ben L'oncle Soul and Catherine Ringer.
June 2–July 29
Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 E. 57th St., 212-888-6007
The photographer (and former 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 June 11
Milk Gallery, 450 W. 15th St., 212-645-2797
The British photographer-producer known as Rankin (who also cofounded Dazed & Confused and publishes Another Magazine) presents a 20-year retrospective, the biggest stateside exhibition of his praised portraiture yet. The show includes stunning shots of Kate Moss, Keith Richards and Queen Elizabeth; during its run, Rankin offers the chance for select stylish personalities to have their portrait taken and added to the exhibition. Visit milkmade.com for details.
Through June 19
Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., 212-849-8400
Russian-born French artist Sonia Delaunay began exploring color as a painter before she and her husband, Robert, developed their theory of simultaneity, which describes the sensation of movement born when contrasting colors appear beside each other. When Delaunay launched Atelier Simultané in 1920s Paris, she incorporated the theory into fashion and fabric design and continued her work while designing for Dutch department store Metz & Company. This collection includes paintings, fabric swatches, garments and photographs.
Through June 19
Riding the Hoods with Maripol
Clic Gallery, 424 Broome St., 212-219-9308
French-born photographer, film producer (notably of Downtown 81), fashion designer and stylist (known for creating Madonna's rubber-bangle, crucifix-clad Like a Virgin look), Maripol quickly became a major fixture in the downtown scene after moving to New York in 1976. She befriended Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat; styled Grace Jones and Debbie Harry; and threw parties in the Fiorucci store (known in the late '70s and early '80s as the daytime Studio 54), where she worked as art director. She'd casually document these times in Polaroid snapshots—many of which appear in her books Maripolarama and Little Red Riding Hood and serve as the centerpiece of the show at Clic.
Through June 30
The Kate Moss Portfolio and Other Stories
Danziger Projects, 527 W. 23rd St., 212-629-6778
"Even though I wasn't that naive at the time, I really look it," Kate Moss told The New York Times of her favorite image in the career-spanning portfolio she's created with Danziger Projects. The black-and-white photograph, shot by her then-boyfriend, fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti, in 1993, features a 19-year-old, nude and doe-eyed Moss. "I'd left London and went to New York and everything started to happen," she said of the time the photo was taken. Working runways and gracing magazine covers at "just" 5 feet, 7 inches, and well into her 30s, the English supermodel has defied (and defined) industry standards. This series reflects the coalescence of fashion and art, with images by Mert & Marcus, Chuck Close, Annie Leibovitz and more.
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.
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 color and patterns. Today, the company continues to innovate by commissioning fresh design talent and developing environmentally friendly products.
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 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 exhibition's high demand, the museum introduces Met Mondays with McQueen to allow additional viewing hours when the museum is closed on Mondays, beginning June 6 (excluding July 4).
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
Vena Cava and Loeffler Randall Sample Sale
457 Broome St., #2F
Expect 50% to 60% off retail prices on Vena Cava apparel, including one-of-a-kind samples, and Loeffler Randall footwear at this three-day sale.
BLK DNM POP 1
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 will be available offline for the first time when its temporary shop, POP 1, opens in SoHo June 8. With a raw, deconstructed feel, baroque furniture and art installations, the store is "designed to manifest the BLK DNM culture," Lindeberg says. The opening also marks the launch of Gazette, the BLK DNM magazine, to include photography, essays and artwork that convey the brand's identity and the independent, rebellious energy of New York City. The first issue will include contributions by Waris Ahluwalia, Wes Anderson, Scott Campbell, Terence Koh, Nate Lowman and others.
Through June 9
Topshop Secret Store
478 Broadway, 212-966-9555
Discover a "secret" doorway inside Topshop's SoHo store to enter the floral-themed pop-up, stocked with special designer-collaboration boutique pieces from Pamela Love, Nasir Mazhar, Meadham Kirchhoff and Ann-Sofie Back. If you can't seem to find it, a hint: be on the lookout for a suspicious florist in the store.
Jay Kos Opening
293 Mott St.
The designer behind the namesake high-end line of kitschy tailored menswear, Jay Kos also happens to have a bit of chef in him. So the decision to move his store downtown gave him the chance to transform it. The new NoLIta spot, opening sometime in June, will feature a custom-designed kitchen, where he may whip up a bite for shoppers. For more info on the move, read the latest issue of Kos's food-fashion magazine online for free.
Convent Closing Sale
179 Stanton St., 212-673-0233
While the Convent cult may be saddened that Travis Wayne's Lower East Side boutique will close its Stanton Street store, rejoice: save up to 80% on merchandise in a blowout two-day farewell sale before Wayne moves his collection online (and may launch a new Web and international pop-up-based project).
Opening Ceremony Sample Sale
148 Lafayette St.
Find labels like ACNE, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, United Bamboo and more at up to 90% off at this three-day sale. Cash is welcome; credit cards are accepted with $100 minimum purchase.
June 12, 13, 16
La Perla Sample Sale
225 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400
Undergarments, sleepwear, swimwear and ready-to-wear will be marked up to 80% off at the new biannual sale of the coveted lingerie line.
J Crew Sample Sale
260 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400
Stock up for summer at this New York exclusive. Expect to find women's apparel, shoes and accessories at up to 60% off, plus a limited selection of samples and overstock for men and children.
Tory Burch Sample Sale
261 W. 36th St., 2nd fl.
Score spring and summer Tory Burch goods—including clothing, footwear and handbags—at a great price. The sale runs from 11am to 7pm, except on the final day, when it runs from 11am to 4pm.
Wieden + Kennedy New York present SHOP
150 Varick St., 6th fl.
The ad agency hosts a special popup to feature a selection of locally based designers, including Burkman Bros., Nicholas K, Rogan and Saturdays NYC, collectively offering a product range from the latest collections to discounted samples and individually customized options. The week will host DJ sets from Fool's Gold Records and food by Eddie Huang of Baohaus.
Rag & Bone Spring Sale
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue
With summer just around the bend, Rag & Bone has announced its spring sale, where shoppers will find clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women at up to 65% off.
Helmut Lang and Theyskens' Theory Sample Sale
93 Mercer St., 212-242-3240
Shop this seven-day designer sample sale for spring and summer staples at 65% off. Items include a structured linen-twill Helmut blazer in ash gray for $199 and a black satin maxi dress from Theyskens for $229.
1 Beard St., Brooklyn, 718-246-4532
The home-goods megastore shows its Nordic colors in honor of the Swedish Midsummer holiday, offering special discounts and a smorgasbord of Swedish meatballs and other authentic treats for shoppers. Glad Midsommar!
I Don't Like Mondays Warehouse Sale
The online boutique throws their second-annual warehouse sale, offering up to 70% off labels like Alexander Wang, Obesity and Speed, Cheap Monday and Jeffrey Campbell. Plus get an score an extra 10% off your purchase if you pop in for a drink before shopping.
The Coveted and Lyst Present Blogger Closet Raid
Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas, 212-519-6600
At least 10 of the City's fashion bloggers take over the Tribeca Grand for a stylish pseudo garage sale. The fashion experts behind blogs like The Coveted and Keiko Lynn will sell pieces from their personal wardrobes. The cash-only sale, from noon to 4pm, will include modern and vintage menswear, womenswear, shoes and accessories, plus giveaways and music.