Fashion Forward: March Events


by Mallory Passuite, 02/28/2011

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From a Vivienne Westwood retrospective to the debut of Tom Ford's womenswear collection in stores, March promises a rich collection of fashionable events, exhibitions, special sales and new stores.

Stores & Sales

March 2
Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion: Alan Flusser
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585
Best-selling author Alan Flusser is a Coty Award–winning designer known for creating the suave suiting of Michael Douglas' character Gordon Gekko in the original Wall Street. With a custom tailor shop in Midtown and a new book, Dressing the Man, Flusser is proving his mettle as a master of menswear. At this free lecture at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), which begins at 6pm, Flusser shares tips on shopping and dressing with timeless style. A book signing will follow.

March 4–31
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., 718-636-4100
Brooklyn Academy of Music honors legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve, renowned for her performances in cinematic classics like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and Belle de Jour (1967). Throughout her decades-long career—celebrated in BAMcinématek's 25-film tribute—the elegant actress has secured her spot as a style icon. She's been a lasting inspiration to fashion-makers, including French designer Yves Saint Laurent and fashion photographer David Bailey, her former husband.

March 15
Minimalism and Fashion: Elyssa Dimant and Francisco Costa
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585
Fashion historian and curator Elyssa Dimant discusses her new book, Minimalism and Fashion, which explores the minimalist aesthetic movement over the past 50 years, examining parallels in art, architecture and design. Francisco Costa, creative director of womenswear for the ever-minimalistic Calvin Klein Collection, wrote the book's foreword and will join Dimant at The Museum at FIT for the discussion, which begins at 6pm. A book signing will follow.

March 16
Tim Barber at the International Center of Photography
The School at ICP, 1114 Sixth Ave., 212-857-0001
The International Center of Photography welcomes fashion photographer Tim Barber, curator of online gallery Tiny Vices and former photo editor at Vice magazine. Barber has shot for publications including Italian Vogue, Nylon and T, and look books for Linda Farrow, Stella McCartney and Urban Outfitters. The lecture begins at 7pm.

March 16
Tory Burch at French Institute Alliance Française
Florence Gould Hall Theater, 55 E. 59th St., 646-388-6601
As part of its Art de Vivre series, the French Institute Alliance Française hosts fashion designer Tory Burch, the woman behind the womenswear label. In just seven years, the socialite-turned-designer has built the Tory Burch brand of tunic tops and logoed ballet flats into a bustling business. Beginning at 7pm, Burch will discuss her thoughts on personal style and the future of her company.

March 16–29
Bill Cunningham New York
Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., 212-727-8112
Long before the Sartorialist or Tommy Ton, there was The New York Times' Bill Cunningham, on his bike. Cunningham's impromptu fashion photos first hit the newspaper in 1978, after his chance shot of Greta Garbo in a well-cut coat caught the eye of Times editor Arthur Gelb. The award-winning Richard Press documentary about Cunningham offers a rare peek into the life of the photographer, who typically hides behind his lens.

March 22
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim in Conversation with Valerie Steele
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585
Opening Ceremony has become a showcase of cutting-edge international style since opening in 2002. The company has its own line and offers clothing collaborations with the label Rodarte and actress Chloë Sevingy, among others. In this talk, owners Carol Lim and Humberto Leon discuss the success of their store and share insights on their brand philosophy.

March 22
Zero + Maria Cornejo and Mark Borthwick Relief for Japan
Zero + Maria Cornejo, 33 Bleecker St., 212-925-3849
Designer Maria Cornejo and photographer Mark Borthwick have teamed up to create a set of limited-edition T-shirts, which feature Borthwick's photos, to support victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The husband-and-wife pair will make an appearance at the Zero + Maria Cornejo store in NoLIta, where they will sign the shirts from 6 to 8pm. Proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders.

March 31
In Good Taste
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 2nd fl., 212-753-4000 Saks Fifth Avenue and New York magazine team up to present In Good Taste, a fete of fashion and food to benefit City Harvest, the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the City's hungry. The event includes spring styles from lines like Calvin Klein Collection, Ralph Lauren Black Label and Yigal Azrouël and samples from some of New York City's top restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay at The London, ABC Kitchen and The Hurricane Club. The $100 ticket gets you into the guest-list-only event and includes a $100 Saks gift card to spend that night. Tickets are sold out, but you can still donate to the cause by visiting

Through March 26
Karlheinz Weinberger: Intimate Stranger
Swiss Institute, 495 Broadway, 3rd floor, 212-925-2040
Karlheinz Weinberger: Halbstarke to Bikers in Color
Anna Kustera Gallery, 520 W. 21st St., 212-989-0082

In 1958, Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger was shooting for an underground gay club's magazine when he met a young group of self-proclaimed rebels. They were working-class teens bridling against conservative post-war Switzerland by grouping in gangs and adopting their own style. That style, while borrowing heavily from American film icons James Dean and Marlon Brando, also incorporated DIY elements such as exaggerated metal belt buckles (the size of those given to boxing champions) and pendant necklaces the size of dinner plates, both engraved with images of Elvis, among other oddities. In coinciding shows, the Swiss Institute and Anna Kustera Gallery display selections of Weinberger's work through March 26.

Through April 2
Japan Fashion Now
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
The Museum at FIT recently extended this popular show of top Japanese designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, with innovative pieces that range from avant-garde to street style.

March 4–April 16
Wowe: Nightclubbing: New York Nightlife in the 80s
Leica Gallery, 670 Broadway, 212-777-3051

Wowe, the photographer formally known as Wolfgang Wesener, began his career shooting New York nightlife for Details magazine in the '80s. He snapped portraits of style-setting stars like Grace Jones, Madonna, Brooke Shields and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He shot with his subjects’ permission, capturing a sense of casual intimacy.

March 8–April 2
Vivienne Westwood 1980–89
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585

Vivienne Westwood helped define the British punk aesthetic in the '70s before transitioning from streetwear duds to high-end design in the '80s. (She went on to win the British Designer of the Year award in 1990 and '91.) This exhibition focuses on the influential designer's evolution and includes runway footage, interviews and clippings to contextualize her impact.

March 24–April 30
Georges Dambier: Fashioning the Fifties
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 E. 57th St., 212-888-6007

When French photographer Georges Dambier shot for Elle magazine in the '50s, he brought a new sensibility to the world of fashion photography, which had tended toward photographs of models in antiseptic studio settings. Dambier's portraits are full of life and emotion, showing women in real-world settings and situations. The photographer's subjects include such icons as Brigitte Bardot, Suzy Parker and Catherine Deneuve.

Through May 10
His & Hers
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
From an 18th-century velvet court suit to an '80s ladies' Yves Saint Laurent power suit, this exhibition at The Museum at FIT explores the evolution of masculine and feminine identity in dress.

Through June 5
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; 2 E. 91st St., 212-849-8400
The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum 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.

Stores & Sales 
While Supplies Last
Opening Ceremony Tees for Japan
Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard St., 212-219-2688; 1190-1192 Broadway, 646-695-5680
Opening Ceremony has joined Japan relief efforts by producing and selling limited-edition T-shirts. Modeled by Japanese-American model/actress Jenny Shimizu and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi on the store's website, the unisex tees feature a simple red dot reflecting the Japanese flag and are now available online and in stores, including both NYC locations. The American Red Cross will receive 100% of proceeds from the $30 shirts.

Through March 6
Barneys New York Warehouse Sale
255 W. 17th St., 212-450-8400
Catch the final days of Barneys' biannual designer blowout. Lines form early for the deals, with markdowns ranging from 50% to 75% off.

March 7
Tom Ford Womenswear Hits Stores
Tom Ford, 845 Madison Ave., 212-359-0300
The much-hyped first line of womenswear for Tom Ford's eponymous label debuts on the newly renovated upper level of his Madison Avenue flagship.

March 17
Theory Womens + Theyskens' Theory Opening
1157 Madison Ave., 212-879-0265
Last month was big for Theory in NYC: Olivier Theyskens showed a strong second collection for the label—two weeks after the first collection blew off store shelves—and a temporary Helmut Lang/Theyskens' Theory shop popped up downtown (still open, at 93 Mercer St.) as its sample sale there closed. And March brings a brand-new Theory store, stocked with Theyskens, to the Upper East Side.

March 22–23
United Bamboo: Sample Sale for Tsunami Relief
217 Centre St., 6th fl.
This sale features markdowns of up to 90% off men's and women's clothing, shoes, bags and accessories, plus a few pieces of kitty clothing (as featured in the label's annual cat calendar). The sale runs from 11am to 8pm on March 22 and 23 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Japan relief efforts.

March 23–27
Hermès Sample Sale
Soiffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St., 718-747-1656
While the chances of shoppers scoring a Birkin bag at this sale are zero, a selection of Hermès' legendary scarves, ties and leather goods will be available at a significant discount. The sale, held at Soiffer Haskin, begins at 9am on March 23.

March 24–25
3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale to Benefit Japan
3.1 Phillip Lim Showroom, 260 W. 39th St., 17th fl., 212-354-6540
This special two-day-only sale offers more than just major markdowns on the label's men's and women's ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories (plus select samples and the Kid by Phillip Lim Collection): proceeds will also be donated to the American Red Cross to aid Japan's relief efforts.

March 24–27
Dolce & Gabbana Sample Sale
Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., 4th fl., 212-463-0071
Find deals on ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, intimates and accessories for men and women at Dolce & Gabbana's annual sale. Last year's event included discounts of 60% to 90% off original retail prices. This year's sale opens to the public on March 24 at 9am, but dedicated shoppers are sure to line up early.

March 24–28
David Yurman Sample Sale
The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St., 212-741-3400
This five-day David Yurman sample sale features price reductions on the rarely discounted high-end jewelry line, known for its signature rope-twist textured bracelets and cocktail rings. Included are pieces in silver and gold, plus some sunglasses and children's jewelry. Previous sales have offered markdowns that range from 30% to 70% off. Doors open at 3pm on March 24.

March 25–31
A Selection of Fall 2011 Designer Trunk Shows at Barneys New York
Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900
Get a first look at some of the top designer labels' latest collections and begin building your fall wardrobe early. Barneys New York will host Dries Van Noten on March 25, Lanvin on March 28 and Céline and Derek Lam on March 30 and 31.

Through April 15
Esquire Home @ Nat Sherman
Nat Sherman, 12 E. 42nd St., 212-764-5000
magazine has teamed up with New York smoke shop Nat Sherman to celebrate the launch of the Esquire Home Collection, which includes furniture, home decor, barware and a limited-reserve cigar. Visit the flagship to check out the collection or go to for info on upcoming events.


related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Film Forum
    209 W Houston St
    Manhattan – Hudson Square
    NY 10014
  2. 2
    International Center of Photography
    250 Bowery
    Manhattan – NoLIta
    NY 10012
  3. 3
    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    2 E. 91st St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  1. 4
    BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music
    30 Lafayette Ave.
    Brooklyn – Downtown Brooklyn
    NY 11217
  2. 5
    French Institute Alliance Française
    22 E. 60th St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10022
  3. 6
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001

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