Fashion-Forward: March Events


by Mallory Passuite, 02/22/2012

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As the furor of February's Fashion Week moves from New York on to London, Milan and Paris, you might expect a brief lull in style-related happenings. But this is New York, and March brings big things—fashion photography from Juergen Teller, the CFDA's 50th anniversary exhibition, an InStyle pop-up and chats with Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Reed Krakoff, Stefano Pilati and Dries Van Noten. Other exhibitions, events, store openings and sample sales will crop up throughout the month, so remember to check back for additions and updates.

Stores & Sales

March 1
Hugo Boss Black with Jeff Koons
Bloomingdale's, 100 Third Ave., 212-705-2000
Celebrate the opening of the new Boss Black women's shop on the third floor of Bloomingdale's with cocktails and an appearance by the artist Jeff Koons, from 6 to 8pm. Receive a limited-edition Jeff Koons–designed shopping bag with any Boss purchase.

March 1
Shop New KARL
Karl Pop-up, 375 Bleecker St.
From 5 to 8pm, shop the new spring/summer collection of Karl Lagerfeld's latest line for Net-a-Porter (his more affordable collection). Champagne will be served.

March 6
CFDA Presidents Speak at FIT: DVF
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
In celebration of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 50th anniversary and the accompanying exhibition, Impact, The Museum at FIT hosts a series of lectures. The current CFDA president, designer and wrap-dress pioneer Diane von Furstenberg, inaugurates the series with a talk that begins at 6pm. Von Furstenberg conceived the Impact exhibition and book.

March 8
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Tommy Hilfiger
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis talks with Tommy Hilfiger, the classic American designer whose label recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The conversation begins at 8pm. Visit 92Y's Facebook page before the event to contribute your own questions to the dialogue.

March 9
Bob Mackie and Hal Rubenstein
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Bob Mackie, perhaps best known for dressing Cher (that beaded, caged crop top she wore with a feather mohawk to the '86 Oscars—that was him) and the Carol Burnett Show (the curtain-rod dress from the "Went with the Wind" episode in '76—also him) talks with InStyle magazine fashion director and 100 Unforgettable Dresses author Hal Rubenstein. Both have earned CFDA awards for their work and the pairing promises a lively conversation. In a recent chat, FIT deputy director Patricia Mears said of the event, "With the two of them, we're going to be laughing. So bring Kleenex."

March 13
Look At Me: Fashion Photography: Documenting the Evolution of the Modern Woman
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Fashion photographer and costume designer Cecil Beaton, the subject of a show now on view at the Museum of the City of New York, once said, "Fashion photography is an insidious profession. In art, it is what sex appeal is to love." And while the allure of the art form has endured, it has also evolved with time. The Museum at FIT will host a conversation on this evolution; photography collector Cathy M. Kaplan and Staley-Wise Gallery director Etheleen Staley join photographer Deborah Tuberville and New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti, beginning at 6pm.

March 16
Scott Campbell Book Signing: If You Don't Belong, Don't Be Long
OHWOW Book Club, 227 Waverly Place
The Brooklyn-based artist Scott Campbell has turned a talent for tattooing (having left a permanent mark on several celebrity skins) into a full-on art career that currently includes a solo show in Zurich and a book—garnering much attention and many friends in the process. If You Don't Belong, Don't Be Long features Campbell's works in all forms, photographed by Terry Richardson, with text by OHWOW Gallery founder Al Moran, the actor Justin Theroux and the writer Richard Price.

March 21–29
FIAF Fashion Talks: Reed Krakoff, Stefano Pilati and Dries Van Noten 
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St.
As part of a recent fashion initiative, the French Institute hosts a series of discussions with three top designers, hosted by Pamela Golbin, chief curator of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre. Reed Krakoff, the president and executive creative director of Coach who recently launched his own namesake line, begins on March 21; followed by Stefano Pilati, creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, on March 27; Dries Van Noten appears on March 29. All talks begin at 7pm. Tickets are available at

March 22
Cass Bird Book Signing: Rewilding
Dashwood Books, 33 Bond St., 212-378-8520
The (also) Brooklyn-based photographer spent a few days over two Tennessee summers with a group of real women, many of them androgynous, plucked from New York streets. They set loose in the sunshine of the Sassafras countryside. The result, Rewilding, represents "an exquisite and sly celebration of femininity of a very modern stripe," as Sally Singer states in the book's foreword. Bird has shot often for The New York Times Style Magazine (of which Singer was formerly an editor) and for such publications as Paper and Dossier.

March 1–April 7
George Platt Lynes

Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd St.
When the American photographer George Platt Lynes opened his first New York studio in the early 1930s, he shot elegant portraits for the pages of fashion publications like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. His work caught the eye of some of the City's notables and, in 1935, Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine enlisted Lynes to photograph their American Ballet Company, initiating a 20-year partnership that produced some of the artist's best-known work. By the 1940s, Lynes began to experiment with the aesthetic of surrealism and also the form of the male nude, cast in an intimate light—a risqué subject, given the time. His interpretations, sensual and homoerotic, became a touchstone for later greats like Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber.

Through March 4
The Dandy's New York
Dorian Grey Gallery, 437 E. 9th St., 516-244-4126
While Patrick McDonald fits the textbook definition of a dandy—a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance—the word has often carried connotations of traditionalism. But McDonald redefines "dandy" with bold patterns and hues, eccentrically arched eyebrows and audacious accessories. The Dandy's New York, at Dorian Grey Gallery, pays tribute to the style icon, who moved to New York in the '70s, through photography by Molua Muldown and mixed-media works by Lisa Pan, plus McDonald's own poetry.

March 6–April 7
Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution

The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Just as the ’60s were a revolutionary period for politics and youth culture throughout the world, the era redefined fashion. "Once only the rich, the Establishment, set the fashion. Now it is the inexpensive little dress seen on the girls in High Street," British designer and boutique owner Mary Quant has said of the transition. London's mod scene and American hippies began setting trends—dressing for self-expression, blurring traditional lines of gender identity, embracing sexuality and new silhouettes. "The world is all for youth now," the model Twiggy noted in 1967. "The young people have so much time and money to spend, all the businessmen say let’s cash in on youth.” As a result of that and the creative enterprise of individuals, brands and boutiques boomed. Youthquake! explores the decade with an exhibition that showcases garments and historical footage.

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 March 10
Material: A Group Show Curated by Duro Olowu
Salon 94 Freemans, 1 Freeman Alley
The Nigerian-born, London-based designer Duro Olowu hosts a fashion-art pop-up of mixed Material. Limited-edition pieces from his spring 2012 collection are presented beside a selection of vintage and contemporary art, furniture and books, including a Carlo Molino chair, vintage West African textiles, a Francis Upritchard camel sculpture, vinyl from Miss Lily’s Favourite Cakes & Variety and works by fashion photographer Juergen Teller (who has his own show currently on view at Lehmann Maupin, not far from Freeman's Alley).

March 13July 8
Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié's Miniatures of Society Women

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 212-873-3400
The French New Yorker Peter Marié, a society type of the 18th century, was a bachelor known for his fondness of fine art and parties. Between 1889 and 1903, he commissioned a collection of portrait miniatures on ivory of the women he considered most beautifulincluding gilded lilies like the actress Maude Adams, the artist Lydia Emmet and the etiquette author Emily Post.

Through March 17
Juergen Teller
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie St., 212-254-0054
Legendary German photographer Juergen Teller, perhaps best known for his 14-year-long campaign collaboration with Marc Jacobs, presents a series of works in three parts, reflecting his contemporary approach, which merges his personal and professional life and subjects. Images from his irreverent nude, er, spread of ’90s American supermodel Kristen McMenamy—taken in Italian architect Carlo Mollino’s exquisite Turin lair for 032C Magazine last November—hang beside family portraits, landscapes and a rare series of sensual shots of Vivienne Westwood.

Through March 31
A Legacy of Grace
The Forbes Galleries, 62 Fifth Ave., 212-206-5549
As Kate Middleton’s living princess fairytale charms the masses, A Legacy of Grace recalls another: Grace Kelly, the American-born actress turned Princess of Monaco, who died 30 years ago. The Princess Grace Foundationfounded by Prince Rainier III of Monaco upon his wife's death, honoring her passion the for artspresents this exhibition, a look at the princess and her contribution to the arts in Monaco, in photograph, video and costume (including some from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, which recently performed at the Joyce Theater in New York).

Through April 14
Jean-Philippe Delhomme: Dressed for Art  
FIAF Gallery, 22 E. 60th St., 212-355-6100
The artist and author Jean-Philippe Delhomme presents a selection of fashion illustrations at the French Institute. His career has entailed illustrations published in such publications as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. He's also created a clever ad campaign for Barneys, published several books and spent the last year living in Bushwick, working on his blog

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 April 17
Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
"Fashion is constantly changing," Council of Fashion Designers of America CEO Steven Kolb said in a recent interview with "As an organization, we’ve evolved over the 50 years to become a very forceful, dynamic family of creative types. There's really no other organization like it in the world." For the past half-century, the not-for-profit trade association has worked to cultivate the talent that has established American design as the international force it is today. Conceived by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg, Impact honors the organization's nearly 600 designer members, past and present, through object and image—including pieces by Halston, Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, Tom Ford and Rodarte.

Through April 22
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 spreads and portraits for the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair. He also designed costumes and film sets for classics like My Fair Lady (1956) and Swan Lake (1951). 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.

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 archive 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.

Through June 11
Cindy Sherman
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400
MoMA presents a retrospective survey of photographs by Cindy Sherman, known for provocative self-portraits that appear simultaneously alive and cold. Sherman masterfully and sometimes eerily transforms her identity, rendering herself in various guises and situations to question the contemporary identity of women. She has always assumed the role of both photographer and model, assuming a self-created guise—with makeup, wigs, costumes—that evoke a range of female archetypes. The show presents these multiple identities in all their large-format glory. As artist Chuck Close has observed, “She’s achieved a near-Warholian superstar status. Her influence is everywhere.” While she rarely does commissions, she's created portraits for a MAC Cosmetics campaign and a French Vogue-Balenciaga collaboration. The MoMA exhibition spans her career from the mid-'70s to today.

Stores & Sales
March 1–2
Diptyque Sample Sale
11 E. 26th St.
Shop the wonderful-smelling, usually pricey line of French candles and home goods on special markdown.

Through March 4
Barneys Warehouse Sale
255 W. 17th St., 212-450-8400
Barneys biannual blowout offers designer apparel and accessories for men, women, children and the home at up to 75% off.

March 8–18
ABC Carpet & Home Warehouse Sale
ABC Carpet & Home Bronx Outlet, 1055 Bronx River Ave., 718-842-8772
This sale of discounted home goods fills 200,000 square feet of warehouse space in the Bronx.

Through April 10
A Gallery of Historic Toys
FAO Schwarz, 767 Fifth Ave., 212-644-9400
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, iconic NYC toy store FAO Schwarz presents a selection of original-model playthings that have grown into family favorites—like Original Barbie #3 doll from 1960, the first Hello Kitty set introduced to the US in 1976, first-edition Cabbage Patch Kids from 1982 and a 1997 Tamagotchi—plus vintage store catalogs.

Through April 16
Exhibition A at Barneys
Chelsea Passage at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, 9th fl.
Exhibition A—the art site founded by gallery owner Bill Powers, his wife, the designer Cynthia Rowley and Laura Martin, that specializes in reasonably priced, limited-edition works by contemporary artists like Richard Prince, Spencer Sweeney, Rene Ricard and Max Snow—opens a pop-up in Barneys. Shop for new prints and art books.

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  2. 2
    92nd Street Y
    1395 Lexington Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  3. 3
    French Institute Alliance Française
    22 E. 60th St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10022
  1. 4
    Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
    684 Park Ave
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10021
  2. 5
    Salon 94 Freemans
    1 Freeman Alley
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  3. 6
    Lehmann Maupin
    540 W. 26th St.
    Multiple Locations
    NY 10001
  1. 7
    Bard Graduate Center
    18 W 86th St
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10024
  2. 8
    Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  3. 9
    The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
    11 W. 53rd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019

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