Fashion-Forward: September Events


by Mallory Passuite, 08/24/2011

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In New York City, September is the style industry's biggest month. There's back-to-school shopping to do—perhaps on Fashion's Night Out, when retailers offer special promotions (and stay open extra late)—and there's the flurry of New York Fashion Week, during which designers will present their Spring 2012 collections. While runway shows remain invite-only, September offers no shortage of fashionable events, exhibitions, store openings and sales for all to enjoy. Peep into Daphne Guinness' couture collection, rent a free designer bike and visit Nicola Formichetti's installation pop-up shop.

Stores & Sales

September 8
Fashion's Night Out (FNO)
The annual celebration returns for a night of shopping, champagne and exclusive events, with an additional e-commerce component this year. Visit our FNO page for more info.

September 8–15
Tour de Fashion
Broadway Plazas at West 40th Street
Bowery Lane Bicycles will offer free rentals from a fleet of bikes customized by designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson and Prabal Gurung. It's all in the name of an eco-friendlier Fashion Week, and it's a sure way to beat traffic between shows. (We suggest leaving the stilettos at home.)

Through September 26
Uniqlo High Line Roller Rink and Pop-Up
The Lot at Tenth Avenue and West 30th Street
Uniqlo rolls over to 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 selections and more. The $12 admission ($10 for children) includes skate rentals.

September 27
Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman with Sam Wasson
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard St., 212-982-8420
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the movie release of Breakfast at Tiffany's, author Sam Wasson will discuss his New York Times Best Seller, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., a complete account of the making of the iconic film. The event, part of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum's Tenement Talks series, begins at 6:30pm; RSVP at

Through November 1
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 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 choose—even interacting with props by, for example, rifling 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 eerie ambiance: 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, World War II 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 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 fashion in northern Europe, extending from the fashion revolution of the early 14th century, marked by a 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, as well as re-created ensembles to dramatize the works.

September 8—11
The Last Space
Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St., 212-334-0288
Downtown art and fashion publication The Last Magazine reinterprets its latest issue as a physical exhibition in honor of New York Fashion Week. Expect to see a series of events devoted to the art, music, film and fashion that have been covered by the magazine, along with some of the photography featured in its pages. The space also includes a pop-up shop selling back issues of the magazine, a candle created in collaboration with the perfumer Kilian and more.

September 9–January 8, 2012
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 scenes and portraits shot by such fashion photographers as Jean-Paul Goude, Patrick Demarchelier, Sølve Sundsbø, Tim Walker, Mario Sorrenti, David Bailey and Peter Lindbergh.

Through September 10
Daniele Tamagni & Africolor
Danziger Projects, 527 W. 23rd St., 212-629-6778
As its name implies, this photography exhibition explores color in Africa, particularly in dress. The group show includes one room of photos by Italian photojournalist Daniele Tamagni, many of which appear in his 2009 book on the dapper men of the fashion collective La SAPE, Gentlemen of Bacongo, for which he won the 2010 International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography (and around which Paul Smith based his Spring/Summer 2010 collection). A group of six photographers fill the gallery's second room with equally colorful and compelling images.

September 15April 15, 2012
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.

September 16–October 22
Andy Warhol: Liz
Gagosian Gallery, 522 W. 21st St., 212-741-1717
Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away in March at 79, and, as you might expect, there are various ways this season to indulge in a little Liz mania. You can remember her, bold and beautiful, through the eyes of dear friend Andy Warhol, with an exhibition at Gagosian. Liz features a number of iconic works, including Liz #6—painted in 1963, the year Cleopatra opened in theaters. And mark your calendar: highlights from Taylor's distinguished collection of jewelry, couture, accessories, art, memorabilia and costumes will tour the globe before an expansive 10-day exhibition in New York, December 3–12, leading up to their auctioning by Christie's, December 13–16.

September 16–January 7, 2012
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 her friend, the late Alexander McQueen.

September 20–January 8, 2012
Picasso to Koons: 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 October 2
The New Gypsies
Clic Gallery, 255 Centre St., 212-219-9308
Photographer Iain McKell has documented a band of new gypsies—a modern nomadic subculture who retreated from London in the mid-'80s to wander in horse-drawn caravans of every color, journeying on a calendar marked by festivals, in search of freedom and sustainability—for more than two decades, providing a firsthand account of how the group has changed over time. The English fashion and documentary lensman has shot for publications like i-D, French Vogue and V Magazine, ad campaigns for Levi's and Diesel, and a young Madonna's first magazine cover. It is, perhaps, this portfolio that lends such an editorial allure to The New Gypsies, which is both a photo exhibition and book. The characters and their surroundings appear perfectly disheveled and beautiful.

Through November 5
Sporting Life
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 other style mergers for granted, 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
August 25–September 5
Barneys Warehouse Sale
255 W. 17th St., 212-450-8400
The sale announcement brought a sigh of relief to many a bargain shopper: despite rumors that the Barneys biannual designer blowout was no longer, fall dates have been announced. This year's sale falls conveniently before the frenzy of Fashion's Night Out and New York Fashion Week. Lines form early for the deals, with markdowns ranging from 50% to 75% off.

September 1–21
Nicola Formichetti Pop-up
57 Walker St.
The BOFFO Building Fashion design competition, now in its second year, will pair its winning architects with top fashion designers to create temporary installations that speak to the vibrancy of design in New York. This year's first pairing is between Nicola Formichetti, creative director of Thierry Mugler and stylist to Lady Gaga, and New York City–based architecture and design firm Gage and Clemenceau. For more on Formichetti and his vision for the shop, see BOFFO's website.

September 8
Surface to Air Opens in SoHo
27 Mercer St.
The French label, which caters to downtown minimalist types, adds to the slew of FNO openings with its first New York City store.

September 8
Tory Burch Upper East Side Opens
797 Madison Ave.
The store's first uptown location will also be the brand's largest global flagship to date. In addition to signature Tory Burch decor—think orange lacquered doors, plush purple seating—the four-story town house shop will include an espresso bar and an outdoor terrace.

September 15
Benefit Opens in SoHo
454 W. Broadway
Benefit adds to the City's recent beauty boom, fueled by NARS' first stand-alone store and Kiehl's uptown store-salon, with its first NYC store. Expect such services as eyebrow shaping, threading and tinting, and facial and body waxing, along with the Benefit product line.

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    The Morgan Library & Museum
    225 Madison Ave.
    Manhattan – Murray Hill
    NY 10016
  2. 2
    Danziger Projects
    527 W. 23rd St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011
  3. 3
    International Center of Photography
    250 Bowery
    Manhattan – NoLIta
    NY 10012
  1. 4
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  2. 5
    Museum of Arts and Design
    2 Columbus Circle
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  3. 6
    Clic Gallery (Centre Street)
    255 Centre St
    Manhattan – Little Italy
    NY 10013

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