Spring Fashion Calendar


by Mallory Passuite and Christina Parrella, 04/01/2013

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As soon as the sun begins to warm the streets, the City's mood and wardrobe turns to spring finery, and NYC's galleries, stores and museums are no exception. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute show opens in May, this time focused on '70s punk's relationship to couture fashion. Karl Lagerfeld debuts a plastic footwear line at Galeria Melissa. And the Museum of the Moving Image studies the history of the music video, from the early days of MTV to the age of YouTube. More exhibitions, events, store openings and sample sales will crop up as the season goes on, so remember to check back for additions and updates.

Stores & Sales

May 3ongoing 
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Bergdorf Goodman with this new documentary. The epic department store has been a venerable Fifth Avenue institution for more than 100 years, and a slew of celebrities, fashion designers and clientele in the documentary will tell you why. The Bergdorf narrative is told through interviews with the Goodman family, fashion icons like Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Louboutin, and celebrity clientele from around the world. The documentary is playing at Angelika Film Center, The Film Society at Lincoln Center and City Cinemas 1, 2 & 3 in limited release. Check facebook.com for theater information.

May 15 and 26 and June 11
Free Fashion Center Neighborhood Walking Tours
Explore New York City's Garment District during this one-and-a-half-to-two-hour tour, led by Mike Kaback. You might visit a private showroom, a sample sale, Mood Designer Fabrics and more, all while learning about the neighborhood's historic background and importance. The tour—which starts at 10am on weekdays and 2pm on Sundays at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and West 39th Street—is free, but reservations are required; you can make them by emailing mikesnyctours@yahoo.com. For additional tour dates, visit fashioncenter.com.

May 7
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Suzy Menkes
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
New York Fashion Week’s Fern Mallis talks with Suzy Menkes, the renowned fashion editor of The International Herald Tribune. In addition to her role as a critic, Menkes has authored books about the private lives of England’s royal family, including The Royal Jewels, which examines the private jewelry collection of Queen Elizabeth. The conversation begins at 8pm. 

June 6
Oscar de la Renta with Fern Mallis
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
Fern Mallis spends the evening interviewing haute-couture designer Oscar de la Renta for what’s sure to be a no-holds-barred discussion. The opinionated designer, who worked closely with John Galliano on his most recent collection, has dressed everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Beyoncé. His seasonal couture and RTW collections are lauded for their feminine and striking pieces. The interview begins at 8pm.   

June 27
All the Brilliant Facets: Power, Collecting, and a Lifetime of Personal Style with Barbara Berger 
The Theater at Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
In celebration of Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger, the Museum of Arts and Design hosts a talk with the collector herself and guest curator Harrice Miller. Berger and Miller will expand on the couture collection, the power of jewelry and how at age 13 a pair of Chanel earrings transformed Berger’s life. The conversation begins at 6pm. Following the event, Berger will sign copies of her book, Fashion Jewelry, The Collection of Barbara Berger.

April 5–May 11
Bert Stern: Original Mad Man
Staley-Wise, 560 Broadway, 212-966-6223
In conjunction with the premiere of the documentary of the same name, Original Mad Man reviews the work of Bert Stern, the photographer known for capturing Marilyn Monroe's "Last Sitting" in 1962. He portrays her sensually, covered only in sheer scarves, in shots taken at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles. The photographer's other subjects included Marlon Brando, Louis Armstrong and Scarlett Johansson, as well as the behind-the-scenes photos he took for his filmmaking friend Stanley Kubrick. (The film opens April 5 at Cinema Village.) 

May 9–August 14
PUNK: From Chaos to Couture
The Costume at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710
Following last year's more traditional Prada-Schiaparelli show, the Met's Costume Institute show this year takes punk as its subject matter. Original pieces from the mid-1970s will be shown alongside recent couture inspired by the movement's aesthetic. Iconic faces and places will be highlighted, from New York's CBGB to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's boutique in London. Designers featured include Westwood, along with Ann Demeulemeester, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh and more.

May 22–November 16
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, 212-217-4530
Fashion may be one of the most cyclical industries in the world; clothing considered outdated after one season can reemerge as newfangled in a flash. Discover the relationship between fashion and its recurring past with RetroSpective, a new exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Highlighting apparel from various periods, the exhibition explores the role of history as a source of inspiration for designers today. Cutting-edge pieces reminiscent of styles from the past include an Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Haute Couture silk chiffon dress; an Elsa Schiaparelli silk taffeta evening dress; and a Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga knit dress. 

Through May 27
Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710
The Met explores the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries in paintings by Manet, Monet and Renoir (the latter of whom was the solo subject of a fashion-inspired exhibition of paintings at The Frick Collection last February). The Met's study focuses on the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s, when Paris became known as a capital of style, and the show includes period costumes and photographs.

Through June 16
Spectacle: The Music Video
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Queens, 718-777-6888
While there are music videos dating back further, MTV is credited with the rise of the genre. The network launched in 1981—debuting with "Video Killed the Radio Star" ironically enough—and it played only music videos, all day. Spectacle, the first museum exhibition to study the art and history of the music video, reviews the golden age of the art form with interactive installations featuring artists like David Bowie, the Beastie Boys and Björk.

Through July 28
Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced 
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672
You can still find his latest collections reviewed on style.com, but Stephen Burrows is best known for his work in the '70s. The Museum of the City of New York reviews that period of the designer's oeuvre, featuring slinky dresses in bold colors and made of metallic fabrics. The designer began to garner acclaim soon after graduating from FIT in 1966. He opened Stephen Burrows World at Henri Bendel in 1970 (and again in 2002), and he regularly dressed the likes of Cher, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minnelli and Jerry Hall.

June 25–September 22
Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger 
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
Avid couture jewelry collector Barbara Berger may have one of the most-wanted collections of one-of-a-kind pieces around. The Museum of Arts and Design will exhibit Berger’s collection, which includes custom-made necklaces, brooches and bracelets from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior—all meant to be worn with haute couture clothing. Her collection is further highlighted in a new book, Fashion Jewelry, The Collection of Barbara Berger.

Through September 29 
Front Row: Chinese American Designers  
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., 212-619-4785
This exhibition explores the history and impact of New York’s Chinese-American fashion designers, including Derek Lam, Wayne Lee and Vera Wang. In addition to highlighting their work, the exhibition looks at the societal and cultural changes that affected their work.

Through September 29 
Shanghai Glamour: New Women 1910s–40s
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., 212-619-4785
Early 20th-century Shanghai clothing is the focus of a new exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America. The exhibition, which consists mainly of dresses, features 12 pieces borrowed from the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou and is presented in three themes: femme fatale (glamour and danger), femme savante (educated new women) and femme du monde (society women).

Stores & Sales
May 10–13
Comme des Garçons Market Market New York 2
127 W. 30th St.
Japanese label Comme des Garçons (comme-des-garcons.com) hosts a four-day shopping festival featuring archival clothing from the brand's past eight years, including items that have never been available in New York City before. Look for markdowns of up to 70% on merchandise. Cash and credit cards are accepted. The sale runs from 10am to 7pm on May 10, 11 and 13; noon to 8pm on May 12.

May 16-18
The News Sample Sale 
495 Broadway, 5th Floor, 212-925-9700
Fashion showroom The News hosts a sample sale featuring marked-down pieces from the likes of Common Projects, Cheap Monday, Tim Coppens and Anniel. Get your hands on Cheap Monday jeans for $30 (originally $75) and ballerina flats from Anniel for $99 (originally $220). The sale runs 10am–6pm. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

Karl Lagerfeld for Galeria Melissa
Galeria Melissa NY, 102 Greene St., 212-775-1950
Karl Lagerfeld has collaborated with Brazilian plastic-shoe brand Melissa for a line of eco-friendly footwear. The eccentric designer's collection, which features basic ballet flats and pumps, includes a standout shoe adorned with a glittery ice-cream cone on its heel. This capsule collection (the first of four) is available at Galeria Melissa and is accompanied by a photo exhibition featuring model Cara Delevingne.

Opening Ceremony x Spring Breakers
35 Howard St., 212-219-2688
You may not want to party like a Spring Breaker, but you'll have no problem dressing like one. The movie's costume designer, Heidi Bivens, has released a colorful collection inspired by the barely there outfits of the film's cast. Available exclusively at Opening Ceremony, the line features Wingding-adorned mesh tanks, bikinis, backpacks and crewnecks—there's even assorted odds and ends like a unicorn-embellished bandana and a "Harmony" friendship bracelet (an homage to the film's director, Harmony Korine). The collection is available in store and online.

Additionally, a limited-edition Spring Breakers tank is available at agnès b, a brand closely associated with Korine and his projects.

Rihanna for River Island at Opening Ceremony 
35 Howard St., 212-219-2688
The pop star launches her first fashion line, injecting her personal style into a special line for UK retailer River Island. Opening Ceremony, which feted the occasion with an installation of RiRi's most iconic looks, is the exclusive US store to carry the line.

Tiffany & Co. Presents The Great Gatsby Windows
Inspired by the new Baz Luhrmann film, The Great Gatsby (out May 10), Tiffany & Co. has collaborated with the film’s costume designer Catherine Martin to transform its Fifth Avenue flagship store’s windows into a glittering, jazz-inspired wonderland. The windows feature multiple installations, including stacks of champagne cups embellished with diamond chandelier earrings, an art-deco fountain and an enormous cityscape scene. The film is further celebrated inside with the launch of The Great Gatsby jewelry collection, which was inspired by the film. 

Recently Opened 
98C S. 4th St., Brooklyn, 347-599-2969
Newly opened in South Williamsburg, Swords-Smith is focused on young, independent, international designers like Soulland, plus its own namesake label.

93 Greene St., 646-350-1770
After recently celebrating the brand's 60th anniversary at Barneys, Chloé has opened a new boutique in SoHo.

related venues/(8)

  1. 1
    French Institute Alliance Française
    22 E. 60th St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10022
  2. 2
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    D Building
    Manhattan – Chelsea
  3. 3
    Milk Gallery
    450 W 15th St
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10014
  1. 4
    Opening Ceremony
    35 Howard St
    Manhattan – SoHo
    NY 10013
  2. 5
    Museum of the Moving Image
    35th Ave. at 37th St.
    Queens – Astoria
    NY 11106
  3. 6
    The Met
    Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10028
  1. 7
    Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  2. 8
    98 S. 4th St.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11211

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