Fashion-Forward: Summer Events


by Mallory Passuite, 06/27/2012

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Summers in the City may bring warm weather and a slower pace, but, as always in New York, the fashion is constant. The big exhibitions have already begun to open, like the annual Met Costume Institute show, this year dedicated to Italian designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, as well as the Louis Vuitton–sponsored Yayoi Kusama retrospective at the Whitney. There are new stores to shop—including the first US locations of several brands—plus seasonal sales, outdoor markets and pop-ups, including those from Rachel Zoe and Karen Walker. Other exhibitions, events, sales and store openings will crop up throughout the season, so remember to check back for updates. 

Stores & Sales 
Recently Opened

July 11 and 22; August 8 and 19; September 7 and 16; October 1 and 14; November 2, 11 and 25; December 9 
Free Fashion District History Walking Tour 
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 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 northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and West 39th Street—is free, but reservations are required; you can make them by calling 212-764-9600 or emailing

July 7 
Seventeen Book Event 
Barnes and Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810 
Seventeen magazine editor-in-chief Ann Shoket unveils the magazine's new book, Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty, a manual for celebrating natural beauty, beginning at 11:30am. (Get a sneak peek of the book at

June 22–August 24
Stayely Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway, 212-966-6223
This exhibition offers a selection of portraits of women as powerful as the photographers who captured their likeness. This includes, for example, the musician and poet Patti Smith, beaming in black and white from behind a mess of hair, shot by Mary Ellen Mark.

July 5–September 8
Jim Marshall: The Rolling Stones and Beyond
Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 W. 23rd St., 212-966-3978
"Once Jim was in, he was another Stone. He caught us with our trousers down and got the ups and downs," writes Keith Richards in the forward to photographer Jim Marshall's new book, The Rolling Stones 1972. Never-before-exhibited photographs of the Stones' '72 world tour (also in the book) serve as centerpieces of this show, which also includes images of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Howlin' Wolf, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin and more, plus vintage album covers, all shot by Marshall.

Through September 9
Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié's Miniatures of Society Women 
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 212-873-3400 
French New Yorker Peter Marié, a society type of the 19th century, was a bachelor known for his fondness of fine art and parties. Between 1889 and 1903, he commissioned approximately 300 watercolor portrait miniatures on ivory of the prominent women he considered most beautiful—including gilded lilies like actress Maude Adams, artist Lydia Emmet and etiquette author Emily Post. 

July 12–September 30 
Yayoi Kusama
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., 212-570-3600 
The Japanese artist known for her avant-garde environments and use of polka dots—recently seen in a Louis Vuitton collaboration, timed to launch with the exhibition opening—presents a career-long retrospective that spans six decades of work. 

Through July 27 
Richard Avedon: Murals and Portraits 
 Gagosian Gallery, 522 W. 21st St., 212-741-1717
The legendary New York photographer who spent years shooting for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and The New Yorker began a special project in 1969. Between 25 and 30 feet wide, his large-scale murals present portraits of icons at enormous sizes. The group shots appear head-on in black and white with blank backgrounds. Subjects include Andy Warhol as well as a nude Allen Ginsberg embracing his lover, Peter Orlovsky. 

Through August 19 
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710
This year's Costume Institute exhibition looks at the extraordinary similarities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, Italian designers active during different time periods. The show draws inspiration from Miguel Covarrubias' "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s and will include fictive conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada, suggesting new ways of looking at their most innovative work. Signature ensembles will be accompanied by Baz Luhrmann–directed videos of the women's simulated dialogue, highlighting the dissimilar ways in which they've taken on similar themes. 

Through August 25
Musique Plastique
agnès b., 50 Howard St., 212-431-1335
Musique Plastique explores the relationship between visual art and music with an exhibition that ranges from costumes and sketches to photographs and video pieces—each paired with the artists' music. The 11 artists involved include Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance. (Download a free compilation of music by the artists at

Through September 2 
Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche 
International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Ave., 212-857-0000
Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm arrived in Paris in 1956. He settled into the Place Blanche in Montmartre, where he befriended and photographed young transsexuals and prostitutes. The images were first published in a striking book in 1983 in Sweden, where they became a cult favorite. 
Through September 3 
Playing With Fashion: Barbie at FIT  
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558 
Mattel, the maker of Barbie, held a design contest for students at the Fashion Institute to create clothing, accessories, interior designs, photos and films for the doll and her darling, Ken. The finalists' works make up the hot-pink two-story exhibition—an ode to Barbie. 

Through November 10
Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part Two
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 second act of a two-part showcase presents a selection of masterpieces chosen from the 50,000 garments and accessories in the archive and ranges from classic 1950s Dior to '90s Martin Margiela and last year's Raf Simons collection for Jil Sander.

Stores and Sales
June 27–30 
Rachel Zoe Sample Sale 
260 Fifth Ave.
Shop the first-ever sample sale of the stylist-turned-designer's namesake label.

June 29-July 13 
Karen Walker Candy Bar Popup 
Steven Alan Annex, 103 Franklin St., 212-343-0692 
Buy new Karen Walker sunglasses in limited-edition shades and hues. 

Through Mid-July
BLK DNM Spring Summer Sale 
BLK DNM NYC, 237 Lafayette St., 212-966-6258
Get 60% off women's and men's spring and summer pieces, including a selection of leather and knitwear.

Through Fall
Outdoor Markets
Shop for vintage clothing, handmade art and knickknacks, plus enjoy local-food favorites, at the City's outdoor markets, open spring through fall like Brooklyn Flea (in Fort Greene and Williamsburg), Smorgasburg and the Hester Street Fair.

Recently Opened 
Acne Studios 
33 Greene St., 212-334-8345
The Swedish fashion brand opened its first New York flagship.

694 Madison Ave., 646-559-8848
The Russian luxury jewelry line, known for bejeweling eggs, has opened its first US store, which pays homage to the brand's history with original sketches by Peter Carl Fabergé on display.

GAP Outlet
400 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 718-855-8574
Shop current-season clothing for men, women and children on major markdown.

Saturdays Surf West Village
17 Perry St., 212-966-7875
The New York surf shop's Colin Tunstall, Josh Rosen, Morgan Collett were recently named some of GQ's Best New Menswear Designers of 2012. They have now opened Saturdays' second NYC location.

78 Crosby St., 212-625-8290
The classic Italian sneaker brand, which has appointed Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as creative directors, opened its first US store.

Michael Kors
667 Madison Ave., 212-980-1550
The American designer, whose brand celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011, opened his largest store yet.

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