Summer Fashion Calendar


by Christina Parrella and Mallory Passuite, 05/21/2013

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Along with warm temperatures and bare-shoulder styles, summer in NYC also promises new exhibitions, events and store openings. Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley discusses his new book, Little Black Dress, all about the eternal fashion staple, at Barnes & Noble; Dolce & Gabbana's ornate three-story flagship debuts on Fifth Avenue; and the Museum of Arts and Design showcases jewelry collector Barbara Berger's one-of-a-kind couture pieces—the sort of stuff that will make bauble-heads swoon. New stores to shop include Warby Parker and Personnel of New York, and there are plenty of bargains at the Rachel Zoe sample sale. Check back regularly for information about additional sales, shows and other happenings.

Stores & Sales

May 18ongoing
Comme des Garçons x Andy Warhol Capsule Collection
520 W. 22nd St., 212-604-9200
Collaborating with the Andy Warhol foundation, Japanese brand Comme des Garçons’ latest capsule collection incorporates Warhol prints such as Cow and Flowers into the design. The line, which includes a range of apparel such as sneakers, backpacks and T-shirts, is available at the Comme des Garçons in Chelsea.

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 of Lincoln Center and City Cinemas 1, 2 & 3 in limited release. Check for theater information.

May 26, June 11 and 23, July 21 and 31, August 6 and 18, September 4 and 15
 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 For additional tour dates, visit

June 5 
Reading Room Author Series: Lauren Weisberger
Lauren Weisberger, the author who famously took a swipe at the fashion industry and Anna Wintour, her former boss, in The Devil Wears Prada, returns with a follow-up to her first novel. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns tells the story of protagonist Andy, who, eight years after leaving Miranda Priestly's Runway, has founded her own bridal magazine, The Plunge. Weisberger will read from her book starting at 7pm.

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 ready-to-wear collections are lauded for their feminine and striking pieces. The interview begins at 8pm in the Kaufmann Concert Hall.

June 6
Stephen Burrows' Style Signatures
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672 
Fashion designers Anna Sui and Isabel and Ruben Toledo lead a panel discussion on Stephen Burrows’ influence in the fashion world. The designer is credited for his use of bright colors and lettuce-edge finishing. Fashion journalist Robin Givhan will serve as moderator. The discussion begins at 7:30pm; tickets are $6–$12. 

June 10 
André Leon Talley: Little Black Dress 
Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810
Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Little Black Dress. The book reviews the history of the wardrobe staple, featuring versions by designers as diverse as Coco Chanel, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and Yves Saint Laurent. The signing begins at 7pm.

June 15
Lilly Pulitzer Anniversary Celebration  
1020 Madison Ave.
To celebrate the five-year anniversary of Lilly Pulitzer’s Upper East Side store, the bright and lively label treats shoppers to a day full of colorful relaxation. From 10am to 6pm, enjoy mini makeovers courtesy of Estée Lauder, snacks and drinks, a live DJ set and free monogramming on any item purchased that day. There are also free gifts with purchases and a raffle for a grand prize package, which includes an overnight stay at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. 

June 19 
Stephen Burrows: An Intimate Interview  
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672 
The iconic designer, who has dressed the likes of Cher, Liza Minnelli and Michelle Obama, sits down to discuss his storied fashion career, life in NYC during the disco age and the exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced. The intimate talk begins at 6:30pm; tickets are $6–$12. 

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.

July 14
A.P.C. Kanye
A.P.C., 131 Mercer St., 212-966-9685
267 W. 4th St., 212-755-2523
Musician Kanye West, who debuted his own line during Paris Fashion Week in 2011, continues his foray into fashion. This time he’s collaborating with French cult brand A.P.C. The capsule collection, A.P.C. Kanye, includes hoodies, T-shirts and jeans—but sadly, no leather kilts. The sale begins at 10am at The collection will also be available for purchase at both the Mercer Street and West 4th Street locations.

July 16–October 26
Rick Owens DRKSHDW Ephemere  
70-72 Wooster St.
Rick Owens' gothic, avant-garde line DRKSHDW gets its very own pop-up space—or as Owens likes to call it, an "Ephemere"—in SoHo this summer. Like his namesake line, DRKSHDW features geometric patterns, lavish fabrics and black leather, only at much more affordable prices. Owens describes the Ephemere space, DRKSHDW’s first distinct location, as neither "evasive or very exclusive."

August 10
On the Dotted Line: Design and Drawing 
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., 212-619-4785
Join the staff of the Museum of Chinese in America for a family discussion about its two exhibitions Shanghai Glamour and Front Row, followed by a creative work session where participants can sketch and personalize designs of their own. The event begins at 11am; admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children. RSVP by email to

Looking Ahead
November 14
Isabel Marant for H&M
With her relaxed knits, effortless blouses and abstract prints, Isabel Marant embodies Parisian chic. The designer will collaborate with H&M to create a collection that includes her signature wares (a recent tweet from H&M shows Marant modeling a dress from the line). Marant, who also started the wedge-sneaker trend, describes her H&M line as something "women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness." The collection hits stores November 14.

L'Wren Scott for Banana Republic
The highly lauded designer collaborates with Banana Republic on a holiday collection characterized as "modern collegiate." The 50-piece line will feature accessories and apparel such as printed pants, suit jackets and fitted dresses using Scott's signature fabrics: brocade, velvet and sequins. The line ranges from $39.50 to $198.

Through June 2
Keith Haring's Pop Shop Tokyo 
The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 212-873-3400
Known for his bold illustrations, Keith Haring was one of NYC's most groundbreaking street artists. In 1986 he opened Pop Shop on Lafayette Street to sell branded items like buttons and T-shirts. Two years later, he opened an international branch in Tokyo in two shipping containers joined together to create one large space. A rotating display of the objects sold at Pop Shop Tokyo is now on display at The New-York Historical Society. The former ceiling at the New York Pop Shop location is also hanging over the admissions area in the museum.

Through June 2
Wear It or Not: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
Highlighting the Museum of Arts and Design's latest jewelry collections, Wear It or Not: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions showcases 130 pieces from artisans including Kat Cole, Mari Ishikawa, Jeremy May and Iris Nieuwenburg. Objects such as an acrylic-and-resin bracelet, LED-and-glass necklace and Belgian porcelain plate are on display. 

Through June 16
Spectacle: The Music Video 
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Queens, 718-777-6888
While music videos are older than MTV, the network is credited with fostering the rise of the genre. MTV launched in 1981—debuting with "Video Killed the Radio Star," ironically enough—an era when it played only music videos, all day. Spectacle, the first museum exhibition to study the art and history of the music video, reviews the genre's golden age with interactive installations featuring selections from 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, 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.

Through August 14
PUNK: Chaos to Couture
The Costume Institute 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.

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 around. The Museum of Arts and Design displays 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).

September 13–January 4, 2014
A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk

The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
There's no denying the tremendous impact gay male designers have had on the fashion industry. Yves Saint Laurent gave the world Le Smoking suit (the first women's tux); Cristóbal Balenciaga created the baby doll dress; and Alexander McQueen's avant-garde designs and exotic runway shows have inspired a slew of would-be designers. A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk explores the contributions gay fashion designers have made to the industry. The exhibition showcases more than 100 pieces, displayed in chronological order, that focus on subjects including androgyny, idealism and styles that might be considered socially unacceptable. 

Stores & Sales

Christian Louboutin Shop-in-Shop
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 8th Floor, 212-940-2501
Saks Fifth Avenue's mammoth shoe floor, which boasts its own zip code, has received a major addition courtesy of Christian Louboutin. The French shoe brand now has a 1,600-square-foot shop-in-shop—its largest in-store space in the world. Aside from red-soled shoes, shoppers will find accessories and exclusive collaborations. 

Louis Vuitton
116 Greene St., 212-274-9090
Louis Vuitton expands its SoHo outpost with an in-store atelier, the first of its kind in the US. An on-site artist will be available to hand paint and heat stamp Vuitton pieces, even performing small repairs on luggage or handbags. No reservations are needed for this personalized experience.

Bergdorf Goodman Presents From Chaos to Couture Celebrating the Costume Institute Windows 
In collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2013 Costume Institute exhibition Punk: Chaos to Couture, Bergdorf Goodman presents its own nod to punk style and influence in its windows, featuring mannequins with mohawks, studs, spikes and lots of leather. Runway looks (and archival pieces) from labels like Balmain, Libertine, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens and Alexander McQueen are highlights of the display. 

June 4–8
Joie, Current/Elliott and Equipment Summer Sample Sale
260 Fifth Ave., ground floor
Shop for an entire season’s worth of duds at the Joie, Current/Elliott and Equipment Summer Sample Sale. Apparel from these “it” brands will be marked down by 50–75%. The sale runs 9am–7pm on Tuesday; 10am–8pm on Wednesday and Thursday; 10am–7pm on Friday; and 10am–4pm on Saturday. 

June 10–16
Alice + Olivia
260 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400 
72 Greene St., 646-790-8030
The sale features markdowns of up to 70% on the brand’s cutesy clothing, shoes and accessories. The sale takes place at 260 Fifth Avenue on Monday, noon–8pm; Tuesday–Thursday, 10am-8pm; and Friday, 9am–4pm. The Greene Street sale runs 10am–8pm Tuesday through Friday; Saturday, 11am–7pm; and Sunday, noon–6pm.

June 11–15
Tory Burch
Clothingline, 261 W. 36th St., 212-947-8748
Score handbags, RTW apparel and coveted Tory Burch shoes at great prices. The sale runs 11am–7pm, except on the final day, when it runs 11am–5pm.

June 18–23 
J. Crew Sample Sale 
260 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400
Stock up on J. Crew threads at this exclusive sale. Find selections of women’s and men’s apparel, shoes and accessories at up to 60% off, plus samples from Madewell and the Crewcuts children’s line. The sale runs from 10am to 9pm, except on the last day, when the hours are noon–5pm. 

June 20–23
Rachel Zoe Sample Sale 
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave.
Stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe's sample sale features clothing reduced up to 70%. The sale runs from 10am to 7pm. 

June 22–25
Soiffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St.
Ippolita’s luxury jewelry collections feature an array of rainbow-colored gemstones. Get your hands on necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings at 65% off retail prices (just in time for summer). Shop the sale Saturday and Sunday, 9am–6pm; Monday and Tuesday, 9am–7pm. 

June 2528
225 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400
Find everything from suits, sports jackets and shirts to pants and ties from Italian label Isaia at up to 75% off. The first three days of the sale run 10am–7pm; the final day the sale is open 10am–1pm.

July 19
Saks Fifth Avenue Consolidation Sale
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000
Head to Saks' ninth floor to score merchandise from designer brands including Marc Jacobs and Rag & Bone. Apparel from featured brands will be marked down by up to 70%.

September 15
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target 
Known for his classic silhouettes, structured bags and use of neutral hues, fashion designer Phillip Lim will launch a capsule collection for Target days after his Fashion Week show commences. The line, which Lim describes as "wardrobe for the modern-day citizen with their multifaceted, multitextural lives," will feature everything from T-shirts and handbags to gowns and leather jackets, with prices ranging from $20 to $300. The collection includes pieces for men and women. 

Recently Opened
Best Made Co.
36 White St., 646-478-7092
Started in 2009 by designer Peter Buchanan-Smith, Best Made Co. took one of the oldest and most employed tools in the world—the ax—and made it as fashionable as it is functional. Featuring brightly painted handles and razor-sharp blades, these custom axes are the focal point of the line. The outdoorsy brand also sells apparel, accessories, tools and enough camping gear to outfit a lifetime of wilderness living.

Dolce & Gabbana
717 Fifth Ave., 212-249-4100
Known for its overstated, ornate and colorful clothing, Dolce & Gabbana is inspired by the energy and tradition of Italian life. In this mammoth, three-floor flagship, that sentiment is apparent through its display of Venetian glass chandeliers, gilded full-length mirrors and vintage baroque sofas. The store features a floor dedicated to men's and women's apparel, as well as shoes and accessories. It also carries D&G staples like lace frocks, mini leopard dresses, sheer blouses and a vast range of clothing from its ready-to-wear collections.

Kate Spade
789 Madison Ave., 212-988-0259
Since starting her namesake label in 1993, Kate Spade has gone from selling basic nylon handbags to building a line that includes apparel, handbags, jewelry, eyewear, shoes, home decor and even swimwear. Like her colorful, girlish line, Spade's new three-floor Madison Avenue flagship is undeniably cute. Decorated in a palette of sherbet colors, the store is covered with bows, hydrangeas and glittering baubles. The 7,900-square-foot space also houses a VIP salon, bar and Spade's exclusive Madison Collection, which retails for 25 percent above Spade's average collection prices. 

Personnel of New York
9 Greenwich Ave., 212-924-0604
Located in the former location of vintage shop Zachary's Smile, Personnel of New York sells brands from both East and West coasts including quirky New York line Dusen Dusen and eco-friendly LA label Industry of All Nations.

Warby Parker
121 Greene St., 646-568-3720
Retro-inspired eyewear line Warby Parker expands from e-commerce and showrooms to a permanent retail location in SoHo. Over 250 pairs of finely crafted acetate and titanium frames for both men and women are displayed on shelves that stretch from floor to ceiling. 

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  1. 1
    Bryant Park
    Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
  2. 2
    The Met
    Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10028
  3. 3
    The New-York Historical Society
    170 Central Park West
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10024
  1. 4
    Museum of Arts and Design
    2 Columbus Circle
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  2. 5
    Best Made Co.
    36 White St.
    Manhattan – TriBeCa
    NY 10013
  3. 6
    Dolce & Gabbana
    717 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – Midtown East
    NY 10022
  1. 7
    Kate Spade
    454 Broome St
    Manhattan – SoHo

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