Fashion-Forward: Summer 2015 Events

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by Christina Parrella, 06/03/2015

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New York City is one of the world's great fashion capitals. Luxurious boutiques, designer flagships and fast-fashion emporiums offer stylish goods in every corner of the five boroughs. Runway shows lend the start of every season a theatrical grandeur, but talks, exhibitions, store openings, exclusive collaborations and sample sales round out the offerings. Glamour is more accessible here than it is anywhere else on earth. Read our calendar below for stylish seasonal tips, and remember to check back for updates.

Events
Exhibitions
Stores & Sales

Events 
September 6 and 22, October 4 and 28 
Free Garment District 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.

September 8
Beverly Johnson in Conversation with Andre Leon Talley 
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672
African-American supermodel Beverly Johnson and Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley sit down for a candid discussion about fashion. Friends since the '80s, the two will also talk about race, style and their careers. 

September 8
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Iman
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
The former supermodel and CEO of IMAN Cosmetics will talk about her life and work, which includes projects in and out of the fashion world.

September 9–17
Triumph Hotels “Get Puckered” Pop-Up
Various locations
Despite the glamour—or perhaps because of it—New York Fashion Week can be a stressful time of year. Luckily, Triumph Hotels, in partnership with the on-demand makeup application service Pucker, is offering beauty respites in seven locations throughout Manhattan. Guests and the public will receive complimentary makeup applications, which include sheer facial coverage, lip color, concealer, blush, mascara and brow services. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wednesday, September 9: The Evelyn, 4–8pm
Thursday, September 10: Hotel Chandler, 10am2pm
Friday, September 11: Hotel Belleclaire, 10am2pm
Monday, September 14:
Hotel Edison, 10am 2pm
Tuesday, September 15: The Iroquois New York, 10am2pm
Wednesday, September 16: The Cosmopolitan10am2pm
Thursday, September 17: Washington Jefferson Hotel, 10am2pm

September 10–17
New York Fashion Week
Various locations
The newly rebranded "NYFW" showcases fashions for spring/summer 2016, taking over three venues: Skylight at Moynihan Station, MADE at Milk Studios and Skylight Clarkson Square. Designers presenting collections include Ralph Lauren, Public School, Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson. For more information, see the full schedule—and try to score a coveted ticket to the shows.

September 10–16
MADE Fashion Week 
Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., 212-645-2797
Presented simultaneously with New York Fashion Week, MADE Fashion Week showcases emerging fashion designers. Returning this year are The Blonds and Jeremy Scott, while Adam Selman and Dion Lee each make their debut.

September 18
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer
This film documents the rise of outrageously colorful fashion designer (and friend to Miley Cyrus) Jeremy Scott. Featuring appearances from friends and celebrities like A$AP Rocky and Katy Perry, the doc traces Scott’s story, from his small-town upbringing in Missouri to his role as creative director of Moschino. The film debuts just in time for Fashion Week and the showing of his eponymous label. It will hit theaters nationwide on September 18. (For more, read our interview with Scott from a few seasons back.) 

September 24 
Gems of the Meatpacking Treasure Hunt 
Various locations 
Jewelry lovers, here’s your chance to win some one-of-a-kind pieces during this treasure-hunt itinerary in the Meatpacking District. From 6 to 9pm, guests must visit and check in at all five venues—Anna Inspiring Jewellery, Doyle & Doyle, Efva Attling, Reinstein|Ross and Marisa Perry Atelier—to be entered to win one of five pieces. Each jeweler will be hosting its own event, which includes special collections, personalization options for jewelry and complimentary food and drinks. The treasure map is available here.

September 29
A Fashion Icons Book Launch Event: Interview with Cindy Crawford
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
Cindy Crawford, one of the most iconic supermodels of the ’90s, will discuss her new book, Becoming. The photo book features essays and images that highlight her experiences in fashion. A book signing will follow the discussion. 

October 3–4
Generation Beauty by ipsy
Pier 92, 711 Twelfth Ave., 800-677-6278
Subscription-based beauty company ipsy hosts this two-day event, which brings beauty vloggers and attendees together for networking, live makeup lessons and interactive experiences. Each guest receives a goodie bag full of beauty products.

Ongoing
Urban Oasis Shopping/Education Tour
This licensed New York City tour company specializes in fashion tours of the Garment District, SoHo, NoLIta and Brooklyn. But their tours aren't limited to just the retail experience—they also involve learning about the design process. Urban Oasis Shopping/Education Tour's clients shop at hidden-gem designer showrooms and workspaces at 65–75% off retail prices, and visit pattern-making facilities, fabric stores and small factories to learn about the complete process of fashion design from concept to production. Tours may be customized to include shopping only. During New York Fashion Week, special behind-the-scenes tours bring visitors to Project Runway locations, textile factories and designer showrooms. 

Ongoing
Fashion Window Walking Tour by WindowsWear 
Explore the best of the City's fashion industry and and see the amazing window displays at stores including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue. This two-hour daily walking tour begins at Macy's in Herald Square and journeys up Fifth Avenue, passing by the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and more.

Exhibitions
Through August 30
Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
In the 1970s designer Ralph Pucci transformed the mannequin from a dull tool of display into an item that embodies beauty, personality and art. His handcrafted “models” took their inspiration from supermodels, Greek and Roman sculptures, and glam rockers the New York Dolls. This display features over 30 mannequins (sans the original garments); one even resembles Diane von Furstenberg.

Through September 7
China: Through the Looking Glass
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.), 212-535-7710
Chinese culture is the theme of next year’s annual exhibition and gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center. Titled Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion, the exhibition features more than 100 examples of garments influenced by Chinese culture. Haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear fashions from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Laurence Xu will be displayed alongside paintings, films and decorative art pieces.

Through October 4
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., 718-638-5000
On the, er, heels of its successful Killer Heels exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum shines a light on another form of footwear—the sneaker. The exhibition will showcase around 150 pairs of kicks and follow the evolution of athletic shoes from the 1820s through today. Here, sneakerheads will see the likes of the very first spiked running shoe, an original Air Force 1 and early Adidas Superstars, to name just a few. Sneakers from brands such as Puma, Nike, Reebok and Converse will be on display, as well as pieces from the private collections of Bobbito Garcia, Dee Wells and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. Also on display: high-fashion sneakers from Prada, Jeremy Scott and Lanvin, which have had their own impact on the current sneaker culture. 

Through November 14
Global Fashion Capitals 
The Museum at FIT, Fashion & Textile History Gallery
, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Styles from around the world go on display in this exhibition. See more than 70 garments and accessories representing different cities, featuring apparel from both the expected urban centers (New York City, London) and the less so (Johannesburg, Mumbai). A bright, modern, colorful jumpsuit by Alexandre Herchcovitch stands in for São Paulo, while Paris is exemplified via a sporty knit suit from Coco Chanel and a navy silk chiffon dress by Christian Dior.

Ongoing
Gilded New York
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672
The Gilded Age in America was marked by industrialization and immense economic growth, which attracted immigrants from all over Europe. It was a period of poverty for many and ostentatious displays of wealth for some. This exhibition explores the mark the upper echelon left in NYC through costumes, jewelry, portraits and ornamental objects created from the mid-1870s through the early 20th century. The exhibition further surveys the establishment of the retail and luxury marketplace that can be credited with the City's place in the global fashion world.

Stores & Saless
August 25–30
Scoop NYC Warehouse Sale
473-475 Broadway, 212-925-3539
Shop Scoop's warehouse sale for up to 80% off designer apparel, accessories and shoes. Brands on sale include Chloé, Iro and 3.1 Phillip Lim. 

August 26–30
Billy Reid Sample Sale 
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. 
Shop last season’s menswear, women’s wear and accessories at up to 70% off.

September 10–October 7
Saks Fifth Avenue Empire Windows
611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000 
Saks Fifth Avenue is teaming up with the hit show for a collection that includes menswear and women’s ready-to-wear looks that embody characters from the series. The collaboration extends to the flagship's façade with Empire–themed windows featuring mannequins draped in Cushnie Et Ochs, Jimmy Choo and MCM.

September 27
Furla
647 Fifth Ave.
Italian accessories brand Furla celebrates its new US flagship with a “Fifth Avenue Collection” of handbags and small leather accessories. This shop will also sell purses, totes, shoes and its popular Candy Gomma bag, plus exclusive offerings for men.  

October
Lemaire x Uniqlo
546 Broadway, 917-237-8800
Former Hermès designer Christophe Lemaire brings his penchant for simple and clean silhouettes to Uniqlo for this fall-time collaboration. The line features minimalist pieces for men and women, including knits, tops, jackets and dresses. Items start at $24.90.

November 5 
Balmain x H&M
Prepare to camp out for this one. Retail giant H&M teams up with the coveted high-fashion house Balmain for a collaboration that will surely consist of heavily embellished and embroidered pieces. Launching November 5 at approximately 250 H&M stores worldwide, expect the discounted line to resemble Balmain’s main line—for a fraction of its price.

Recently Opened
Moschino
73 Wooster St.
Italian luxury brand Moschino, which has experienced a revival under its creative director Jeremy Scott, brings its bright and playful aesthetic to its new SoHo flagship. The store is designed to encapsulate the colorful and over-the-top vibe of the brand with larger-than-life props, including giant handbags and shoes, all in the name of fun.

Gianvito Rossi
963 Madison Ave.
Luxury shoe designer Gianvito Rossi opens his much-anticipated Madison Avenue flagship—his first boutique in the US. The store, with its lavender and oak features, carries the coveted plexi pump as well as a range of other shoes. Exclusive to this boutique is the America plexi pump, designed to feature stars and stripes. 

MAC Cosmetics Makeup Studio
825 Lexington Ave.
Mega cosmetics giant MAC opens its first beauty studio dedicated to makeup application—an intimate setting for customers who dread the hard sell. The six-chair salon offers personalized makeup lessons and applications including the grandiose contoured look ($60) and a simple winged liner service ($15).

Marisa Perry Atelier
636 Hudson St., 212-566-8977
Known for its thin, micro-pavé diamond eternity band, Marisa Perry Atelier has relocated to the West Village, bringing with it a sizable selection of engagement and wedding rings as well as other fine jewelry. This location is also one of the only locations to carry De Beers' Forevermark diamonds, responsibly sourced gemstones. There’s also a private jewelry-viewing room on site.

Looking Ahead
August 2015
Hermès Parfumerie 
Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., 212-417-7000
Hermès' latest storefront sells the brand's popular fragrances along with bath, body and hair care products. Customers may also expect an NYC exclusive: a bodega-themed candle, which, apparently, is a real thing that will exist. Called “The Shop Around the Corner,” the candle has a scent evocative of a metropolitan grocer selling packaged goods, newspapers and street-side flowers.

August 2015
Givenchy
747 Madison Ave.
Givenchy’s long-awaited boutique will open on Madison Avenue, just weeks before the brand’s first-ever runway show at New York Fashion Week. The fashion house, which usually shows in Paris, is relocating its show Stateside in an effort to push retail sales. No guarantees, but if Kanye doesn't show up for the opening, we'd be surprised.

September 18–January 2, 2016
Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch 

The Museum at FIT, Special Exhibitions Gallery, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
NYC nightlife empress Susanne Bartsch—who rose to fame in the '80s with her parties at Copacabana and became known for outlandish attire—is the subject of a new exhibition. This showcase explores the over-the-top icon and her influence on fashion, street style and self-expression.

October 20, 2015–January 10, 2016
Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520–1620
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.), 212-535-7710

This exhibition highlights the relationship between printed sources and textile patterns from the Renaissance era, specifically the interlaced patterns and designs created by Leonardo da Vinci. The showcase features printed pattern books first published in the 1520s, along with textiles, costumes, paintings and colorful artwork that emerged at the time. 

November 19–February 21, 2016
Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style  
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.), 212-535-7710
Dubbed the “last Queen in Paris,” Jacqueline de Ribes is the subject of the Costume Institute’s fall 2015 exhibition, Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style. The showcase features around 60 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces from the French fashion muse, including items from Valentino, Bill Blass and Armani Privé. Ribes, who worked for Oleg Cassini and Emilio Pucci, and later became close friends with Yves Saint Laurent, was considered one of the best-dressed women in the world. Along with clothing, photographs and various ephemera will be on display. 

December 2015–May 2016
Denim: Fashion's Frontier
The Museum at FIT, Fashion & Textile History Gallery, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
This exhibition explores the history of one of the most adored fabrics in the world, from its roots as work wear to a symbol of rebellion and, later on, a preferred material for high-fashion designers. 

September 2016–January 3, 2017
Proust's Duchess 
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
This exhibition focuses on the real-life inspiration for Marcel Proust’s character Duchesse de Guermantes from his lengthy novel, In Search of Lost Time. The duchess was modeled after Élisabeth, Comtesse de Greffulhe, considered a renowned beauty in her time. The show concentrates on her wardrobe, consisting heavily of dresses fashioned with lace bodices and billowing taffeta. 

related venues/(5)

  1. 1
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10028
  2. 2
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  3. 3
    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11238
  1. 4
    Museum of Arts and Design
    2 Columbus Circle
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  2. 5
    Brookfield Place
    230 Vesey St.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10281

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