Fashion-Forward: Spring 2015 Events


by Christina Parrella, 10/19/2014

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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.

Stores & Sales

Sundays in May
The Black Tux Pop-Up 
Stone Fox Bride, 611 Broadway, ste. 613B
This online tux-rental service sets up at physical shop Stone Fox Bride, offering grooms affordable high-end suits, tuxedos, shoes and various formal accessories. Shoppers can choose from five classic styles: four tuxedos and three suits. Appointments and walk-ins are accepted.

May 17, June 14 and 25, July 12 and 23, and August 9 and 19
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

May 21
Fashion at FIAF • Talks, Uncovering Fashion with Garance Doré
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., 212-355-6100
French fashion presence Garance Doré talks style with friends and collaborators, including Sarah Easley, co-owner of SoHo boutique Kirna Zabête, and Erin Beatty, creative director of the New York–based women’s wear label SUNO.

Through May 26
Haute Couture on Film 
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., 212-355-6100
This series highlights the costume-design achievements of such luminaries as Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. Films to be shown include Belle de JourFunny Face and How to Marry a Millionaire. 

June 3
Fashion Icons: Fern Mallis in Conversation with Victoria Beckham 
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
From Spice Girl to style icon and lauded fashion designer, Victoria Beckham has had quite a tale of success. The British designer launched her namesake ready-to-wear label in 2008 and has gone on to win international acclaim for it. She will discuss her career and her upcoming industry plans.

July 11
Free Fashion on the Hudson 
Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive at 145th St.
This all-day show, presented by Fashion Avenue News Magazine, will feature two dozen designers and 150 models strutting on an outdoor catwalk at Riverbank State Park. Styles on display will range from couture to ready-to-wear, teen and even resort wear. (It’s summertime, after all.)  For more information and to RSVP, visit

July 13–16
New York Fashion Week: Men’s
This inaugural menswear fashion event features shows by brands including Rag & Bone, Public School, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors.

Select theaters 
Iris Apfel, the best-dressed woman in New York City, is the subject of a new documentary. Directed by the late Albert Maysles, Iris profiles the 93-year-old fashion icon, who, along with her husband, Carl, started a textile design and manufacturing company in 1950. Long celebrated for her taste, Apfel took part in restoration projects at the White House for nine presidents including Nixon, Kennedy and Reagan. The film fetes her originality, independent spirit and lust-worthy closet. 

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. 

Through August 16
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 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.

June 2–November 14, 2015
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.

“Cornelia Ward Hall and Her Children” (1880), by Michele Gordigiani. Courtesy, Museum of the City of New York

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 & Sales
May 19–22
3.1 Phillip Lim Sample Sale 
151 Wooster St. 
Expect steep discounts on men's and women's ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes and, hopefully, Pashli satchels

May 19–24
James Perse Sample Sale 
260 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400
Just in time for summer, shop for relaxed knits and beach-inspired gear at up to 75% off.  

May 31–June 5
Tory Burch Sample Sale

Clothingline, 261 W. 36th St., 212-947-8748
Shop markdowns on handbags, ready-to-wear apparel, accessories and shoes at great prices.

June 16–19
Clothingline, 261 W. 36th St., 212-947-8748
Save on clothing and accessories for men and women. 

Stuart Weitzman Legwrap Capsule Collection
625 Madison Ave., 212-750-2555
Proceeds from high-end shoemaker Stuart Weitzman’s newest capsule collection will benefit cancer research at the Folkman Institute in Boston. The Legwrap shoe comes in four colors: red suede, yellow suede, denim and gold.

Throughout May
Glam Gardens  
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000
This monthlong celebration combines beauty, fashion and nature in a series of special events—plus a garden-themed installation in Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store windows. Composed of more than 100,000 flowers, the display promotes participating brands like Dior, Viktor & Rolf and Aerin. Inside the store, shoppers can take advantage of beauty stations offering makeovers, mini massages and monogramming on fragrance bottles starting May 5.

Recently Opened
1328 Broadway, 855-466-7467
The biggest H&M store in the world has landed at Herald Square and features four floors of the Swedish retailer’s affordable clothing collections. Men’s, women’s, home and newer lines H&M Sport and H&M Mama can all be shopped in this 63,000-square-foot space.

Benefit Cosmetics & Brow Bar
168 Court St., 347-464-0804
Cutesy beauty brand Benefit opens its first Brooklyn location, offering products for sale as well as amenities like makeup applications, lash tinting, airbrush tans, waxing and—of course—brow services.

Salvatore Ferragamo 
Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey St., 212-417-7000
The Italian shoe brand makes a home for itself inside Brookfield Place's Winter Garden. The 4,200-square-foot marble- and leather-accented shop carries shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear clothing. Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Calypso St. Barth will soon arrive as neighbors.

Looking Ahead
The Row Store Opening 
17 E. 71st St.
In keeping with the Row’s clean and classic aesthetic, designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are set open the label’s first NYC flagship in a former townhouse. 

July 10–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. 

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
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. 

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/(8)

  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
    The Jewish Museum
    1109 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  3. 6
    Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  1. 7
    The Shops at Columbus Circle
    10 Columbus Circle
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  2. 8
    677 Fifth Ave
    Manhattan – Midtown East

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