Fashion-Forward: Summer 2015 Events

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by Christina Parrella, 06/05/2015

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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
June 25
Cirque de Beauté
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000
The circus is in town: head to Saks’ flagship for a day full of entertainment featuring jugglers, contortionists and stilt walkers. Experts will be on hand to help you with your summer beauty routine, including makeup artists Trish McEvoy and Andrew Sotomayor.

June 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 mikesnyctours@yahoo.com.

June 25 
Brooklyn Spectacles Flagship Store Grand Opening
209 Bedford Ave., 718-388-2088 
Celebrate Brooklyn Spectacles' flagship opening with live music, light fare, cocktails and a temporary-tattoo bar. Guests will also be able to preview a new collection of mirrored sunglasses available exclusively at the store this summer. RSVP by June 22 to rsvp@brooklynspectacles.com.

July 9
Giambattista Valli for MAC
The Italian fashion designer, who dressed Rihanna like a pink cupcake for this year’s Grammys, takes his penchant for the dramatic and applies it to beauty. Valli’s collaboration with MAC features five matte lipsticks in pink, coral, red, oxblood and black cherry shades.

July 11
Free Fashion on the Hudson 
Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive at 145th Street
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 eventbrite.com.

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.

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
Iris
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. 

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. 

Exhibitions
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.

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.

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. 

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

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 & Sales
June 23–28
J.Crew Sample Sale
260 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400 (women and kids); 129 Prince St., 212-966-2739 (men)
Summer and spring apparel for the entire family goes on sale at up to 60% off. 

June 23–28
Madewell Sample Sale
151 Wooster St. 
Shop Madewell's spring and summer collections at up to 60% off.

Recently Opened
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
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. 

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
    Fendi
    677 Fifth Ave
    Manhattan – Midtown East
    NY

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