Fashion-Forward: Spring 2015 Events


by Christina Parrella, 10/20/2014

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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

March 30
Aerin Lauder x Neue Galerie
Neue Galerie Design Shop, 1048 Fifth Ave., 212-628-6200
To celebrate the opening of Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold at Neue Galerie, Aerin Lauder (granddaughter of Estée) is releasing a limited-edition lipstick set inspired by Klimt’s painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. The set includes two shades, blush and berry, and is available for $64 in the museum’s gift shop. Proceeds from sales will benefit exhibition and education programs at the museum. 

April 7–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 Jour, Funny Face and How to Marry a Millionaire. 

April 10–16
Dior and I
Film Society of Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 212-875-5610
Director Frédéric Tcheng (Valentino: The Last Emperor) takes audiences on another journey into the world of haute couture—this time examining the house of Christian Dior. The film features creative director Raf Simons concentrating on rebuilding the Dior brand following the departure of the label's former creative director, John Galliano.

April 15
Fashion at FIAF Talks with Proenza Schouler 
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., 212-355-6100
New York City’s very own wunderkind duo, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, discuss their successful label and the inspiration behind their designs.

April 16 and 19, May 6 and 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

April 2025
Madison Avenue Watch Week
Madison Avenue between East 57th and East 69th Streets
Now in its fifth year, Madison Avenue Watch Week is a weeklong fete of luxury timepieces. Celebratory events and exhibitions take place at Madison Avenue boutiques including Chopard, David Yurman, Montblanc and A. Lange & Söhne. This event also features panels, demonstrations and limited-edition pieces for sale. 

April 29
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.

May 6
Live from the NYPL: Diane von Furstenberg | Rhonda Garelick
New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., 917-275-6975
Diane von Furstenberg created the wrap dress in 1972 and has been an inspiration to aspiring designers ever since. This evening, Coco Chanel biographer Rhonda Garelick chats with DVF about fashion and what it means to be a style "icon." Tickets cost $25.

Date TBA
Bobbi Brown George Eyewear Collection Launch
Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., main floor, 212-753-7300 
Makeup guru Bobbi Brown launches her George collection of 10 eyewear styles at the department store where she got her start 24 years ago. Named in honor of Prince George, the collection features sunglasses and optical frames, and it is designed to complement a variety of skin tones and face shapes. The event begins with breakfast at 8:30am, followed by a master makeup class at 9am and a book signing at 11am. Brown will sign copies of Everything Eyes, a book featuring tips and makeup techniques for people who wear glasses.

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

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. 

March 31August 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.

"Evening set" (circa 1958), by Traina-Norell, gift of Lauren Bacall. Courtesy, © The Museum at FIT.

Through April 15
Lauren Bacall: The Look  
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4585
Celebrate the style of screen icon Lauren Bacall at this exhibition, focusing on Bacall's looks from the 1960s and '70s and her close relationships with designers like Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro. Among the items on display are Bacall's famous YSL pantsuit and Chanel suit

(left) Rive Gauche ensemble (1976) by Saint Laurent. (right) Ensemble (1970-71) by Halston. Courtesy, © The Museum at FIT

Through April 18
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the '70s
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
The sexy, glamorous world of 1970s designer fashion was ruled by two men—Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, who between them set the decade’s sartorial tone and dressed everyone from Catherine Deneuve to the denizens of Studio 54. This exhibition—which features 80 ensembles and 20 accessories on display from the designers—places their fashions within the context of that infamous decade’s glitz and turmoil.

(L to R) Day suit (1966), by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Gift of Eleanor K. Graham; Licensed copy of a Chanel day suit (c. 1967). Gift of Ruth L. Peskin. Courtesy, © The Museum at FIT

Through April 25
Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits
The Museum at FIT, Fashion & Textile History Gallery, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Long before the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was being knocked off by the thousands, counterfeiters in the early 20th century were miming the creations of that era's fashion designers and labels. Considering the high cost of couture and ready-to-wear clothing, fakes are an irresistible lure, a seeming bargain that allows the buyer access to an exclusive cachet. This exhibition focuses on the counterfeiting phenomenon, which the curators trace as far back as 1903—when a purple velvet dress made by English fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth was copied without permission. From then on, the trend has only flourished, as in a 1947 milestone, when copycats produced replicas of Christian Dior’s coveted collection of pleated skirts and crew neck jackets. To this day, fashion brands continually combat the rip-offs—whether they be dresses, jeans or shoes—and counterfeiters still thrive. The exhibition examines the trend with both originals and fake versions of clothes on display, among them an authentic wool bouclé Chanel day suit along with a licensed copy, as well as real and counterfeit bags from Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.  

“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
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.

April 20–25
Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale
260 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400
Shop up to 70% off bags, leather goods, shoes and ready-to-wear at the designer's semi-annual sale.  

April 21–26
Diesel Sample Sale 
151 Wooster St., 212-725-5400
The popular denim line offers discounts on the brand's apparel, accessories and, of course, denim for both men and women. 

April 22–24
Vivienne Tam Sample Sale
260 W. 39th St., 11th fl.
Expect 75% off retail prices on Vivienne Tam women's wear, including her intricately crafted dresses, tops and vintage samples.

Recently Opened
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.

Banana Republic
105 Fifth Ave.
The label gets a brand-new, 14,338-square-foot flagship in the Flatiron District. Creative director Marissa Webb put her own spin on the store, which features personal picks from the designer as well as her first full debut collection for the brand. The space has been designed to have an artistic ambience, with handwritten quotes on its walls, artwork and items handpicked by Webb. 

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. 

May 7–August 16, 2015
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.

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 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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