Fashion-Forward: Fall 2015 Events


by Christina Parrella, 09/01/2015

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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.

Stores & Sales

October  10
Lovely Happenings
Home Studios, 873 Broadway
If Pinterest were to ever come to life, it would happen at this event. Hosted by the workshop event company Lovely Happenings, this pop-up features cooking, fashion, beauty and fitness lessons as well as DIY demonstrations from bloggers and experts from said fields. Light refreshments and cocktails will be served at the event, plus every guest receives a gift bag stocked with goodies. Purchase tickets here.

Through October 15 
355A Bowery 
Brooklyn-based sportswear brand ICNY showcases a new collection of lightweight, fashionable sportswear that incorporates reflective elements. Opening night is on September 26, featuring food by BAOHAUS and music by LQQK Studio. 

October 28, November 1 and 29, December 8 and 27 
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

November 17
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Stan Herman 
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500 
Herman discusses his lauded career in fashion, which included stints as the president of the Council of Fashion Designers in America and as an organizer of the first decade of New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. He's also credited with designing uniforms for TWA, JetBlue and Amtrak. 

December 3
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Zac Posen
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
NYC-based designer Zac Posen, known for his elegant gowns (and the coterie of female celebrities that wears them), talks about his life, fashion influences and role as women’s wear creative director for Brooks Brothers.

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. 

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.

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.

Through December 13
Flotation Devices
Staten Island Arts' Culture Lounge, 10 Ferry Terminal Drive, 718-447-3329
Who knew lifejackets could be both functional and fashionable? This exhibition celebrates the aesthetic qualities of these practical lifesaving devices. Visit toOn display are view sculptures, wearable items and other pieces that touch on the concept of preparedness in a post-Sandy world. 

Through 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.

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
Through 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.

October 7 
Norma Kamali
11 W. 56th St., 212-957-9797
The famed designer—responsible for Farrah Fawcett's red-hot one-piece swimsuit in her popular poster—offers discounts on her women's clothing line. Prices start at $50.

October 13–18
Sandro Sample Sale
260 Fifth Ave. 
Save on men's and women's collections from the contemporary French fashion label.

October 15–18
David Yurman Sample Sale 
The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St., 212-741-3400
This four-day David Yurman sample sale offers discounts on jewelry, accessories and watches for men and women.

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
Anna Sui 
484 Broome St. 
After more than two decades on Greene Street, Anna Sui has moved a few blocks south—bringing her eclectic and colorful fashion along with her. 

Designs by Millo 
2150 East 4th St., 201-253-9089, Brooklyn
Jewelry brand Millo, which has a popular in-house line of accessories like ear cuffs and hand chains, opens its second boutique of curated collections. The store will carry both international and local designers including Dannijo, Khai Khai and Aurelie Bidermann.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Looking Ahead
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. 

February 12–August 21, 2016
Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., 212-849-8400
This installment focuses on design as it applies to the mind, body and senses. Featuring over 250 works from more than 60 designers, the series is organized into seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental and transformative. These themes highlight fashion, architecture and other mediums that present the many forms and functions of beauty. Works from makeup guru Pat McGrath, hair stylist Guido Palau and fashion designer Giambattista Valli will be on view. 

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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