Fashion-Forward: Fall 2015 Events


by Christina Parrella, 10/26/2015

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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

November 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

Through November 30
Kung Katherine Shopping Party
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., 9th fl., 212-753-4000
Eastern-influenced designer label Kung Katherine debuts its line of refined women’s wear at Saks Fifth Avenue. The opening celebration took place November 7, but you can visit the store throughout the month to preview the SS16 collection and shop previous collections.

December 2 
The Atelier with Alina Cho: Diane von Furstenberg
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.), 212-535-7710
Alina Cho, editor at large of Ballantine Bantam Dell, discusses fashion's relationship to art and ideas with designer Diane von Furstenberg at this ticketed event.

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.

December 5
Miracle on Madison Avenue 
Madison Avenue (bet. 57th and 86th Sts.)
The annual Miracle on Madison Avenue event promotes shopping with a cause. Participating retailers on a closed-to-car-traffic stretch of the thoroughfare will donate 20% of their profits from the day to pediatric initatives at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Celebrity chef and author Sandra Lee will serve as ambassador for the event.

December 5–6
LA in NY Holiday Market
101 Wooster St.
This holiday pop-up market, organized by Racked NY, brings some of LA's trendiest brands to NYC for a bicoastal shopping fete. You'll find women's ready-to-wear label Lykke Wullf, charitable clothing line Faircloth & Supply, jewelry from Sophie Monet and, in true LA fashion, juice, but no food. 

December 11–13 
Second Annual Creeds Collective Holiday Charity Pop Up 
Redbird Gallery, 72 Gansevoort St.
Shop for gifts from accessory, clothing, home and lifestyle brands at this pop up run by Creeds Collective. Proceeds from sales will be donated to Bottomless Closet, which provides career services and clothing to economically disadvantaged New York City women. Participating brands include Parcel & Journey, Knowlita and T Spheres Aromatherapy

December 19–20
10th Annual BUST Craftacular
Brooklyn EXPO Center, 72 Noble St., 718-775-3315
Find over 200 vendors hawking jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, stationery, food, toys and more. Illustrator Joanna Baker, Rubella Jewelry and ceramic company Whiskey and Clay are among the sellers. Guests can also try DIY crafts like needle felting, and even test their haiku skills during a duel.

Through December 24 
Cuyana Holiday Pop-Up
120 Wooster St.
San Francisco–based label Cuyana, which emphasizes craftsmanship and socially conscious fashion, brings its line of clothing and accessories to SoHo. Expect sweaters, silk shirts, dresses, coats and leather accessories. The pop-up will also offer monogramming and special holiday touches (like notes and cards added to each order).

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.

December 1, 2015–May 7, 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.

Through December 5
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.

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 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. 

Through 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. 

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
November 1–28
Mizzen+Main Pop-Up Shop 
Refinery Hotel, 63 W. 38th St.
Mizzen+Main, a brand known for wrinkle-free dress shirts, will debut its holiday collection at this pop-up. On Tuesday, November 24 from 11am–2pm, complimentary cuts and shaves will be offered. 

November 30–December 11 
WCM New York Sample Sale
12 W. 37th St., 10th fl.
Trendy label WCM New York holds its annual sample sale in time for the holidays. Leather (and vegan leather) wallets, belts, handbags and accessories will be available for both men and women at up to 75% off retail prices. Along with the house brand, there will also be discounts on labels such as Kooba and Isaac Mizrahi.

December 1–6
J.Crew Sample Sale
260 Fifth Ave., 212-725-5400 (women and children); 43 Wooster St. (men)
Fall and winter apparel for the entire family goes on sale at up to 60% off.

The Eight Senses Pop-Up 
120 Wooster St., 212-219-2660
Shop the pop-up from contemporary fashion label The Eight Senses. This emerging brand offers outerwear, sweaters and knits.

Recently Opened
Jo Malone London 
The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle 
Known for its elegant, simple and masterfully crafted scents, bespoke British fragrance line Jo Malone is now selling its wares at a new Midtown location. Expect colognes, candles, oils, sprays and body products. 

Christian Louboutin 
965-967 Madison Ave., 212-396-1884
The maker of the coveted red-soled shoe has revamped and expanded its Madison Avenue outpost, offering men’s and women’s shoes, bags, leather goods and the Christian Louboutin Beauté line in nearly double the previous space. Aside from the shoes, the stunning boutique features a wealth of brand-appropriate design details, including red carpets and diamond-shaped mirrors. Along with its seasonal collections, the store will carry exclusive products, including limited versions of the Spring/Summer 2016 Indiboot and Lady Peep shoes. 

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. 

COS Fifth Avenue
505 Fifth Ave.
COS, H&M’s sister brand specializing in minimalist clothing, opens its second NYC home in Midtown. The 3,982-square-foot space has an interior just as streamlined and stylish as the apparel within. The Spring/Summer 2016 collection will be available for purchase, as will the current season’s clothing (at a discount).

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.

Looking Ahead
January 15–April 16, 2016
Fairy Tale Fashion
The Museum at FIT, Special Exhibitions Gallery, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Inspired by fairy tales from authors including the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, this exhibition features whimsical garments and accessories dating back to the 18th century. The showcase also connects fashion with storytelling—and how one item, let’s say Cinderella’s glass slipper, can shape the idea of a character. Thierry Mugler, Rick Owens, Thom Browne, Dolce & Gabbana and Tom Ford are among the featured 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. 

March 18–August 7, 2016 
Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St., 212-423-3200
The Jewish Museum hosts the first-ever retrospective of Isaac Mizrahi's work, celebrating the designer's 30-plus years in the fashion industry. The exhibition will include his early apparel, semi-couture range and even his fast-fashion line for Target. The installation will also showcase his forays into film, TV and other performing arts. 

May 5–August 14, 2016
manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, 212-535-7710
The Costume Institute's spring 2016 exhibition focuses on how technology influences fashion, specifically when it comes to haute couture and handmade designs. While machine manufacturing used to separate haute couture from ready-to-wear, the division between the two modes has more recently become unclear. Works by Chanel, John Galliano for Dior and Yves Saint Laurent will be on display.

May 25–September 17, 2016
Antonio Lopez: Art and Fashion
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave., 212-831-7272
El Museo del Barrio presents the first solo exhibition of Bronx-raised artist Antonio Lopez, whose fashion illustrations dominated editorials in the 1970s and '80s. The exhibition will feature Lopez’s drawings, prototypes, photographs and archival objects. His work focuses on sexuality in fashion, blending themes of race, gender and the body. 

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/(9)

  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
    Brookfield Place
    230 Vesey St.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10281
  1. 4
    73 Wooster St.
    Manhattan – SoHo
    NY 10012
  2. 5
    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    2 E. 91st St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  3. 6
    598 Madison Ave
    Multiple Locations
    NY 10022
  1. 7
    Staten Island Arts / Culture Lounge
    10 Ferry Terminal Dr.
    Staten Island – St. George
    NY 10301
  2. 8
    92nd Street Y
    1395 Lexington Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  3. 9
    Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029

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