Fashion-Forward: Winter 2016 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

February 4 and 14, March 6 and 20  
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

February 8
Milk Makeup
Milk Studios, home base for MADE Fashion Week, is releasing its first ever products for purchase—a line of cosmetics called Milk Makeup. The paraben-free, vegan-friendly line, inspired by Debbie Harry and her effortless punk glam look, includes lip stains, eye markers, shadows and mascara (the latter of which is made with charcoal and sapphire dust). It will all be available on the Milk website starting February 8, along with some videos on how to use the stuff by Instagrammers Emily Bador and Saada Ahmed.

February 10–18
Triumph Hotels Pop-Up 
Various locations
New York Fashion Week can be a stressful time of year. Luckily, Triumph Hotels, in partnership with the on-demand makeup application service PRIV, is offering beauty respites in seven locations throughout Manhattan. Guests will receive complimentary makeup applications and manicures from the hotel's signature makeup collection. Note: appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. For a list of times and locations, see below:
Wednesday, February 10: The Cosmopolitan -Tribeca, 4–8pm
Thursday, February 11The Evelyn10am–2pm
Friday, February 12:  Hotel Chandler, 10am–2pm
Monday, February 15: Hotel Belleclaire, 10am–2pm
Tuesday, February 16: The Iroquois New York, 10am–2pm 
Wednesday, February 17Hotel Edison, 10am–2pm
Thursday, February 18Washington Jefferson, 10am–2pm

February 11–18
New York Fashion Week 
Various locations 
NYFW showcases collections for fall/winter 2016, taking over three venues: Skylight at Moynihan Station, MADE at Milk Studios and Skylight Clarkson Square. Designers presenting collections include Ralph Lauren, Public School, Rag & Bone and Betsey Johnson. For more information, see the full schedule—and try to score a coveted ticket to the shows.

February 12–18
MADE Fashion Week 
Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St., 212-645-2797
Presented simultaneously with New York Fashion Week, MADE Fashion Week showcases emerging fashion designers. Designers usually include The Blonds and Jeremy Scott.

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 March 25
Dressing Room: Archiving Fashion
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., (212) 534-1672
This interactive exhibition, which takes place in a pop-up studio on the museum's first floor, allows visitors to watch the live dressing and photographing of mannequins in clothing from the institution's mid-century collection. The show is meant to spotlight the behind-the-scenes work that goes into cataloging these pieces, and focuses on the significance of such garments as the "Rosie the Riveter" jumpsuit and Halston's mink-trimmed evening gown. The Dressing Room is open weekdays, 10am–12:30pm and 1:30–3:30pm. 

February 12–August 21
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. 

Through February 21
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. 

March 1–April 2
The Women of Harper’s Bazaar, 1936–1958
The Museum at FIT, Fashion & Textile History Gallery, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
This show focuses on the work of three women at Harper’s Bazaar: editor-in-chief Carmel Snow, fashion editor Diana Vreeland and photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Through clothing, photographs, documents and magazine excerpts, the exhibition showcases how the magazine changed the way women dressed during this time. Garments from Charles James, Christian Dior and Givenchy demonstrate the style of both the editorials and of women in America during that period. This exhibition precedes Harper’s Bazaar’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

Through April 16
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. 

Through May 7
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.

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
February 2–5
Alice + Olivia
C21 Edition, 21 Dey St., 212-227-9092
This sale features markdowns of up to 70% on the brand’s cutesy clothing, shoes and accessories.

February 12–15
Resurrection Vintage Moving Sale
217 Mott St., 212-625-1374
Resurrection Vintage, a boutique that counts Rihanna and the Olsen twins as fans, is moving locations after a nearly 20-year run. In celebration, they're marking down vintage clothing, accessories, shoes and bags at up to 70% off. Chanel, Christian Dior, Alaïa and Jean Paul Gaultier are among the brands on sale. (Resurrection will open its new location at 45 Great Jones St. on February 15.)

February 15–18
Helmut Lang and Theory Sample Sale 
Clothing Line, 261 W. 36th St., 2nd fl., 212-947-8748
Save on Theory and Helmut Lang merchandise for both men and women. Items include samples and irregulars. 

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
Garrett Leight California Optical
149 Grand St. 
The minimalist eyewear brand opens its first East Coast store, hawking handcrafted frames.

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. 

Looking Ahead
Barneys New York Chelsea Flagship
Seventh Avenue between West 16th and 17th Streets
Barneys New York heads back to its original block in Chelsea where the department store first opened in 1923. The luxury retailer’s new and larger emporium will feature the usual range of upmarket apparel, accessories, shoes and cosmetics, along with Freds restaurant and an outpost of men's barbershop/cocktail lounge The Blind Barber. In a nod to the original store's past, a new spiral staircase will connect each floor.

March 18–August 7
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
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
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
    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    2 E. 91st St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  2. 5
    Staten Island Arts / Culture Lounge
    10 Ferry Terminal Dr.
    Staten Island – St. George
    NY 10301
  3. 6
    92nd Street Y
    1395 Lexington Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  1. 7
    El Museo del Barrio
    1230 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  2. 8
    Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  3. 9
    Anna Sui
    484 Broome St.
    Manhattan – SoHo

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