Fashion-Forward: Fall 2013 Events
by Christina Parrella, 11/12/2013
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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.
December 8 and 29, January 8 and 23 and February 4
Free Fashion Center 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A New York Holiday
Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900
One of the City's best-loved exports, Jay Z, is collaborating with upscale retailer Barneys for a very New York holiday collection. Celebrating the spirit of NYC, the collabo takes place in the form of collections and a window display that features edgy, high-end fashion brands such as Balenciaga, Lanvin, Hoorsenbuhs, Proenza Schouler and Rick Owens. The labels will create exclusive limited-edition products in the Jay Z–chosen black, white, silver and gold palette, with pieces ranging from an 18-karat-gold double ring from Hoorsenbuhs to a Proenza Schouler black leather duffel with fake crocodile trim. The products will be available at a special space within Barneys called BNY SCC Gallery. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Shawn Carter Foundation.
27th Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue
Madison Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets
This annual holiday event will feature over 80 brands donating 20% of sales to benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Pediatric Family Housing Initiative. Stores along Madison Avenue that are participating include David Yurman, Chloe, Gucci, Vince and Tory Burch. Along with special guests, there will be seven choirs singing holiday melodies; the sales goes from 10am to 5pm.
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Kenneth Cole: Discussion & Screening
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
Designer Kenneth Cole chats about his career and many roles, including his latest as executive producer of the HBO documentary The Battle of amFAR. The designer/humanitarian is known for his provocative advertisements that address issues such as AIDS and gun control (along with a few unfortunate social-media missteps). A screening of the documentary as well as a special panel discussion about fashion and social awareness will follow the conversation. The talk starts at 7:30pm.
Alexander McQueen x Damien Hirst
Almost four years after the unexpected death of Alexander McQueen shocked the fashion world, this new collaboration with artist Damien Hirst celebrates 10 years of McQueen's most recognizable accessory—the skull scarf. The Hirst capsule collection, which McQueen helped conceptualize, features the brand's signature skull motif intertwined with Hirst's entomology artwork. The 30 scarves on offer feature geometric patterns, ethereal shapes and images of insects (including butterflies and spiders). Prices range from $515 to $1,175. This collection is available online or at the Madison Avenue boutique.
November 20–March 9
Jewels by JAR
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd St., 212-535-7710
Legendary Parisian jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal, who caters to a high-end clientele, showcases hundreds of examples of his beloved designs. For over 35 years Rosenthal, or JAR, has been crafting stunning pavé pieces using diamonds, sapphires and garnets. His aficionados have included glamorous icons like Elizabeth Taylor, Marella Agnelli and Jo Carole Lauder. The exhibition is the first survey of his work in the US.
Through December 1
Front Row: Chinese American Designers
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., 212-619-4785
This exhibition explores the history and influence of New York's Chinese-American fashion designers, including Derek Lam, Wayne Lee and Vera Wang.
December 3–April 30, 2014
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Trends may come and go, but in the fashion industry nothing ever really goes out of style for too long. Trend-ology focuses on a 250-year-old trend cycle—starting in the 18th century—and follows the emergence (and reemergence) of trends up into the current period. This exhibition features 100 flash-in-the-pan pieces including a tartan dress made in the early 1700s, a chunky gold Chanel necklace inspired by Salt-N-Pepa and a Murakami-designed Louis Vuitton satchel that was replicated ad nauseam. The show also touches on how trends develop and spread through various channels such as art, music and film, and how fast-fashion stores like H&M and Zara have contributed to the world of passé and beguiling trends.
The Makeup Show, Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., 212-463-0071
Shop like an industry pro at this holiday pop-up, which features deeply discounted makeup and beauty products from brands such as Kevyn Aucoin, Mario Badescu, Stila and Make Up For Ever. Aside from the sale, there will be informative seminars featuring celebrity makeup artists during this two day-event. Tickets are $25.
Through December 31
Why We Love Guerlain
Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Ave., 212-705-2000
French beauty brand Guerlain opens a temporary pop-up shop to show off new products, give out makeup tips and freebies, and to host events.
Through January 4, 2014
A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
There's no denying the tremendous impact gay male designers have had on the fashion industry. Yves Saint Laurent gave the world Le Smoking suit (the first women's tux); Cristóbal Balenciaga created the baby-doll dress; and Alexander McQueen's avant-garde designs and exotic runway shows have inspired a slew of would-be designers. A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk explores gay fashion designers' contributions to the industry. The exhibition showcases more than 100 pieces, displayed in chronological order.
Through January 20, 2014
Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
Avid couture jewelry collector Barbara Berger may have one of the most coveted collections around. Her loot includes custom-made necklaces, brooches and bracelets from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior—all meant to be worn with haute couture. The pieces are further highlighted in a new book, Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger.
Through February 2, 2014
An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928
Bard Graduate Center, 18 W. 86th St., 212-501-3000
The country’s textile and manufacturing background is the focus of this exhibition, which showcases fabrics and materials from pre- and post-World War II—everything from a batik-printed caftan dress to hand-blocked silks. Also on view are rare photographs, design manuals and objects that represent the evolution of American design.
Through February 23, 2014
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 718-638-5000
The work, lifestyle and impact of French couturier and lauded fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier are the subject of this Brooklyn Museum exhibition. Gaultier's label work, heavily influenced by his lifestyle, often borders on shocking and has caused some to brand him as an "enfant terrible." The multimedia exhibition consists of mannequins with interactive faces, photos, accessories, sketches and stage costumes, along with 140 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces.
Christian Louboutin 5 Shades of Nude
965 Madison Ave., 212-396-1884
59 Horatio St., 212-255-1910
This capsule collection, the first of its kind, offers five skin-tone-matching shoe options. Colors range from pale nude to deep chestnut and come in five classic style selections, including the perfectly pointed Pigalle and peep-toe Flo. The red-soled brand also launched a free iTunes app to help shoe lovers find a seamless match. The collection is available at the Madison Avenue and Horatio Street boutiques.
Stores & Sales
Holiday Bazaar Pop-Up Shop
Fashion Institute of Technology, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Snag clothing and accessories from designers such as Alexander Wang, Halston Heritage, Burberry and Miu Miu at a fraction of their retail prices during this student-designed (and holiday-themed) pop-up shop. Stock also includes vintage and previously owned bags, jewelry and shoes. All proceeds from sales will go to The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's patient care and research programs. The sale runs from 11am to 8pm.
L'Wren Scott for Banana Republic
The lauded designer collaborates with Banana Republic on a holiday collection that the store characterizes as "modern collegiate." The 50-piece line will feature accessories and apparel such as printed pants, suit jackets and fitted dresses using Scott's signature fabrics: brocade, velvet and sequins. The line ranges from $39.50 to $198.
Tory Burch Sample Sale
261 W. 36th St., 2nd fl.
Score fall and winter Tory Burch goods—including clothing, footwear and handbags—at low prices. The sale runs from 11am to 7pm, except on the final day, when it runs from 11am to 4pm.
Rent the Runway at Henri Bendel
Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Ave., 212-247-1100
Dress for the red carpet without the hefty price tag at Rent the Runway’s showroom at Henri Bendel. At almost 90% off retail prices, the popular website offers thrifty fashionistas the ability to borrow gowns, dresses and accessories for special occasions. At this first off-line location, renters (with the help of a personal stylist) can try on wardrobe and accessories from more than 175 brands, including Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang. Fitting rooms are outfitted with a scanner and iPad, which allows shoppers to save their dress selections into a “virtual closet” that can be accessed anywhere. The showroom is located on the second floor of the department store.
434 W. Broadway
Roberto Cavalli offshoot Just Cavalli has returned to New York City two years after its Fifth Avenue flagship shuttered. The brand, known for its bright-colored duds, leather dresses and outlandish animal-print everything, will offer such pieces as well as accessories, shoes, handbags and runway threads. Inside, the store is decorated much like a Cavalli store would be: glass, mirrors, video screens and python prints everywhere.
44 Hudson St., 212-233-0417
The made-to-measure men's shirt label offers a tailored Parisian experience right in TriBeCa. The sleek store, fitted with mirrors, digital touch screens and neatly folded shirts, lets customers (with the help of a stylist, of course) carefully select and craft the perfect shirt from thousands of combinations, with a slew of fabric, collar, button and even thread-color choices. The shirts are handcrafted by an atelier in France, and orders are fulfilled within two weeks. Your measurements are then saved to an online account for any bespoke purchases.
Marc Jacobs Beauty
385 Bleecker St., 212-924-6126
Marc Jacobs' new beauty line opened its first brick-and-mortar store in the US, adding to the designer's conglomerate of Bleecker Street shops (he already has four). The line includes a gamut of beauty essentials including foundation, concealer, gel crayons, lip gloss, blush and makeup brushes. The store itself is outfitted with space-age lamps, mirrors for easy makeup application and sleek black shelves that mimic the glossy black lacquer packaging of the products. The 122-piece beauty collection was inspired by the designer's colorful tattoos, which include a Simpsons caricature of himself.
65 Greene St., 212-334-1079
Heritage leather-goods brand Etienne Aigner opens its first-ever flagship location in SoHo, complete with massive burgundy leather doors. The 3,500-square-foot space packs a retail repertoire that includes ready-to-wear items and the coveted Doctor Bag.
February 7–April 19
Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
Clothing in the 1930s was modest, elegant and innovative, reflecting the socio-economic environment of the time. Women's fashion began to shy away from the glamorous decadence and boxiness of clothing in the 20s, into a more streamlined, slim-fitting and feminine silhouette. This exhibition examines the role that bespoke designers, couturiers and dressmakers had on fashion during this era and the swath of new textiles and materials used to create much softer and lighter garments. Along with women's wear, this exhibition also surveys the techniques that emerged in menswear and tailoring during this time.
Bill Cunningham: The Façades Project
The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., 212-873-3400
Long before street-style bloggers, there was Bill Cunningham. The street photographer's impromptu fashion shots graced the pages of the Chicago Tribune and Women's Wear Daily, but he became a regular contributor to The New York Times after a candid shot of Greta Garbo in a well-cut coat caught the eye of Times editor Arthur Gelb. The Façades Project is an exhibition of Cunningham's eight-year-long photo essay work (titled Façades), which includes photographs of models dressed in period costumes against historic architectural backdrops.