Fashion-Forward: Summer 2014 Events
by Christina Parrella, 06/24/2014
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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.
August 5 and 17, September 4 and 14
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 email@example.com.
Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Bill Cunningham
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212-415-5500
Getting photographed by Bill Cunningham is practically a rite of passage in the fashion world. That’s because Cunningham, easily identified on the streets by his blue jacket, has been photographing and identifying trends since the 1970s. His first shots hit the pages of The New York Times in 1978, after his chance pics of Greta Garbo in a nutria coat caught the eye of Times editor Arthur Gelb. Cunningham, who seldom makes public appearances without his camera lens, will offer audiences a rare peek into his life.
WindowsWear Fashion Window Walking Tour
Departs from Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., 646-827-2288
Explore New York City's fashion displays with a WindowsWear walking tour. This two-hour jaunt gives insight into the history of the industry and how the City's most famous retailers dress up their windows. Tour goers will also visit shopping spots made famous in shows such as Sex and the City and Modern Family. Tickets must be purchased in advance; the schedule is available at windowswear.com.
June 3–November 15
Exposed: A History of Lingerie
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
This showcase examines the history of intimate apparel from the 18th century to the present. Featuring over 70 pieces, the collection highlights all things feminine and delicate. Silk, cotton and lace garments from designers like Christian Dior, Valerie Porr and Patricia Fieldwalker are among the intricate pieces on display.
Through August 10
Charles James: Beyond Fashion
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, 212-535-7710
The Met celebrates the grand reopening of The Costume Institute’s galleries with a special exhibition dedicated to America’s first couturier, Charles James. The exhibition focuses on James’ design-making process, which involved much more than sketching. James constructed garments, using scenes and mathematics to achieve an architectural shape that accentuated the female hipline. His goal was to create a surrealist, weightless and visually stunning garment that appealed to a particular group of daring women. The exhibition features James's ball gowns from the 1930s through 1950s, as well as sketches, pattern swatches and partially completed works from his last studio in the Chelsea Hotel.
Through September 14
Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777
This exhibition explores the influence of photography on jewelry artists from the 19th century through the digital age. Pieces on display come from more than 80 international artists, and include an Abraham Lincoln daguerreotype pin fashioned with gingham and black ribbons.
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
Christian Louboutin Beauté: Rouge Louboutin
Christian Louboutin, the architect of the world’s most lusted-after shoe, has transitioned into the beauty world via $50 nail polish. Louboutin's long-wearing, chip-resistant Rouge Louboutin (sold under the Christian Louboutin Beauté brand name) is colored and modeled after his famous red-soled shoe. The glass bottle, which takes up to 22 weeks to make, borrows its shape from his 8-inch Ballerina Ultima shoe, with a sharp handle reminiscent of a high-heel stiletto. The bristles, arranged in a triangular configuration, allow for more precise application. The polish is available at most online retailers and hits select stores on August 6. Thirty additional shades are slated for US release on August 31.
750 Lexington Ave.
Cosmetics giant Sephora just opened a new location in a former Levi’s store. The 7,000-square-foot space houses the usual Sephora stock, including cosmetic products from such brands as Marc Jacobs and Urban Decay, and a brow studio bearing the name of celebrity eyebrow shaper Anastasia.
Flea Market Betty
87 Havemeyer St., 718-306-4066
Flea Market Betty is (yet another) answer to your vintage shopping woes. The market, open Saturdays and Sundays, features artisanal food vendors and independent clothing and jewelry retailers. Friday nights mean food trucks (Kimchi Taco and Carl's Steaks) and dance parties.
433 W. Broadway, 646-589-8500
For $10 a month, Birchbox members receive customized samples of beauty products in the mail. The brand's first brick-and-mortar store offers customers a slew of products and services. The store arranges its products by categories such as "cheek," "brow" and "lips," and carries more than 200 brands, including a selection for men. The online customization is taken a step further in-store; for $15 you can build your own Birchbox with five samples. The bi-level flagship also features hair, makeup and nail services, as well as video screens with tutorials. Needless to say, you'll never want to leave.
September 10–February 15, 2015
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., 718-638-5000
Featuring over 160 pairs of designer heels—some dating as far back as the 16th century—this exhibition explores the evolution of feminine footwear. View stunning modern examples by the likes of Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. Highlights include Marilyn Monroe's Salvatore Ferragamo stilettos; an 8-inch-high black leather platform bootie designed by Rem D. Koolhaas for Lady Gaga; silk, metal and glass heels made by Roger Vivier for House of Dior; and an absurd collaboration between Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí, the result of which is actually a headpiece. Six short films inspired by high heels accompany the show.
September 13–January 3, 2015
Dance & Fashion
The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at West 27th Street, 212-217-4558
This exhibition explores the role fashion has played in the world of dance. Items that show dance's influence on fashion, including Christian Dior's and Pierre Balmain's ballet-inspired gowns, will be shown alongside Valentino's designs for the New York City Ballet. Ensembles from designers like Rodarte, Prabal Gurung and Halston will also be on display.
October 21–February 1, 2015
Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.), 212-535-7710
This new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Anna Wintour Costume Center focuses on widow fashions from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Featuring around 30 somber ensembles, the exhibition examines high fashion's aesthetic and cultural relationship with bereavement attire. The pieces, many of which have never been exhibited before, focus on the period between 1815 and 1915, and include mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Items range from the austere to the grandiose. Expect plenty of black.
October 28–January 25, 2015
Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd Street), 212-535-7710
The decadent and luxurious jewel collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani goes on display in The Met's Islamic art galleries. Both glamorous and fascinating, these adornments offer a peek into jewelry styles in India dating all the way from the Mughal period until the early 20th century, though the emphasis is on later pieces influenced by the West. Jaw-dropping highlights include antique gems incorporated into modern settings by Cartier, a diamond-encrusted, feathered turban clip and an elegant jade dagger that originally belonged to two emperors.
October 31, 2014–March 22, 2015
Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power
If you're one of the millions of women who count facial cream as a part of your daily beauty routine, you can thank Helena Rubenstein. (You can also thank her for the hefty price tag—Rubenstein promoted the notion that the higher the price tag, the more desirable the product.) Credited as one of the first to create and market beauty cream, she transformed the faces of clients in Australia and Europe using secret ingredients. Rubenstein came to New York City in 1915, setting up shop on West 49th Street; this exhibition showcases her collection of beautiful things, such as artwork by Picasso and Matisse, jewelry and fashion pieces.