It’s that fashionable time of the year. The ‘creme de la creme’ in fashion is getting ready to get stylish previews of the Spring Summer 2015 collections and embellish the runway with their must-have outfits. Many fashionistas can only dream of getting an invite for New York Fashion Week or give their best shot by peacocking at Lincoln Center. But even without an invite you can make the most of New York Fashion Week by exploring the most vibrant fashion capital of the world.
Fluff Your Feathers & Peacock
During New York Fashion Week
Even though some call it ‘the art of being desperate’ ‘peacocking’ has become a big part of New York Fashion Week and often times you’ll spot more inspiring fashion styles outside than inside. Put on your most New York Fashion Week worthy outfit and walk around and you’ll quickly notice that street style photographers will surround you in masses! In February I attended fashion week and I was surprised when I approached Lincoln Center at how quickly I was surrounded by lots of photographers. Although I felt very awkward at first (I mean I’m not a celebrity) I tried to enjoy the moment and had fun. If you’re a blogger ‘peacocking’ is also a great way to network with photographers, journalists and other bloggers because you’ll end up talking with one another either way. And if you’re lucky your shot will be featured on a popular street style site!
Fabric & DIY Shopping
If you love to DIY or sew than New York is an absolute paradise! For all the DIY essentials go have a look at MJ Trimming. It was quite overwhelming for me as I’m used to shops where I need to look hard to find 1 thing I can use whereas here there was too much choice. So much that I ended up buying only 1 or 2 things! And if you’re going fabric shopping visiting Moods on 225 W 37th St is a must! (also known as THE shop where Project Runway shops) Although this fabric shop is the most known I fell in love with the small, local ones that I discovered around 6th avenue on 39th street. I’m a sucker for stretch fabric and again there was too much choice. I ended up visiting all the shops twice so I could make a wise decision when it comes to fabric choices (used the fabric I bought for my DIY Palazzo Pant and DIY Cropped Top & Pencil skirt tutorial) New York is so amazing that they even have shops that ONLY sell stretch fabric. My advice is to go to the 39th and go in one shop after the other or…
Do a New York Fashion Tour
Around 6th and 7th Avenue
On September 4 and 14, October 12 and 29 there are Free Garment District Neighborhood Walking Tours which allows you to explore New York City’s Garment District during a one-and-a-half-to-two-hour tour. 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.
In February I participated in a walking fashion district tour by Seek New York Tours and discovered the numerous fabric- and DIY shops I mentioned above. If you’re not familiar with New York or need an expert’s advice on New York’s hotspots then I definitely recommend Seek New York Tours. My guide of the day was Liz, a fashion connoisseur who has worked in the industry for many years and now shares her passion for fashion (and New York) during the fashion tours. They recently also added fabric & trim shopping tours to shop all the sewing and DIY must-haves!
Fashion History at FIT
June 3 – November 15, 2014
227 W 27th St
FIT (also known as the Fashion Institute of Technology) is one of New York’s noted fashion schools. When the success of Project Runway hit it literally boosted the fashion district in New York creating a huge demand for the fashion schools in town. But FIT is more than just a school and even if you have no aspirations of becoming the most talked about fashion designer I’m sure you’ll enjoy the FIT exhibits which are FREE to visit during a defined period. I enjoyed
Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s which displayed so many stylish pieces that are in fashion to this day (or made their comeback). Until November 15 you can go and discover Exposed: A History of Lingerie which features more than 70 pieces of lingerie from the 18th century to the present. Note that you can’t take pictures inside of the exhibit which is such a pity! And I tried to do it secretly but to no avail as the security guards were everywhere :S
Christian Louboutin Beauté: Rouge Louboutin
After taking over the shoe world with his signature red sole Christian Louboutin is now taking over the beauty world with a $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 since August 6 and yesterday (August 31) thirty additional shades were added.
DIY Your Birchbox Beauty Box
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 store offers customers a slew of products and services. The shop features more than 200 brands arranged by categories such as “cheek,” “brow” and “lips,” including a selection for men. Customizing online was a fun idea but the store takes it a step further. 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 this is a must-visit for all women!
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
September 10–February 15, 2015
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., 718-638-5000
It seems like shoe exhibits are growing in popularity and taking the world over by storm. After the S.H.O.E.S. exhibition in Rotterdam earlier this year New York will delight the hearts of shoe lovers with its own Killer Heels exhibit. Featuring over 160 pairs of designer heels this exhibition explores the evolution of feminine footwear. Indulge on shoes from 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.
Dance & Fashion
September 13–January 3, 2015
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.
For more on the fashion & beauty ins and outs of New York check out the NYC Go website. And if you want to make your visit of other New York highlights easy to navigate and skip the lines make sure to get a New York city pass