Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s

Special Exhibitions Gallery
February 6 – April 18, 2015
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992
 
Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s celebrates the two designers who defined the sexy and glamorous fashions of the 1970s. This is the first exhibition to juxtapose their work and analyze the way they dealt with similar themes and aesthetics during the height of their careers. Both designers are equally represented by the approximately 80 ensembles and 20 accessories that are arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this singular, dynamic era in history.

Drawn exclusively from the holdings of The Museum at FIT, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on two of the best-known fashion designers in modern history. The museum’s collections hold the Halston archives—the most comprehensive records of his work in the world—as well as a vast array of significant Yves Saint Laurent pieces donated by important clients, fashion editors, friends, and colleagues of Saint Laurent. These include Lauren Bacall, Marina Schiano, Aimée de Heeren, Mary Russell, and Tina Chow. It is worth noting that the first major retrospective exhibition on Halston was organized at the museum in 1991 by the late curator Richard Martin.
No two designers defined and dominated the decade more than Yves Saint Laurent and Halston. They were the era’s most influential and celebrated clothing creators, becoming celebrities in their own right.
The exhibition also includes accessories designed to complement each designer’s clothing. While Saint Laurent’s accessories were created in-house and Halston’s were designed by his close collaborator, model, and friend Elsa Peretti, accessories were an important element for both. Highlights include a hat from Saint Laurent’s Russian-inspired collection and a “bone cuff” by Elsa Peretti for Halston.
Death Becomes Her @ The MET

Death Becomes Her @ The MET

Worth a visit to the Metropolitan Museum, the exhibition – www.metmuseum.org/deathbecomesher – explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Approximately 30 ensembles, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the dictates of bereavement rituals as they evolved over a century.  

The exhibition is organized chronologically and features mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, primarily from The Costume Institute’s collection. The calendar of bereavement’s evolution and cultural implications are illuminated through women’s clothing and accessories – some fabulous shawls and jewelry – showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crape/crepe to corded silks, and the later introduction of color with shades of gray and mauve. 
On view now at the MET through to February 1, 2015.
Arts & Crafts Festival on Upper West Side, September 21-22

Arts & Crafts Festival on Upper West Side, September 21-22

Childrens’ activities, live music, romance novel and poetry readings highlight the West Side Community Garden‘s Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2013 at the Garden, located on West 89th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. 
The event is free.
Artwork and crafts created by local westside artists will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days by the garden’s 89th Street entrance. Paintings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more. 
Saturday, Sept. 21, family-friendly events include a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,a magic show at 1.p.m., and folk music singalong at 3p.m.  
On Sunday, Sept. 22, the New York String Orchestra conducted by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from noon until 1p.m.

From 2-4 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie Calabrese will “bookend” live readings of romance novels by members of the Romance Writers of America New York Chapter.  A booksigning and reception will follow.  
PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the MET

PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the MET

This summer The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art are presenting PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibition will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today.

“Punk’s signature mixing of references was fueled by artistic developments such as Dada and postmodernism,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “so it makes sense to present this exhibition in a museum that also shows the broader output of those movements. Indeed, that dialogue between art and fashion is what makes The Costume Institute so singular. Projects like this don’t happen without sponsorship, and we greatly appreciate the generosity of Moda Operandi, and its co-founders Aslaug Magnusdottir and Lauren Santo Domingo.”
“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute. “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”
Exhibition Overview
The exhibition, in the Museum’s second-floor Cantor galleries, will feature approximately 100 designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs. Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of ‘do-it-yourself’ and the couture concept of ‘made-to-measure,’ the exhibition will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.
MET, 1000 5th Avuenue (at 82nd Street) NYC, NY 10028
Exhibition location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall
On view from May 9 through August 14, 2013.
Soho Kids Clothing Store Sale

Soho Kids Clothing Store Sale

The fabulous french clothing store Les Petits Chapelais in Soho is having a HUGE SALE now through to the end of January.

You’ll find 50-90% off all the season collections, including shoes and rain boots.  Price range from $1 to mostly under $90 except for a few dresses and coats the sale includes all these lines:
Petit Bateau, Oeuf, Eyespy Baby, Max & Lola, Dagmar Daley, Ten, Zorro, Rita con Rita, Paper Wings, Kidscase, Mademoiselle a Soho, MP socks and tights, Yamamoto, Noch organic, Tane organic, milkdot, chispum, Reset, Kicokids, Moose Knuckles, Noch, Appaman, Alsolete, Bakker made with love etc…

Shoes Summer and Winter: Pom D’Api, Aster and Kickers shoes, Bensimon and Spring Court Tennis bathing suits from Princesse Lilou, Kiwi, Europa, Alsolete etc…

Major credit cards are accepted & cash on baskets under $15.
Sizes range from new born to 12 years old, boys and girls

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  • 12 to 7pm Monday to Friday
  • 11 to 7pm on Saturday  
  • 12 to 6pm on Sunday 

Location: 86 Thompson Street between Spring and Prince streets in Soho.

Spence-Chapin Thrift Store Set to Close After 60 Years on Upper East Side

After more than six decades on the Upper East Side, the Spence-Chapin Thrift Store 
— which raises money for the nonprofit’s adoption organization of the same name  — is leaving
its 1473 Third Ave. space when its lease is up in June, after more than
10 years at that address. A second branch at East 96th Street and Second
Avenue closed a few years ago to make way for Second Avenue subway construction.

For
the last few years, the iconic shop has been running on a deficit, the
organization’s spokeswoman Leslie Case said. It could not compete with
larger nonprofits that can throw more administrative heft behind their
thrift stores, like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center or the Salvation Army.


Time to get shopping….lots of great deals!

Spence-Chapin Thrift Store Set to Close After 60 Years on Upper East Side – DNAinfo.com