Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What to Wear Where: MFIT's Artistry of Fashion

Guests gather on the terrace of the The David H. Koch Theater for the annual luncheon of the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT.
by Karen Klopp & Hilary Dick

Ready, set, go — in a blink the new season is upon us!  And one of its most exciting highlights is The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. Tomorrow, September 6, 2017, at a luncheon at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, the Couture Council will honor Thom Brown.  For those in-the-know, it is a not-to-be-missed event, as the most fashion focused turn up, all turned out, to herald the start of New York Fashion Week. From AW to Joe Zee and everyone (who is anyone in fashion) in between.
The luncheon on the promenade.
Thom Browne was awarded the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year in 2016, 2013 and 2006 the GQ Designer of the Year in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012.  
His talent is well documented, yet he is, perhaps, not as known as some of the first-name-familiar recipients such as Michael, Carolina, Manolo and Oscar.
Manolo Blahnik and Uma Thurman at the 2015 Couture Council Award Luncheon.
Oscar and Carolina at the 2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon.
Kim Nguyen, Hilary Swank, Michael Kors, and Anna Wintour at the 2013 Couture Council Award Luncheon.
As recently as June 2017, The New York Times published an article titled, "Is Thom Browne the Most Underestimated Designer in New York?"
Certainly, Michele Obama did not think so when she wore a stunning Thom Browne coat to the Inauguration in 2013.
And not according to the fashion cognoscenti and the Couture Council of FIT.  Those fabulous fashionistas have nothing but high praise for the innovative designer who has perfected his vision of “uniform dressing” crafted with loving attention to fine tailoring and detail.  

Trendsetter and Vice President of the CC, Julie Macklowe exclaimed,  “We are thrilled to honor Thom Browne, and it is a honor to have Far-Fetch be our lead sponsor for the event as they are partnering for his new online launch!  Thom is innovative, fun and represents a modern take for classic design.  Only Thom Browne can make a classic suit super fun.”
Sharon Jacob, Jennifer Argenti, Kamie Lightburn, Muffie Potter Aston, and Kathy Prounis
Co-Chair Kathy Prounis wholeheartedly agrees, “Thom Browne’s fashion is chic, cool & confident & when you wear it, you feel the same way!”

“This is such a great luncheon, to celebrate the kick off of the fall fashion season, the end of summer and to see friends back in New York and to honor fashion designer Thom Browne,” added Co-Chair Sharon Jacob.

In this video, Thom Browne talks about his love for uniforms and how they have inspired him.  
I was influenced  by Thom and the menswear moment that is trending this fall and went shopping at FarFetch to find just the right classic ensemble. Red is huge and I love the belt detailing on this P.A.R.O.S.H. sheath, as well as the texture of the Sonia Rykiel. To accessorize, a must-have Thom Brown “power bag,” also trending.  This may be the only event of the year when your shoes are just as important as every other detail so we had to have a white Gucci pump and a Alexandre Birman, red velvet tie front sandal.

As usual, Hilary and I are on the same page when it comes to the September Issue and tracking the trends.  
Karen and I are both embracing red this fall, among the the many other trends. I chose this Red Valentino dress because it is ladylike and on point for lunch with the fashionable set. But I am also loving the dark florals I am seeing for this fall and one of my new favorite designers, Osman, has a perfect one. I like the asymmetrical hem and long sleeves. This event calls for all the fashion touches and the black structured clutch is just that. And as Karen said, shoes are splurge-worthy for this day and a velvet pair from Saint Laurent are just the ticket ... and will guarantee your are chic from head to toe.
We caught up with Dr. Valerie Steele, the museum’s lively and tireless Director and Chief Curator who has so brilliantly leads the field in showcasing and interpreting movements in the history of fashion.  
Dr. Valerie Steele, Dr. Joyce Brown, and Albert Kriemler
"The Museum at FIT is the only museum in New York dedicated solely to the art of fashion, and the Couture Council lunch makes it possible for us to mount world-class exhibitions. At the end of the summer, everyone likes to dress up to welcome a new year of fashion. This year, we are honoring one of my favorite designers, Thom Browne. Although I already own one terrific dress by Thom, I will be shopping again before the lunch, since I will need something to wear at our upcoming exhibition opening, and I will be going to Thom's fashion show in Paris later in September."

Lucky girl, as Thom’s shows are known for their provocative creativity and wit.   
If you haven’t been to the Museum, put it on your To Do List for fall. While the scope is vast, the scale is intimate, their archives boundless and the exhibitions inspired.  In an hour or less you can enhance knowledge through a  period in time as seen through the eyes of fashion. In the early days of our partnership, Hilary and I shot a video on A Queer History of Fashion, the first exhibit of its kind. You can screen the video here.

Some of our other faves have been Uniformity, Exposed: A History of Lingerie, Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s, and  Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s and we look forward to the upcoming Expedition:  Fashion from the Extreme.  It will be the first large-scale exhibition of high fashion influenced by clothing made for survival in the most inhospitable environments on the planet — and off of it. 
What2WearWhere helps today’s busy women shop for life’s events, sports, workplace and travel.   The site is a synthesis of the latest looks and trends compiled by Karen Klopp & Hilary Dick: www.what2wearwhere.com