Weekly sales and shopping events: Opening Ceremony throws a carnival, Barneys' Trunk-a-Palooza and more!
Wed Apr 21 2010
Andy Warhol piata, at the Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Rehab mug, $18, at Kings County General Store
Corrente bag, $125 (was $176), at Kings County General Store
H Fredriksoon Stina silk dress, $286, at Kings County General Store
Mifflin Jewelry friendship necklaces with key pendants, $120 (were $178), at Kings County General Store
Sandy Rubin beaded necklace, $70, at Night Owl Craft Fair
Terra Plana strappy platform sandals, $140 (were $165)
Terra Plana wood heeled pumps, $94 (were $110)
Terra Plana slip-on, $77 (were $90)
Andy Warhol piata, at the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Ball Three words: Andy Warhol piata. It's the size of a room, filled with treats and was designed by food artist Jennifer Rubell. The masterpiece will be on display tomorrow night at a big gala thrown by the Brooklyn Museum to celebrate its exhibit "American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection." The event kicks off with a viewing of the exhibition and cocktails from 6:30--8pm; partygoers can also enjoy Rubell's interactive food art. Pour your own whiskey or wine directly from a faucet installed in a painting's canvas, or add some gooey cheese to your crackers from a melting, head-size ball of cheese. Then attend a sit-down dinner from 8--9pm, where you can mingle with some of the superfashionable confirmed guests, including Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen and Hamish Bowles. The after-party, which begins at 9pm, is a carnival-themed fete, thrown by Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Six labels—Band of Outsiders, Philip Crangi, Patrik Ervell, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte, and Slow and Steady Wins the Race—will be setting up kitschy booths, with activities such as ringtoss and palm readings. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.com). Thu 22 6:30--11pm. $75.
Barneys' Trunk-a-Palooza Multitasking fashionistas will want to prance over to Barneys Co-Op when it hosts ten simultaneous trunks shows. The official lineup includes Alexander Wang, A.L.C., Richard Chai Love, Wayne, Vena Cava, VPL, Helmut Lang, Shipley & Halmos, Rag & Bone, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Once you've called dibs on your most coveted pieces, ask the actually designers (for real!) how to style it; they will be making personal appearances after 5pm. These famous faces are scheduled to attend: Alexander Wang, Richard Chai, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville (the lads from Rag & Bone), and celeb stylist Andrea Lieberman (she has worked with A.L.C. and Gwen Stefani). Snag limited-edition items sold exclusively at the event, such as Shipley & Halmos silk-screened posters, mixtapes by Vena Cava's Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, Wayne printed tees, VPL one-of-a-kind bodysuits, and metal pendants from Rag & Bone's spring 2010 runway show. 660 Madison Ave at E 61st St (212-826-8900, barneys.com). Wed 212pm--8pm.
Homemade: Brooklyn Mosey over to this weeklong pop-up and check out free readings, performances and giveaways from local vendors. Watch a performance-art piece by Miniature Rhino, and check out Species by the Thousands' trunk show featuring sustainable apparel and jewelry. Or grab your raunchier pals to hear Kong magazine present erotic fiction read by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Mo Beasley and Rue Brutalia. 522 Metropolitan Ave at Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (homemadebrooklyn.wordpress.com). Fri 23--Apr 30 noon--8pm.
Kings County General Store Fans of the Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn Indie Market and Homemade: Brooklyn should add this bazaar to their weekend to-do list. More than 30 local designers, artists and food companies will invade Southpaw; hot picks include You and Me, the Royal We all-occasion card sets ($36), customizable Brooklyn Rehab mugs ($18 each) and H Fredriksson Stina silk dresses ($286). Look for special discounts on Mifflin Jewelry friendship necklaces with key pendants, priced at $120 (formerly $178), and Corrente pocket bags for $125 (were $176). When you're ready for a shopping break, down one (or four) of Southpaw's giant mimosas ($6 each), and nosh on Patsy's butter cookies ($5 a pack) and Bam's beef jerky ($5). Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave between St Johns and Sterling Pls, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-230-0236, kingscountygeneralstore.com). Sun 25 noon--5pm.
Night Owl Craft Fair Craft fairs make us think of creepy dolls and potpourri sachets, but I bet your mama's craft fair didn't have Skee-Ball and drink specials. Local designers such as Tomo Tanka, Andrea Zeno and Necks Tuesday will be selling their wares at this crafting bonanza. Browse tables filled with goods like Roxy screen-printed Coney Island ringer tees ($24), hyC Creative hand-pressed greeting cards ($4 each) and Sandy Rubin beaded necklaces ($70). Also on the activities menu: free minimakeovers and drink specials ($6 mimosas, $4 draft beers). The Night Owl, 140 North 4th St between Bedford and Driggs Aves (718-388-6474). Sat 24 1--7pm.
Terra Plana Earth Day is a celebration of sustainability, but that doesn't mean you can't burn through some cash. Stop by Terra Plana's Nolita shop, where vegan footwear from the brand's spring collection will be marked 15 percent off. Styles up for grabs include strappy platform sandals, cropped from $165 to $140; wood-heeled pumps, hacked from $110 to $95; and men's breathable slip-ons, whittled from $90 to $77. 254 Elizabeth St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-274-9000, terraplana.com). Thu 22 11am--7pm.
Thrift Collective Clothing Swap They say that one person's trash is another person's treasure, and though your last-season Prada pumps are certainly not trash, you may be willing to trade them in at this clothing swap. Bring a bag with five to ten items that no longer strike your fancy; then nibble on free snacks from Falai Restaurant while you browse through other people's castoffs. Just don't have too many $5 mojitos and $4 draft beers, or your beer goggles might make those acid-wash overalls seem like a good idea. Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-529-2266, thriftcollectiveswap.eventbrite.com) Sat 24 6--8:30pm, $15. Enter the code TONY when purchasing tickets online to receive $5 off admission.
Something Old Something New Vera Wang is way out of your price range, and David's Bridal is totally out of the question, so where does a stylish bride-to-be go for a unique gown? Hit up this bridal shopping event where 100 brand-new donated frocks will be up for grabs for between $100 and $800. If nothing strikes your fancy, choose from 300 vintage day and evening dresses ($25--$150). Vintage Thrift, 286 Third Ave between 22nd and 23rd Sts (212-871-0777, vintagethriftshop.org). Thu 22 5--8pm, $5 (entry fee will be discounted from the purchase of any dress).
Union Square Optical Amp up your outdoor adventures with a new pair of 50-percent-off sunglasses from this luxury retailer. We're talking Marc Jacobs aviators with gold frames, slashed from $469 to $234; men's Bvlgari two-toned plastic sunglasses, pared down from $469 to $234; and Face Face handmade French cats-eye titanium frames, nipped from $499 to $249. 9 W 14th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-0314, unionsquareoptical.com). Mon--Fri 10am--7pm, Sat 10am--6pm, Sun noon--5pm. Through May 9.—Compiled by Lorraine Espinosa, Laura Lanz-Frolio and Emily Roitman