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The Best Luxury Fashion and Design Events this October

The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Calendar for Fashion and Design highlights notable events in the world of auctions, antiques, art fairs, gallery shows, design shows, fashion and beauty around the globe in October 2018. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here.

You would think that after an eventful September, the fashion and design worlds would slow down. But no.

October offers a plethora of conferences and events, ranging from user experience conferences to design weeks to contemporary art shows. Plus new coffee table books, covering everything from watches to haute couture to royal weddings. It’s all bundled up here, just like you in your chic new fall coat.


French brand Sandro is hosting a pop up on Greene Street in Soho, New York City. The shop will feature their latest collaborations: The Muppet Show x Sandro and Helly Hansen x Sandro

A new exhibition called Contemporary Muslim Fashions at San Francisco’s de Young Museum explores how modest dress codes for Muslim women are interpreted differently around the world – through Jan 6

Louis Vuitton launches its newest scent, Attrape – Rêves ($240)

Emma Stone is the face of Louis Vuitton’s latest ad campaign for its new fragrance

Take in a selection of Yves Saint Laurent creations sparked by the designer’s fascination with Eastern culture at his atelier turned museum during the Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient exhibition in Paris – Oct 2 – Jan 27

Balenciaga in Black ($65) explores the creative genius of Cristóbal Balenciaga, “the couturier’s couturier,” a fashion designer revered by his peers – Oct 2

Centre for Fashion Enterprise is bringing together a panel of experts at The Age of Experience to discuss the challenges brands and retailers are facing and how to execute innovative experiences that translate into a unified brand vision – Oct 4

LA Fashion Week takes place – Oct 6 – 10

From Seamaster to Seamaster: The First 70 Years ($150) is a celebration of the Omega Seamaster watch’s 70th anniversary, with exclusive photographs that bring the legendary timepiece to life – Oct 9

Shanghai Fashion Week celebrates its 15th year – Oct 10 – 18

Beauty² is an event in LA presenting a curated selection of emerging global brands in mindful luxury beauty – Oct 11 – 12

The Fashion and Textile Museum in London opens Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs which explores the day and evening styles of the decade, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them – Oct 12 – Jan 20

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London

More than a decade in the making, Alaïa ($150) is a celebration of his world, featuring a collection of images of his haute couture creations worn by his muses and photographed by icons of twentieth-century fashion – Oct 16

The Museum at FIT presents Pink, its twentieth academic symposium, which will explore the significance of the color pink in fashion, art, and culture. Pink provokes exceptionally strong feelings of both attraction and repulsion, yet it is increasingly being regarded as cool and androgynous, powerful and political – Oct 19

Fashion meets tech at San Francisco Fashion Week – Oct 20 – 28

Martin Margiela: The Women’s Collections 1989-2009 ($55) is a breathtaking survey of 20 years of fashion designs by Martin Margiela – Oct 23

The New York City Jewelry & Watch Show returns to Chelsea in Manhattan at the Metropolitan Pavilion for its fourth edition.  Over 90 dealers will exhibit an array of antique and estate jewelry, vintage timepieces and modern collections – Oct 26 – 29

View the wedding outfits worn by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at A Royal Wedding: The Duke & Duchess of Sussex exhibit at Windsor Castle – Oct 26 – Jan 6

Royal Wedding.Windsor, United Kingdom.

New York Times-bestselling author Emily Spivack presents Worn in New York, a contemporary cultural history of well-loved clothes and the people who wore them at the Museum at FIT – Oct 30

Astonishing, wonderful, and invariably modern: the windows at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship are the stuff dreams are made of. Windows at Tiffany’s & Co.  ($845) revisits their whimsy and spirit, and elicits nostalgia for each reader’s first blue box moment.

Called the King of Curves, Roland Mouret marks his twentieth year in fashion with Roland Mouret: Provoke, Attract, Seduce ($95), featuring an in-depth look at his innovative designs, inspirations, and industry collaborations – Oct 30

Roland Mouret: Provoke, Attract, Seduce

Nike SB: The Dunk Book ($55) is the first book on Nike’s iconic DUNK SB, a mid-rise basketball court staple that has in the last two decades become a colorful (and often irreverent) icon of skate and streetwear – Oct 30

Art Shows

Frieze London and Frieze Masters return to Regent’s Park in London, featuring six millennia of art history from across the world – Oct 4 – 7

Frieze London and Frieze Masters

Welcoming 43 leading galleries from across Africa is the 1-54 London Contemporary African Art Fair, which returns for its 6th edition at Somerset House – Oct 4 – 7

The 17th Korea International Art Fair takes place in Seoul – Oct 4 – 7

Now going into its seventh edition, Texas Contemporary 2018 will feature 65 exhibitors – Oct 4 – 7

The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is the oldest international art and antiques show on the West Coast, featuring a wide range of fine and decorative arts – Oct 10 – 14

Clio Art Fair returns to New York — it’s the main art fair for independent artists in NYC – Oct 11 – 14

Paper Positions Munich will see 40 international galleries presenting their most significant contemporary and modern art, with the focus on works on paper – Oct 18 – 21

For its 45th edition, FIAC returns to the prestigious halls of the Grand Palais with a curated selection of modern art, contemporary art and design galleries from exhibitors across 25 countries – Oct 18 – 21

FIAC 45th Edition at the Grand Palais in Paris

Dutch Design Week is largest design event in Northern Europe and presents work and concepts from more than 2,600 designers to more than 335,000 visitors from home and abroad – Oct 20 – 28

Art Taipei is Asia’s longest running art fair, connecting the forefront of art from around the world to explore global art trends while focusing on divergent art forms – Oct 26 – 29

Canada’s international fair for modern and contemporary art, Art Toronto, returns for its 19th year – Oct 26 – 29

ARTBO, the international art fair of Bogotá, brings together galleries, curators, artists and the general public from Colombia and abroad – Oct 26 – 29

Taking place at the Park Avenue Armory is the third edition of TEFAF New York Fall, with a focus on fine and decorative arts from antiquity to 1920 – Oct 26 – 31

TEFAF New York Fall

Design Conferences and Events

The ADFF Short Films Walk (SFW) connects 12 SoHo design showrooms and the Architecture & Design Film Festival for one fabulous night in New York. For the event, ADFF curates a selection of short films about architecture and design to be screened at each showroom – Oct 3

The UXDX Conference is based around the UXDX model, which integrates UX into the Development loop by breaking down the barriers between development, design and research teams.  The annual event takes place in Dublin and is meant to help attendees understand how to help teams deliver successful products more quickly – Oct 3 – 5

Design Week Mexico is the country’s leading platform for design and architecture. Since 2009, it has curated and managed a varied program of exhibitions, architecture pavilions, installations and conferences – Oct 11 – 15

Celebrating the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life is National Design Week in the US.  The annual event is held each year in conjunction with the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt’s largest and most visible education initiative. It culminates with the National Design Awards Gala benefit and awards ceremony – Oct 13 – 18

National Design Week at the Cooper Hewitt New York City

Istanbul Design Week is a showcase for designers, and a new business opportunity for participants to present their products to an international audience – Oct 14 – 18

Los Angeles hosts Adobe Max, which brings together creatives and business leaders to get inspired, learn skills and play – Oct 15 – 17

The World Design Summit returns to Montreal with a focus on designing a better world for all – Oct 16 – 25

The WestEdge Fair is a contemporary design fair held at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger – Oct 18 – 21

Contemporary design is the focus of this year’s Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium, where accolades are presented to Designer of the Year and Interieur awards winners – Oct 18 – 22

Biennale Interieur 2014

The Push Conference is a two-day event held in the heart of Munich about everything interactive – Oct 19 – 20

Following its launch last year, Designart will return to Tokyo this year, featuring a number of exhibitions and talks with the aim of bolstering the city’s creative scene – Oct 19 – 28

Design Art Tokyo

The Cologne-based Orgatec is a trade fair focused on furniture, lighting, flooring, acoustics and media technology for workspaces – Oct 23 – 27

Amuse UX is an international conference focused on UX in Budapest, Hungary – Oct 29 – 31

Auctions and Antiques

Christie’s celebrates Frieze Week in London with four auctions of exceptional work from across the 20th and 21st centuries including Thinking Italian (Oct 2);  Post War and Contemporary Art Evening (Oct 4), headlined by Gerhard Richter’s Schädel (Skull) ; Un/Breakable (Oct 2); and Post War and Contemporary Art Day Auction (Oct 5)

The collection of beloved entertainer Robin Williams and his wife of over 20 years, film producer and philanthropist Marsha Garces Williams, will be part of a dedicated auction at Sotheby’s New York, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit charities championed by the couple. Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams will showcase film and entertainment memorabilia: autographed scripts, awards, props and wardrobe associated with projects across Marsha’s and Robin’s careers – Oct 4

Nearly thirty shops will open their doors for the annual La Cienega Design Quarter Sidewalk Sale, packed with vintage, contemporary furniture and lighting, fabric and wallpaper remnants, custom designer floor models, pillows and hardware. These stores are normally open only to designers, architects, collectors and celebrities, and pieces go fast – Oct 5 – 6

La Cienega Design Quarter Sidewalk Sale

Bringing together over 70 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from both coasts and beyond, A Current Affair is back with the best vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry – Oct 13 – 14

See over 55 dealers selling everything from rare collectible pieces to more functional 20th century furniture, plus posters, quirky lighting, Berber rugs, ceramics and glass – all arrayed around the ground floor of mid-century architect Ernö Goldfinger’s only Brutalist school at Midcentury East – Oct 14

In what is set to be one of the most hotly-anticipated highlights of the 2018 auction calendar, Sotheby’s and Pierre Bergé & Associés will host Pierre Bergé:  From One Home to Another, featuring the sale of the extraordinary contents of the various homes of the successful businessmen and aesthetes Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent.  Proceeds will benefit foundations close to Bergé’s heart – Oct 29 – 31

Pierre Berge Collection Auction at Sotheby’s

See other October 2018 Events:

— Travel

— Food & Drink

— Planes, Yachts & Autos

— Fitness & Sports

— Fashion & Design

— The Arts

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