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The Best Luxury Fashion, Art and Design Events in October 2019

the best fashion, art and design in October 2019

The Dandelion Chandelier October 2019 calendar for luxury Fashion, Art and Design is our curated list of the major art auctions, antique shows, art fairs, design shows, and fashion and beauty events this month. For the full October 2019 luxury ecosystem calendar, click here.

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You would think that after an eventful September, the fashion and design worlds would slow down – but no.  October offers a plethora of fairs, conferences, auctions and events.

They range from the UXDX Conference to design weeks in both the Netherlands and the US to contemporary art shows like Frieze London

Art fair calendar October 2019

The best in luxury fashion, art and design in October 2019: Frieze London. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

And that’s not all. A big event on the fashion calendar for October 2019 is that Nordstrom’s first women’s store will open in Manhattan. There’s a 20th anniversary collab to fuel your fall footwear lust. And a highly anticipated film on the legendary YSL. 

It’s all bundled up here, just like you in your chic new fall look. Have a look.

the best in luxury fashion, art and design this october 2019

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US and Europe

In honor of Pierre Hardy’s 20th anniversary, Barneys New York is reissuing some of the designer’s greatest hits – including “The Blade” stiletto – in a capsule collection this month.

The luxury fashion calendar for October 2019: Pierre Hardy’s iconic “The Blade” pump has been reissued as part of a capsule collection at Barneys new York. Courtesy Photo.

Shown at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007, Celebration is a fly-on-the-wall chronicle of Yves Saint Laurent’s preparations for his final collection. Following its debut, Saint Laurent’s business partner, Pierre Bergé, blocked its release, reportedly because he did not like the way he’s portrayed. Bergé’s death in 2017, nine years after the designer’s, means that the film – lightly edited – is available to the public – Oct 2

Nordstrom is finally opening a women’s fashion location in New York City. Located near Columbus Circle, the 363,000 square foot flagship store will feature seven restaurants and a spa. There will also be an exclusive shop in the shoe department with Christian Louboutin.  Talk about putting your best foot forward! – Oct 24

The fashion, art and design calendar for October 2019: Nordstrom’s will open a women’s store in Manhattan. Courtesy Photo.

The New York City Jewelry & Watch Show returns to Manhattan at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea for its fifth edition. Over 90 dealers will exhibit an array of antique and estate jewelry, vintage timepieces and modern collections – Oct 25 – 28


The doors have opened on Tiffany & Co’s first-ever brand exhibit at the Fosun Foundation in Shanghai. There are over 350 pieces on display—ranging from the first Tiffany Blue Box to the world’s largest and rarest yellow diamond, the Tiffany Diamond. Almost a third of the items have never been available for public viewing until now – through November 10, 2019

Berlin-based Ximon Lee, an LVMH Prize finalist and H&M Design Award winner, will present at the 16th annual Shanghai Fashion Week – Oct 11 – 14

2. art fairs and shows in october 2019

Frieze London and Frieze Masters return to Regent’s Park in London, featuring six millennia of art history from across the world. Coinciding with the start of the fair, Kara Walker has installed a monumental sculpture, “Fons Americanus,” in the turbine space at Tate Modern – Oct 3 – 6

The art fair calendar for October 2019: Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Courtesy Photo.

The 1-54 London Contemporary African Art Fair returns for its 7th edition at Somerset House; 45 leading galleries from across Africa will be there – Oct 3 – 6

Texas Contemporary is Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair.  This year marks the event’s 8th year – Oct 10 – 13

Art fair calendar October 2019

The art fair calendar for October 2019: the Texas Contemporary art fair. Courtesy Photo.

Clio Art Fair returns to New York — it’s the main art fair for independent artists in NYC – Oct 10 – 13

Now in its 46th 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 17 – 20

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 18 – 21

3. major art auctions and antique shows in october 2019

Christie’s celebrates Frieze Week in London with four auctions from across the 20th and 21st centuries – Oct 1 – 5

Also in the world of major art auctions  in October 2019, the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is on. It’s the oldest international art and antiques show on the West Coast – Oct 3 – 6

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 11

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 13

Major art auctions in October 2019

Major art auctions in October 2019: Mid-century East. Courtesy Photo.

Christie’s New York will hold an auction of the remaining items from the estate of Lee Radziwill that were once housed in her Upper East Side apartment – Oct 17

Sotheby’s Paris will offer over 250 works of art from the extraordinary collection of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne – two of the most pioneering and beloved artists of the 20th century in L’Univers Lalanne: Collection Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne – Oct 23 – 24

4. design news and show calendar october 2019

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 7 – 8

Mexican Style ($85) pairs vibrant and with clever descriptions for a 360-degree exploration of the mythical and colorful country – Oct 10

On of the biggest fashion art design events on the October calendar in the US is National Design Week. The annual event includes the National Design Awards, the Cooper Hewitt Museum’s largest and most visible education initiative. The glittery National Design Awards Gala is a highlight of the week in New York – Oct 12 – 19

Design show calendar October 2019

Design news and show calendar October 2019: The Cooper Hewitt annual Design Gala. © 2017 Scott Rudd

Dutch Design Week is the 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 19 – 27

With a focus on sustainability, the World Design Summit heads to Paris for the fall – Oct 20 – 22

the best in luxury fashion, art and design this october 2019

That’s it. Our top picks for the best luxury fashion, art and design events this October 2019.  Have a brilliant month.

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 Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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