Sotheby's Best Fashion Moments of 2016

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Burberry, Erdem, Anya Hindmarch, Wes Gordon, Cynthia Rowley. Those are just a few of the major fashion brands that Sotheby’s had the pleasure of collaborating with in 2016. In New York, London, Milan, New Delhi and more, Sotheby’s hosted top designers, editors, influencers, experts and critics for curated projects, lively discussions, charity auctions and even runway shows. To recap our year’s most remarkable fashion moments, click ahead. –Stephanie Sporn

Sotheby's Best Fashion Moments of 2016

  • Contemporary Curated with Erdem
    In March, Sotheby’s London held its first Contemporary Curated with guest curator Erdem Moralıoğlu. The celebrated fashion designer, who celebrated his eponymous brand's tenth anniversary at Sotheby's in 2015, selected works by the likes of Matthew Barney and Louise Bourgeois.

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    Love Ball Unites Fashion & Art at Fondation Louis Vuitton
    On 6 July, the glamorous jet-set gathered at the Fondation Louis Vuittion for the fifth annual ‘The Art of Giving’ Love Ball . Under the patronage of Bernard Arnault, LVMH Chairman and CEO and Fondation Louis Vuitton President, the event featured a charity auction of contemporary art, led by Oliver Barker, Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, and raised €3.9 million for model Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation.  

  • Cynthia Rowley & Sotheby’s Jewels
    This past December, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley chose her favourite pieces from our Magnificent Jewels and Fine Jewels Sales and also joined Frank Everett, Director of Jewellery Sales, in our New York headquarters for a wonderfully playful Facebook Live

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    Celebrating Design Destination WYETH
    In June, in celebration of WYETH and the opening of its new TriBeCa space, we held a dedicated sale selected from WYETH’s extensive and coveted collection. For the brand’s 20th anniversary, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Olivier Sarkozy, Eddie Borgo, Pari Ehsan and more joined WYETH co-founder John Birch and Sotheby's Jodi Pollack for a reception and preview at the new store.  

  • Chatsworth & Gucci
    This past autumn, Gucci celebrated all things quintessentially British with a new advertising campaign shot at Chatsworth, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The Gucci Cruise 2017 campaign is part of a three-year partnership between the fashion brand and Chatsworth that will support cultural activities on the estate. Sotheby’s will also sponsor the upcoming House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatworth exhibition , which runs 25 March through 22 October 2017. 

  • “King of Vintage” Cameron Silver Pairs Fashion & Jewels
    This December, Frank Everett and actor Jennifer Tilly visit Decades, the legendary house of vintage couture in Los Angeles. Cameron Silver, the shop's founder and Fashion Director, styled one-of-a-kind gowns with classic pieces from Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York for a fabulous video and shoppable slideshow

  • Anya Hindmarch & Sotheby’s Luxury Week in London
    This September, fashion designer Anya Hindmarch guest curated a Contemporary Curated sale in London. To coincide with London Fashion Week, Sotheby’s Luxury Week featured works from the auction, a series of talks hosted by Harper’s Bazaar UK, and Hindmarch also spoke about her experience as a guest curator. 

  • Colin Miller
    Couture Conversations with Timothy Pope
    As part of our May Cocktails & Conversations series in New York, Sotheby’s Tiffany Dubin, Master Painting specialist Jonquil O’Reilly, Impressionist & Modern Art specialist Jeremiah Evarts and renowned haute couture expert Timothy Pope took part in a panel discussion drawing connections between fashion and art. Surrounded by mannequins clad in looks from the house of Schiaparelli’s most recent collections, the panelists spoke about topics ranging from Elsa Schiaparelli’s and Salvador Dalí’s close friendship to the current state of couture.  

  • Harrison Epstein
    Statement Jewels and Fashion with Moda Operandi
    Ater the luxury online retailer Moda Operandi opened an appointment-only atelier in a town house just off Madison Avenue in New York, Sotheby’s was delighted to co-host with them the space’s inaugural event in September. Highlights from Sotheby’s Important Jewels sale were on view alongside fresh-from-the-runway looks by Giambattista Valli and other designers, while Sotheby’s Frank Everett and Moda Operandi’s Jamie Freed were on hand to talk about the pairings.  

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    Design for Disability
    On 16 May, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation held its premiere Cerebral Palsy Foundation Design for Disability Gala at Sotheby’s New York headquarters. As the culmination of a five-month design competition between 35 FIT students, the top five finalists were paired with women with disabilities as their models and produced two outfits, which were unveiled at the Gala. The impressive roster of jurors included designer Thom Browne, the Metropolitan Museum’s Andrew Bolton and Academy Award-winning costume designer Ann Roth.  

  • Fashion Meets Art at Sotheby's Milan
    Sotheby’s Milan collaborated with Burberry to celebrate the Modern and Contemporary Italian Art sale in May. The glittering evening marked the start of Salone del Mobile and began with a lively talk, which brought Danda Santini, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Italia, together with Sotheby’s Marta Giani. Looks from Burberry’s latest collection were featured alongside contemporary artworks. 

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    Nanette Lepore & Women of Influence with Fortune
    Ahead of our September Important Jewels auction, fashion designer Nanette Lepore talked to Sotheby’s about the importance of quality, how she likes to wear jewellery and the pieces she loves in the sale. Lepore also joined designer Rachel Antonoff for a panel discussion as part of Sotheby’s Women of Influence event series with Fortune

  • Zoe Bradley’s Paper Fashion
    Last January, paper artist Zoe Bradley created exceptional and intricate paper sculptures for Sotheby's Of Royal and Noble Descent sale in London. Inspired by the fashion in Old Master paintings, her paper sculpture installation included a decadent wig, floral shoes and a show-stopping scarlet gown. 

  • Bridal Style with Mark Ingram
    At the height of the summer wedding season, Mark Ingram invited Sotheby’s to Mark Ingram Atelier, New York’s ultimate bridal destination. In a video with Frank Everett, Ingram shared the best way to accessorise wedding day ensembles with highlights from Sotheby’s Fine Jewels sale. 

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    Anne Fontaine’s Trees in Focus Charity Auction
    In 2011, Anne Fontaine combined her two passions, design and nature, with the launch of the Anne Fontaine Foundation, which promotes reforestation initiatives in Brazil. To benefit this organisation, Fontaine held Trees in Focus , a springtime exhibition and benefit auction of 32 tree-themed photographs at Sotheby’s New York.  

  • Sotheby’s Celebrates Launch of Vogue India’s Art Report
    To mark the launch of Vogue India’s inaugural Art Report, a publication that Sotheby’s experts were honoured to have collaborated on, Sotheby’s team celebrated the unveiling of the issue in Delhi this past November. The magazine, billed as ‘Your Ultimate Guide to Knowing, Buying and Collecting,’ spotlighted the latest news on art in the vibrant Indian art scene. 

  • Wes Gordon on the Decorative Arts
    This April, New York-based fashion designer Wes Gordon lent his sophisticated eye to interiors. Ahead of Sotheby’s Collections: European Decorative Arts and Collections: Silver, Vertu, Ceramics and Russian Works of Art auctions, we spoke with Gordon about the importance of quality, what clothing and furniture have in common and his favourite lots from the sales. 

  • The Fashion Forward Gala at Lobkowicz Palace
    Ahead of this year’s Fashion Forward Gala , the Lobkowicz Collections invited guests to the palace to see Nothing Will Come of Nothing. Speak Again, an exhibition of works by photographer Ivan Pinkava and fashion designer Oldřich Vojta. After the viewing, Sotheby’s Jonquil O’Reilly gave a lecture on the Renaissance fashion that features in the Lobkowicz’s ancestors’ portraits in the palace collection, and the following evening at the Fashion Forward Gala guests enjoyed a performance and charity auction. 

  • Kate Cowdrey
    British Fashion Council’s Sensory Experience
    In spring 2016, members of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust came to Sotheby’s London to host a multi-sensory experience alongside the Masters of Design exhibition. Actor and model Jack Guinness and award-winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser shared the inspiration and process behind Glasser’s new limited edition fragrance collection The Perfumer’s Story with the audience.  

  • He Spoke Style's Brian Sacawa Picks Watches
    Brian Sacawa , the professional musician and former elite-level bicycle racer behind He Spoke Style, is also a self-described "budding watch geek." Last June, he dove into the world of vintage timepieces and heritage brands when he chose his favourite pieces from Sotheby’s Important Watches sale. 

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