The Big Apple’s best-loved art and antiques “Party on the Piers” just got bigger! Smart New Yorkers and out-of-towners in-the-know have long loved shopping Pier 94 for the wonderful buys and great selection that have made the Pier Antiques Show a real Manhattan experience.
In fact, one can just imagine Carrie Bradshaw and her Sex and the City gal pals finding the top vintage fashion labels and chic retro furnishings they so adore at this celebrated autumn ritual. In fact, Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, are among the “celebs” who have helped to make the Pier Show such a success. Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon and Hilary Swank have all been spotted making the rounds of the Pier.
This coming fall (Nov. 15-16, 2008) the Pier Show will offer even more. In addition to the 500 top art and antiques exhibitors — all green! — on Pier 94, it has expanded onto neighboring Pier 92 where Pier patrons will now find the latest vintage fashions and collecting trends. It is an expansion move that adds more ingredients to an already time-tested recipe that has people world-wide coming back for more, year after year.
Fashion Alley, long a popular, sought-out section of the Pier Show, now has its own home on Pier 92. And, everyone’s celebrating! Stella Shows is literally rolling out the red carpet to make one feel like a celebrity while checking out some of the hottest looks in vintage fashion. Love that little black Chanel cocktail dress? Try it on and show it off by taking a sassy stroll down Pier 92’s red carpet. The Pier Show is the first in the city to present a reality fashion show – real people parading down a real runway, wearing timeless couture. And it all happens right before your very eyes.
At Fashion Alley, over 50 dealers are waiting to clothe you in their vintage finest. The range is mind blowing. Need a power suit like the one Hillary wore on the campaign trail? Find a ‘50s version a la Mary Tyler Moore at Fashion Alley. Want to show off your tush like Cher in the ‘60s? Dealers like Right to the Moon Alice have the same tight-fitting tassel bell bottoms that she made famous. And guys, take note! This is your season. Tailored leather jackets that make you look as rough as Steve McQueen or as stylish as Robert Redford, smart suits befitting of 007 himself (the prices won’t shake you, but the styles will create quite a stir) are here just for the taking.
Pier 92 is also now home to those fun collectibles that you have come to love and associate with the Pier Antiques Show. In fact, it’s a virtual time machine where you can go back and reclaim some of your childhood delights. Here is the metal piggy bank that would mechanically wink at you when you dropped in your hard-earned pennies. And who says you can’t hug an old friend. On Pier 92, you just might find the teddy bear (it may well be a Steiff) that you just loved to hold and squeeze. Remember your first love? Well, you can’t get back your high school sweetheart or your first car, but on Pier 92 you’ll find the same beat up leather jacket, Beatle boots, and chinos that you wore when you were the “Duke of Earl.”
Pier 92 is the place where you’ll find such classic gems as Fiestaware, Grandma’s English tea service and her embroidered aprons, vintage toys and dolls, plus the fishing flies and rods that were a ceremonial part of a weekend away with Dad. There are salt and peppers, perfume bottles, old radios, and advertising signs that recall simpler times when gas was affordable (under a dollar, imagine that?) and a haircut cost just one buck. This is where to head to get in on the vintage decorating trend.
Want to discover just how much those cherished objects from your youth are worth in today’s market? Ask an expert! Gary Sohmers appears as an appraiser in Collectibles, Memorabilia and Toys on the PBS television program “Antiques Roadshow.” He will be on Pier 92 both days during show hours, providing verbal appraisals for a suggested donation of $5 per item or 3 items for $10 (which will be donated to charity). Nostalgia aside, Pier 92 presents some of today’s hottest and increasingly valuable collectibles.
New to Pier 94 is a fast-growing category of art collecting that debuted in conjunction with the Pier Show last fall. It is composed of cutting-edge art and antiques dealers who are showing the best in folk and outsider art, contemporary, Latin, Afro-American and Caribbean art. On Pier 94, show goers will continue to find the fine art and antiques for which the Pier Show is famous. The Pier itself has been organized into convenient sections where you will find Americana and decorative arts, twentieth-century Modern furnishings, and classic art and furniture, including silver and porcelains, posters and prints, European furniture, estate jewelry, art glass, fine paintings, and more. The sheer diversity of the Pier Show draws thousands of visitors each day who come for the great buying and the intense shopping experience that leaves everyone satisfied – from the seasoned collector to the newcomer who swore he was “just looking” but couldn’t resist that specially-priced little oil painting. Pier show goers are as diverse as the merchandise itself – art students, magazine editors, models and designers mix with young couples pushing baby strollers. By the end of the first hour, the Pier Show is in full swing, the aisles packed with avid shoppers.
With so much to offer, it is little wonder that the Pier Antiques Show is affectionately known as the “Party on the Pier.” This year the party just got bigger and you’re invited!
Show hours are Pier 94: Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pier 92: Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.6 p.m. Admission is $15 for both Piers, which are located at 52nd to 55th Streets and 12th Avenue, New York City. Contact: 973-808-5015.
Details and dealer lists at www.stellashows.com.