Christian Dior: Making of the Bag

Visit the new Christian Dior handbag boutique now open on the main floor, 212 872 2503

9 2 2014
The new Christian Dior handbag boutique is now officially open on the main floor. To celebrate our new shop, we wanted to share with you what makes these handbags so special--the craftsmanship and care that goes into making them. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how the Lady Dior, Diorissimo, and Dior Addict handbags are... View More

M2Malletier: Inside the Designers’ Studio

9 1 2014
Bergdorf Goodman is thrilled to add M2Malletier to the main floor handbag shop. Known for their cool minimal bags, Marcela Velez and Melissa Losada already have a massive following from the fashion industry and celebrities alike. We sat down with the M2Malletier girls to talk inspiration, office space, and their Fall '14 favorite style. BG: Your... View More

Starstruck: Your September Horoscope

8 26 2014
Amy Zerner Astrology Necklace
Happy Birthday, Virgo! Changing of the seasons -- What will autumn hold for you?  Find out what astrologists Amy Zerner & Monte Farber have in the stars for you this month.   Shop Amy Zerner 5F, 212 872 8901 See August's Starstruck Follow Amy Zerner on Twitter & Facebook View More

Haya’s Must Haves: NYFW

8 22 2014
Besides a good night's rest prior to fashion week, September is really a great transitional period for your wardrobe. Good-bye sandals and hello ankle boots! During fashion week, it is acceptable to be a little more experimental than usual with the way you dress, while still remaining true to your personal style. In addition... View More

Break Through!

8 22 2014
Photographed by Marcelo Kracilsic Shop the story View More

Memphis Belle

8 22 2014
It's getting chic in Memphis with model Leona Binx Walton donning some of our favorite 5F looks of the season including Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, 10 Crosby Derek Lam and Tibi. Photographed by Ben Toms Shop the story View More

Solo Show

8 22 2014
Model Catherine McNeil in some of this season's uniquely fantastic looks as per J. Mendel, Valentino, Etro, and more. Photographs by Kacper Kaspryzk Shop the story View More

Mercury Rising

8 22 2014
Beautiful Tao Okamoto looks as fabulous as ever in our Dubai story styled in Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, and more. Photographed by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello Shop the story View More

#BettyKnowsBest: Betty’s Apartment

8 15 2014
Psst! BG's own Betty Halbreich, as most of you are familiar with from Scatter My Ashes, is coming out with a book called "I'll Drink to That". It should be on your Fall reading list, trust us. Here's an exclusive look inside the personal shopper's charming New York City apartment (note: amazing closet for... View More

Ask The Designer: Malone Souliers

Meet Mary Alice Malone of Malone Souliers and view her Fall shoe collection on Wednesday, August 13

8 8 2014

Malone Souliers

You noted 50′s and 70′s as decades of inspiration – who are your favorite icons from that time?

Mary Alice Malone: The 50’s represent such a lasting, inspired space for fashion; with World War  II concluded, it was time for a fresh start, a fresh dose of reparatory optimism, and, with it, a fresh society and aesthetic. Dior’s New Look, I find unparalleled. It was in that decade that fashion for the sake of fashion was re-energised, an overlap of when the concept of Ready-to-Wear truly emerged in retail consumption. The 70’s were then, really, a decade of female empowerment and, would you know it, I love the women Russ Meyer creates and, of course, the Hitchcock blondes. Enough said.

How has working in London influenced your aesthetic?

MA: Simply, I find London intimately influential. This is a pod so open yet so international. Anything goes here. Whereas, while few survive, everyone yet carries around his/her own story with such prideful energy.

With a history in furniture design, what do you think are some of the most beautiful interiors in NYC?

MA: Oh, The Gramercy – those colours, the randomising art, the scent. They’ve nearly succeeded in rebuilding an ecosystem. Hats off to Messrs Schrager and Lyons.

Kitten heel or sky high?

MA: I’m very moody about what I wear, so both, then neither – by which I mean fluorescent multi-coloured sneakers. But those are my personal issues. The moody moment dictates my heels.

The first pair of shoes you’ll never forget?

MA: Ha! My cousin’s orange ‘beat-up’ hand-me-down cowboy boots. LOVED the boots. I’d wear them with handle-down shorts and ride my ponies bare back. Yes, we were dirty kids.

Who do you think is the ultimate shoe craftsman?

MA: Jermyn Street shoemakers, of course, particularly John Lobb. Then again, you have your Berluti who needn’t be in the scene to dictate it. And, that, they do so well. Sadly, for men, so we will continue to work overtime to bring women that aviation-grade attention to detail that men have enjoyed for so long, which I respect, but equally envy.

As an ex Olympic equestrian, what do you feel that experience brings to shoe design?

MA: Gee! Junior Olympian! Please. Junior!! And I come with a lot of discipline, perfectionism, and the ingrown understanding that, when training, one can have bad days, weeks, and months, but that is part of growing and achieving. I’m not easily rattled, you see.

You focus on the psychology of shoes – please elaborate.

MA: I have always loved Psychology and Sociology – the two disciplines (neither of which I am an expert, just an intrigued civilian) I have always seen as essential to the innate semantics of liking, remembering, and choosing. I couldn’t possibly design and build heels if I did not know why they make us, be you a girl or a woman, feel so sexy and luxuriantly empowered. Only reason I, we, are here. Right now.

 

Meet Mary Alice Malone of Malone Souliers and view her Fall shoe collection on Wednesday, August 13

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