#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

Shop Malone Souliers online

 

Instagram Edit: Best of Accessories

8 4 2014
When it comes to stunning accessories, these are the pieces that made your heart stop and finger double tap. Without further ado, shop your favorite snaps as seen on @bergdorfs instagram.
  1. Stephen Webster, 212 872 2578
  2. Jimmy Choo
  3. Left: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Right: Prada
  4. Herve Van Der Straeten, 212 872 2536
  5. Miu Miu
  6. Bottega Venetta
  7. Manolo... View More

Starstruck: Your August Horoscope

7 30 2014
Happy Birthday, Leo! Will you be seeking new adventures this August? Find out what astrologists Amy Zerner & Monte Farber have in the stars for you this month. Shop Amy Zerner 5F, 212 872 8901 See July's Starstruck View More

In the Spotlight: A trip to Japan with Mansur Gavriel

We all know and love the bags from Mansur Gavriel so we asked the designers to give us an inside look on their trip to Tokyo. Meet Rachel & Floriana and shop the collection on 5F on Wednesday, July 30

7 21 2014
"Our trip to Tokyo was a refreshingly zen “reset” from the typical daily hustle of New York City. We saw much to be inspired by—the serene rooftop garden of Isetan and the famous Meiji Shrine, a complete oasis in the center of Tokyo. The retail was amazing, the food was wonderful, and above all we... View More

Street Smart

For what's happening now, street style is always a source of inspiration. This week, we love easy summer looks from Leandra (ManRepeller), Blair (Atlantic Pacific) and Jane (Sea of Shoes). Love? Shop pieces below to try for yourself.

7 15 2014
Take a cue from these ladies of the style blogosphere on how to style some of our favorite pieces for summer. View More

Sneaky! Sneaky!

7 15 2014
  Long gone are the days when sneakers are worn only with gym clothes and casual ensembles. This fall, when it comes to footwear, put comfort first. Designers update the trainer this season in fresh colors and luxe materials. Men, try the trend with a dark denim, bomber jacket, and classic sunglasses. Women, add athletic appeal... View More

Summer Handbag Round-Up

7 7 2014
It's summer which means lots of exploring and being out about town. Here are some of our favorite handbags to carry on our city adventures! Featured image: Mansur Gavriel, 212 872 8901 (stay tuned for an exciting update!) Shop all handbags View More

Starstruck: Your July Horoscope

6 27 2014
Amy Zerner Astrology Necklace
Happy Birthday Cancer! Will your July be filled with sunshine and clear skies? Find out what astrologists Amy Zerner & Monte Farber have in the stars for you this month.   Shop Amy Zerner 5F, 212 872 8901 See June's Starstruck View More

Judith Leiber Couture — All that sparkles!

6 16 2014
We could always use a little extra sparkle and glamour. Judith Leiber knows just that and offers a selection of whimsical clutches and pill boxes with pavé gemstones that glisten from every angle. For ladies who like the spotlight, these clutches are the attention-grabbing touch you've been looking for to complete your evening... View More