Here and Now: It’s High Time to Blossom
Nature is in full bloom, and we are too. It's perfect weather for letting your best looks out of the closet. If you're still feeling Spring feverish, you'll want to check out our latest additions.
Where do great designers come from? Well, geographically, Belgium seems hot. And career-wise, assisting other great design-ers seems the way to learn. Cédric Charlier started studying under Grandma, a pattern-maker who taught him embroidery. After attending Brussel’s most prestigious arts school, and after winning the Moët Hennessy Fashion Award, he signed on with Céline Paris, working under Michael Kors. Next stop: Jean-Paul Knott, and finally, six years with the master, Alber Elbaz. He was then ready for the top spot and took over at Cacharel. Now, he has his own eponymous line that’s garnering raves around the world. It’s classically chic yet youthfully hip. Curvaceous and sexy, the clothes move with grace.
Third Floor, 212 872 8788
An Updated Icon
There is real anticipation for the new Chanel accessories boutique opening this month. One of the store’s signature areas has tripled in size and features an expanded selection of handbags, leather goods, scarves and costume jewelry. An entire section is devoted to extravagant handbags in exotic skins that will thrill the faithful. And what better way to unveil the new environment than with the opulent Fall Preview “Queen of Scots” collection? Karl Lagerfeld combines the house’s signature workmanship while evoking Scottish heritage through refined tweeds, cable-stitched leathers and, naturally, a trademark tartan print.
Main Floor, 212 872 2568
Pictures in Fragrance
Synesthesia is the rare phenomenon in which one sense stimulates and begins to blend with another. That’s the concept behind Olfactive Studio—an encounter between photography and perfumery. The launch collection, found only at Bergdorf Goodman, features five original eaux de parfum created by great perfumers directly inspired by great photographs. The exotic and evocative fragrances are remarkable in their fidelity to the images that conjured them.
Beauty Level, 212 872 2733
Jamie Wolf knows all about the allure of femininity, having been a dancer with the New York City Ballet for ten years. She’s an expert in the graceful gesture, elegant pattern and classical movement, and she has managed to channel that knowledge into timeless yet contemporary jewelry in 18-karat yellow, white and rose gold. Her pieces are delicately detailed and sophisticated and subtle in design, yet they are simple enough to wear through a range of occasions, making them perfect signature pieces for women. The line is new to us, and custom pieces are available on request.
Main Floor, 212 872 2579
An Unusual Sense of Direction
Kate Ciepluch arrived from the Internet, making a name for herself at ShopBop, where the numbers didn’t lie. She had her finger on the pulse and on the keyboard. Becoming fashion director and face of the brand, she built a huge business of exclusives and capsule collections. Now, she’s on her own, with a collection that is delivering what women want, although her line, Laveer, means literally “to sail against the wind.” That’s the way fashion works, and it also seems to refer to her strong, urbane but bohemian eclecticism. Her clothes are for real individuals with an eye for clever detail.
5F, 212 872 2684
Encore by Demand
Derek Lam’s ready-to-wear is an extremely popular feature of our store, but you wanted more, so here’s 10 Crosby, a collection that the designer created for the woman who wants chic, urbane clothing that can carry her through the day, from work to evening. The clothes are eminently wearable, with a luxurious simplicity that makes them an ideal wardrobe for glamorous multitaskers.
10 CROSBY DEREK LAM
5F, 212 872 2843
Shades of the Future
It was no surprise that with an optician for a father and a designer for a mother, Thierry Lasry became a visionary designer of sunglasses. The surprise came when his shades became a defining accessory for the most fashionable set. Lasry isn’t simply rehashing designs from the past; his designs are as conceived from scratch as the best pieces of furniture. The workmanship is superlative, with the frames crafted from acetate as if they were sculpture. Lines made with vintage acetate are produced in extremely limited editions. Lasry aficionados include Madonna, Gaga, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway and Eva Mendes.
Thierry Lasry, Main Floor.
A Downtown Diva Moves Up, and a Legend Returns
Maria Cornejo is a star of the Downtown demimonde, dressing artists and creatives, and throwing parties in Brooklyn with her husband, the photogra- pher Mark Borthwick. A world-traveling Chilean, she’s settled into New York’s Nolita and built a business from scratch, first selling and then increasingly creating original clothes for personal friends like Tilda Swinton and Cindy Sherman. Zero, a gallery-like space on Bleecker Street, became an important fashion destination, and Maria Cornejo quickly evolved into one of New York’s most important designers. Although her clothes are sleek and even minimal, they are utterly sophisticated and strong enough to compliment the strong personalities who love them. Madeleine Vionnet founded her maison in Paris 101 years ago, but her ideas are still the basis of elegant fashion. She created the bias cut, coup en bias, and her revolutionary manner of draping has never been improved upon. After centuries of oppressive structure, she liberated women from stays and corsets, making the body once again the point of interest, as it was in ancient times. Vionnet’s success was legendary, but she closed her thriving business on the eve of the Second World War. The revived brand, under Creative Director Goga Ashkenazi, has returned Vionnet’s design vision to the forefront, with couture quality and supremely luxurious materials and workmanship.
ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO/ VIONNET
Sixth Floor, 212 872 2830