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

Higher Power

8 22 2014
The epitome of luxury as shown on model Iris Strubegger in Dubai's One & Only Resort. Photographed by Laurie Bartley 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

Forever Summer: Six Scents That Feel Like Summer

8 21 2014
While we hate to admit it -- summer is winding down. True story...just check the calendar. But if you're not quite ready to welcome the crisp temperatures of fall, these six summer scents help stretch your summer lovin' just a little bit longer. . . Robert Piguet Gardenia Floral yet slightly woody, this sparkling Gardenia scent is a classic, feminine... View More

In the Spotlight: Band of Outsiders

8 19 2014
The Band of Outsiders Fall 2014 collection presents an homage to the newspaper. Maintaining the brand's signature style of tailored pieces paired with playful sportswear, the collection references British newsboys of the Forties and Fifties. Print media was channeled throughout the collection by utilizing a primarily grey color palette with polka dots and gradients... 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

Mix Masters: A Goodman’s Guide on Mixing Patterns

8 12 2014
A solid colored neck tie is the workhorse of the businessman's wardrobe. It will always do the job, whether paired with a Bengal striped shirt, a windowpane plaid jacket, a gingham, a houndstooth. You get the picture. Solid is, well, a solid choice. But we're after a more rare beast. That deft combination of a... View More

In the Spotlight: Mini Me

8 11 2014
Our favorite handbags are coming in mini versions. Scroll through to see some of this season's best Mini Me handbags. Shop all handbags     View More

Foundation Fundamentals: How To Choose The Right Foundation

8 11 2014
 

Edward Bess Complexion Correcting Mousse Foundation

Choosing the right foundation for your skin type can be a real challenge. Too oily, and hello - clogged pores. Too matte, and "where did those fine lines come from?" But, choose the formula that is just right -- and a... 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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