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

Shop Malone Souliers online

 

New to BG: August Beauty Picks

8 7 2014
Every month our Beauty Girls gush with excitement over what's cool and new. Here's the August run down of the beauty you need now! Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour WHY YOU NEED IT: Because your nails should be as iconic as your red soles. 212 872 8947 Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil WHY YOU NEED IT: The heart... View More

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

5F Focus: Inseparable Separates

8 1 2014
When it comes to separates this season, forget mix and matching - the real statement is wearing coordinating pieces together. Whether you prefer RED Valentino's printed short suit or Tibi's minimal silhouette, our 5F buyers say this trend is a must try.
  1. Theory
  2. Alexander Wang
  3. O'2nd
  4. ALC
  5. Tibi
  6. RED Valentino
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Night Cream: What You Need In Your 20′s, 30′s, 40′s

7 31 2014
Is better skin by morning possible? We say 'yes'! It's no secret that nighttime is the right time for skin renewal -- while you log a blissful eight hours of sleep, skin naturally repairs and rejuvenates. Want to fast track your results? Pair a power-packed night cream with a good night's sleep and complexion perfection is yours by morning.... 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

Street Smart

For what's happening now, street style is always a source of inspiration. This week, we're loving Peony's elegant day look (PeonyLim), Jessica's bold blue (Tuula Vintage), and Vanessa's take on the 90's (The Haute Pursuit). Love? Shop pieces below to try for yourself.

7 28 2014
For what's happening now, street style is always a source of inspiration. This week, we're loving Peony's elegant day look (PeonyLim), Jessica's bold blue (Tuula Vintage), and Vanessa's take on the 90's (The Haute Pursuit). Love? Shop pieces below to try for yourself. View More

Moisturizers: What You Need In Your 20′s, 30′s, 40′s

7 24 2014
Regardless of skin type, we all need moisturizer (yes, even oily skin). However, choosing the right formulation is essential -- a cream that's too rich can wreak havoc on acne prone skin, while a cream that's too light, can leave mature skin deprived of necessary hydration. Read on as we share our top picks for the best moisturizer for skin care needs... 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