Girl-about-town? Intrepid traveler Sofía Sanchez de Betak is more like a girl-about-world. Fresh off the publication of her Assouline tome Travels with Chufy: Confidential Destinations, the Buenos Aires born creative director and street-style darling is debuting her Argentinian Collection by Chufy at Bergdorf Goodman in June. Designed by de Betak together with local artists and produced entirely in Argentina, the collection focuses on the iconic style of her home country: linen gaucho pants, wool ponchos, hand-tooled leather boots and embroidered blouses. We talked to de Betak about the debut.
You’ve traveled all around the world. What brought you back to the style of your home country?
It’s in my DNA, I guess. We always have that kind of rustic outdoorsy flair, and I love that. On a riding safari in Kenya last summer, I wore my Argentinian gaucho pants and linen shirt, and everyone was asking me where they could get my clothes.
Where do you find yourself wearing pieces from your collection?
Anywhere. I’ve worn them to fashion shows, wandering around the city, for dinner at home, riding in the countryside in Argentina. There’s a beautiful poncho in the collection that I wear a lot while traveling.
What’s your favorite place to go in Argentina for inspiration?
Patagonia. I always go to the same place, which is in the middle of nowhere with no Internet, no phone, no TV. It’s where my family has gone on holidays since I was a child.
“I’m a Sagittarius, so I can’t stay still,” says Aquazzura creator Edgardo Osorio. “Traveling is one of my favorite things.” The designer’s recent craving for summery locales such as St Barts, Ibiza and Mykonos begat the Destination Collection, a fun selection of mules and slide sandals. Stitched with the destination of choice’s name and a watercolor print inspired by Osorio’s personal memories of the location, the seven playful shoes are available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman.
Two buzzy European labels are bringing fresh perspectives to the Third Floor this June. Jacquemus serves up classic Gallic style with a deconstructionist twist, while Virgil Abloh of Milan-based Off-White has made it his personal mission to elevate streetwear to luxury. His signature hoodies, rope-belted jeans and graphic diagonal stripes have the fashion set more than on board. Here, a window into Abloh’s world.
What’s the best place to see amazing street style?
What do you listen to when you design?
Anything. Mostly rap. Or jazz. James Blake.
What’s an unexpected place you look for inspiration?
Martha Stewart. I just think she’s on the same sort of level as Ralph Lauren—her lifestyle is a style.
What do you like about hoodies?
I think they’re the modern-day suit jacket.
Go no further than the Seventh Floor this summer to find a slice of the Côte D’Azur. The hallway has transformed into a vista of blue-and-white, with decorative objects, linens, tabletop items and art all inspired by the French Riviera. Bring home a souvenir—like the hand-thrown porcelain vases, painted by artist and interior design wunderkind Luke Edward Hall with “motifs that recall summers by the sea—lobsters, lemons, shells and palm trees.” Each vase is unique and exclusive to Bergdorf Goodman.
Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri is a veritable whiz with accessories, and her J’adior shoes are no exception. Those much-coveted, sell-out styles—plus a selection of other standouts—are just a little bit easier to obtain, thanks to an online pop-up this June, exclusively on BG.com from June 7 through June 28.
Plume and Preen
Los Angeles-based artisanal fragrance house L’Oeil du Vert has created one-of-a-kind custom-scented feathers for Linda’s at BG. Ethereal notes of jasmine, vetiver, French orris root and a rare blue lotus oil from Sri Lanka linger on the fanciful object, which dresses up a wrist, neck or vanity table in equal measure.
The perfect day-to-evening shoe from Roger Vivier, and one that you’ll only find at Bergdorf Goodman: an exclusive satin slide sandal, dipped in four rich hues and embellished with a sparkly version of the brand’s iconic buckle.
Historic French skincare concoctions and grooming tools—and the timeless beauty secrets they honor—are reawakened in the soaps, balms and scented matches of L’Officine Universelle Buly, the contemporary evolution of a storied 19th-century Parisian perfumer. Exclusive in the United States to Bergdorf Goodman’s Beauty Level, Buly’s chicly packed offerings, straight from the ancient apothecary tradition, intrigue atop any vanity. But these beauties are more than skin deep: Their aromas are subtle, for discerning noses, and their formulations center around exquisitely simple raw materials.
Vivian Maier, the street photographer who posthumously became a media sensation, is the nexus for Albert Kriemler’s latest Akris lineup. Through his eyes, Maier’s imagery is translated into verdant florals or black-and-white trompe l’oeil photo prints on crisp daywear. Bringing inspiration full circle, an installation of Maier originals from Howard Greenberg Gallery—where Kriemler first encountered her work—is on view on the Fourth Floor.
New on the scene on the Fifth Floor: The easy femininity of New York label SEA and the debut collection from ALEXA CHUNG, full of the masculine-meets-feminine-with-a-bit-of-quirk sensibility that the street-style icon is so admired for. Floaty summer dresses and crochet separates fill the collection, which Chung looked at as something of a “starter pack [of] things I wanted to exist and had been thinking of for a long time.” More insight into her design inspirations, below.
What book/movie/painting epitomizes style for you?
I’d probably like to say Tilda Swinton in I Am Love, but I’m definitely more Winona Ryder in Reality Bites or a shadow of a shadow of Annie Hall.
Who are your design heroes?
Raf Simons is someone I admire greatly. Also my friends in England like Erdem and Christopher Kane—I’d swap brains with them.
What do you listen to when you design?
BBC 6 Music or whatever somebody else has put on. Today was the first time I commandeered the Sonos and I played The Beatles’ “Anna (Go to Him).”
Ready your covet radar: Chanel has a brand-new bag collection—the first major handbag designs since the Boy bag in 2011. Aptly named for the house’s founder and her mold-breaking spirit, the new Gabrielle collection and its shapes take inspiration from virtual reality goggles. The house’s signature quilting is featured on the bags’ exteriors, while the elegant array of hobos, shoppers, backpacks and purses hold a nod to Gabrielle herself inside: they are lined in the precise shade of garnet that she used for her first handbag design.
Head to Linda’s for the just-arrived hand-held bags you’ll soon want in your clutches: beloved styles by heritage brand Perrin Paris and the bookish embroidered creations of Olympia Le-Tan.
Classics with Byte
A taste for fine fabrics, contemporary art and effortless silhouettes forms the foundation for new addition Rosetta Getty. Exclusively in New York at Bergdorf Goodman, the Los Angeles-based label is about “reimagining classic styles through an artful lens,” according to the designer. True to style, Getty’s Pre-Fall collection drew inspiration from “artists who [explore] the impact of the Internet on art and culture.” A gingham motif became a clever reference to Getty’s source material: “The print reminds me of pixilation.”
Dressing on the Side
By Ben Widdicombe, Illustration by Jordi Labanda
“There’s no rule against the bride’s mother wearing Off-White to the wedding.”