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Collaborative Spirit

Fashion’s buzziest label gets a BG shop.

Vetements

When the transgressive label Vetements burst onto the scene, the fashion flock responded with shock and glee. In place of conventional venues, the designer Demna Gvasalia held his fashion shows in unlikely locales, such as cathedrals and gay bars. Instead of models, a gaggle of street-cast bohemians, chosen more for their spirit than their shape and size, populated his makeshift runways. Vetements seemed to transcend old-fashioned assumptions of gender, physique and age—anyone with the right louche attitude, the requisite hipster credentials could rock these clothes. (The attention got Gvasalia another job too: He is also responsible for the new, much-heralded direction at Balenciaga.)

The label’s latest offerings, arriving in a new shop on the Third Floor in November, are the result of 18 extraordinary collaborations with established brands—some iconic, some newer and quirkier. Among the witty partnerships: the all-American Juicy Couture, here reinterpreted with its signature stretch velvet now employed in super-sleek long sexy skirts; Comme des Garçons’ trademark heart blown up to gargantuan size; Mackintosh raincoats with a ramped-up slouch factor—even Brioni let Vetements have its way with gigantic oversizing and deliberately undressed seams.

Summing up the project, Gvasalia said, “We thought we’d go straight to the brands who make all these things best and ask to do something in our way with each one.” The result is the coolest of both worlds. —Lynn Yaeger

Jewelry Salon Exclusives

Temporary Arrangement

HN_Carnations_HIGH_BGNOV16For a mere two weeks each year, Madrid-based Luz Camino flies her one-of-a-kind, handcrafted brooches to Bergdorf Goodman—the only place in the world you can find them. This year’s collection of blossoming carnations promises a bold display of color November 27 through December 10.

A New PaletteHN_Nikos_Koulis_earrings_BGNOV16The new Eden Collection from Nikos Koulis marks the Greek designer’s foray into a diverse palette of colored gemstones in his signature classic forms. Created exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman, the line combines diamonds and emeralds with London blue topazes in kaleidoscopic combinations.

Special Edition

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To make the November debut of the new Giorgio Armani ready-to-wear shop that much more special, the Second Floor will also feature a pop-up dedicated to the Le Sac 11 handbag, with three exclusive styles and a limited-edition version customized by Bergdorf Goodman Fashion Director Linda Fargo. Elegant, soft as butter and adorned with matte black hardware, it’s not just a bag, it’s quite literally The Bag.

Lasting Impressions 

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The allure of Helena Christensen has endured long past her anointment as a ’90s supermodel. One of her latest projects promises a similarly long-lasting appeal. She is the creative director of Strangelove NYC, a small-batch collection of highly concentrated, oil-based fragrances that absorb into the skin slowly, making them more enduring.

Dressing On The Side

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By Ben Widdicombe, Illustration by Jordi Labanda

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