Word is, Lena Dumham is writing an HBO series based on 82 year old Betty Halbreich, Bergdorf’s legendary personal shopper. Obviously, Halbreich did not select this Prada number for Dunham, easily the worst dressed woman at the Emmy’s–maybe ever. Best dressed honors in the bombshell division go to Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang. And the “Why Miss Jones You’re Beautiful” award goes to Elisabeth Moss, who in one of the rare and inexplicable fashion mis-steps on Mad Men is usually dressed like Lady Bird Johnson, wowed last night with a new blonde do and attitude. Christina Hendricks in Cristian Sirano was a little too Lillian Russel for modern life.
Is it possible to be more ENC? Emperor’s New Clothes, that is. Presenting the $2,990 plaid flannel shirt from Yves Saint Laurent.
Bergdorf’s bills it as Punk-Grunge. I’m still in shock and in awe
of the hubris it takes to charge nearly $3,000 for this shapeless bit of non-design meant to be worn over a little, black, equally over-priced dress ($2,990).
Yup, it’s one shoe with 50 different ways to wear it. Manolo Blahnik is at Bergdorf Goodman today shilling for his “B.B” collection of classic, single-soled, pointy toe pumps which, when all is said and done, is the most flattering femme shoe ever. I don’t know what “B.B” stands for, but the shoe’s iconic status makes me think “Blahnik Basic” though MB and his marketing people likely had something more poetic and elegant in mind. At about $625 a pair, owning “B.B’s” in all fifty variations and the bragging rights that come with it, will set you about back about $31,250 plus tax.
Calling Bettie Page…Christian Louboutin does the good girl pin-up shoe with a hint
of bondage chic (ankle strap, 4 3/4 ” heels) and a flirty, lady bow. The message here is naughty and nice at $1.045. Also at Bergdorf Goodman.
There is something low-key but special about this new luxury men’s shirt brand. Saint-Paul Designer Jungho Geortay: draws all the prints by hard and they have a rich-nerdy edge that feels very “Guys the HBO GIrls would date who work at Goggle” . The Saint-Paul guy doesn’t shop the slick Brit shirts at Pink even for a wedding. Geortay did gigs at Lanvin, Enzo, Galutier before starting his own firm four years ago. Find St.Paul at the Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store. Shirts are about $100.
From the Saint-Paul website of Jungho Geortay:
“Each piece of this line has its own identity, prints are exclusive and share in common poetry, humor and fantasy. Tthe shirts are cut and handmade in our Morrocan workshops. T-shirts prints are hand painted and hand drawn, which makes each piece unique.
Jackets are made in association with Mister Smith: we created the Winter Jacket, with thermally moulded pockets, combined with traditional tailoring techniques. They are lined with wool and cashmere and are tailored in a Sicilian workshop,
Shoes this high are a low point for women, rendering us as immobile and slavishly devoted to ridiculous ostentation as the Marie Antoinette crowd. There is more than a hint of a bondage/fetish vibe about this silly and potentially dangerous new spring look.
Louboutin’s ” Highness” Shoes retail from $1,000-$2,000.
Bergdorf’s copy admits:
- Sleek patent calfskin forms classic pump silhouette.
- Snipped peep toe.
- 6″ covered heel displays signature red sole; 2 1/4″ concealed platform lowers equiv. to approx. 4″.
- “Highness” is made in Italy.”
From Jane Austen’s World: …”The Sedan Chair was invented in France and later introduced to Britain. It consisted of a covered box carried on two poles, and proved invaluable to rich people traveling to social gatherings in their finery, in the days when there was no pavement and streets would become very muddy. Below is an etching of a Georgian street scene of a Sedan Chair being used near the Pump Room in Bath. The entrances to the grand Georgian houses were
large enough to enable chairs to be carried right up to the door so the occupant would not get wet!
As previously stated, Sedan chairs for hire were common in London. Chairmen wore a uniform, were licensed to carry passengers, and had to display a number, like today’s taxi drivers. Three hundred chair permits were issued in London and Westminster in the early 1700′s. A similar system was later used in Scotland, where a fare system was established in 1738. A trip within a city cost six pence and a day’s rental was four shillings. It cost £1 1 shilling to hire a sedan chair for a week. The chairs were available around the clock, but after midnight the chairmen would be paid double the fare.
Because these portable chairs could be carried inside buildings, people could be transported around the city without being identified. This made it easier for people who were evading the law to go about their business, or for public personages to carry on trysts. Links-boys would light the road at night, and they waited until they were needed again to light the way back. As the painting below shows, accidents did happen!
Chairmen were notoriously rude and unscrupulous often locking their passengers in the chair until they had paid the exorbitant fare. Beau Nash licensed them and set reasonable fares. Their demise came when a local man invented the “Bath chair,” a 3 wheeled vehicle.” –Jane Austen’s World
That bombshell, so very Fifties pink number with a splash of 2,000 rhinestones was by Nettie Rosenstein for Mamie Eisenhower, 1953. Yes, it was the postwar New Look but the small waisted, poufy dance skirt silhouette that required corsets and petticoats could have been worn in 1889 if Mrs. Benjamin Harrison had been a hotter babe.
A more moderh Camelot Chic arrived with Jackie Kennedy. Rumored to have a $100,000 clothing allowance, the First Lady loved French couture and used the atelier of Bergdorf Goodman to make her clothes. Though Oleg Cassini took credit for her “American” wardrobe, her most iconic pieces (like her 1961 Inaugural Costume) was actually designed by Hubert Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn’s fave, who was French.