August 23 2014

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“All we’re missing is the opium,” said Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo. Everything but was on the menu when BG transformed its seventh-floor restaurant into a casbah for a lunch and mini fashion show of Chanel’s Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall collection yesterday afternoon. It might’ve been the first time ever that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has played in the tony eatery. The occasion: a celebration of the retailer’s new Chanel shop-in-shop on the second floor, where a trunk show of said collection happens to be taking place. Once the models slipped out of their frocks, they were whisked downstairs for customers to ogle up close. The Peter Marino-designed space is 50 percent bigger than the department store’s previous Chanel shop, and the back-of-house, client services space is 100 percent bigger. “Bergdorf Goodman and Chanel’s relationship goes back to the eighties, I believe, and we finally have a shop that’s on par with the quality of the product,” Fargo added. She had no argument on the subject with one shopper. Chanel ambassador Leigh Lezark overheard one well-dressed lady ask her dog what it thought of a tweedy jacket. “What do you think,” she said to the pooch, “do you like the gray?” Far-out.

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