The buyer: Roopal Patel, senior women’s fashion director, Bergdorf Goodman
What did you invest in heavily for spring? Lanvin and Balenciaga, as we launched both collections in the store this spring. The Lanvin washed trench and the one-shoulder navy dress have been runaway hits. Anything floral from Balenciaga flies out of the store. Thakoon, Chanel (the star-print pieces), The Row, Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler, and Roland Mouret are also getting a great response. Our customer is loving bold prints and patterns for spring. The new silhouette of the long dress with a gladiator flat is also translating well.
What had the longest waiting list? The YSL Muse Two Bag, Christian Louboutin’s Yasmine slingback (a cork wedge with orange and black patent trim), Lanvin stacked heels, and Alaïa gladiator flats in metallic python.
What are your customers asking for when they come in? Color and prints! The dress is still important—long or short, day or evening. And statement shoes and bags.
Clockwise from top left: Dori Csengeri work of art, $525, available at www.vivre.com. Dior flower hair band, $2,680, available at Christian Dior, NYC, (212) 931-2950, www.dior.com. Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs apple headpiece, price upon request at Marc Jacobs, L.A., (323) 653-5100, www.marcjacobs.com. Louis Vuitton pink bow, not for sale.
Hats may not be part of your everyday style, but come Easter Sunday, we can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic about the new spring bonnet thing. If you want to add a little—OK, a lot—of panache to your outfit, consider one of the headpieces above. If the straight-off-the-catwalk styles from Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Christian Dior are too statement (or, in the case of the runway-only LV number, unavailable), consider something a little more basic, like Dori Csengeri’s floral headband.
The warrior woman is back. Tough, no nonsense, and empowered, she’s been striding down the Parisian catwalk in droves—and in several guises. At Vivienne Westwood, she was an eco-warrior, complete with scraped knees and a painted face. At Undercover, she was an urban warrior, forging her way straight into the future. And at Balmain, she was a disco warrior (do not underestimate the effect of a short, sharp dress with lightning bolts across the chest). And those are just the headlining designers—more under-the-radar types such as Manish Arora, Peachoo + Krejberg, and Sharon Wauchob all paid tribute to her, as well. “I was working on silhouette and structure. Not just in tailoring but also through the more fluid pieces,” said Wauchob of her collection. “My woman is strong. Grown-up, mature, confident, but also
Platform heels are still being worn by the fashion crowd, with an emphasis on just-the right-side of S&M looks—lots of shiny black patent leather and studs. We’ve also seen a sprinkling of Mary Janes. But the freshest footwear trend is the two-tone spectator style, which we’ve spied in both in the usual lace-up and less traditional interpretations.
One of the constants at Monday’s Burberry show was the tea cozy-shaped woolly hat that Christopher Bailey showed with everything from outerwear to evening dresses. It’s a style we’ve been seeing on the street all week, though we have yet to spot one on anyone in a gown. One caveat: To avoid
looking like a gnome, make sure the rest of your outfit is suitably sleek.