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Are You Prepared To Go Bare?

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Bras, corsets, tap pants, and briefs were exposed all over the Spring runways, with unexpected designers like Akris‘ Albert Kriemler joining lingerie lovers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano at the panty party. No doubt about it, innerwear as outerwear is one of the season’s top trends. But does the look work off the catwalk? Can you really show up to a meeting dressed as Madonna in her Like a Virgin phrase? We asked the experts.


“Naturally, I’m not hoping to see a lot of inappropriate bare skin and literal lingerie showing in the workplace,” says Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo. “I’m foreseeing a spike in lace-edge slips emerging from hemlines and sheer, pretty hosiery again.” However, if you are thinking literal, “the best way to wear lingerie is to take it out of context,” explains Fabiola Beracasa, who’s been known to rock a black corset over a white tee. “And make sure it’s delicate and expensive-looking, not trashy,” says stylist Kate Young. Her Spring pick? Stella McCartney‘s plunge-front nude lace halter. A couple of hard and fast rules: Exposed elastic bra straps are a no-no, only silk will do (Jean Yu); and if you do experiment with transparency, don’t leave home without a jacket (Kelly Cutrone). And, finally, this from a master of the seductive arts, Domenico Dolce: “Don’t be too audacious. Save something for the imagination.”


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Photo: Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com

Faster Than Fast Fashion

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We take our hats off to Marylou Luther, Fashion Group International’s creative director, who was able to come to a summation of the Spring 2010 collections in tweet format—140 characters or less. Here it goes: “Squeeze/ease. Goth/froth. Drape/shape. Reality/romance. Transparent/apparent. Undies outed/utility touted.” But as neat as Luther’s summation is, the panel discussion that followed it at FGI’s Trend Overview presentation was just as open-ended. Moderated by Donna Karan, the panel’s speakers touched on everything from the necessity of educating customers and salespeople about quality and inspiration to the phenomenon of information overload. Nothing was off-limits. Karan even introduced a seemingly untouchable topic when she went so far as to wonder if pre-season—which is shown intimately, is on the sales floor for a long time without markdowns, and generates the lion’s share of profits—should take the place of the Spring and Fall collections.

Timing, as they say, is everything. The experts worried that media-savvy consumers want the styles they see immediately and don’t account for what Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo calls “fashion’s gestation period”—that is, the time it takes to manufacture them. Ikram Goldman, Michelle Obama’s go-to woman, explained that she can be on a buy for the coming season and get a call from a customer already armed with look numbers from Style.com to request. (We think that’s pretty cool, but we’re not exactly unbiased.) There’s no solution in sight, but one thing is clear: Today’s fashion-hungry consumer has more outlets than ever to feed her yen for the latest news, and many think that’s a good thing. “We’re talking to the world now,” said Style.com’s Candy Pratts Price. As for too much information, there’s an easy solution for that: “unplug.”

Spring Rolls With Warhol, And More From Indochine

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The first time Jean-Marc Houmard waited on Andy Warhol at Indochine, he accidentally brushed his hand while serving a pot of tea. This anecdote, one of many included in the new book Indochine: Stories, Shaken and Stirred (Rizzoli), edited by Houmard and Maer Roshan, sums up the place’s enduring appeal: glamorous enough that the famous go there to rub shoulders, mellow enough that they do so over tea. (And spring rolls, usually.)

Houmard co-owns the restaurant now, and has kept it as congenial to boldfaced names and bohemians as it’s always been. There’s certainly a healthy mix of them among the book’s contributors, from Salman Rushdie and Susanne Bartsch, who contributed reminiscences to the oral history, to artists Kenny Scharf, Ruben Toledo, and Ross Bleckner, who chipped in new work inspired by the restaurant. Indochine comes out next month; tonight, it will be fêted at Bergdorf Goodman at an event co-hosted by Linda Fargo, Richard Johnson, Narciso Rodriguez, and Veronica Webb. Here, Houmard talks to Style.com about Indochine’s quarter-century as a hot joint in town.

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Your Weekend In The City, Part I

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No escape plan in place for the Fourth of July? There’s plenty of fun to be had within the five boroughs, starting at Bergdorf Goodman. The Fifth Avenue store has partnered with Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum to create the most fantastical window displays this side of Christmas. But the real treat comes when you step inside, and we’re not talking about the air-conditioning. A giant pink poodle named Fifi (who happens to be a kinetic sculpture by the artist Theresa Segreti and the museum’s de facto mascot) is wedged between the Verdura, Hermès, Goyard, and Prada counters on the store’s first floor. According to Bergdorf’s Linda Fargo, “Fifi has become a bit of a tourist attraction, and the salespeople, though overcome at first with shock, have definitely been cheered by her presence. A nice lady peered through the front door of the store, and after seeing our new pet, exclaimed, ‘That’s exactly what the world needs right now!’ ” After meeting Fifi, you can take advantage of the sale; the majority of spring merch is deeply discounted.

Photo: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

total recall: narciso rodriguez launches a book about his career so far

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Yesterday evening, Narciso Rodriguez launched his new self-titled book, published by Rizzoli (with contributions from New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, photographer Cindy Sherman, and artist Betsy Berne), in a corner of Bergdorf Goodman, where some of his collections are sold. Celebrity friends and fashion insiders in attendance took a stroll down memory lane with the designer, whose name over the past two and a half decades has become one of American fashion’s most recognizable signatures.

Julianna Margulies, Actress
I first met Narciso around 13 years ago when I was first on ER and he was designing for Cerruti. He was nominated for a CFDA Award and asked me to go with him. He made me this stunning dress. That was sort of our first date and we became good friends. I still have that Cerruti coat—and I wear it all the time—that I wore on our first CFDA Awards together. I would still wear the dress, too, except that he took it back because it had to go into some museum somewhere.

Robert Burke, Principal, Robert Burke Associates
Seeing him here, I remember eight years ago when my office was right there in that corner. This was back when Narciso smoked. He was smoking in my office, having a trunk show and a PA and a party here, all at the same time. He’s the same person as he was eight years ago, which is just wonderful.

Reed Krakoff, Creative Director, Coach
I’ve known Narciso for 21 years. He was my first boss, actually. I was an intern when I was at Parsons and he was design director at Anne Klein. So I’ve known him forever and he’s become a good, close friend. I think he will always be known for exquisite style, incredible precision, and amazing taste. He’s still pretty young, though, to be doing a book like this!

Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President, Bergdorf Goodman
Something that I always look for in a designer—and Narciso has it in spades—is a clear signature. He doesn’t have an identity crisis every season: He knows who he is. He refines himself, experiments in new materials. As a client, as a customer, as a cult—a Narciso cult!—person, you start to almost collect his pieces. He delivers so consistently.

Narciso Rodriguez
Doing a book like this, it’s a very emotional thing. You start to see how your work evolved: where the good parts were, where the hard times were, where the great times were. It’s a learning experience.

Photo: Billy Farrell/PatrickMcMullan.com