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2012 October 19

Bergdorf Goodman's Night at The Plaza

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Linda Fargo, Iris Apfel Linda Fargo, Iris Apfel
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(NEW YORK) Did the Met Ball move to October? It sure looked like it last night at The Plaza when Bergdorf Goodman celebrated its 111th anniversary with a gala that brought out, well, everyone. Guests were summoned to "Dress Extraordinary" on the invitation, and as you'll see from our Gallery, the fashion elite knew this was a night to go big or stay home.

Bergdorf Goodman’s Joshua Schulman and Linda Fargo joined designers such as Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Gilles Mendel, Peter Dundas, Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Joseph Altuzarra, Mark Badgley & James Mischka,  Jason Wu, Eddie Borgo, Thom Browne, Carly Cushnie & Michelle Ochs, Wes Gordon, Prabal Gurung,  Derek Lam, Catherine Malandrino, Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Thakoon Panichgul, Peter Pilotto, Lela Rose, Cynthia Rowley, Ralph Rucci, Peter Som, and Olivier Theyskens. And that's just the designer segment of the fashion flock! Also on the Plaza's premises for the big BG moment: Glenda Bailey, Giovanna Battaglia (rocking quite the wig; ditto for Michelle Harper!), Amy Fine Collins,  Erin Heatherton, Julie Macklowe, Glenn O’Brien, Andrew Rosen, Martha Stewart, Stefano Tonchi, Gucci Westman, Anna Wintour, and Joe Zee. Entertainment-wise, there was music by eighties tribute band Rubix Cube and tunes by DJ Chelsea Leyland.

While squeezing through the Plaza's ballroom, and was it ever tight, there was no shortage of fashion to keep you occupied. A radiant Carolyn Murphy came in head-to-toe J. Mendel, Coco Rocha arrived with (and in!) Zac Posen, and Karolina Kurkova and Hilary Rhoda nailed it in Roberto Cavalli—who came over from Italy to lend some Cavallian sizzle to the bash. The fête was the first time that BG has marked its birthday since 1951 (got a case of birthday bashfulness, BG?). To that end, Mayor Bloomberg declared October 18th "Bergdorf Goodman Day" to honor them becoming a tad less embarrassed about turning another year. The décor, designed by Bronson van Wyck, reflected Bergdorf Goodman's legendary windows over the years, complete with a menagerie of animals and mannequins. In collaboration with the Bergdorf Goodman visual team, the windows were brought to life in an enchanted garden of topiaries under lavender lit chandeliers and billowing clouds.

Onto the folks, the noshes, and more magic from the eve! Outside, a visiting Nicholas Kirkwood cooled down with a cigarette; indoors, Stacey Bendet wasn't sure how she was going to brave crossing the room to join her fellow designers in singing "Happy Birthday" on stage (I can't sing!" she told your Daily) while Cory Bond enjoyed some petite-sized cotton candy after nailing an audition earlier in the day. Wes Gordon told The Daily he had to cut out on the somewhat early side to pick up his puppy from the dog sitter. Aw!  

Iris Apfel
caught, well, everyone's eyes (per usual)—this time, because she was in tow with a camera crew filming a documentary on her life that she's working on with Albert Maysles. Having been alive for most of Bergdorf's history, Apfel explained to us why the luxe department store has endured: "I don't shop all that much any more, but every time I do, it's a pleasure and an adventure. Linda Fargo does such a fantastic job. David Hoey does windows like nobody else. Every time I go there is an experience and a visual treat. It's an island of beauty, serenity and high style. It's the epicenter of fashion." Sounds just about right to us!
EDDIE ROCHE




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