STYLE SCOOP: Musical Chairs in Men’s Fashion, NYC’s First Lady

Just in time for the men’s shows: Matthew Singer has left Neiman Marcus where he was men’s fashion director. The company’s SVP and Fashion DIrector Ken Downing will take the charge of replacing him and making sure things run smoothly in the mean time.

First lady fashion: Chirlane McCray, (de Blasio’s wife) is all about designer Anni Kuan, who in turn thinks of the first lady as a muse.

In NYC for the holidays? Everyone is at Dover Street Market.

Hey Baby, Want Custom Manolo Blahnik BBs? (Yes.)

This is probably the best footwear news I’ve heard in a while (aside from the fact that the shoes at the Derek Lam sample sale are pretty much topping out at $75… so, go.) Thanks to a partnership with New York’s own Bergdorf Goodman and Manolo Blahnik’s Italian factories, you can customize and order a pair of classic Manolo BBs with your preferred heel height, color, and material. Whether you lean more toward a demure kittenish height or want ‘em as up, up, up as they go (115 centimeters) you can get your single sole any way you want it.

Every pair is made to order and will ship straight from Italy within six weeks (if you can handle the wait). If you need a pair for the holidays, or are generous enough to be putting a pair together as a gift, get your order in at Bergdorf Goodman by November 5. The customization process is available in-store and online.

To any of my loved ones listening in: I’m partial to the shimmer patent navy in the highest heel. Thanks!

Tonight Fashion Eats and Drinks With You

Tis the season for clothes, style, and a whole lot of pomp, but just because the models aren’t downing cocktails and nibbling on the buffet spreads, it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge. Start out at Pizza Roma, where not only can you get gluten free pizza, but you can try their special pesche vino, a white wine with fresh peaches chopped up and served over ice. At the Gastro Bar at 35th in Macy’s Herald Square, ten dollars gets you the Donna Karan, a thyme-infused vodka drink with elderflower and cucumber, or you can get the NY Fashion, a bubbly mixture of cava, raspberry liqueur and orange juice. Nearby, you can also try the Pret-a-Martini, an apricot, lime, and tequila beverage made at The Americano.

We know fashion isn’t necessarily about food, unless you’re Lady Gaga, but for full on fashion-cocktail fusion events, check out: BedHead Pajamas for tasty margaritas, C. Wonder for sweet treats and lemonade, and Revlon plans to pump up their party with music, champagne, and various nibbles. At Diane von Furstenberg, they will host DJ Solange Knowles and pass out free cocktails. For more free drinks, hit up RARE by F.S. Charlie Salon. Michael Kors also offers Prosecco to shoppers, and at Madewell in Soho, they have desserts and tipples for customers who purchase $100 or more of their goods. Head over to Bergdorf Goodman for a little Alexander Wang-meets-Padma Lakshmi, as the model and Top Chef host and Cynthia Rowley throw a designer cook-off.  

If running around stores and boutiques isn’t your thing but you still want to celebrate the art of style, the Stone Rose Lounge has become the official spot of Mercedes-Benz, which means after-party after after-party. Tonight it starts at 5pm with DJ Lincoln Madley for the 2012 Supima Design Competition and their specialty drinks like the Fashion Fizz and Sweet Stiletto will be flowing. Of course, at the end of the night The Coffee Shop, the Union Square restaurant famous for model workers and clientele (yes, they make you give them a head shot if you apply to work there), will be hosting its weekly DJ party starting at 7pm and going until whenever. Which tonight, could be a long, stylish time.  

Help Tell Bergdorf Goodman’s Story for their 111th Anniversary

It’s pretty incredible that Bergdorf Goodman has been around for over a century. The legendary department store is where future heirlooms are purchased and passed on for generations, where the budding aspirational shopper beelines for their first statement handbag, and where fashion’s elite re-up on luxury goods. While the company has mastered the traditional retail experience, they’re anything but outdated. In fact, their superior digital presence has delivered them a host of accolades in the social media world. To toast BG’s accomplishments and their 111-year history, the store is compiling stories for a new tome that will be published in 2012 – and they need your help creating it.

In addition to jogging the memories of top fashion designers, notable celebrities, and the store’s alumni, their new book will also feature an inspiring story received from one lucky fan. From now until next Friday (October 21), BG invites you to submit a cherished memory or experience you’ve had in their store. The best submission will be posted on the brand’s blog, which includes recollections from the likes of Michael Kors and DKNY PR Girl. Their favorite submission will be published in the tome and the winning author will receive a signed copy with two tickets to BG’s exclusive birthday bash. Sweet!

Submit your story here or mail it to bgstories@bergdorfgoodman.com.

Bergdorf Goodman, Prabal Gurung Named Luxury Leaders in Social Media

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, than you’re up to speed on luxury brands’ quest to earn a digital presence this year. And it looks like we’re not alone, because today Luxury Daily announced the top 10 luxury marketers utilizing social media to stay relevant in the digital age. See the full list of named leaders after the jump, many of which we featured in our Ultimate Fashion Tumblr Directory.

1. Bergdorf Goodman: No surprise here, as we’ve been watching the brand’s digital takeover since day one.

2. Breitling: The Swiss watchmaker launched a Facebook contest earlier this year, where the winner received a pilot’s license and was trained by the branded flying team.

3. Bulgari: The Italian brand launched an interactive “Enchanted Garden” app on Facebook that allowed fans to digitally travel through the garden featured in the Mon Jasmin Noir fragrance ad, starring Kirsten Dunst.

4. Diane von Furstenberg: Highlights include the luxury brand’s collaboration with Gilt Groupe and engaging tweets from Ms. DVF herself.

5. Dolce & Gabbana: Their digital magazine, Swide, and Stefano Gabbana’s active tumbling contribute to the Italian fashion brand’s newly-connected fan base.

6. Ermenegildo Zegna: Their “Are You In” Facebook campaign and interactive mobile app have taken the Italian fashion house to the next level.

7. Marc Jacobs: Linking with international fashion blogger Elin Kling generated 94,000 visits to the brand’s website after just one day. Genius.

8. Michael Kors: In addition to engaging their Facebook fans by polling questions on daily life and Kors products, the brand allows them to shop new arrivals two hours before they’re released to the public.

9. Oscar de la Renta: OscarPRGirl. Need we say more?

10. Prabal Gurung: The CFDA winner created a catchy music video that featured M.I.A.’s protégé, Baltimore rapper Rye Rye, sporting his debut Resort 2012 pieces (see one look above). To generate buzz leading up to the release, the designer took to Twitter with teasers that included the clever “#newthing” hashtag.

Givenchy Ready-to-Wear Now Available at Bergdorf Goodman’s E-Shop

One of our favorite tech-savvy retailers just got even savvier. As of today, Bergdorf Goodman‘s online boutique now stocks Givenchy RTW—and they’re kicking sales off with delectable looks from the Pre-Fall 2011 collection. With moody color-blocking, strong silhouettes, and a new take on animal prints (like this armadillo-kaleidoscope effect), this is Riccardo Tisci’s work at its finest.

To toast the launch, famed film director and photographer Tim Richardson shot an exclusive video for Bergdorf’s that features Alla Kostromichova killing it in head-to-toe Givenchy. The creative team has also released some behind-the-scenes shots from the shoot on their Tumblr diary, The Bergdorf Goodman Swipe.

Watch the video below and shop the collection here.

Bergdorf Goodman Invites Fans to Design the Next Fendi Bag

If you’ve ever wanted to be a handbag designer (or at least have a say in color selection), here’s your chance. Luxury department store and digital darlings, Bergdorf Goodman, are launching a brilliant new Facebook contest for Fendi devotees. The Fendi Frenzy: The Color Challenge allows users to design next fall’s Fendi 2Bag—the brand’s covetable bi-colored handbag.

From now through Sunday, April 24, BG Facebook fans, can submit their color ways via a provided palette to virtually design the upper, lower, handle and ID tag of the 2Bag. Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29, fans will then get to vote for their favorite designs based on the list of entries. The final winner will be selected by Fendi’s design team based on the top 5 fan favorites.

Now, here comes the cool part. The winner of the challenge will not only take home their designed Fendi 2Bag, but the brand will also release a limited edition collection of the winning bag, which will be available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in-store and online next fall.

Practice your color scheming and enter the challenge here now!