Surely you’ve heard about Bergdorf Goodman’s big birthday? When our sister store turned 111 last year, one of the celebration’s high points was the world premiere of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. Now the documentary is getting a spring theatrical release. Director Matthew Miele has put together 86 minutes of history and charm, weaving stories from longtime BG associates and interviews with fashion A-listers including Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Michael Kors, Ashley Olsen, and Mary-Kate Olsen. Dates vary by city, so watch your local listings starting in May.
For all the talk about the death of print, some of the world’s most imaginative imagery can be found in the pages of magazines. For proof, look no further than Magazine Café, a midtown Manhattan destination (and, lucky us, an equally comprehensive website magazinecafestore.com) where the visually obsessed can spend hours poring over some 10,000 domestic and international titles—more than 400 in the women’s fashion category alone. Love, i-D, and Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book are all here, of course, as is every edition of Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Harper’s Bazaar, plus a slew of esoteric finds, from German streetwear mag High Snobiety to Egg, which celebrates the blonde-wigged teens of Japan’s gyaru style tribe. Back issues are a specialty. Bonus: Magazine Café also offers subscriptions.
The NM team descended upon SXSW to immerse ourselves in technology, music, food and Austin style. As any SXSW attendee will tell you, it’s an overwhelming experience because there’s just so much to do at any moment. Here’s just a taste!
See: Sixth Street.
Listen: South by Southwest not only attracts a tech-y crowd, musicians from across the globe head to the nation’s live music capital for the festival. Even before the music portion of SXSW kicks off, you can catch up-and-coming artists performing at SXSW Interactive parties. A few acts we caught between panels and after hours: Girl Talk, Ra Ra Riot, White Panda, Tomorrow We Move to Hawaii, The Tontons and Neon Indian.
Stay: If you plan on attending SXSW, book your hotel months in advance. The festival brings thousands of people to the city and hotels book up fast! The Driskill and Hotel St. Cecilia are some of our favorite places to stay. (Or just hang out.)
Drink: Watermelon mojitos, jalapeno grapefruit margaritas & Austin BeerWorks.
Party: The Facebook brunch.
Wear: The vibe in Austin is relaxed-cool, always with a touch of hippie. SXSW staples: Military-esque boots and parkas, wedge sneakers, retro sunglasses, distressed denim and warm-weather leather.
Shop: The Man Repeller x PJK at CUSP by NM pop-up shop, Uncommon Objects, Room Service Vintage and Hog Wild Vintage.
Learn: Some of our favorite fashion people were attending and presenting at the festival. Nina Garcia and Randi Zuckerberg spoke on the future of fashion on the “Style Goes Viral” panel and the ladies behind the Twitter handles @Bergdorfs, @DKNY, @KateSpadeNY gave diverse insights into what it’s like to do social media for a major fashion brand.
—By Kristen Spaulding and Sarah Bray
Santa Fe, New Mexico, might seem an unlikely spot for a boutique publishing house—and a nonprofit, no less. But not to Radius Books Publisher and Creative Director David Chickey, who “ended up in Santa Fe the same way a lot of people do, by happenstance. I came for a friend’s wedding and stayed.” That was 21 years ago. Chickey, who also serves as co-owner of Skolkin+Chickey design studio, founded Radius in 2007 with a group of similarly creative Santa Feans. Their mission: To encourage, promote, and publish books “of artistic and cultural value for a wide audience. Our projects are distinguished in both form and substance: beautiful objects by important artists of all ranks.” When Chickey says beautiful objects, he’s not kidding. The Radius catalog is studded with gems such as the limited-edition monograph of Los Angeles painter-sculptor Charles Arnoldi—presented in plywood as a nod to his iconic Chainsaw works in chiseled plywood. Or the archival print mounted to diasec to “reflect and refract” the watery image that accompanies Renate Aller: Oceanscapes—One View— Ten Years, by the German-born artist who has photographed the Atlantic Ocean from the same vantage point for a decade. But creating limited editions and trade books “respectful of artists” is only half the story. “It’s critically important for us as a nonprofit to get books out to an audience that otherwise wouldn’t see them,” says Chickey. To that end, Radius donates 300–500 titles of each book published to rural libraries, schools, and art programs, some 350 institutions in all. The Radius space on East Palace Avenue also serves as an exhibition gallery and home for artist talks, seminars, and workshops. “We try to expand the idea of what’s possible in a book form and what you can do with books,” says Chickey. We say, mission accomplished.
Every March and September Neiman Marcus showcases the season’s most cutting-edge fashion with equally provocative photography, known as The Art of Fashion. In honor of this season’s campaign shot by Walter Chin, we have revived past AOF campaigns (Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz…) to display them on a social media platform where beautiful imagery thrives — Pinterest.
Through March 27, show your eye for the aesthetically pleasing by repinning The Art of Fashion’s most captivating moments captured by photography’s greats onto your very own AOF board. Curate a Pinterest board that artfully interprets the essence of The Art of Fashion with AOF images and supporting inspirational pins, and you could win $1,000 NM gift card.
1. Get started on NeimanMarcus.com/PinterestAOF
3. Pin any 6 looks from The Art of Fashion board.
4. Complete the collection with some creative pinning.
March 8 marks the kickoff of the 2013 SXSW Music and Media Conference, which opens with a five-day Interactive Festival and concurrent Film Conference before turning up the volume for the main attraction on March 12, when host city Austin, Texas, becomes one continuous, six-day-long concert. NM’s social media team is returning to cover the intersection of fashion and technology, the street style and the exclusive parties. Cusp by Neiman Marcus will host a pop-up shop for the new collection from top blogger Man Repeller, a beauty lounge, and a raging party with StyleCaster, all on Monday March 11.
In addition, Neiman Marcus is speaking on two panels:
The Neighborhood at SXSW
Panel: Style to The People
When: Monday, March 11th, 4-5 PM CT
Where: 416 Cesar Chavez, Austin
Leandra Medine, Founder of TheManRepeller
Ari Goldberg, CEO and founder of StyleCaster
David Goldberg, President and co-founder of StyleCaster
Gabrielle de Papp, Vice President, Corporate Public Relations, Neiman Marcus
Next Stage at SXSW
Panel: Visual Voice: Branding on Photo Networks
When: Tuesday, March 12, 11 AM CT
Where: Austin Convention Center
Suzanne Schloot, Social Media Manager, Kate Spade
Natanya Anderson, Social Media and Community Team Lead, Whole Foods
Bonnie Tsang, independent photographer and Pinterest super influencer
Jean Scheidnes, Social Media Managing Editor, Neiman Marcus
Vanity Fair’s Oscar parties are the stuff of Hollywood legend, so NM’s CMO Wanda Gierhart and I happily took the assignment, not quite anticipating what a whirlwind weekend it would be. The VF-mobile whisked us from LAX to the Peninsula Hotel, where our colleagues from NM Beverly Hills had sweetly placed welcome kits in our rooms, complete with NM chocolate chip cookies. Friday night we met the VF team for a night of bowling at the Spare Room in the Roosevelt Hotel. Publisher Ed Menicheschi is an excellent bowler and schooled us all. Who knew?
Saturday morning we caught up with fashion veteran Hal Rubenstein over breakfast at the Four Seasons. He gave us some pointers for the red carpet:
-The “evening” starts at 3 pm and ends at midnight or 3am, so you have to feel good about what you are wearing for at least nine hours. If you are not comfortable walking out the door, you may want to rethink what you are wearing.
-There is nothing less sexy than a woman adjusting her strapless dress.
-Dress for the people who love you the most.
Hal loves NM ladies. Expect to see more of him at NM stores in the near future.
No trip to LA is complete without a visit to NM Beverly Hills, where we checked in on Catherine Bloom, the extraordinary personal shopper. She was incredibly busy with her clients, as you can imagine, and she had plenty of advice to give.
-Always be comfortable in your skin and how you present yourself.
-Wear something that represents your fantasy and that takes you where you want to be.
-Beautiful things are beautiful things. If they hold your eye it doesn’t matter if they match.
-I am seeing women gravitate toward jumpsuits. It’s a sexy look that makes you turn around and it’s beautiful, not vulgar.
Next, a visit with our friends from Forevermark, who were providing diamond jewelry to VIPs in a suite at the Sunset Marquis. The array of diamonds was a dazzling sight, and we had fun speculating about who was wearing what. Forevermark said big diamond jewelry was back in favor, along with halo settings for added sparkle. Oxidized looks are trending too.
Saturday evening we soaked up the Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and violinist Gil Shaham at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program was German Romanticism — Wagner, Brahms and Schumann. Just sublime.
By 8 am Sunday morning, limos were already lining up at the hotel. Sightings: Hugh Jackman, Harvey Weinstein and Rob Lowe. (We love the jewelry line by Rob’s wife Sheryl Lowe.)
While artist Kendra Richards did our hair and makeup, we pumped her for tips too.
1) Remember that the red carpet is lit. New lighting techniques mean that the old rules of piling on makeup so you don’t look washed out don’t hold true any more. Now you should use a lighter hand in doing make up.
2) To look ideal in photos stand at a slight angle and twist slightly at the waist, one hand on the hip.
3) Make sure to use a very lightweight powder to control shine but dont overdo it either. With high definition, heavy powder shows up too much and slightly dewy skin looks best.
4) Blue-red lipsticks help teeth look whiter while orange-red will look more yellow.
Primped and Spanxed up, we departed for Spago. Wanda wore a draped Jason Wu and I wore an Emilio Pucci with sheer inserts. I was grateful for the sleeves. It was chilly out. At Spago, publishing partners of Vanity Fair gathered to watch the ceremony together before caravanning to the star-studded bash at the Sunset Tower Hotel. It must be the biggest assembly of celebrities on the planet, truly. Wanda managed to hold an Oscar (it’s heavy!) get a kiss on the cheek from Steven Tyler before it was over. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. Check out all the photos on VanityFair.com!
We’re longtime fans of The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine’s irreverent blog celebrating the kind of fashion that women wear for themselves and each other regardless of ostensible sex appeal. Leandra’s candor, wit and personal style form quite a package, and we can’t wait to party with her at SXSW next month. Until then we can channel her through her first apparel collection, a collaboration with Cusp favorite Patterson J. Kincaid. The Man Repeller x PJK…Just Saying – that’s the full name — launched today and there’s nothing repellent about it. Leandra describes it herself in the vid.
The always-anticipated annual Art of Fashion campaign is back for its 19th season. For Spring 2013 Neiman Marcus’ creative team tapped fashion photographer Walter Chin to synthesize the season’s most exquisite high fashion with the art form of photography. The twenty-two image campaign will appear in March magazines and in its entirety in the March edition of The Book.
If your personal style is as enviable as your closet, this could finally be your year. Vanity Fair has partnered with Neiman Marcus to offer unsung fashion heroes the chance to join such style icons as Kate Moss, H.R.H. The Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Gaga and Michelle and Barack Obama on the prestigious annual International Best-Dressed List now in its 73rd year.
The magazine’s International Best-Dressed List panel, including Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing, will select one man and one woman to be featured in the September issue right along with those deemed “the most stylish and fashionable of the global jet set” for 2013!
Click over to vanityfair.com/best-dressed-challenge to submit photos for consideration and cast votes for your own favorites because monthly winners will be chosen by readers. In addition, Vanity Fair editors will pick their favorites weekly.
Watch this spot for honorable mentions until the issue comes out.