New York City – On October 18th, “Bergdorf Goodman Day”, as declared by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the store continued the celebration of its 111th Anniversary with an extraordinary Gala at the iconic Plaza Hotel.
Bergdorf Goodman’s Joshua Schulman & Linda Fargo and Neiman Marcus’ Karen Katz & Jim Gold joined designers such as Carolina Herrera, Roberto Cavalli, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Gilles Mendel, Peter Dundas, Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Joseph Altuzarra, Mark Badgley & James Mischka, Jason Wu, Stacey Bendet, Eddie Borgo, Vittorio Missoni, Thom Browne, Olivia Chantecaille, Carly Cushnie & Michelle Ochs, John Derian, Stephen Dweck, Isaac Franco & Ken Kaufman, Nicholas Kirkwood, Nancy Gonzalez & Santiago Gonzalez, Wes Gordon, CD Greene, Prabal Gurung, Joan Hornig, Derek Lam, Catherine Malandrino, Roberto Faraone Mennella, Gela Nash-Taylor & John Taylor, David Neville & Marcus Wainwright, Thakoon Panichgul, Peter Pilotto, Randi Rahm, Loree Rodkin, Lela Rose, Ippolita Rostagno, Cynthia Rowley, Ralph Rucci, Lorraine Schwartz, Tabitha Simmons, Peter Som, Olivier Theyskens, Alexandra Vidal, and Trish Wescoat Pound.
Guests including June Ambrose, Lisa Anastos, Andrew Andrew, Iris Apfel, Prosper Assouline, Michael Avedon, Sean Avery, Glenda Bailey, Giovanna Battaglia, Maria Bell, Maggie Betts, Sara Blomqvist, Cory Bond & Bekah Jenkins, Natane Boudreau, Marco Brambilla, Sharon Bush, Le Call, Rachel Chandler, Nick Cohen, Pippa Cohen, Amy Fine Collins, Jennifer Creel, Sante D’Orazio, Cecilia Dean, John Demsey, Cyril Duval, Todd Eberle, Fulvia Farolfi, Travis Given, Zani Guglemann, Erin Heatherton, Michele Hicks, Jamie Johnson, Karolina Kurkova, Lily Kwong, Nemo Librizzi, Maryna Linchuk, Mirte Maas, Patrick McDonald, Julie Macklowe, Jay Manuel, Ghislaine Maxwell, Ambra Medda & Damian Kulash, Jennifer Missoni, Aimee Mullins, Carolyn Murphy, Petra Nemcova, Glenn O’Brien, Dalia Oberlander, Rita Ora, Anne Pasternack, Charles Renfro, Hilary Rhoda, Coco Rocha, Andrew Rosen, Amanda Ross, Inga & Keith Rubenstein, Kelly Rutherford, Lola Rykiel, Pietro Quaglia, Sofia Barrenechea Sanchez, Kate Schelter, Jenny Schimizu, Andres Serrano & Irina Movmyga, Ava Smith, Casey Spooner & Adam Dugas, Martha Stewart, Luigi Tadini, Stefano Tonchi, Nicole Tunfio, Robert Verdi, Michelle Violy Harper, Gucci Westman, Kehinde Wiley, Anna Wintour, Lynn Yaeger, Aaron Young & Laure Heriard Dubreuil, and Joe Zee were also in attendance.
The décor, designed by Bronson van Wyck, reflected the legendary Bergdorf Goodman 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. Guests danced to the music of Rubix Kube and DJ Chelsea Leyland, and some stepped into a life sized window to strike a pose that was shared on Tumblr. The evening was topped off with all of the designers singing “Happy Birthday” led by vocalist, Sasha Lazard.
This Fall, Bergdorf Goodman celebrates its 111th Anniversary with a series of exciting projects, including a documentary film, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, and a book, that draws out the magic of an institution that has seduced for more than a century. This is the first time Bergdorf Goodman has marked its birthday since 1951. The momentous occasion is a storewide celebration including windows with archival imagery from the store’s history, an exclusive merchandise collection and special events.
In addition, more than 100 designers created items for an exclusive anniversary collection including ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, handbags, decorative home items and a fragrance. Highlights include a one-of-a-kind Alexander McQueen ruched velvet dress, Christian Louboutin pyramid-studded platforms, evening looks from Oscar de la Renta and Akris, and an exclusive eau de parfum called “754” from Maison Francis Kurkdjian.