Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons is a proponent of minimalism and subtle glamour, so the celebration of his inaugural collection for Christian Dior was appropriately elegant. Bergdorf Goodman skipped lining 5th Avenue with an conspicuous red carpet in lieu of a more understated gray (with white silk ropes, of course) and a newly-designed boutique on the second floor.
Linda Fargo, the Senior Vice President of the famed New York department store, wore one of the more grand looks from Simons’ spring 2013 collection – an ankle-length gown with a full, iridescent, rose-covered skirt with a modified black top – for the celebration on Tuesday night. Following a dinner at the Four Seasons, the stylish crowd – which included Olympia Scarry, Harvey Weinstein and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis – walked through Bergdorf’s shoe department (where this writer spotted Bill Cunningham casually browsing) to the new in-store Christian Dior boutique. Surrounded by long jackets, sling-back stilettoes and white flowers, the shop is like a fantasy wardrobe. From scent, to very pointy toe.