Henri Bendel

09 Dec 18
Vin de Vie Wine of Life

From an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2018 of designs from their own collection from Dior’s ‘new look’ to the present.       A partial view of the exhibition   Following the Fashion, 1794, hand-coloured etching.  James Gillray, 1756-1815, British.  Philadelphia Art Museum     Two-piece dress,1971-72, wool knit. Stephen Burrows, […]

09 Dec 18
For Your Society

Craig Barritt/Getty On a recent Sunday afternoon at Henri Bendel, while looking through crossbody bags, Charly Zubi, a lawyer who lives in Fort Lauderdale but grew up just outside New York City in Westchester, told The Daily Beast, “I’ve been a Bendel girl probably since I was in the womb.”  It would be Zubi’s last […]

07 Dec 18
The Casual Explorer

I love this time of year. I especially love walking around and enjoying the decorations and windows. This year seems to be the year of the robot. They were everywhere! 🤖🤖🤖 My first stop, Macy’s. Second, Tiffany 💍. My first time inside Henri Bendel! That is quite an impressive tree 😂. Too bad they are […]

06 Dec 18
Design Works Intl

New York City is a magical place to get in the Christmas spirit and celebrate the holidays.  Tourists and locals alike can enjoy all of New York’s festive parks, restaurants, window displays and more. Whether it’s your first time visiting NYC or you’re a local looking to experience more holiday cheer, this list is sure […]

03 Dec 18
The annual Victoria’s Secret runway extravaganza was broadcast on Sunday (Dec. 2) on ABC after years on CBS. The change in networks was meant to boost viewership, but it appears to have largely failed. The skin-bearing, cleavage-filled fashion show, which began in 1995, suffered its worst ratings yet, surpassing last year’s record low. According to data from Nielsen, the show averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and attracted 3.3 million viewers, the latest viewership low in a five-year swan-dive: https://www.theatlas.com/charts/SygEam7kN It’s possible that the broader trend of people ditching television in favor of streaming services contributed to the slump. Then again, an NCIS Los Angeles rerun in the same time slot got 1.5 million more views than the Victoria’s Secret event. The dramatic drop in viewership happens to correlate with the company’s rapidly declining brand image and loosening hold on bra market, along with its travails in the stock market: https://www.theatlas.com/charts/rkTMGUua7 The price of basic underwear at the chain recently hit a record low (something analysts have described as a “scary” development) and the company is closing 20 stores due to poor sales. Parent company L Brands also will shut down its luxury retailer Henri Bendel, and all 23 of its stores, in 2019. A recent Vogue interview with the architects of the fashion show itself served to spotlight how out-of-touch VS really is. Comments around the show’s lack of diversity by Edward Razek, chief marketing officer of L Brands, were especially criticized, and his remarks about casting transgender models—whom he referred to as “transsexuals,” a phrase regarded as a slur—were especially shocking and off-color. The interview surfaced a week before the show itself, which featured a pre-recorded video in which its models informed audience members how empowered they felt by being a Victoria’s Secret “Angel.” The critics didn’t buy it, though. “Show me the viewer who sees Gigi Hadid strutting down a runway in floral boot leggings and floral push-up bra toting a giant floral—what? parachute? because why?—and thinks: ‘Empowerment!’” Vanessa Friedman wrote for the New York Times. “Show me the viewer who sees Shanina Shaik in shell pink lace bra and panties with a silver brocade corset and silver ankle cuffs with her neck tied up in a big bow and thinks: ‘Damn, that woman is dressing to please herself.’” What’s ahead for Victoria’s Secret? New leadership for one thing, after CEO Jan Singer gave up the role last month after only two years on the job. There’s also a plan to reboot swimwear, which the retailer had cut along with apparel in 2016. And what of the fashion show? It’s not clear whether the Victoria’s Secret Angels will walk the catwalk again, but it’s increasingly clear that television viewers won’t miss them too much if they don’t.
03 Dec 18

17 Fashion Trends That Are Going to Be Huge This Summer By ABBY HEPWORTH  | JUN. 5, 2018 Just because something is trending doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hop on board, but with so many adorable (and easy) clothes, jewelry and accessories to choose from this summer, there are bound to be a few looks you’re […]

03 Dec 18
Furnished Habitat

  Location: East 65th Street / NY Come stay on the Upper East Side in this cozy 2 Bedroom apartments. It features numerous conveniences including new flat screen TV, polished hardwood floors, and basic kitchen appliances. Located on the 2nd floor of a traditional NYC walk- up building.   Features: 2nd floor of traditional NYC […]

02 Dec 18
World Airline News

Eurowings has made this announcement: New in the Eurowings long-haul portfolio: from December 1, 2018, the airline will fly to Newark (EWR) six times a week. This means that Eurowings is now offering two attractive connections from Dusseldorf to the Big Apple just in time for Christmas shopping. Eurowings passengers can already fly to John […]

29 Nov 18

This holiday season, New York City’s top department stores and luxury brands have decorated their windows with elaborate seasonal displays.

29 Nov 18
a map and a plan

New York, it is a wonderful town, where no one sleeps.  Well I can say it is definitely different and people do sleep, as I was happy to discover when a couple years ago my gps directed me to the wrong burrow and I found myself driving past an abandoned Times Square with the road […]

28 Nov 18
24/7 Wall St.

The luxury retail market has been struggling for several months now, and today’s earnings report from Tiffany underscores the issues. How are luxury retailers going to turn their businesses around?

28 Nov 18
The Humble Fabulist

Intercontinental, Intercultural, Intemporal, Infinite Blue. My favourite colour. Bodice, ca. 1840-60 Tailleur Filles & Cie, France Silk, linen, metal William Merritt Chase Girl in a Japanese Costume, ca. 1890 Oil on canvas Wedding Dress, ca. 1860 United States Silk, cotton Sarah Elizabeth Fish (1824-1901) of Waldoboro, Maine, wore this elegant full-skirted dress, with stylish pagoda sleeves and a […]