Bergdorf Celebrates 111 Years With A Black-Tie Bash At The Plaza

What does one wear to a 111th birthday party? Well, if it’s Bergdorf Goodman‘s, it better be something extraordinary.

Last night, it felt like all of New York’s biggest names were squeezed into the Plaza Hotel‘s Terrace Room to toast one of the city’s most iconic destinations with an evening of dancing (for some), drinking (for most), and dressing up (for all, of course). Bergdorf’s own Linda Fargo, easily the most festive of the evening in a one-shouldered gown printed with the façade of the legendary store, was truly feeling the love. “I’ve had more kisses tonight than I’ve ever had in an hour. And I thought fashion week was a lot!”

Indeed, the fashion crowd seemed especially sentimental about the occasion. As Carolina Herrera explained to us, there really is no place that quite compares. “Bergdorf is very special. First of all, it has been around for over 111 years and also the location is perfect.” Plus, of course, “the store is the best. Just the best.” It must be, for its party drew guests like Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Donald Trump, and Anna Wintour, who wore a rosy dress from Raf Simons‘ first ready-to-wear collection for Dior.

Others went for more dramatic ensembles, like Coco Rocha‘s burgundy mermaid Zac Posen gown, Amy Fine Collins‘ sweeping black and white number, and one guest’s ruffled, baby blue, full-fledged Cinderella gown. All those gowns fell victim to errant feet over the course of the evening, proving yet again that crowds and tulle trains do not mix.

The most eye-catching look, however, belonged to Michelle Harper, who paired her trompe l’oeil feather-printed gown and matching jacket with a substantial frosty wig, which the icy-haired Fargo took as a witty tribute. “She’s like a twisted Upper East Sider,” she admired.

Never one to shy away from dramatic attire herself, 91-year-old Iris Apfel held court in her own corner, surrounded by cameras (her friend Albert Maysles is in the process of making a documentary about her life) and chatting with fashionable friends young and old until at least midnight. In a bit of a night owl mood ourselves, we asked some of the many devotees present what they would do if they could have Bergdorfs to themselves for the night. Pucci‘s Peter Dundas said he would try on all of the clothes in the store — no really, all of them — while Peter Som confessed that he would steal his own collection “so it looks like it’s all sold out.”

Joe Zee clearly was on our wavelength with the idea. “It’s a constant fantasy of mine to come out of the change rooms and [see that] everyone’s gone home,” he winked. “I think I’d probably go to the home department and lie down on all the mink pillows.” And with that, off we went. Back to our own bedrooms, which sadly lack even a single mink pillow on which to rest our heads.

Guess that just calls for a trip to Bergdorf.

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