Saturday, October 20, 2007

Kelly Wearstler at Bergdorf Goodman

Do you ever get the feeling that it's Kelly Wearstler's world and we just live in it? I had the opportunity to attend her product launch and boutique opening at Bergdorf Goodman Friday night and the party was so hot that it set off the fire alarm! I knew it wasn't going to be a typical Bergdorf's party since some people paid to attend through House and Garden's Design Week. I don't pay to attend parties unless they are a benefit and you could tell those who paid because they hung around the perimeter staring at Ms. Wearster in star struck wonder. My friend and I on the other hand had no problem introducing ourselves to the woman of the hour and she was even gracious enough to pose for a photo. I have to say that she whippet-thin and unbelievably beautiful in real life and her new collection is beyond chic. It's also beyond expensive. I wish I had asked her if a lower priced line was in the works but it was so busy and crowded I totally forgot. If there isn't one, I may have to call up Tar-jay myself and suggest one so I can afford a little piece of chic from the most stylish woman in the design world!

If you've ever been to the 7th Floor of Bergdorf's, then you'll know that it has very low ceilings and is a maze of little rooms. Not exactly conducive to a party so the place was packed and hotter than Hades as summer doesn't want to seem to let autumn take over in New York. So I apologize for the following photos. They're definitely not the best I've ever taken but I wanted you to get a peak inside the Kelly Wearstler boutique.

The room couldn't be any bigger than 12 feet by about 6 feet. It's a tiny little jewel box of a space with niches on the back and side wall that frame little vignettes of merchandise while the middle table displays all sorts of objects d'art.
I think the mix of silver and gold is fun especially since I don't think it's someone would think to do at home. You usually pick one or the other.

Everyone was loving the hands that come in gold and silver. I picked up one to find that it was over $1400 and I think that was just for one, not even the pair. But then again, what would you expect at Bergdorf's. It's a store devoted to fantasy and luxury.

There were quite a few Roman inspired pieces like the foot above and a few busts like the small one below. While the metal spiked orbs were inspired by vintage pieces in Kelly's personal collection and are available in chrome and brass and three different sizes.

I know I look forward to seeing what Kelly Wearster comes up with next and I'll keep my fingers crossed that I'll be able to afford it! Until then, I'll continue to visit her boutique and drool. Oh, and in case you haven't had enough, the designer also graces the cover of A Fashionable Life, a special issue of Harper's Bazaar. See, I told you it's Kelly Wearstler's world and we're just living in it!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! I was giddy when I read this post. It's so exciting to see a snapshot of Ms. Wearstler's Wonderful World ... such a gorgeous lady and so many beautiful little treasures! My Christmas trip to NY will not come fast enough! [P.S. Did you happen to notice the price of the orbs?]

Habitually Chic said...

Hi Anonymous - so glad you enjoyed a look at Kelly Wearstler and her boutique. The orbs are on the cover of the new BG Decorative Home catalog so they list the prices. The orbs come in 6", 12", and 18" diameter. The chrome are $1,595, $1,995 and $2,395 while the brass are $1,395, $1,795 and $2,195. Are you going to put one on your Christmas list?

Anonymous said...

Hi Again... thank you for the orb price info. I think I will have to admire them from afar and follow you to
Tar-jay!

David said...

Have to say I'm pretty underwhelmed by these. I'm a big fan of her design aesthetic, I'm not seeing anything here that gets me excited. Giant gold-plated dice, plaster cast feet, and spiky orbs that look like 1970s light fixtures. I was hoping for more.

Style Court said...

thanks for taking us along :)

Susan M. Jamieson, ASID said...

I love her but I am not crazy about these accessories. I heard she was short not tall. She looks tall in her pictures. My 40th birthday present to myself was to stay at Maison 140 and Viceroy in LA and drive by her office. It was a Kelly birthday.

Ps - love your blog. I have it hightlighted on mine. Bridgetbeari@blogspot.com

Holly Woods said...

Wow, Habitaully,
Is she gorgeous or what?
Will you join me in the "waiting" game?
Holly x

Suzy said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU!
I just knew you would take photos! I've secretly been hoping all weekend that you'd post them today - my husband thinks I'm a lunatic for remembering which day a boutique in NY was opening...oh well. Thanks again! I don't know when I'll get to NY again, or if any of those items will be within my budget, but we can always dream.

Habitually Chic said...

Hi David, I understand how you feel. I wonder how much of it was influenced by the fact that she was essentially designing for Bergdorf's. There wasn't anything I really loved except maybe the gold hands but I will go to my favorite Asian booth at the flea market and look for them there.

Habitually Chic said...

Susan, she was wearing 3-4 inch heels so maybe that's why she looked so tall. That and the fact that she is really thin. I am jealous that you stayed at the Viceroy. I really want to take a trip and stay there.

Habitually Chic said...

Hi Holly, she was unbelievably gorgeous! I really hope she comes out with a lower priced line since I can't afford anything in her current one ;-)

Habitually Chic said...

Suzy, I told you I would go to the opening and report back! I wish it hadn't been so hot and crowded. I would have stayed longer. The boutique is really luxurious and most of the items I feel are a bit formal. Lots of gold and silver and marble. Let's keep our fingers crossed for a lower priced line!

CLfan said...

Funny about it being Kelly's world. Last Thursday I was interviewing a young, hip, successful plastic surgeon for a magazine article. His office was beautifully designed--glam but comfortable, chic yet warm. The first thing I asked him when we sat down to chat was "Who did your place?" His answer? Kelly Wearstler! It turned out his offices were the first she'd ever done for a doc. (She did his place a while ago and his offices are not on her site's portfolio.) Though I wasn't there to talk to him about design, we ended up chatting quite a bit about Kelly and the different touches she'd come up with. It was interesting getting a client's point of view on her work.

For anyone who visits L.A., I recommend the Avalon hotel in Beverly Hills. It's a little more toned down than some of her other stuff--more subtle. The restaurant is fab, so even if you don't stay at the Avalon, you can enjoy a few hours there and have a great meal. Be sure to ask for a table by the pool.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to check it out for myself in December.

Alice Olive said...

Thanks for sharing! The gold and silver do mix well, you'd think it might be slightly gaudy but it works, just like midnight blue and black. I have to (somtimes) re-think my colour mixes!

Mackenna said...

ok i don't know if i missed it but did you catch how much the sandaled foot was? Thanks !

franki durbin said...

It's nice knowing she's so friendly in person. It helps me love her aesthetic even more. You sound like me... I love it when people are afraid to approach an influential person. We're all just people. It often makes the celeb/influential feel odd that people won't act normal around them. Good for you!

Any Wearstler creations come home with you? ;)

Habitually Chic said...

CLFan, I feel like there were a few commercial spaces in her Modern Glamour book that were really lovely. I know everyone gets sick of her sometimes but her designs are so wonderfully layered and interesting. I never tire of looking at them.

Habitually Chic said...

BA - I feel like I need to check it out again myself when I can really take the time to look at everything closer.

Habitually Chic said...

Alice, I think maybe it works because the silver is more brushed. I think Reese Witherspoon single-handedly put the blue and black combo on the map! It's such an original look too!

Habitually Chic said...

Mackenna, I didn't see the price of the foot but I am sure it's over $1000. Everything there was very expensive!

Habitually Chic said...

Franki - it was really too crowded to shop that night so I plan to go back and see if there is anything I can afford!

Anonymous said...

honestly, don't you all think her design is a little "tired"? i really don't see any of her creations lasting the test of time. sorry...i actually know her and she lives in her own little world...and it ain't reality.

also, p.s., she is much thinner than she was back when she was a playboy playmate!

michael talley said...

First of all Kelly's designs are not "tired" you are obviously living in a cave because kelly is everywhere and i'm not just saying this because i'm her brother, I my be a little protective but for the most part it's just fact! She works her butt off designing everything under the sun, she is even getting into the clothing bizz. And on top of it all she is a great mom and a wonderful member of our family. So to all you haters, jealousy is not pretty :)

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