Earlier this month, Neiman Marcus Downtown hosted Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the founders of high-end womenswear design label Marchesa, for a trunk show featuring the duo’s recently launched accessories line. The women behind the brand, which has been highlighted by Vogue, talked about everything from Dallas women’s sense of style to the inspiration behind their new line.
StyleSheet: How has your visit to Dallas been?
Georgina Chapman: First of all, we love coming to Dallas. The women in Dallas are just wonderful. Not only do they embrace fashion and enjoy dressing up, which is what fashion should be about, but they are also so lovely and amazing hosts and we were so privileged to have a beautiful party last night.
The women in Dallas are just wonderful. Not only do they embrace fashion and enjoy dressing up, […] but they are also so lovely and amazing hosts.
Keren Craig: Yeah, lovely dinner. Robin [McMonigle] threw us a beautiful supper outside in her garden. We love Dallas. People love to dress up here, and that’s what we’re all about.
SS: Tell me about your recent collections.
KC: We have the runway collection here, but we’re really focusing on the launch of our shoes and our handbags that are here at Neiman’s at this sort of little pop-up. We’re just so thrilled to be able to have the head-to-toe look now. We have fashion jewelry as well. It’s been very exciting for us to complete the look for Marchesa.
SS: How long have the accessories been in the making?
GC: We launched the accessories in the spring. It’s a collection we really believe in, well we believe in all our collections, but it’s very exciting now to put everything together. Now, on the runway, we have our jewelry; we have our shoes; we have our bags. We have fine jewelry as well, which compliments our bridal collection.
SS: Do you have a favorite piece from the accessories collection?
GC: I think what’s really great and what we’re really excited about is expanding the collection so that there really are different pieces. Keren has a great block heel, which is really great for the day. I’m wearing a stiletto, which is actually very comfortable. We have flats. This purse we’ve done converts into a backpack. It’s a very broad stretch within the range, so it’s hard to pick out a favorite.
Alison Glander is a former D Home and D Weddings intern.
Neiman Marcus’ Downtown Dallas store recently unveiled an updated Ladies Shoe Salon, complete with an I-Face Screen, a mirrored screen that displays recent fashion shows.
Throughout the 14-week revamp, the salon moved to a temporary location within the building. Charles Sparks + Company, a Chicago-based design company, guided the salon’s redesign.
The new version of the salon features sitting area, ideal for the fitting process, complete with couches and benches.
Glass-topped tables display the store’s designer brands such as Christian Louboutin, Valentino, and Saint Laurent. (For a complete list of designers the store carries, look here.)
The department store periodically renovates all of its 42 stores nationwide, and the Downtown Dallas location was due for an update.
See the update for yourself. The Ladies Shoe Salon is located on the store’s first floor and is accessible through the Main Street entrance.