In fashion, as in so many areas, we don’t do what the rest of the country does. So when stores place their orders every season, they keep the particular demands of New Yorkers top of mind. Full-time versatility? Ahead-of-the-crowd statement pieces? A handbag as big as a Chevy? Five fashion directors tell us what they bought for the city this season.
The All-Day Ensemble
“More so than in any other city, New Yorkers are always running from work to cocktails to dinner, so versatility is important. This outfit works for day—the gold camisole gives the outfit a twist, but the cardigan softens it. The purple-and-navy print in the skirt plays off the tiny stripe in the camisole, and women here love subtle details like that. Take off the sweater, and the camisole and skirt are chic for evening. This outfit is a great alternative to the usual New York uniform of head-to-toe black. It has all the important fall trends—volume, shine, a mix of textures. It’s original, but not overwhelming.”
—Roopal Patel, women’s fashion director, Bergdorf Goodman
Vera Wang gold Empire camisole, $1,350, and cardigan, $595, Marni floral-print skirt, $615, Prada platform sandal, $545, at Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Ave., nr. 57th St.; 212-753-7300).