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To all of our followers and loyal fans, we're planning something special for you later this month (details will arrive in your mailbox within a few weeks). Spread the word and pass it on... All shoe lovers are welcome!
We heard that one of our beloved top models from the 80's and 90's celebrated a birthday this week. At 47 years old, Elle MacPherson is still rocking that slender, yet curvacious body which made her famous. See a few pics we pulled from her modelling days. For fun, we've paired her barely-there looks with some of our new Charles by Charles David shoes.
Introducing Rushka Bergman. Rushka is the contributing Fashion Editor for L'Uomo Vogue and Vogue Italia and now, we consider her part of the Charles David family. She has worked with us on our last two campaigns; the most recent one shot by Francesco Carrozzini, featuring Model-To-Watch, Luisa Bianchin. Along with suitcases of fabulous designer wears and a talent beyond words, she brings an unparalleled level of energy to the set.
We sat down with her the other day to ask a few questions for The Chronicle's first Spotlight Series. We learned that Rushka has worked with some of the leading men in the entertainment biz, including Robert De Niro, Quentin Tarantino, Hugh Jackman, Morgan Freeman, Kobe Bryant, Shepart Fairey and Jay Z... just to name a few... but she was also the personal stylist of the late and great Michael Jackson (wow!) and acted as a creative consultant/costume designer for his planned "This Is It" concert tour.
Read on to learn more....
Charles David: How did you get into fashion? Where did you get your start and how did you end up as the fashion editor of L'Uomo Vogue/Vogue Italia?
Rushka Bergman: I studied fine art for seven years and always loved fashion and design. My passion for creative expression is clearly visible in my work. I am always influenced by the Renaissance masters, minimalism and today’s modern art. I met the editor in chief of Italian Vogue after a Chanel show and that’s how I started to work for the magazine.
CD: You've styled a ton of celebs for the magazine. Who has been your favorite to work with and why?
RB: My favorite person was Michael Jackson. I was very privileged to meet him, and then work with him, the most genius artist that this planet will ever see. As much as I worked with him, I learned from him. The more I watched him and heard him, the more I loved him. No artist on Earth can compare to his inner and outer beauty. I met so many stars, but nobody was close to Michael. He was always ahead of everybody else, simply magic.
CD: What female celebrity has the best style hands down?
RB: For me, Marlene Dietrich was the most classic, elegant, sophisticated and timeless icon of all time. Today, the celebrities with the best style are Emmanuelle Seigner, Tilda Swinton, Kate Winslet and Angelina Jolie.
CD: What do you see as the top fashion trends for women in Spring/Summer '11?
RB: Stripes, colors and 70s chic.
CD: You've worked with us for the past two seasons. What do you like most about the Charles David brand?
RB: The impeccable design of Charles David shoes. The quality of the leather is exceptional, and the styles are classic yet young and modern.
CD: We had so much fun on this recent shoot. What was your favorite moment?
RB: When the model, Luisa, stepped out in the white suit and white, perforated leather Charles David shoes and rocked the Great Gatsby inspiration.
CD: What is your most favorite shoe of the campaign & why?
RB: The perforated, leather oxford heels - the SPIRE model - were the most beautiful, forward design, and so timeless.
CD: If you could sum up your style in one word, how would you describe it?
CD: What is your next big project?
RB: I just styled Usher for the 2011 Grammy Awards. My several upcoming projects are top-secret but you will be hearing about them very soon!
According to our calendar the season doesn't start until next month (March 20th to be exact) but here at Charles David, we officially have Spring fever. New merchandise has been hitting stores weekly and we've loaded up our online Lookbook with to-die-for styles in a bright colors and trend-right heels.
Put a Spring in your Step and start trading in your tights and wool socks for bare legs and feet. Pedicure-worthy open toe shoes... we're ready!
Our good friends at People Stylewatch sent us this photo posted above. To grab people's attention during Fashion Week, the magazine wrapped pages of its March issue around a prominent building in Times Square. Look carefully to see who made the wall!... our GRAYDEN is well over 2 feet tall soaring above the hustle and bustle of New York City.
Thanks PSW! We appreciate the love.
In return, here's a song lyric that comes to mind to take you through the day -
"These vagabond shoes. They're longing to stray. Right through the very heart of it - New York. New York." - Frank Sinatra
Back by popular demand, we're kicking up our heels in honor of our current President and to commerate the birthday of George Washington (the first U.S. President), by offering you $20 OFF every $100 you SPEND*. The sale ends Monday, so start shopping on the 17th and get a head start on our new merchandise.
*Exclusively at Charles David boutiques and on regular priced merchandise only. Cannot be combined with any other offers.