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Stylist Spotlight: Rushka Bergman, Fashion Editor Vogue Italia

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?
RB: Elegant
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!



Photos courtesy of David Needleman and IMDb

posted Tue, 03/01/2011 by Charles David

Hot Off The Press

Our Spring/Summer catalog just arrived and we couldn't be more excited.  The creative is inspired by a romantic, french love story meant to evoke an emotional connection with our reader, taking them back to the days of their first true love. Printed on newsprint, the book is light and playful, highlighting what Charles David is about - youthfulness, style, confidence and femininity.

Stop by one of our store locations to pick up your very own copy while they're hot off the press.  When you're there, don't forget to take a sneak peak at our new collection.  Spring styles are hitting our shelves steadily.  Check back online within the next few weeks to see what's in store.    

posted Tue, 02/01/2011 by Charles David

The Look of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published on April 10, 1925, it is set on Long Island's North Shore and in New York City during the summer of 1922. It is a critique of the American Dream.

The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed having unprecedented levels of prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers. After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel, and a literary classic. The Great Gatsby has become a standard text in high school and university courses on American literature in countries around the world,[1] and is ranked second in the Modern Library's lists of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century.

You are viewing stills from the movie adaptation filmed in 1974 starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.  A remake is in the works for 2011 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.. Loosely, our upcoming campaign is inspired by this great story. 


posted Tue, 01/18/2011 by Charles David

W's Best Performances

We were lucky enough to attend a lunch yesterday to preview W Magazine's 'Best Performances' Issue.  In anticipation of the Golden Globes this weekend, editor Lynn Hirshberg, has captured some of the most amazing talent in a multi-page editorial shot by sensational photographers, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin... So beatiful we had to share. 

Featured actors who have made us cry, believe, hope, laugh, wonder and appreciate over this past year include Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Julianne Moore and Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright), Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Christian Bale (The Fighter) and James Franco (127 Hours).  

posted Fri, 01/14/2011 by Charles David

The Fabulous "Big" & "Little" Edie of Grey Garden's

Grey Gardens is a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. The film depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive socialites, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, who lived at Grey Gardens, a decrepit mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition.

In 2010, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

 Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale were the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The two women lived together at Grey Gardens for decades with limited funds, resulting in squalor and almost total isolation.

The house was designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe in 1897, and purchased in 1923 by Phelan Beale and Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale. After Phelan left his wife, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale lived there for decades more, over 50 years in total for each woman. The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist.[2]

In the fall of 1971 and throughout 1972, their living conditions—their house was infested by fleas, inhabited by numerous cats and raccoons, deprived of running water, and filled with garbage and decay—were exposed as the result of an article in the National Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine[3] after a series of inspections (which the Beales called "raids") by the Suffolk County Health Department. With the Beale women facing eviction and the razing of their home, in the summer of 1972 Jacqueline Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill provided the necessary funds to stabilize and repair the dilapidated house so that it would meet Village codes.

Albert and David Maysles became interested in their story and received permission to film a documentary about the women, which was released in 1976 to wide critical acclaim. Their direct cinema technique left the women to tell their own stories.

"Big Edie" died in 1977 and "Little Edie" sold the house in 1979 to former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and his wife Sally Quinn. "Little Edie" died in 2002 at the age of 84.

According to a 2003 article in Town & Country, after their purchase, Bradlee and Quinn completely restored (the sale agreement forbids razing the house) the house and grounds.



posted Wed, 01/12/2011 by Charles David

11 Ways to Ring in 2011 with Sparkle & Shine!

It's that time a year again when we celebrate the New Year!  Whether you are going to a house party, an intimate dinner or Vegas, here are 11 ways to ring in 2011 with a little or a lot of Sparkle & Shine!

  1. A glittery nail polish in a fun garish color.
  2. Pull out your 1999 Dolce & Gabbana velcro SWAROVSKI belt from that you paid way too much for and thought you would never wear again!
  3. Purchase a pair of FROTH from Charles by Charles David to wear with your skinny jeans and a tucked in, overisized silk blouse.
  4. Don a sparkly masquerade mask.  DIY with glitter, spray adhesive and a paper mask (all available at your local craft store).
  5. Dust your skin with body glitter.
  6. Hit up the designer sales and purchase something sparkly from fall winter 2010 collections.
  7. Add some shine to your face with glitter eye pencil or a super shiny lip gloss. 
  8. A glitzy pair of satin FROLIK ballerina flats from Charles by Charles David.
  9. "if you liked it, then you should have put a rung on it"--Beyonce.  There is no better way to ring in the New Year than with a proposal!  A diamond engagement ring is the ultimate sparkle and accessory.
  10. Don't forget about your diamond grill that has been hiding in your drawer.  Slap that on with some magenta lip stick and you are good to go!
  11. Alas, champagne ...  The best bling of all!


posted Thu, 12/30/2010 by Charles David

Lovely Luisa

Luisa caught our eye and stole our heart.  At the tender age of 19, she's taking the fashion industry by storm.  Her beautiful, pale skin, striking red hair, perfect pout and endless personality set her apart.  Selected to open Marc Jacobs' Spring/Summer 2011 show, Luisa has since struted the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris for Isaac Mizrahi, Topshop, Moschino, Missoni and Jean Paul Gaultier.  The November issue of Harper's Bazaar notes that Luisa Bianchin is a Model To Watch.  We completely agree.    

This Spring, Luisa becomes the face of our newest ad campaign shot by photographer Francesco Carrozzini and styled by darling editor of Vogue Italia & L'Uomo Vogue, Rushka Bergman.  The photos are gorgeous and we can't wait to release them.  But for now, here's a sneak peek at lovely Luisa on the Charles David shoot. 

First looks at our upcoming campaign also shared by Fashion Gone Rogue, Design Scene and WWD


Luisa Bianchin, DNA Model Management

*photos courtesy of DNA and The New York Times, T Magazine

posted Thu, 12/30/2010 by Charles David

We Love Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper (born Dorothy Tuckerman November 22, 1889, died March 11, 1969) was an influential and innovative American interior decorator of the early to mid 20th century.

She was born into the aristocratic Tuckerman family in the Tuxedo Park section of New York State. Her great-grandfather, Oliver Wolcott, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Dorothy stated later that she had "no schooling to speak of, except that I was brought up where I had the privilege of being constantly in touch with surroundings of pleasant good taste,".Extensive travel in Europe added to her observations; after she married Dr. George Draper in 1912 and continued to live in glamor, she redecorated her homes in such style that other high society friends were asking her to do the same for their homes. Soon, she was being hired by architects; Douglas Elliman then hired her to re-do New York's Hotel Carlyle. Over the years, she did makeovers for New York's Hampshire House, World's Fair Terrace Club, and Maison Coty; Chicago's Drake Hotel's Camelia House, Washington's Mayflower Hotel; and Hollywood's Arrowhead Springs Hotel; West Virginia's Greenbrier. Also, she designed the interiors of the famous Palácio Quintandinha in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1944.   Among decorators, it was said that these locations had been "Draperized".

She was one of the few early women to really delve into the male dominated construction industry. Her style was big, brash, bodacious, bold, and bordered on what some would consider gaudy, shocking both men and women of her day. She was a predecessor of Morris Lapidus, the architect that would redesign, stylistically as well as almost literally, all of Miami Beach. The two had similar styles and approaches, yet his was firmly modernistic, while she still used traditional elements and principles in her work, albeit grandiosely.

To learn more about Dorothy Draper go to

posted Mon, 12/27/2010 by Charles David