Veteran fashion designer David Meister has successfully collaborated with the corporate Kellwood giant ----with what we consider to be several lines with a focus on evening wear, Red Carpet, and Mother of the Bride gowns.
|Exclusive to Bergdorf's and Neiman Marcus-DAVID MEISTER SIGNATURE with prices retailing $1500+|
|One Shoulder, sequin cocktail dress---just the right amount of shine|
|David Meister in front of the high end evening collection for Bergdorf 's and Neiman Marcus|
|Jewel tone, high belted lovelies-these evening gowns boast inner support mechanisms and drape/flow like Grecian goddess gowns|
In the Big Apple from his home base of LA---the congenial designer walked us through the display of collections, grouped on racks aligning the showroom floor.
|Couture like hand details---a bodice boned corset with push-up cups built into the strapless gown's top-hems with stitched lace --- for the perfect fit,|
For Fall 2011---there is a lot of "metallic shine, sequins and lurex..."---and the special challenge of how to change the sleeves---as in "how to make the sleeves and how to make it sexy...and how to be covered and be sexy at the same time." AN MO his older clientele appreciate---and maybe some younger types should. HA HA.
|Meister's 'own' collection---immensely popular at department stores like Nordstom's|
|Love the turquoise greenish chiffon lining of this one-shouldered lurex evening gown|
"The Bergdorf customer is a bit different," when we queried him this subset of fabulousness..."more lady-like." And we might add-expecting "simple, beautiful fabrications."
|Metallic tones for Fall 2011 in evening wear-one sleeve/one shoulder cocktail and evening dresses a highlight|
|Draped and ruched dresses-flattering option as "these ballgowns work on a lot of people."|
|Not a lot of ornamentation on these dresses- as David Meister's clients sport their own bling-this pearl/bold sequins encrusted neckline on a black evening gown-beautiful...with flat armhole cuts that don't add pounds. A key detail.|
|SEE-Through Netted shoulders reveals some skin without giving up the cover up. Another designer Donna Karan understood the shoulders' appeal par excellence too.|
|Cocktail/Dinner frocks in solids---"NO PRINTS AT EVENING"|
The solution for Meister ---is the well done- slit sleeves that flow like scarves-not flap around like bird wings...slit legs in the front for the Red Carpet gowns (lined with chiffon jersey inside)...and an open back on some dress styles...to "show some skin." But never vulgar.
PLUS: For all Meister's dresses---"it's best to always have a center back sipper...no pull-over the head EVER...just step into the dress with hair and make-up done...zip and go." So modern American practical, IMHO.
For daywear and we think, ideal daywear into evening dresses (particularly in iridescent purple and lurex), menswear fabrics (for structured shapes) and easy to wear, jersey dresses-draped "twists/pulls/wraps around"- flawlessly-for feminine fits that manage to enhance-not add the pounds.
|A hint of the collarbone shows with these gently scooped draped necks ----|
|Front diagonal pleats-folded like an orgami flower|
|Meister shows us this lovely heather jersey dress that is timeless---and that a wide variety of body types would look just fine in|
|Office appropriate not matronly---shine for a day dress works-ideal with with stacked platform pumps or Mary-Janes|
A few Bridal looks from the one plus year old line....
|A faithful companion.|