Designer Neil Bieff
I have loved Neil Bieff’s exquisite, ethereal, hand beaded dresses for many years. Now, I have had the pleasure of spending time with him at our store Mary Jane Denzer, as he spends time working with our clients one on one, to create their dream dress.
It’s not a surprise, that he initially studied painting. He is a master colorist, who artfully layers chiffon in away that surprises the eye. His clothes are deceptively simple, and show at their best, when slipped on. He loves fluidity and is willing to wait for the, “ahhhh moment” women have when they look in the mirror.
Neil says, “I know my clothes don’t have a lot of hanger appeal, but I’m not dressing a hanger, I’m dressing a woman. It’s my job to highlight their best assets, and if I have figured out how to camouflage flaws, so much the better.”
One of the nice things to see is how many devoted clients Neil has developed over the years. Women have told me they have never worn anything so elegant that was more comfortable and nicely, it invites repeat collaborations.
We somewhat jokingly call Neil our, “in-house Designer” at Mary Jane Denzer because he spends so much time with us. When he is in between trunk shows, often lets us keep his samples giving us another fabulous resource to show our special occasion clientele.
Neil also enjoyed a long friendship with our stores name sake Mary Jane Denzer. I asked Neil to reminisce about a memorable encounter. He laughed heartily and insisted, “there are far too many to single one out”.
“O.K. I countered, than tell me about the very first one.” He laughed again and then relented…
“I had just spent over an hour selecting the silhouette and colors of the dress a client to wear to her daughter’s wedding and we were both excited. Mary Jane was always interested in seeing what was going on in the fitting room, she swept in, looked at our selection and declared it, “a disaster”!!!
Naturally, it was back to the drawing board, but I was a quick study…After that, we often collaborated together. Mary Jane did have impeccable taste and an unerring eye. I would like to think we learned from each other and it always ended up benefiting the client.
I asked Neil, “what is your absolute favorite thing to create?” I was surprised at his answer. “As much as I love color, I’m always enamored with the pure, elegant simplicity of the little black dress. Often, I will first create a new design in black before interpreting it in color. That way I can really see the ‘bones’ of the dress.”
It was an absolute joy to attend Paris Fashion Week with my partner Anastasia Cucinella to buy for our store Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains, N.Y. Our vendors are excited for us and have been fantastic partners, who are looking forward to growing with us. We truly appreciate their support and friendship.
We look forward to continuing to honor the DNA of Mary Jane Denzer; a luxury destination for special occasions, but we will also be spreading our wings! We have added several collections that will allow us to completely service all aspects of our clients lifestyle; so in addition to your Red Carpet moments, you will be able to find the perfect, “guest” dress, luncheon outfit, or casual but chic outfit to wear to a committee meeting. We also found fresh and exciting accessories at the tents in Paris and look forward to receiving the fabulous scarves, jewelry and bags we purchased.
The term “Fashion Week” is truly a misnomer…Fashion Month is more accurate. What begins in New York, continues to London, Milan and finally Paris.
My fashion legs are pretty sturdy, but I can attest that New York and Paris were plenty to take in. The other reality is when you arrive at the showrooms. Of course the marvels that walked the runways are their too, but the reality is often in the trove of wearable, ‘commercial’ clothes, that most buyers actually buy, lined and with necklines built up beyond the navel.
My partner at Mary Jane Denzer Anastasia Cucinella and I just returned from Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017“OOH LA LA” sums it up well!
We loved this pretty Monique Lhullier dress and will definitely be ordering for Pre-Fall (late May delivery). We ordered the collection, which hit all the right feminine fashion notes that are meaningful to our clients, while keeping a sharp eye on price.
Stay tuned for more! Our friends and followers enjoyed a front row seat of our journey via Facebook and Instagram, (Mary Jane Denzer and DivaDebbi 1).
Good things are in store for MJD…literally.
Well. Oh my and wholly -rap! How, exactly, the wrong envelope for Best Picture was given to poor Faye and Warren, who I thought were having a dual senior moment, we don’t yet know. Price Waterhouse….Your FIRED.
Kudos to the producers of La La Land, who could not have been more gracious and congrats to the Moonlighting cast and crew on your win. Jimmy Kimmel was a winning host, who navigated the evening well and ended it humbly and adorably. You will be asked back, Jimmy. For those of you just waking up, here’s a nice recap of the final moments, courtesy of Vulture.
But, I can say unequivocally, this was the least exciting Red Carpet, in 89 years. Seriously. Where was the fashion??? Where were the stars??? And why has it become a faux pas for an interviewer to ask the age old, Joan Rivers standard, “Who are you wearing”??? Since I don’t know nor is the information readily press available, many of my loves and loathes will not have designer attribution…in most cases, this will be a blessing…
The R.C. was trend light as well, beautifully cut simple black dresses, white, red and two beauties in gold and nude, worn by fashion A Listers Emma Stone and Nicole Kidman.
Let’s get started…shall we??? Because this blog, that sometimes takes two days to write and edit, should be up and complete by 10pm, just in time for Billions.
The A+ Team
|Brie Larsen. Magnificent in Oscar de la Renta|
|Emma Stone in Givenchy Couture. Magnificent.
Love the hair, love the jewels. Fingers crossed…
The A Team
|Kirsten Dunst in Dior|
|Taraji P. Hensen in Alberta Ferretti|
|Olivia Culpo exquisite in Marchesa|
Disappointing? Viola Davis. I’m fairly certain she is going home with another Oscar tonight and was a bit let down, particularly after her A List turn at the Golden Globes, in lemon, sequin, one shouldered Michael Kors. Comparatively,
this is too tame for the Oscars.
I haven’t yet seen Fences, but every time I see the commercial, where she is giving Denzel what for, dripping in tears and mucous, I burst into tears. If that isn’t Oscar worthy, I don’t know what is. Viola, I’m rooting for you. (And YAY! they just announced her win!).
Underwhelmed as usual by the always overrated Michelle Williams.
Gobsmacked by Haley Berry. Love it from the clavicle down. Completely disconcerted by the Foxy Brown wig, but admittedly, love the Versace gown. I’m wide open for theories and explanations…
|Hailee Steinfeld in a handpainted Ralph and Russo
Love: The hair and makeup, neckline and gown.
The (very long) F List
Are you excited for Hollywood’s big night??? I am, of course. The most fun part being the Red Carpet naturally…
As always, I have zero interest in what the men are wearing. If I ever had the opportunity to interview on the RC, I would skip them entirely…either they get it right, ala George Clooney and keep it sleek and classic, or muck it up clownishly. Nothing. Worth. Noting….It’s all about the Girls.
I adore Emma Stone and also enjoy her Red Carpet choices, that are never boring, suit her personality to a tee and are almost always on my A List. Above I imagined her in this spectacular Tony Ward couture gown. We are very excited to just receive some fabulous new gowns and cocktail dresses at Mary Jane Denzer . The Lebanese Italian designer is a master of cut and only uses the most exquisite silk, lace and tulle for his creations. I had a ball playing Barbie and trying them all on!
So, do check in tomorrow, for my DivaDebbi Red Carpet Report Card. Let me know your loves and loathes!
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, we are excited to be having at trunk show with designer Alex Teih.
Trunk shows present a unique opportunity ; rather than seeing just selections the stores buyers have purchased, clients have the chance to see everything a designer has created for the season. As well, there is often the opportunity to tweak silhouettes, like adding a sleeve or changing a neckline. Color options are always available, which is so important when a palette for a special occasion may be orchestrated by the bride or to complement a theme.
Fashion designer Alex Teih is known for his glamorous evening wear and cocktail dresses. His high fashion couture designs are modern and flirtatious with a polished sophistication. His gowns, sexy and super stylish, have the important, but easy to wear, silhouettes suitable for the relaxed formality of today’s lifestyles.
Oh my. I can honestly say I have never seen so many awful looking dresses at one time, for any given awards show. My snark meter was in overdrive, has I viewed the arrivals. I realized there would be no DivaDebbi Flips and Flops, just Flops.
Soooooo disappointed. I am always rooting for gorgeous, even more so now, as I look for inspiration in buying for my store Mary Jane Denzer. As such, I am only going to list the one look that looked both chic and fresh and keep the dozen plus misses to myself.
Trends? Velvet, bare breasts visible under lace, white, pink, matte dark lips and minimal jewelry.
Evan Rachel Wood
After the last 7 days, I don’t have the heart for even a whiff of snark…maybe it’s time to abandon it altogether.
Peace out Lovelies…
Mary Jane Denzer
7 Renaissance Square/Ritz Carlton
White Plains, NY
We love Rani Arabella’s beautiful knitwear, often embellished with leather, as above, custom silk screen prints or fur trims. Here paired with Blumarine trousers and one of our favorite handbags designers, Jill Haber.
Mary Jane Denzer has enjoyed a reputation for magnificent special occasion clothes for nearly 40 years. It is a pleasure and a passion to continue to provide them for your Red Carpet moments.
As my partner Anastasia Cucinella and I move forward, we will be focusing on beautiful clothes for all your lifestyle needs; pretty cotton dresses for graduations, the perfect stretch leather blazer or suede pant, a gorgeous top to wear on a Saturday night with jeans, etc…
It’s our goal for Mary Jane Denzer to be a place for you to accomplish all your shopping needs. Come be pampered in our gorgeous store by us and our caring staff and talented seamstresses.
We look forward to seeing you!!!