Daily photographs by HANS VON RITTERN, with humorous, artistic and social commentary on life in the big city.

Archive for September 7, 2012


REFLECTION OF BERGDORF: Designer AKRIS, has designed the quintessential 111th year anniversary dress for Bergdorf Goodman and ‘Fashion’s Night Out’. It is has the appearance of a reflection of Bergdorf printed on to the dress. When admirers first stop by the window to marvel at the sleek design it isn’t at first noticed the matching cashmere coat has a mirror image of the store faintly lined inside.
The lines are 1950’s Audrey Hepburn classic! Flowing yet constructed, sheer elegance in the simplicity of the design, reflecting Bergdorf’s reputation of sophisticated chic.


FASHIONABLE IS FOREVER:  New York’s ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ grows bigger every year. It’s a cross between trick-or-treating of Halloween and a public fashion show. The city is a trendy madhouse with people texting each other as to which store has the best ‘treats’. As the event grows every year, there are the regulars. You find yourself looking for the painted topless woman, the guy with the 9 inch platforms, the Elton look-alike, the many cross dressers, the trendy hip teens….and these two.
I spotted them last year outside Bergdorf Goodman (one of the best shows in town) and this year I came across them inside the store. “May I photograph you?” “Yes sure!! So many photograph us and we never know where they wind up” – well here they are making there annual trek and paying homage to Bergdorf’s.
Always fiercely dressed and coifed, once again I am reminded of Edie Beale of Grey Gardens. They slowly make their way through the store, always stopping to buy ‘one little thing.’ Mom wheels herself through on her own, usually racing ahead of her daughter, ogling at all the amazing displays. As they catch up to each other I had to capture the moment, proving some things are forever. .