Fashion Desk: Beverly Thrills

Beverly Feldman has always believed in ‘designing a whole life.’ A day spent with the designer shows how it all comes together.

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Beverly Feldman has always believed in ‘designing a whole life.’ A day spent with the designer shows how it all comes together.

11 a.m.
I arrive at Beverly’s apartment on East 55th Street and walk into a sparkling foyer of crystal-laden chandeliers, oversize antique mirrors and a rose-shaped carpet. Beverly’s “too much is never enough” slogan finds its origin in the woman, but also manifests itself in the surroundings she has created. I marvel at the gorgeous Chihuly-esque chandelier in the living room, and Beverly tells me, “I found that in Italy and bought it for the store. After I bought it and shipped it over — it cost me a fortune — I found out the ceiling wouldn’t hold it.” On my tour, I also find the rose chairs from the New York boutique in her bedroom, where they’ve been since she closed the store in September. “I closed it before the crash, so I guess I get bonus points for that,” Beverly says, laughing. “It was the only store in the 57th Street area without major backing, and e-commerce is the way of the modern woman anyway. Now’s the time I have to take care of my wholesale customers. But the store was very satisfying for me because it had a lot of magic, and I’m told it made people happy.”

11:30 a.m.

Beverly tells me her collection is 20 percent inspired by Paris and 80 percent vintage, but recently she was watching “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and found “the perfect last,” which she will incorporate next season. Showing me her vintage rack in one of many closets, Beverly says, “If I weren’t who I am, I would wear Giuseppe Zanotti, Dolce and Dior shoes. And for clothing, it would be Dior, Dolce and Saint Laurent. Vintage is wonderful because I love the idea of who had it before me. Whoever she was had to have a similar personality to me. She certainly wasn’t a wallflower!” Her favorite vintage store? New York Vintage on West 25th Street.

12 p.m.
In her living room I spot an exotic-looking scrapbook. Beverly, who describes herself as “a known party-giver and party-girl,” hosted her latest, grandest soirée in Thailand to celebrate her 60th birthday. “If you had a brother who lived in this house in Thailand, you’d have had it there too,” she says, handing over a coffee table book called “Paradise by Design,” featuring exotic homes designed by architect Bill Bensley, a guest at the event. “I’ve been having fabulous parties all my life. I love putting people together, creating the atmosphere, the whole environment.” And judging by the seven-tier leopard-print poodle cake and the exotic floral architecture, it’s true.
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