Taking a step into Linda’s doesn’t feel like you’re walking into any brick-and-mortar store. And perhaps that’s because the woman who inspired and curated the entire operation, located on the fourth floor of New York’s iconic Bergdorf Goodman, is Linda Fargo. As the women’s fashion director and senior vice president of the NYC establishment, and one of the most recognizable personalities at any fashion week event worldwide, Fargo is someone who knows, collects, and lives style—everything from the most perfect, dazzling Naeem Khan cape to a delightful Ginori teacup to the most welcoming scents that waft throughout her recently opened store.
Naturally, Fargo has become a go-to expert in the fashion world. And that’s kind of how Linda’s came about. “People frequently ask me about what I’m wearing,” she told us, “One day after the fifth inquiry of the day, our former president, Josh Schulman, looked at me with a light bulb in his eyes and said, ‘If you had a corner of the store of your own, what would you put in there, and what would it look like?’ That little question prompted this highly personal vision and the eclectic closet of a shop that you see now. There are many items that were re-created from things that I literally pulled out of my closet, things that I continue to love and wear, as well as wonderful little items I’ve found along the way in my travels, for example to Mexico or Italy.”
Linda’s has already established itself as a must-see when it comes to 5th Avenue, with its constantly evolving offering of products on its floor. But when we had the chance to speak with Fargo, one of the first things we wanted to know was how an industry whiz and 20-year Bergdorf vet really knows what trends and items will truly last a lifetime. Thankfully, she obliged. And, as expected, her recommendations of forever pieces are a little classic, a little eclectic, and nothing old hat.
Scroll down for our interview and to see the five trends that will last a lifetime, according to this New York fashion icon.
WHO WHAT WEAR: In your 20 years at Bergdorf Goodman, what’s the biggest change in the way you personally shop?
LINDA FARGO: If anything, over the years I’ve only become more addicted to the big candy store of shopping. I’m more of the Oscar Wilde school in that I can resist anything but temptation.
WWW: What did your go-to, powerful outfit look when you first joined BG? And how is it different from your signature look today?
LF: Twenty years ago, I probably thought a sharp but safe dress was my best feminine yet authoritative weapon. Now, I have the confidence to make riskier fashion choices even for important and perhaps more constrained moments. That’s not to say I don’t pay homage to the raison d’être of the event, I just do it in my own way.
WWW: As someone who is a notably daring dresser, how do you define what’s timeless?
LF: Collector statement pieces, believe it or not, are timeless. They don’t belong to one season or another, they’re just wonderful, and most likely will hold their appeal for you over time. I also find leopard print to be enduring. From Linda’s, I would purchase the ultra-lightweight calf hair zip cardigan in leopard from Utzon. I bought mine in Paris years ago, and I never tire of it, even if my friends do.
WWW: In your experience, what are the trends that truly stand the test of time? Can you give us five of them?
LF: Black. So New York, so timeless, and potentially so chic. Great black heels. Interesting black dresses. Black tops, and turtlenecks, and tees. Millions of black pants. I probably have at least 100 pairs … boot cut, crop, flared, high-waisted, low-waisted, skinny … denim and all its reincarnations are forever.
I think Bohemian is a staple by now. It’s inspired by getaways to exotic places, but it feels great when worn in an urban context, too. Ethnic influences and techniques are universally appreciated and admired. This trend is a keeper.
Classics with a fresh twist are forever. The camel coat. The perfect black men’s topper coat. The best poplin shirts. The perfect easy summer leather slide. The most elegant and classic crocodile clutch bag.
Lastly, I don’t think glamour ever goes out of style.
WWW: And finally, what’s your personal process for editing your closet? Any advice for anyone who’s currently curating their own style POV?
LF: I would recommend dressing to please your eye first. Don’t get stuck in a style rut, but also don’t be afraid of repeating yourself. Ask yourself if you really love it, or is it just a “like”—if so chances are you can let it go unless it’s a workhorse staple. For me, I dress a bit like I live … one part planning to two parts serendipity and impulse.
Shop Linda Fargo’s five forever trends, below.
The perfect work pant, plain and simple.
Because one (or two) straps are just never enough.
Your classic denim jacket with a little extra oomph.
The cropped flare is becoming less of a trend and more of a staple.
And our obsession with summer-y, woven handbags continues.
The easiest throw-on summer LBD.
Don’t own a trench yet? Why not?
Classic slides take a unique turn with these laces.
This dress brings the perfect amount of understated elegance to every wardrobe.
Does glamour mean velvet, bows, and clashing colors? In this case, it does.