The king of sophisticated, body-conscious designs has done it again. David Meister who I love, and interviewed last year, debut his Signature Day Collection for Bergdorf’s in New York this weekend. The daytime collection consists of seven dress styles that will retail from $695 to $950. Fabrics have subtle textural details and are in shades of white, neutrals and navy with pops of coral. The dresses, manufactured in Los Angeles, will be housed on Bergdorf’s sixth floor.
Here’s a few questions from our interview last year.
BV: If you were not a fashion designer what would you be doing?
DM: I would be a surgeon or in some form of medicine.
BV: A lot of designers lot of designers have a great dress line, what makes yours so unique?
DM: The unique thing about the line is the fact that ninety-five percent of the line is made of knit or jersey which has a lot of stretch. It’s a sexier fit and is comfortable to wear- and doesn’t wrinkle.
BV: You mention your line isn’t trendy, however women of all ages wear your clothing. How do you continue to make timeless pieces that all women love?
DM: Women feel pretty in my garments, and it’s always age appropriate for everyone. If you don’t feel good in what you are wearing, it will show. A dress that is cut too low, or requires too many special garments will have you fidgeting all night. My designs don’t require body amour. Things that are well designed have classic-ness to them that every woman can wear regardless of your size.
BV: What achievements are you the most proud of so far?
DM: Wow, that’s a hard one. I would first have to say starting my own business. We are having a best year on record for the David Meister brand. Number two would be the relationship I have with my life partner for seventeen years. He is my rock and I couldn’t have done this without him.
BV: What is your vision for the David Meister brand, and what would you like your legacy to be?
DM: Global domination. I would like to expand into swim wear, coats and brand extension in general. We are having our best year you have ever so I am not complaining. I want people to say I was a good guy, and that I was fun to be around. A great designer who knew how to make women feel beautiful.
Since I couldn’t make it to his launch debut in NYC, his team generously sent me sketches from his new line. Photo are courtesy of Kellwood Company