Wishing You a Very Gaga Christmas
Barneys' Gaga Workshop Opens for Business
Forget about Thanksgiving. Last night at Barneys, Christmas was in full swing. Lady Gaga, decked out in Chanel Haute Couture, was on hand for the ribbon cutting and opening of her workshop on the fifth floor, where the likes of Blake Lively, Prabal Gurung, Carolyn Murphy, and Alan Cumming had all gathered to scoop up everything from $25 finger pops and $95 chocolate heels to enormous Gaga candles that drip wax out of her eye sockets and limited-edition heel-less leather shoes. Twenty-five percent of the workshop's sales will go to the pop star's new Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on youth empowerment.
"This is the first time we've been able to shop," said Gaga's right-hand man, Nicola Formichetti, as he loaded his basket full of trinkets. "I got the iPhone covers that I designed, of course, and this cake—it's chocolate." Nearby, Michelle Harper and Eli Sudbrack of Assume Astro Vivid Focus, who helped create the shop's sculptural installations, were ogling the press-on nails designed by Lady Gaga's nail artist Naomi Yasuda. "I bet my little nephew will want these," Harper said as she held up the set encrusted with silver and black stones. "He recently told me that 'holographic' is his favorite color. This place is definitely for someone like that; he'll go crazy in here."
Though there were few children in attendance last night, the adults were going crazy on their behalf, acting just like kids in a candy store. "I want a bite of that," Alan Cumming said to a partygoer standing next to him at the bar, who was holding one of the giant chocolate Gaga shoes. "Just bite right into it," she offered, "or you can have the heel if you want!"