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Barneys New York’s Spring ad campaign, the first under CEO Mark Lee’s tenure, breaks in The New York Times this Sunday. Dubbed “Backstage,” it was shot at the Spring fashion shows in New York, Milan, and Paris by the likes of Nan Goldin (who shot at the Balmain show, above), William Klein (who shot at the Lanvin show, below), and Juergen Teller. “We were seeing tons of black and white in the collections, and we thought, let’s build on that,” Lee said of the black-and-white imagery at a breakfast this morning. (The ads will also feature QR codes, which, when scanned by camera phones, will take users directly to the pictured looks on the stores Web site.) Also on the agenda at Fred’s: the changes he’s implemented since he started September 1 and his plans for the retailer’s future. The goal, said Lee, “is to ensure that Barneys remains the greatest specialty store in the world: special, surprising, different, dynamic. We’re never going to say, ‘It’s done.’ “
Sharp observers will have noticed that the awnings on Madison Avenue are now black to match the store’s iconic shopping bags. And speaking of windows, Barneys.com is getting a new microsite: “The Window” launches next week and will update daily with editorial content like designer interviews; Olivier Theyskens, Carven’s Guillaume Henry, and Frédéric Malle are among the talents up first. Eventually the site will get a complete redesign. There are changes in the works inside the store, as well. Prada clothes and handbags have left the building. (Gasping Miuccia-philes, take note: You’ll still be able to get the label’s women’s shoes and menswear.) The spaces that they occupied are currently being renovated for Azzedine Alaïa (it’ll be his biggest space in the U.S.) and Valextra, respectively. By November of this year, Lee said, the men’s Co-Op will move from the fifth floor to the eighth, and the men’s and women’s Co-Ops will be connected. Eventually, every floor that can be structurally connected will be. Lee was joined at Fred’s by his staff: chief merchant Daniella Vitale, creative director Dennis Freedman, and executive vice president and general merchandise manager Tom Kalendarian. Amanda Brooks, who was named women’s fashion director last week, starts Monday. Asked if the store would retain its “taste, luxury, humor” tagline, Lee said, “taste, yes; luxury, yes; humor? I prefer wit. Barneys was at its best when it was witty.” Continue Reading “Barneys Goes “Backstage” For Its Ads,
And Big For Its Renovations” »
A question that doesn’t often present itself to your everyday, working supermodel: what to wear to a war crimes trial at the Hague? But that’s one that Naomi Campbell had to wrestle with: The supe testified this morning at the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor at the Hague. (Taylor allegedly gifted Campbell some raw diamonds—she described them as dirty pebbles—during a stay at Nelson Mandela’s South Africa home. Slumber parties of the rich and famous!) For her court appearance, Naomi chose a demure, elegant cream-colored cardigan and dress by Azzedine Alaïa, with a heavy, sixties-inspired beehive and bangs and very little makeup. (And suffice it to say, no diamonds.) We’d call it courtroom classy, but we’ll let this case be decided by a jury of our readers. What say you—yea, nay, or eh?
Maybe it’s the recent nuptials, maybe it’s all that time spent hanging out chez Armani (she’s the poster girl for Armani Jeans and Armani Underwear and wore Privé to her wedding), but Megan Fox is looking downright classy lately. Exhibit A: Last night’s VH1 Do Something Awards. Fox hit the stage in Azzedine Alaïa (a sentence, frankly, we never thought we’d have cause to utter). She complemented the gorgeous frock with matching Brian Atwood pumps, a glowing Cali-girl tan, and loose, wavy hair—a look that, overall, might’ve seemed too matchy-matchy on someone else, but on Megan totally worked. Is this the start of a new chapter in the Book of Fox? We’re sure to see more cheesecake mag covers in the days to come, but it’s nice to remember that when she wants to, Megan can play the perfect-lady part, well, near perfectly. What do you think? Do you like Fox’s new look, or do you prefer her wild-child stylings?
Tom Cruise is staging a comeback—again—with Knight and Day, his new action/comedy flick. The jury’s out on that one, but at the film’s Seville premiere, we did find ourselves more interested in his arm candy than in the Top Gun himself. Co-star Cameron Diaz played the leading role on screen and on the red carpet: She was all drama in a Lanvin dress (calculated, no doubt, to show off her fabulously toned legs) with Lanvin pumps, a Fallon cuff, and blazing red lips. Tom’s real-life paramour, Katie Holmes, on the other hand, went for a sweeter look: a pleated Alaïa dress, gladiator sandals, and barely-there makeup. One went diva, one went demure—who wore it best? Do you prefer Cameron’s marquee glitz, or are you feeling Katie’s quiet elegance?
Besides crafting some of the world’s most sought-after dresses, Azzedine Alaïa (pictured) is an avid collector himself. That, as they say, is putting it mildly. The designer not only has his own personal art gallery—part of the store, atelier, and hotel complex he calls home in Paris’ Marais—he’s also in the process of creating a foundation for his genre-spanning collection, which includes everything from couture by Poiret, Vionnet, and Schiaparelli, to design by Marc Newson, to photography by Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, and Horst P. Horst.
But last night chez Alaïa, the walls were covered with press photos, rather than his own holdings. Alaïa hosted the World Press Photo Awards, devoted to the world’s best photojournalism. The grand prize winner this year, an image from Pietro Masturzo’s series From the Rooftops of Tehran, of a woman screaming her disappointment from the roof of her house following the Iranian presidential election, put the host in a reflective mood. “I think this show is particularly important,” said Alaïa. “When I look at some of the poignant images here, it reminds me how privileged we are to be among friends. I thank the sky for that every day.” No word on whether he bought that photo to add to his private stock, or Malik Sidibé’s prizewinning shot (from the Arts & Entertainment category) of two men sporting Viktor & Rolf, Dries Van Noten, and Bottega Veneta (among other designers) from a fashion story in The New York Times Magazine.