50 posts tagged "Barneys New York"
Step aside, Anderson Cooper. Simon Doonan’s unlikely muse for this month’s holiday windows at Barneys is none other than the original silver fox of broadcast news, Tom Brokaw. “I wanted someone with a little bit of gravitas to cut the ribbon,” Doonan says of the anchorman, who will do the honors at this Sunday’s window unveiling. Brokaw’s latest book, Boom! Talking About the Sixties was one of several zeitgeist indicators that Doonan honed in on when coming up with this year’s “Hippie Holiday” theme. (Original counterculture girl Joan Baez was first in line for ribbon duties, but no need to mention that to Tom.) “We picked the cheery, upbeat elements of the sixties,” Doonan assured. “No overdoses, no assassinations.” Yes, a syringe would look out of place on Madison Avenue, whose newest semi-permanent resident is a Barneys-commissioned carbo- neutral VW Beetle kitted out by artist John Paul Philippe. We got a sneak peek at the windows (and a ride in the new VW CC—so roomy!) this morning, which seemed to be coming along quite groovily. Expect lots of denim, macramé, and something made entirely out of afro wigs. There won’t, however, be any modern-day counterculture girls. Doonan just couldn’t think of any. “It’s hard to imagine Janis Joplin getting a record deal now,” he sighed. “Someone would want to make her over, give her a spray tan. Things weren’t so ersatz back then.”
The Swedish denim label Cheap Monday has put a new spin on that old question by sewing “Increase the Peace” patches onto its beloved skinny jeans. Available in two colors, very stretch black and very stretch one wash (blue), they’ll be sold exclusively at Barneys New York stores beginning on Election Day, November 4. No, buying a pair won’t help the situation in Iraq or Afghanistan, but at $65, they just might ease the situation in your wallet.
The current climate is testing the resolve of even the most dedicated shopper (Sarah Palin excepted, of course). Credit then to the following designers and retailers for coming up with enterprising ways to lure us back. Click for ten great deals, steals, and shopping experiences with one-of-a-kind appeal.