51 posts tagged "Barneys New York"
Label: Nicholas Kirkwood
Need to know: Crazy colors, wild patterns, and sky-high heels are what we’ve come to expect from London-based shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. He offered all this and more in his Spring collection, which was inspired by waves. His oceanic theme was apparent in snakeskin gladiator sandals with mirrored resin heels. Instead of going the typical “urban warrior” route, the designer reinterpreted the popular style into something more feminine, using fluid, swirling baroque shapes (not unlike rippling waves) instead of typical straps. Crests splashed over the sides of electric blue, orange, or yellow pumps and sandals in metallic leather and suede. Kirkwood also translated his beachy-inspiration into graphic plastic fan heels, and the metal toecaps on quirky, demure flats mimicked a wave shape. Printed watersnake sandals seemingly inserted into open-toe Mary Janes were a clever take on classic footwear, and the iridescent epoxy resin beads on a range of snakeskin sandals felt particularly aquatic. The designer also introduced a 55mm heel into his collection for the first time, showing it on pointy chevron-printed neon pumps. “It’s a way to get that height that people want without being so mumsy,” explained Kirkwood. “A low heel can still be cool. And it can be young, too.”
He says: “I became a little obsessed with waves this season. We’ve done them in multiple colors and forms. And I was feeling more of a closed-up silhouette, something that’s feminine but not too girly.”
Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and in Nicholas Kirkwood stores.
Label: Monique Péan
Need to know: Monique has been quietly showing her collection to editors and buyers for the past several fashion seasons. This time around, the designer did a bigger presentation at the Danziger Projects gallery space in Chelsea, and the collection was the most comprehensive yet. Péan’s latest efforts were inspired by her recent visit to Guatemala. The collection, named K’Atun, has a particular focus on geometric pattern, ancient and modern architecture, and the repetition of symbols and shapes. It’s the first time the designer is using fossilized dinosaur bone in the collection, for her signature rings. My favorite is pictured above.
She says: “Although everything is handmade, I want it to have a finished look. Even our Muyal fossilized woolly mammoth ring with multiple stripes inside (pictured) is done by hand but looks machine-done.”
Where to find it: Barneys New York.
Barneys unveiled the latest piece of its multi-year renovation today—a new 22,000-square-foot floor that is sure to have footwear fans pulling out their credit cards upon arrival. The bright, minimalist fifth-floor space, which has been under way since Gaga’s Workshop packed up back in the winter, houses both men’s and women’s designer shoes (a first for the Madison Avenue flagship), as well as travel accessories from the likes of Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Rimowa.
The new edition (58 percent bigger than the old shoe floor), done under the direction of Dennis Freedman and interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg, features white marble walls, brass fixtures, limestone flooring, iPad stations throughout (conveniently located next to the cushioned seats), and brass-mesh glass cases to highlight specific labels. In the women’s area, those two spaces are designated for two of the store’s major brands, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. You’ll find Barneys-exclusive (denoted with the XO signs) styles from Blahnik, Sergio Rossi, and Maison Martin Margiela for women, and for men, shoes from the likes of Battistoni, Endless, and Harris. Co-Op shoes will remain on the eighth floor for men and on the seventh floor for women. In celebration of its newest renovation completion, Barneys has launched Perfect Pairs, a campaign to support the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and its Americans for Marriage Equality Program, with 10 percent of sales from the new shoe floor between today and Sunday going to the HRC. Next to be finished on the retailer’s flagship makeover project is the women’s ground floor, set to be completed in September. Here, a first look at the new fifth level.
Madonna’s MDNA concert tour kicks off today in Tel Aviv. While the iconic singer is sure to bring her signature moves to the stage, it’s her costumes that are generating the most buzz. An army of designers—Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, and Alexander Wang—have been enlisted to create eye-catching looks, to be accessorized with shoes from Prada and Miu Miu. Italian designer Fausto Puglisi (who also worked with the singer for the Super Bowl on M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj’s costumes) has also been tapped to design looks for the backup dancers. [WWD]
Now at Topshop, you can shop till you drop, and find yourself in a bed moments later. The retailer has teamed up with Travelodge on combined store and hotel development at Topshop’s flagship store in Edinburgh—what was once Topshop’s stock room has been converted into a 96-room hotel. [Telegraph]
Last year was Gaga, this year is Disney. Word on the street is that Barneys New York has plans to team up with the Walt Disney Co. for the upcoming holiday season, and they have all sorts of treats in store. Reportedly, one of the elements of the decorations will be an animated Disney fashion film starring fashion insiders. [WWD]
When I was a kid, my mom used to dress me in stripes, and ever since then, I have racked up a growing collection of striped pieces (I still keep the tradition going today with my daughter Gloria). Especially in the summer, cutoffs and a striped top are my go-to weekend outfit, so of course, when I first saw Chance’s California-inspired collection of timeless basics, I was immediately drawn to it. From the boatneck shirts in turquoise, green, and blue to the canvas totes and printed beach towels, it’s all so perfect for summer. (The one-year-old brand’s designer, Julia Leach, knows a thing or two about stripes—she’s the ex-creative director of Kate Spade.) And though it’s just her second collection, filled with a range of long cotton dresses, tanks, and shorts, it’s already exclusively stocked at Barneys. It’s all very basic, super chic, and classic. If you are going away to the beach this weekend, you might want to visit her Web site or stop by Barneys for a quick shopping spree.
Pictured: Boatneck tee, $68; beach towel, $85; and Body of Water tote, $235. All available at Barneys New York and www.chanceco.com.