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If you haven’t heard of Mr. Cory yet, perhaps you’ve been living under a rock—and we could hardly blame you. After all, it is Fashion Month, and said rock is probably something fabulous and shiny (we’re picturing something from Monique Péan). To catch you up to speed, Mr. Cory is the 10-year-old owner and founder of Mr. Cory’s Cookies, an all-natural cookie company that makes the world a better place via delicious baked goods, generous donations to local charities, and overall off-the-charts adorableness.
While Mr. Cory is best known for his business savvy and cookie smarts, he captured our hearts with his love for fashion. Teaming up with our own stylish Creative Ambassador, Simon Doonan, the duo stormed Barneys’ kids’ department to put together three fall looks for back to school and beyond. Not only do Mr. Cory and Simon tackle what to wear for the classroom, but they also talk business suits and party looks, rhapsodizing on the importance of the pocket square. From dipping into the girls’ section to accessorizing with eye-catching socks, Mr. Cory teaches us: There are NO rules in fashion.
Leaves aren’t the only thing that change color in the fall. Our preferred style palette also transitions from summer brights to more earthy and subdued hues, both in our wardrobes and our beauty routines. This autumn, a sophisticated deep berry lip color—ranging from the full-on strength of a Cabernet to the lesser punch of a Pinot—was a fall runway favorite when balanced with an equally bold brow, and is a fun seasonal addition to your look.
Jason Ascher, resident beauty guru at our Madison Avenue flagship, showed us how to master the application of the pink pout on multiple levels in the above easy-to-follow tutorial. Ascher created a daytime look that pairs perfectly with a plaid coat, leather boots and messy ringlets, and then gets pumped up a notch for a sultry night on the town. So study up, stock up, and pucker up.
Years before she was a full-time designer, Jennie Kwon was a classical musician, spending eight to ten hours a day practicing—an early sign of the almost obsessive precision that lives on today in her delicate jewelry collection. Then, she had an accomplished career as a lawyer, with the altruistic mission of serving as “a voice for the voiceless,” but eventually found herself frustrated by a lack of a creative outlet. Lucky for us, she soon converted her office into a studio, returning to her creative roots with an eponymous collection of bijoux.
For someone with such a knack for reinvention, it comes as no surprise that Kwon’s pieces maintain a constant wearable aesthetic and are the perfect accents to any range of identities. Her eye-catching yet minimalist collection is most notable in its elegant restraint.
The Window was lucky enough to pay a visit to Kwon’s San Fernando Valley home workspace to learn more about her inspiration and process.
Yasmin Sewell is a bit of a fashion oracle. If opening up her own store in London at the age of 22 and stocking then-unknown designer Rick Owens isn’t testament enough to her prescience and prowess, then consider her more recent accomplishments: consulting for brands like J.W. Anderson, Acne, and Chloé and leading as creative director of the hip t-shirt label Etre Cécile. And of course, all while capturing the attention of the world (or at least our fashion-obsessed corner of it) as a street-style star.
While she may be better know for catapulting other brands into new heights of success, a collaboration with Barneys puts Sewell front and center. The 18-piece Barneys New York x Yasmin Sewell capsule collection was conceived as her “ultimate wardrobe,” and includes a mix of highly wearable and equally sophisticated pieces: a near-universally flattering shirtdress, an oversized crop top in burgundy, and blue alpaca coat that will definitely have you standing out from the crowd this winter.
“Whether she chooses to wear a more relaxed look, a men’s, street or sport-inspired look, she always does so with a feminine and elegant touch,” says Barneys New York Senior Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura of Sewell. “There is always an underlying sophistication to her look, which is something that really translates to her collection.”
Head over to Barneys.com to check out the see the lookbook, starring who else?—Yasmin herself.
Their proliferation within the Vogue offices has been called a “phenomenon.” We’re talking, of course, about Spinelli Kilcollin’s galaxy rings—stacked sets (each named for a constellation) of precious metal and delicate diamond pavé bands that can be piled up on one finger or worn across multiple. Slip one on and it’s clear why they’ve become the jewels du jour: A mix of textures and gauges means theses pieces are highly versatile—a perfectly modern mix of tough and tender. And then there’s the fun factor: Each ring is a bit like a Jacob’s Ladder, a supremely chic wearable diversion to be worn differently each day, or heck, each hour.
The Window went on location to Los Angeles to meet Yves Spinelli, one half of the design duo behind the line, to learn all about his big bang moment.
Blaine Halvorson is a jack of many trades: carpenter, designer, entrepreneur, collector, curator, craftsman, gallerist, historian, artist. He is both endlessly creative and exceedingly prolific, living and dreaming on a spectacular and cinematic scale. So, it seems only fitting that the headquarters of his imaginative world, which includes the vintage-inspired clothing line Madeworn, be found in Culver City, a neighborhood on L.A.’s westside that is home to several movie studios.
The 4,500-square-foot, antiquities-filled studio—once a hanger for Howard Hughes’ planes—is designed with as much precision as a museum, each gallery or tableau telling its own story. Walls are covered with art (his own and collected), found objects, and taxidermied animals that Halvorson has given “a second life.” (Animal lovers: Note that his pieces are all antique. Halvorson is adamantly opposed to the hunting of animals for trophy-collecting purposes.) The Montana-born designer is relatively agnostic about where these pieces come from—he is quite adept at mixing high and low—but deeply curious about how each object was made, how it might show signs of age, and how it reveals its imperfections.
Halvorsen’s interest in process and patina is evident in Madeworn, his collection of distressed denim and rock tees for both guys and gals. He goes to near-obsessive lengths to recreate the effects of time and wear, manufacturing each article of clothing using historically accurate sewing equipment that has been tracked down from the ends of the earth (which, it turns out, is usually Japan).
It all pays off, though. The fit and feel of every Madeworn piece is unparalleled. While not exactly heirlooms today, they are certainly heirlooms in the making.
Watch the video above for a look inside the Madeworn universe.
When it comes to challenging the norm, Miuccia Prada is no shrinking violet. So, it seems only fitting for Barneys to pay homage to the designer and her legendary Italian fashion house with a window display that is unabashedly thought-provoking.
Previously, we whetted your appetite with four photographs of the buzzed-about installation, and today, we’re here to offer up the main course: close-ups of the windows in stunning detail in the form of a making-of video.
The Fall 2014 Prada collection debuted this weekend at the Barneys New York flagship, with window displays as thrilling and thought-provoking as the return of women’s ready-to-wear to the fourth floor.
Barneys Creative Director Dennis Freedman cited Miuccia herself and 20th-century German avant-garde culture as the biggest influences on the creation of the displays. Mannequins were cast in resin from ordinary people, each single strand of hair and wrinkle underscoring their humanity. Their hyperrealist forms contrast abstracted backdrops (a bed of nails and a stairway to nowhere, for example) and incongruous postures, which Freedman says were created to emphasize the distance and darkness between the individuals.
While best seen in person, Bridget Foley’s write-up in Women’s Wear Daily, as well as select images and the video below, provide a sneak peak into the creative process. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at these museum-worthy installations.
The George Esquivel recipe for success calls for one part charisma, one part craftsmanship, and one part unimpeachable California cool.
The designer has been hand-making sturdy, European-style shoes with spunky, West Coast personality for both men and women for nearly 20 years now—the most recent 11, headquartered in a breezy Orange County workshop. The family-run factory has doubled in square footage since the team first planted roots, in order to keep up with the demands of a growing business. (When Janelle Monáe and Karlie Kloss are placing custom orders via text, it’s best to have your ducks in a row.)
George was kind enough to let The Window’s cameras inside his HQ for a tour, as well as tell us a little bit more about how the Esquivel universe came to be.
Shop the Esquivel collection here: http://bit.ly/WJvr4v
Established in Belgium in 1829, Delvaux is hailed the oldest luxury leather goods company in the world. To celebrate its enduring heritage, the brand has launched a traveling exhibition of portraits aptly titled "Timeless Beauties." Delvaux thoughtfully commissioned photographer Mark Lagrange (also of Belgian origin) to shoot the series and bring the concept to life.
Mothers, children, and friends like Jeannette and Zani Gugelmann, Mirabelle and Melia Marden, Pat and Anna Cleveland, Jade Berreau and Secret Snow, Martine Malle, Jane Keltner de Valle and Roman Valle, Diane L. Ackerman and Kelly Ackerman, and Carmen Dell'Orefice are among the "timeless beauties" featured. Oh, and don't forget the other beauties in the frame: Delvaux's beloved and perennially appealing handbags.
Michael Carl, Vanity Fair Fashion Market Director, along with the VF accessories team, meet up with one of Barneys' favorite shoe designers, Paul Andrew, to discuss the latest styles and all the reasons we love his comfortable, stylish shoes!
Barneys insiders explore the new iPad app, which allows you to keep up with the latest in editorial content, books appointments with personal shoppers, and browse and buy your favorite brands.
Download it for free now at barneys.com/app
This month at Barneys New York, we've been in a Dries Van Noten state of mind. From the opening of his exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris to the reveal of our Madison Avenue window installations—a collaboration with filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman—to our week of celebrations, this partnership has had one exciting moment after the next, and we couldn't be prouder.
As always, though, with Dries, it's all about the clothes. His Spring 2014 collection is in stores and online now, and his incredible archives are on display throughout the store and in our windows, framed by the aforementioned films by Andrew Zuckerman. Not in New York to see them in the flesh? Check out our making-of video, which shows this completely unique collaboration from concept to unveiling.
Check out "Shadow & Light," Barneys New York's behind the scenes video featuring exclusive footage from the photo shoot for the Spring 2014 mailer. The film showcases new arrivals for men and women from designers like Kenzo, Acne Studios, Helmut Lang, Public School, Rag & Bone and Opening Ceremony.
A behind the scenes look at the shooting of Barneys' Spring/Summer 2014 Men's Classic campaign. Photographer David Slijper shot models spanning generations, from Tim Easton (a favorite of Bruce Weber's in the '80s) to '90s model magnates Tyson Beckford, Gabriel Aubry and Ivan De Pineda. Handsome faces of the past never looked so good. And as for today's beauties, well, Sean O'Pry, Clark Bockelman and Ronald Epps make us feel pretty darn good about the present.
Simon Doonan sits down with Ali Hewson, founder of Edun, and the brand's creative director and designer, Danielle Sherman, to look at the new collection and discuss the ethos of this inspiring brand.
Barneys Beverly Hills' own resident makeup expert Patrick Foley takes inspiration from 80s bombshells - think Daryl Hannah and vintage Michelle Pfeiffer - to create a modern red carpet look that just as easily transitions to a job interview or night out.
See his product selections here: http://bit.ly/1bSNNpT
Bruce Weber, Dennis Freedman, Patricia Bosworth, and a host of beautiful transgender models take part in a panel discussion about Barneys' spring campaign and short film, shot by Bruce Weber.
Directed by Bruce Weber, Brothers, Sisters, Sons, & Daughters takes a closer look at the lives of seventeen transgender individuals and allows them to tell their stories in their own words.
Part of Bruce Weber's beautiful campaign for Barneys, "Not Your Usual Bedtime Story" gives each of its seventeen transgender models the opportunity to share their story. Interviews were conducted by veteran journalist Patricia Bosworth.
Part of Barneys' 2014 Spring campaign, featuring inspirational stories from the transgender community, "The Fawn" tells the story of Valentijn De Hingh. Directed by Bruce Weber, the short film looks at the life of one of our 17 models. Read more about the beautiful campaign here: http://bit.ly/1feKR3D
Part of Barneys' 2014 Spring campaign, featuring inspirational stories from the transgender community, "I Never Thought This Could Happen" was directed by Bruce Weber and features members of the House of Xtravaganza. Read more about the beautiful campaign here: http://bit.ly/1feKR3D
How do we love Irene Neuwirth? Let us count the ways...
For starters, we love her jewelry (duh). When it comes to opals, moonstones and emeralds, she can virtually do no wrong. Whether it's a pair of red carpet-worthy earrings or an everyday bangle, Irene always manages to strike that elusive balance between bohemian cool and full-tilt Hollywood glamour. And it's not a stretch to say that Irene's vividly hued creations are also a reflection of the designer's own sunny disposition. Along with her adorable pup Teddy, she always charms us through and through.
As of this week, there's yet another to adore Irene: She's making her first foray into the world of fragrance. Preceded by L'Wren Scott and Greg Lauren, Irene Neuwirth is the newest collaborator in our Designer Fragrance Collection. The scent is as effortlessly elegant as Ms. Neuwirth herself--a lively but grounded mix of notes like orange blossom, jasmine sambac and rose.
But enough from us. Hear about the fragrance straight from Irene, who talks friend to friend with actress Busy Philipps in the video below. If you're an Irene Neuwirth super fan (and who among us isn't?), come to the Madison Avenue flagship for the designer's personal appearance on February 11th.
Shop the fragrance here: http://bit.ly/1inzDg6
Video interview with Katie Hill and Arin Andrews, two of the seventeen models featured in Barneys' spring campaign shot by Bruce Weber. Watch Katie and Arin tell their stories of growing up transgender against the backdrop of their conservative Oklahoma upbringing.
Read more of their story and learn more about the campaign at thewindow.barneys.com
Introducing the Barneys New York Spring 2014 campaign, shot by Bruce Weber, featuring 17 transgender individuals with diverse experiences and unique personal stories. Read their stories and find out more at thewindow.barneys.com.
We asked, the experts answered: You're stranded on a desert island and can only have one product - what's your all-time favorite that makes the cut?
We asked, the experts answered: What was the first fragrance you ever wore? The answers may surprise you!
We ask, the experts answered: What's your earliest makeup memory?
Ever since we re-opened our shiny new beauty floors at Madison and Beverly Hills, our beauty obsession has shifted into overdrive (so many products, so little time!). Our cosmetics, skincare, and fragrance offerings are major—if we do say so ourselves—and we're so proud to carry each and every one.
But of course, the New Foundations are not for us. They're for you, which is why we're thrilled that you appreciate them as much as we do. This morning, Women's Wear Daily honored Barneys New York with the Beauty Retailer of the Year Award: Luxury (insert Sally Field "You like us!" outburst here)—which we'll accept gratefully before turning the spotlight back on the amazing makeup artists, entrepreneurs, fragrance gurus, and skincare scientists that are behind every product we carry.
In honor of our new spaces, we asked some of our beauty dream team to define what beauty means to them. From a little lipstick to a lot of self-confidence, their answers will inspire you. Watch the video, and check back in the coming days for more words of wisdom, beauty flashbacks, and can't-live-without-'em products from our favorite beauty experts.
The term "Cyber Monday" may have a sort of dated, late nineties, you've-got-mail ring to it. Nonetheless, it's an occasion we can get behind as The Window is a celebration of all things digital here at Barneys.
In the true technophile spirit, we've put together a holiday ".gif guide" — an animated sampling of our favorite gifts from the digital shelves of Barneys.com. Like what you see? Follow us on Tumblr and on Instagram for more ".gif gifts" and all-around awesomeness from inside Barneys HQ.
Shop all gifts here: http://bit.ly/1hRLNzF
Seeing the windows for the first time is always a surreal moment for us. After months of planning and meticulous calculations, the big reveal is a cause for celebration.
This year was all about channeling the spirit of our fine city and the the power of the artist. We enlisted the expertise of French visual artist Joanie Lemercier who collaborated with Mr. Shawn 'JAY Z' Carter and Barneys' Creative Director Dennis Freedman to bring our wildest dreams to life. The multi-part interactive installation features spectacular glittering light shows, 3D mapping and a real life sleigh ride with a fashionable Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Incorporating the same black, white, gold and silver palette, the enchanting installation complements Mr. Carter's collaboration with designers like Balenciaga, The Elder Statesman, Rick Owens and Balmain. Stop by our Madison Avenue store to catch a glimpse for yourself and check out our video below to watch the magic unfold piece by piece!
See the full collection of Shawn "JAY Z" Carter products here: http://bit.ly/1dhkpde
Can you tell we're feeling festive?
With Hanukkah historically early this year, the 2013 party season is longer than ever. But we're not complaining!
To help you get prepped for this especially fun-filled time of the year, we called on Barneys' beauty guru, Jason Ascher. In the video below, Jason takes us down two of the most tried-and-trusted holiday makeup routes: the smokey eye or a bold lip. (Never both, of course!) Check out his expert advice below or stop by our newly renovated beauty floor to meet Jason yourself. Appointments can be made in advance by calling 212-833-2782.
Or shop all beauty here: http://bit.ly/1dSCf2Q
Become a part of our holiday window installation through this interactive, improvisational experience that hearkens back to the holiday tradition of children visiting Santa Claus. The BNY NYC Sleigh Ride will allow visitors, children and adults alike, to actually enter into the window to experience an adventure through New York City on our modern interpretation of a sleigh and get their photo taken with the fantastical Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Performers of the Upright Citizens Brigade @UCBTheatreNY, costumes by Zaldy, film by Lior Ben Horin, technical directed by Christie.
A moving patterns of LED lights is inspired by the constant and seemingly infinite motion of New York City.
Art directed by @joanielemercier, art by Boris Edelstein, design by Melody Sirman, produced by Julia Kaganskiy, technical directed byChristie.
Enter the large gold structure on the Madison Avenue sidewalk to find a hidden floating New York City that transforms through 3D mapping and light projections during a three-minute experience.
Art directed by @joanielemercier, art by Davy McGuire, sound design by Thomas Vaquié, produced by Julia Kaganskiy, technical directed by Christie.
The faceted structured is covered in thousands of mirrors, resulting in an ever-changing light show of infinite reflections and patterns. "We're working with artists and designers at the forefront of light projection technology to capture the mystery, beauty and wonder of New York" -Creative Director Dennis Freedman.
Art directed by @joanielemercier, art by Kyle McDonald, produced by Julia Kaganskiy, technical directed by Christie.
Necessity is the mother of invention, or so they say. When Alexander Stutterheim set out to find a practical yet stylish raincoat while shopping in his native Stockholm, he came home empty handed. None of the jackets—all made of lurid Gore-Tex and velcro—fit the bill. Then he happened upon a coat that belonged to his sea-faring grandfather. It was sturdy, handsome and elegant in its simplicity. Stutterheim quickly began crafting a modern raincoat in its image.
But enough from us — hear the story of Stutterheim as told by Alexander himself in the video and read the whole interview here: http://bit.ly/1fma4Kj
Shop all Stutterheim here: http://bit.ly/19Hsxjm
Another year, another wildly successful HOLA event. Barneys in Beverly Hills celebrated its second celebration benefiting Heart of Los Angeles, which provides underserved children with exceptional after school programs. Our own Simon Doonan held court while the likes of Jennifer Meyer, Co's Justin Kern and Stephanie Danan, Holmes & Yang's Jeanne Yang, and Olivier Martinez—that would be Halle Berry's oh-so handsome hubby—took in a concert by the talented children of HOLA. A great cause, a great concert, a great time had by all. Check out our video from the fête, but first, a few words from Ambassador Doonan...
The 2nd annual HOLA event was a blast. The highlights for me were the kids' recital—they played a complicated Beethoven piece—and the arrival of Olivier Martinez. He is a really good looking dude. He seemed to really enjoy the concert and listened attentively to the whole performance. Go Olivier! -- S.D.
"I consider my customer to be a collector," says jewelry designer Pamela Love. "For me that's what jewelry is. It's not just an accessory—it's really biographical."
In Pamela's case, the story told by her jewelry is one of adventure, curiosity and perhaps even a little magic. She and her husband, illustrator Matthew Nelson, have brought this vision of an enchanted life to The Window with an interactive animation. (See the animation here: http://bit.ly/19iZ9j9)
In honor of this Barneys first, The Window sat down with the creators to get the full story. Check out the video, then shop all Pamela Love here: http://bit.ly/1aOJLLK
When it comes to necessary luxuries, cashmere is high on our list. And when it comes to perfect but not too precious cashmere, there's really only one man for us: Greg Chait.
Chait, who founded the knitwear company The Elder Statesman in 2008, describes his business as having a "first person perspective"—which means Chait obsesses about every yarn, every knit, and every style. (After embarking on a fruitless search for the perfect cashmere blanket, he decided to simply make his own.) His travels around the world may have resulted in his perfect blankets, but it really comes down to the things he himself wants as well as the things that the people he surrounds himself with want.
Judging by his cult-like following (not to mention a slew of awards, like last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize), we'd say the name The Elder Statesman is one well worth knowing. We dropped by Chait's West Hollywood studio to find out more—check out the video, and then get ready to scoop up some of his impossibly-soft sweaters, hats, scarves and more...
Shop all of The Elder Statesman here: http://bit.ly/1cujTZ8
A lot can happen in 20 years. Your job can change, your style can change, your life can change—but if Jason Jones and Mike Feldman have anything to say about it, your bag will still be going strong. The founders of Parabellum, a leather goods collection that uses American bison leather for its rugged yet refined styles, are intent on making something that lasts.
The L.A.-based designers have a sincere reverence for the American West and the bison itself, which neared extinction in the late 1890s before making an impressive comeback this century—and their numbers continue to grow, fueled by businesses like Parabellum.
But as much as it's about the bison, it's also about the bags—and let's just say the richly textured, deeply hued, beautifully crafted clutches and attachés do not disappoint in that department. We're not the only ones who think so, either—Jones and Feldman are nominees for the highly coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize this year.
Check out the video to hear about their aesthetic, their mission, and more.
With the recent floor-to-ceiling makeovers of our Madison Avenue and Beverly Hills Foundation floors, one thing has (blessedly) stayed the same. Jason Ascher and Patrick Foley, our beloved resident makeup artists on the east and west coasts, respectively, are still hard at work, making Barneys shoppers look lovely every single day.
A few weeks ago, we treated you to Jason's bridal beauty tutorial. Now, it's Patrick's turn in the spotlight, along with his gorgeous model, actress Alison Mueller (look out for her in next year's action flick "Category 5″). From layering lipsticks for extra-long wear-time to the perfect brushes for every product, Patrick's techniques and tricks are not to be missed.
Check out the video, and if you're near Beverly Hills and need a little freshening up, you know who to call. Make your appointments now at 310.276.4400!
Confession: we have days when we're uninspired by our wardrobes. We need to get out the door, nothing looks right, and—short of a last-minute trip to Barneys—we're out of ideas. What saves us every time? A swipe of bold lipstick. Even beat-up jeans and a tee have a tendency to look perfectly pulled together with a bright red lip.
Poppy King—you may know her as the Lipstick Queen—knows better than anyone the transforming effect that lipstick can have, and she's made it her business to show women the light. From her cult-status sheer Medieval (the definition of 'you, only better') to the instantly sold-out Hello Sailor (yes, it's blue, and yes, you can wear it), the lady knows lipstick. Her latest creation, the Velvet Rope collection, is the ultimate Old Hollywood accessory (that shiny gold case practically begs to peek of a gilded minaudiere) in gorgeously rich hues.
Still not a convert to the lipstick-wearing lifestyle? Let the queen herself convince you otherwise. Check out our video...and then let us know what shade you'll be trying next.
Shop all Lipstick Queen here: http://bit.ly/HouBlM