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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
"Even though Barneys may not understand his Italian, they fully understand his fashion."
So quotes a television commercial for Giorgio Armani at Barneys New York from 1976, and the words still ring true today—although we may have picked up a bit of Italian in the last 37 years. Yes, our relationship with the Italian fashion maestro goes way back, and we couldn't help but share this gem of a TV spot to honor the great Mr. Armani.
Shop all Armani here: http://bit.ly/1c0iBoi
Sorry, Anne-Marie Slaughter—it looks like women can have it all, at least when it comes to cosmetics. With Hourglass, beauty maven Carisa Janes gives us high performance makeup, a beautiful buffet of colors and to top it all off, luxurious packaging.
Now what exactly do we mean by "high performance makeup?" We'll leave that to Ms. Janes, founder and CEO of Hourglass, to describe. But think complex no-compromise formulations with SPF, antioxidants and light-refracting technology. The Ambient Lighting Palette, for example, brightens the skin appropriately for different types of lighting and times of day. Nifty!
Check out the video to learn more about the story behind Hourglass, then shop all Hourglass here: http://bit.ly/GRpieb
Frédéric Malle keeps us on our toes season after season. Most recently, he invited us to the midtown headquarters of IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances) to learn about the science and art of perfumery. The IFF is part fragrance think tank, part Willy Wonka-esque factory. Many (if not most) of the world's leading fine fragrances have been imagined and created within its walls—and very few cameras are allowed inside. How could we say no?
In the video, we visit the laboratories at IFF and meet Frédéric's esteemed collaborator Bruno Jovanovic, who worked with Malle and Dries Van Noten on their recently released fragrance, to get the full story on how a Frédéric Malle fragrance comes to be.
Enjoy this behind-the-scenes tour, then shop all Frédéric Malle's scents here: http://bit.ly/19JIqFb
Never do a strong eye and a strong lip. Always choose your lip color based on your skin tone. Sure, there are plenty of old beauty rules that people swear by—but Troy Surratt is ready to throw those "always" and "nevers" out the window, let you decide how you want to beautify yourselves, and just have fun with makeup, and we're ready to listen.
After more than a decade's work as a makeup artist (including time assisting the legendary Kevyn Aucoin and working his magic on some mega A-listers), Troy Surratt is launching his namesake beauty collection, including bright shades, luxurious formulas, and a frankly genius method of refillable, customizable palettes for your favorite shades.
But enough from us—we popped by Surratt's shiny new beauty counter at the new Foundation to grill him on the collection. Check out the video, then shop the Surratt collection here: http://bit.ly/17pioUc
Mila Moursi can talk cosmetic chemistry, she can talk blood circulation, skin oxygenation, micro current treatments, radio frequency heat energy treatments—and most importantly, she can tell you what this mouthful of scientific-sounding concepts means for your skin. High school chemistry was a long time ago for us, but luckily, Moursi's true skincare mission is communicated best in layman's terms. "Beauty really starts from the inside," she says. "If you have beauty of the soul, you're beautiful outside too."
Of course, glowing skin can't hurt—so we'll go ahead and indulge in this skincare expert's groundbreaking products and treatments, which go beyond the face to work their magic on the entire body. "Your skin is your largest organ," she said. "Why treat just a corner of it?" Point taken.
We checked in with the French-Moroccan Moursi to find out more about her background, her philosophy, and her unique, proven techniques—which you can now experience for yourselves at the new Mila Moursi Skincare Institutes at Madison Avenue or Beverly Hills. Watch the video to find out more, and then call 212.833.2550 (New York) or 310.276.4400 (Beverly Hills) for an appointment!
Shop Mila's products here: http://bit.ly/17WQy57
When it comes to an instant confidence boost, there's really nothing a great pair of shoes, a swipe of red lipstick and a blowout can't get you through. We're pretty pleased with our shoe floor, and our new cosmetics floor is seriously great, but Barneys New York could never help you in the hair department—until now.
Enter B3 Barneys Blow Bar by Valery Joseph, a Barneys New York outpost of the beloved Upper East Side salon. Valery Joseph, who (fun fact!) used to cut hair in the Israeli army, knows his way around a head of hair, and we're beyond proud to have this master at the helm. Now open, B3 offers blowouts, haircuts, extensions, updos and more—and it's open at 8 a.m., making the start to your day that much more gorgeous. You can make your appointments now at 212.833.2600—and we'll see you there.
We dropped in on Joseph at work and got an up-close look at his handiwork (spoiler alert: he makes hair look good).
It's Nobel Prize Week, and while there's no official category for beauty, if there were, our nomination would go to 3Lab co-founder Erica Chung.
Chung has rooted her skincare business in the integrity of science. Each powerful anti-aging ingredient found in her popular products has an impressive (and usually patented) pedigree. Take for example, X-50, the complex at the core of the news-making moisturizer, Super Cream; it was developed using apple stem cell technology. Impressed? So are we.
Chung is a believer in research, and the beauty world has in turn become a believer in Chung.
We visited 3Lab headquarters to speak to the woman behind this game-changing collection.
Shop 3Lab here: http://bit.ly/1hAh1H3
The name Luciano Barbera is synonymous is classic Italian style. The Milanese septuagenarian is a champion of all the qualities that have come to define the national "Made in Italy" brand: the finest raw materials, skilled handwork, time-honored silhouettes. His adherence to this unofficial law of the land is what has kept those with a nose for quality coming back to the Barbera family year after year.
Barneys New York is excited to welcome the Barbera label back to its shelves this fall. To celebrate, menswear EVP Tom Kalenderian invited Mr. Barbera as well as friends Simon Doonan, 'Sartorialist' Scott Schuman, the ever-dapper creative director Nick Wooster and publisher Wes Del Val to discuss men's style across the globe.
Riffing off the idea of a 'United Nations of Style,' Moderator Doonan assigned each gentleman a country (Tom Kalenderian was Italy; Luciano Barbera, the UK; Wes del Val, Japan; Scott Schuman, the US; Nick Wooster, France) and asked them to speak on the topic of influences of the region as well as resident style icons.
Read more of their conversation here: http://bit.ly/1gnPLO3
Olivia Chantecaille, who's known as much for her impeccable style as she is for the cosmetics company Chantecaille, knows how important the relationship between fashion and beauty is. So we tagged along with her for a day of shopping at our Madison Avenue flagship and watched as she paired fashion and beauty essentials, like a persimmon Chantecaille lipstick with a bright Stella McCartney dress. What goes with her gorgeous Wild Horses Palette, you wonder? Watch and see...
Shop Beauty from Chantecaille here: http://bit.ly/19xbkdW
Anything that carries the Greg Lauren label is guaranteed to be an original, whether it's a military-inspired jacket or the latest creation from Mr. Lauren, a fragrance.
He is the second collaborator in Barneys New York's Designer Fragrance Collection (L'Wren Scott kicked it off last year), and has worked in conjunction with master perfumer Ralf Schwieger to create a scent that combines marine notes with those of vanilla and tonka bean. Once the fragrance was completed, Lauren headed to France, where it was packaged, to customize each bottle in his signature distressed style. The following video captures the journey.
Read Greg's story here: http://bit.ly/GCB642
And Purchase the fragrance here: http://bit.ly/18BS2RL
What happens when Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, the masterminds behind Who What Wear, find themselves locked in Barneys? Panic? Never. Fear? Nope. Frustration? Far from it. Elation is the answer we're looking for, especially once they find themselves a chaperone in our Simon Doonan.
The trio embarks on a tear through our Beverly Hills flagship, scouring the place for the freshest fall arrivals. Along the way, they find a few can't-live-without-it pieces from Dries, Proenza and Marissa Webb, and even manage to coin a phrase along the way. That would be double entrendre—when one article of clothing hits on two trends, as exemplified by a black and white (#1) moto jacket (#2) by Proenza Schouler that Simon fawns over.
See what else Hillary and Katherine found here: http://bit.ly/1fHPYhhh
Radical. The word may have been co-opted by surfer dudes of the '90s, but its true definition—according to Merriam-Webster—is "very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary." Radical is something groundbreaking, something attention-grabbing, something impossible to ignore.
Sisters Liz and Rachel Edlich, daughters of world-renowned professor and plastic surgeon Dr. Richard F. Edlich MD PHD, stumbled upon their own definition of the word after creating a product designed to treat Rachel's rosacea and the early signs of Liz's aging. Though they initially experimented with various ingredients and formulations for their own use only, the self-described "sisters on a mission" quickly realized that the radical results they were creating was too good not to share—and Radical Skincare was born.
We caught up with Liz and Rachel at Liz's gorgeous Malibu home to find out more about their company, their vision, and what they think is really radical.
Sure, we're calling it 'Bridal Beauty,' but the title may as well be 'So You Want to Look Like the Best Version of You Beauty.' Isn't that typically the goal on your wedding day, or any big day for that matter?
We called in Barneys' resident expert Jason Ascher to show us the way.
Check out the video, filmed in Jason's freshly renovated digs, and then be sure to check back for more beauty videos and Q&As this month, all in celebration of our renovations in New York and LA.
Shop all Beauty: http://bit.ly/1dSCf2Q
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Italian men know style—it's in their blood. Gianluca Isaia, the current president and creative director of Isaia, the Naples-based menswear line founded by his grandfather in 1957, lives and breathes it.
"Style is something personal," he says. "I always say you cannot buy style." Of course, you can share style—so we called up a fellow Italian, Gabriele Corcos, to pick his brain about the inner workings of Italian fashion. Corcos, a chef and co-host of the Cooking Channel show Extra Virgin, may spend a lot of time in chef's garb, but it sounds like Isaia's unique mix of contemporary and traditional style, complete with exquisite fabrics and bespoke touches, may now have a lock on his after-hours outfit choices...
Watch the video to see Isaia and Corcos wax nostalgic on Italy, family heritage and—of course—great suits. Then shop all Isaia here: http://bit.ly/18luvUP
Well that was fun.
Two awesome new books deserved two awesome parties—where else but in New York and Los Angeles. We celebrated the releases of Leandra Medine's Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. and Simon Doonan's latest, The Asylum, first at our newly renovated Upper West Side store during Fashion Week and then most recently in Beverly Hills.
Check out our video recap of the West Coast fete below. (And if you haven't read these two laugh-till-you-cry books yet, goodness, what are you waiting for?)
Sweeping generalization time: Things from Brazil are gorgeous. Gisele Bundchen, the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer, the beaches of Bahia...if we didn't love New York so much, we might be convinced to pack up and go right now. Luckily, one amazing Brazilian import has recently come to us.
Sao Paolo native Ana Khouri studied sculpture in college, but she soon found that jewelry design had captured her attention. (We're forever grateful.) After studying gemology at GIA and jewelry at Parsons, FIT, and Central Saint Martins, she launched her eponymous fine jewelry collection, which brings together the geometric and the organic in beautiful, innovative pieces. We all love a delicate ring or dangling earring, but what about a hand bracelet or an ear cuff?
Khouri stopped by our Madison Avenue flagship to walk us through her beautiful pieces. We'll let you watch the video and decide, but we'd say she's doing her home country proud.
Shop her collection here: http://bit.ly/16FzBYe
Now, we hardly need an excuse to do a little shopping. But as far as reasons to hit Barneys go, an upcoming trip to Paris is a pretty good one, n'est-ce pas?
The lovely and talented jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher had just such a reason. Along with a slew of other talented pals, including Greg Chait and Jennifer Meyer, Fisher is a part of the CFDA's Americans in Paris program, which brings select American designers to the City of Light to show their collections to international crowds during Paris Fashion Week. What does one wear to such an event? Glad you asked.
Fisher set out for Barneys with Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura, looking for ensembles perfect for work, dinners, and a celebratory glass of champagne or two. Balenciaga, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Marissa Webb, Givenchy, Kenzo, Saint Laurent, Acne Studios...let's just say she found a few pieces that worked. Check out the video below—and hey, even if you're not heading to Paris anytime soon, it can't hurt to dress the part...
Shop the Jennifer Fisher collection here: http://bit.ly/1bhjAjC
The Rake man has a taste for the finer things in life. His intelligence and magnetism draw you in. He's a bit of a troublemaker but his general aura is, plainly put, one of seduction. Smitten? So are we.
Inspired by both past and present, the brand aims to create expertly crafted separates you're meant to mix and match—they're calling it "flexible luxury." The Rake logo, an embroidered halo that reveals itself discreetly throughout the collection on lapels and tucked into trousers, is somewhat of a playful nod to the brand's rakish ethos. (The Rake man is no angel.)
We sat down with the ever eloquent designer Clive Darby to learn more about the philosophy behind Rake.
Shop the Rake collection:http://bit.ly/1bd7u7R
Live at the Jane Hotel, and an exclusive video featuring footage from Lou Doillon's mesmerizing performance.
After an introduction from Barneys' Dennis Freedman, Lou took the stage in front of a packed house with just a guitar player in accompaniment. She crooned "Devil or Angel," the song from Inez and Vinoodh's bewitching video, and "ICU," from her new album "Places" as well as covered old favorites like the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go."
Check out our video for a front row seat, and order Lou's new album, Places: http://bit.ly/1fuRGm4
There's a village behind every masterpiece. Last week we debuted Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin's Devil or Angel, a video starring the one and only Lou Doillon. You've seen the striking campaign images and we know you've been rocking out to Ms. Doillon's new album. Now it's time to take a look at our behind-the-scenes video below.
From positioning Shona Heath's life-like marionettes to fitting each element in just the right spot, the crew behind the All About Lou windows created something truly spectacular—watch the magic unfold before your eyes.
She's a rookie, he's a veteran. But Leandra Medine and Simon Doonan are both fashion iconoclasts that keep us endlessly entertained and informed when it comes to all style-related matters. "Throw necklaces on. Don't think, just layer," says Leandra. "When in doubt, be sure you're totally backlit," advises Simon.
They're utterly lovable because neither takes The Industry too seriously. When the pages of WWD are all noir, isn't it reassuring that we can turn to these two for color?
Somehow, the stars aligned and both Leandra and Simon have published books within weeks of each other—Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences...And Hysteria from Mr. Doonan and Man Repeller: Seeking Love and Finding Overalls from Ms. Medine.
We're celebrating on at Barneys with a B'bai Mitzvah of sorts—this video of the authors interviewing each other. Enjoy!
"People know me as a hockey player, but I like to separate myself sometimes from hockey," said Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goalie. "I love to dress well."
Lundqvist, who hosted the opening of the new men's 6th floor along with UNICEF's David Sable and our own Mark Lee, certainly wasn't the only one cutting a sharp figure in a suit on Tuesday night (his blue sport coat, for the curious, was Campagna). Impeccably-dressed editors, athletes, designers and more mingled, toasted, and—most importantly—shopped the gorgeous new floor to benefit UNICEF.
In the spirit of sharing our Man Up style rules, we asked Lundqvist his own personal style mantras. "In my younger days, I tried a lot of different things," he said. "Some were good, and some were terrible! But I had to do that to find what I like now." You heard the man: shopping is self-discovery! Now if you'll excuse us, we have to hit the 6th floor...
Fact: we live in jeans. We love dresses, skirts, trousers, etc., but denim is the true workhorse of our wardrobes, particularly come fall. So when one of our great industry pals—who also happens to have killer style—let us know she was launching a new collection that revolves around great denim, we paid attention.
Stella Ishii is the founder of The News, a showroom known by fashion's finest as an incubator for new collections to watch (Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and The Row all passed through Ishii's capable hands). The first line designed by The News, 6397, captures the spirit of Stella's boyish, effortless style in a collection of slouchy denim, cozy sweaters, and a dress that gets that so-sexy-but-so-not-trying thing exactly right, among others.
Fashion director Tomoko Ogura popped by Ishii's showroom for an intro to the must-have collection, modeled by the gorgeous singer/songwriter Sophie Auster. Her EP, Red Weather, is out now, with a full-length album coming soon. If we were you, we'd take a listen—right after you check out the 6397 video.
Shop all 6397 here: http://bit.ly/19K6lHu
Men, it's time to get in shape. No, we don't mean hit the gym, we're talking wardrobe fitness. We've given you our 15 style rules to live by, but we think you need an extra lap around the recently renovated first floor.
In the video below, we've enlisted Simon Doonan along with Tom Kalenderian and his team of Barneys New York men's buyers to be your personal trainers in dapper dressing.
You'll learn it all from top coats to wallets and custom shirts to cashmere socks. And, when in doubt, do like Steve McQueen—the ultimate style icon—and throw on a turtleneck.
But it doesn't stop there, visit our new sixth floor (that opened yesterday!) and submit your menswear rules to us via #ManUpBNY. Show us what you've got!
Talk about multi-talented. Terry de Gunzburg originally set out to become a doctor before discovering a love for for makeup and skincare and changing course. And aren't we so glad! We've been fans of By Terry since day one—Ms. de Gunzburg has proved to be nothing short of a color guru. Today on The Window, we're excited to announce Terry's most recent foray—into the world of fragrance.
As you might expect from a perfectionist like Terry, this new collection of five fragrances was very thoroughly researched and has been a long time in the making. "It has taken me ten years to achieve this collection of 'personified' scents. I had to progress slowly in order to learn and understand about essences that felt right, which was a humbling yet enriching experience," she told The Window.
The fragrances—Rêve Opulent, Parti Pris, Lumière d'Epices, Ombre Mercure and Flagrant Délice—are in a way, bottled versions of Ms. de Gunzburg's unique world view. She embraces contradiction, prizes originality and is in constant pursuit of quality—in all its forms.
But enough of what we think. Check out the video below to hear about this exciting launch in Terry's own words.
Shop By Terry at Barneys New York: http://bit.ly/17i0SUv
History has a way of repeating itself, so they say. Twenty-seven years ago—that would be 1986—Barneys New York bought the entire men's collection of a young Belgian designer by the name of Dries Van Noten, only with the intent of selling it to women. (It was suggested that he add a few skirts.)
With menswear permeating the world of womenswear in more ways than ever, it seems only fitting that we turn once again to Dries. The famed, and famously humble, member of the Antwerp Six has created an impressive fall collection, full of signature prints and layer-able textures. And what's most exciting? It's the first Dries collection available online, and available only at Barneys.com.
"There is something incredibly sensual about his masculine-feminine aesthetic," says Barneys COO Daniella Vitale. "When you are in Antwerp seeing the collection, watching Dries in the showroom, you understand the emotion behind what he does. I become more and more enamored every season." Don't we all?
The Window recently caught up with Dries on the eve of this historic launch.
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You're back from vacation. How did you spend your holiday?
Work—on my collections in addition to preparations for my exhibition—is not allowing for much holiday this year! But I greatly enjoyed visiting the gardens of others as well as tending to and enjoying my own. This summer was a blissful mixture of all three.
Tell us about the new collection for Barneys. What kind of themes run throughout it?
Barneys has made a wonderful selection of our collection for their e-boutique. This is the first collaboration with an online department store in the U.S., which we find very fitting as Barneys was our first-ever client!
Any favorites among the pieces?
The coats are gorgeous—some embroidered with vivid metallic brocades—others adorned with ostrich feathers. It's all in the details.
What kind of person did you have in mind when you were creating these collections?
We are lucky to have a wonderful group of clients across the globe, both women and men. Whenever we meet, we often realize that we mutually enjoy the simple aspects of sophistication in life—the arts, travel, gastronomy.
How does living and working in Antwerp affect your sensibility?
Living and working in Belgium probably offers us a more wide view on fashion. For me, not living in a direct fashion 'capital' provides an opportunity to come back after the shows, take a deep breath, clear my mind and get started on the new collections.
Give us a teaser: What do we have to look forward to in your September show?
It is far too early for us to say! Let's just say though that we will, as we did for our recent men's collection, be using a few prints that we found at the archives of Les Arts Décoratifs museum in Paris, where our exhibition opens on February 28th.
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As mentioned, Dries and Barneys go way back. In an interview recorded earlier this year, Dries discusses what has become a long and loving relationship.
Shop all Dries Van Noten at Barneys New York: http://bit.ly/146D16c
What better way to start the day than with jelly donuts, shoes, and a charming Englishman? This morning at The Breslin at the Ace Hotel, Barneys' own Tomoko Ogura and Simon Doonan welcomed London-based shoe designer Rupert Sanderson and a slew of editors and guests to breakfast to celebrate the official launch of Sanderson's collection at Barneys New York.
The man knows shoes: Sanderson owns his own factory in Italy where his collection is produced, and his commitment and attention to detail comes through in ponyhair loafers, cutout stilettos, and what might just be the perfect ankle boot, among others.
We caught up with the designer to get even more details on his can't-miss line.
In our interview with Fabrice Penot, co-founder of NYC-based fragrance collection Le Labo, he told us that he designs "for people who trust their instincts." We'd add to that: people with good instincts.
Le Labo was founded in rebellion against the ubiquity of big-brand perfumes that emphasize mass marketing over olfactory ingenuity. In contrast, not only are Le Labo's perfumes highly distinctive, but each bottle is made to order on the spot: The name of the person who mixed the fragrance, the date of creation, and the customer's name are all printed on the label. It is personalization in the extreme.
Now, after three years of tinkering, there are two new additions to the Le Labo lineup: Ylang 49 and Lys 41 (the number refers to the number of ingredients in each scent). Le Labo calls its new debuts "imperfect twins" because both are florals, yet the similarities end there.
In our interview, Penot describes Lys 41 as bright and optimistic, whereas Ylang 49, he says, is woody and sensual. Watch the video to find out more about Le Labo's unique sensibility.
Shop all Le Labo products on Barneys.com: http://bit.ly/18qQCLO
By now, you've probably heard that there are things happening in Detroit. Things where there didn't used to be things. Big things. Good things.
Guerrilla gardens, boutique hotels, souped-up bowling alleys, festivals (music, film, literary—you name it), espresso bars, hybrid cars and, just wait for it, even a Whole Foods. It's a comeback story that the entire country—Barneys New York included—is rooting for.
So when Shinola, a new watch, bicycle and leathergoods brand, emerged out of the city this spring, it didn't take long to catch our eye. "When I went to Detroit and visited Shinola's home base, I knew that something good was happening there," said fashion director Tomoko Ogura. "The intention is good, the story is authentic, and there is heart and soul."
That last part is the lynchpin. Shinola, and any company that chooses to manufacture here in the States for that matter, is committed not only to job creation, but also—and perhaps most importantly—building something that lasts.
The Window visited Shinola's Detroit headquarters to see it for ourselves. After a tour of the factory floor and a few laps around the office on Shinola-made bicyles, we sat down to speak with creative director Daniel Caudill. Shop Shinola at Barneys.com: http://bit.ly/1auySOY
When it comes to menswear, it's sometimes easy to feel torn between the clothes you wish you could pull off (leather pants, etc.) and clothes you think you should wear (i.e. practical khakis, etc.). Scott Sternberg's Band of Outsiders balances these two opposing principles brilliantly; everything in the collection is unquestioningly cool and eminently wearable.
Band of Outsiders has been a part of the Barneys New York family for a while now—have you checked out the line he designs exclusively for us?—so when we found out that he was branching out into haberdashery-like tailored pieces, we were chomping at the bit. (We are particularly excited for his anything-but-stodgy dress shirts.)
These dress shirts, ties, blazers and suiting are designed, as always, with the Band of Outsiders man in mind, but they're the pieces he'll turn to for a more formal affair: dinner and dancing rather than clambakes and cookouts.
We chatted with Sternberg to find out what inspired him to introduce a dash of formality into his line. Meet the newest members of the band...
Shop Band of Outsiders at Barneys.com: http://bit.ly/11OR2UG