Simon Doonan and The Fate of Barneys Windows
The new creative director, Dennis Freedman was the founding creative director as W Magazine where he worked for nearly 20 years until leaving last year. Freedman brings his own strengths to Barneys including relationships with some of the world's top photographers and artists. He also has deep interest in design and interiors. Doonan, however, will be a hard act to follow. Many bloggers have already bemoaned the potential state of the new Barneys windows. Barneys has stated that Freedman will be in charge of the windows but that Doonan will still contribute to their design. Racked NY's Frank Gargione penned an eloquent plea against changing the Barneys magic and Styleite also expressed concern. The verdict remains until Freedman really takes the helm but the response to the announcement proves just how integral Doonan's contribution has been to the Barney's brand. Some recent Barneys windows are after the jump.
For Holiday 2010 Barneys New York displayed "Have A Foodie Holiday" windows in partnership with the Food Network. The cheery windows featured images of Food Network favorites including Paula Deen and Ina Garten.
A witty celebration of Diego Della Valle featured a bust made shoe boxes.
In 2009, the holiday windows celebrated the anniversary of Saturday Night Live. Above, Rachel Dratch poses with her own image.
A celebration of the New Vintage by Yves Saint Laurent included a tree made from dry cleaner hangers.