The Barneys New York Foundation Launches “We Will Be” Women’s Empowerment Windows For Fashion Week.

March is National Women’s History Month** and The Barneys New York Foundation announces today the launch of We Will Be,” an initiative celebrating women’s empowerment. Launched in 2016, the Barneys New York Foundation prides itself as a proponent of human rights and has placed increased focused on raising awareness for women’s equality over the years.

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Barneys New York Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Based upon pillars of human rights, education, and the arts, The Barneys New York Foundation allows Barneys New York to contribute to the world in an even more impactful way. By championing the arts, the Foundation is able to ensure a future for creative thought, while the human rights component continues to build on advocacy for equality to all. The educational branch allows the company to support various causes relating to health and wellness research, as well as children’s programs. Through the implementation of a mentorship and employee giving program, the Barneys New York Foundation harnesses the power of community to focus on the core values of human rights, education, and the arts.

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In partnership with the High School of Fashion Industries, The Barneys New York Foundation created a short film entitled “I Will Be.” Featuring 34 female students from the school discussing their hopes, dreams, and goals for the future, the film sends an inspiring message about how all girls have the opportunity grow into future leaders and role models in society.

With this project, The Foundation is taking a stand to support and inspire women everywhere at a time when it is most important. Through partnerships with MAKERS and the High School of Fashion Industries, The Barneys New York Foundation created custom video content that highlights strong women in society, which launches February 3rd through the end of the month to coincide with Fashion Week. “We Will Be” includes window displays at both the Madison Avenue and Downtown Flagships in New York City, regional in-store visual impact areas, and a social campaign #GirlPossible.

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The Barneys New York Foundation will also feature a custom video including recognizable moments in history that spotlight strong women. Ranging from athletic pursuits to legendary films, and live concerts to women’s rights movements, the breadth of content in this window emphasize the many ways in which women have impacted society.

In partnership with the High School of Fashion Industries, which provides career and academic training for New York City students, The Barneys New York Foundation created a short film entitled “I Will Be.” Featuring 34 female students from the school discussing their hopes, dreams, and goals for the future, the film sends an inspiring message about how all girls have the opportunity grow into future leaders and role models in society. This video content will be prominently displayed in the Madison Avenue window just north of the main entrance, as well as in regional in-store displays, and will be showcased through Barneys New York’s various editorial and social media channels.

The Barneys New York Foundation has also partnered with MAKERS, a women’s media and leadership platform. Utilizing video from MAKERS extensive library, The Barneys New York Foundation created exclusive content that highlights the empowering messages of iconic women including Madeleine Albright, Christiane Amanpour, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lena Dunham, Jane Fonda, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alicia Keys, Helen Mirren, Michelle Obama, Gloria Steinem, and more. This content will be displayed in two 20 short films, which will be shown in the northernmost and southernmost Madison Avenue window in New York. Continue reading

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Barneys New York Launches Holiday 2016: Love Peace Joy Project

Featuring Exclusive Installations From Nick Cave, Rob Pruitt, Studio Job, Ebony G. Patterson, And Trey Parker And Matt Stone Of Comedy Central’s South Park

Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, announces the launch of its 2016 holiday: Love Peace Joy Project. In the world’s current climate of increasing chaos and divisiveness, Barneys New York brings back the ever-needed presence of Love, Peace and Joy at a time when it is most necessary.barneys-new-york-logo

Celebrated artists has partnered with the retailer to create inventive interpretations of Love, Peace, and Joy, themes that continue to bring people together, especially during the holidays. The artists, who represent a wide range of styles and ideals, include visual and performance artist Nick Cave, contemporary artist Rob Pruitt, artist collective Studio Job, mixed media artist Ebony G. Patterson, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone of Comedy Central‘s South Park.

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Barneys New York’s #LovePeaceJoyProject Holiday Graphic (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

MEET THE ARTISTS

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Barneys New York Madison Avenue Holiday Window – Nick Cave

Nick Cave is an internationally celebrated visual and performance artist based in Chicago. He is best-known for his sculptural works called Soundsuits that are performed in as well as exhibited. These mixed-media works include myriad materials and found objects to create visually and audibly dynamic experiences. Cave has received many prestigious awards including the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review Award, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and Joyce Award. He also has recently opened the massive and fully immersive installation Until at MASS MoCA.

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Barneys New York Madison Avenue Holiday Window – Rob Pruitt

Rob Pruitt is an American post-conceptual artist based in New York City. Pruitt was born in 1964 in Washington, D.C. He studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and Parsons School of Design in New York. His work has been featured in numerous solo-exhibitions including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2015); The Brant Foundation (2015); the Aspen Art Museum (2013); Dallas Contemporary (2011); Freiburg Kunstverein (2012); Le Consortium, Dijon (2002); and group exhibitions at the Tate Modern and Punta Della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi, Venice (both 2009), as well as performance-based projects at the Tate Modern (2009), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2013). Pruitt is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise and {MDC} Massimo De Carlo. Pruitt has collaborated with Barneys New York previously on a custom bespoke degrade denim event with J Brand jeans and a site-specific mural for the Freds at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills.

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Barneys New York Madison Avenue Holiday Window – Studio Job

Led by designers Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, the Antwerp and Amsterdam-based design and art atelier is known for their fantastical creations which balance the line of art and design. Works by Studio Job have been exhibited internationally at museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the MAD Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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Barneys New York Downtown Window – Ebony G. Patterson

Ebony G. Patterson is a Jamaican-born artist that creates highly entrancing, colorful paintings and installations that analyze larger societal issues. Patterson’s work revolves around questions of identity and the body, and takes the form of mixed media paintings, drawings and collages. This season, Patterson’s work is included in the 32nd Bienal de São Paolo, Brazil and her solo exhibition Dead Treez at the Boston University Art Galleries, which travels to the University of Buffalo Gallery in Spring 2017. Patterson is the recipient of many prestigious fellowships, awards and grants, most recently receiving the the 2016 Joan Mitchell Fellowship. Patterson currently lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica, and Lexington, Kentucky.

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Barneys New York Madison Avenue Holiday Window – Trey Parker and Matt Stone of Comedy Central’s South Park

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are American writers, directors, producers and songwriters that are best known for co-creating the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television series, South Park. Now in its 20th Season, South Park remains one of the most powerful forces of social satire on the air today. Parker and Stone are also the co-writers of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon.

We Are Prism Featuring Honnda (Downtown)

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Barneys New York Downtown Holiday Window – We Are Prism Featuring Honnda

For the southern downtown window, Barneys New York has partnered with We Are Prism, Elliot Kealoha Blanchard‘s award-winning design and animation studio, to create a custom video representing Love, Peace, and Joy. Bright kaleidoscopic colors, animation and abstracted video footage will be incorporated to create a visual style piece representative of the joyful holiday season using Barneys New York’s signature whimsical tone. The video will be displayed on two 80 inch screens playing the film on a staggered loop, accompanied by an original track by Honnda, a Brooklyn-based video and audio artist.

Evocative of the positive spirit found in Love, Peace and Joy, each artist interprets these themes in a unique and compelling manner. The windows encompass the core aesthetic of each respective artist as the base, but then add another level of innovation that is unique to the Barneys New York partnership, entertaining the viewers with a dynamic viewpoint on Love, Peace and Joy. Products from Studio Job and Nick Cave will also be available starting November 17th, with items ranging from custom lollipops for $18, to silk scarves for $240, and a bronzed stamp mirror for $5,595. This marks the fourth year that Christie® has collaborated on the Barneys New York Holiday Window Displays, helping to actualize the creative concepts and bring the windows to life with advanced visual technology. Christie is a global visual and audio technologies company that is a leader in providing the world’s most advanced projectors, complete system displays, and cinema audio solutions.

In addition to embracing the joyful holiday season at its Madison Avenue flagship, Barneys New York also brings its famed sense of wit and surprise to holiday window culture downtown for the first time in nearly two decades at the new downtown flagship in Chelsea. To further spread Love, Peace, and Joy, the retailer’s newly launched Barneys New York Foundation is debuting the #LovePeaceJoyProject, a crowdsourced social campaign to encourage audiences to share in the seasonal festivities while supporting charitable causes. Continue reading

Barneys New York Returns to Downtown Manhattan With New Flagship Store at Historic Chelsea Location

Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, announced the completion of its new downtown flagship. The opening, earler this week, in Chelsea on 7th Avenue between 16th Street and 17th Street marks the return of the store to the same block that the company was founded on in 1923, and where it maintained an iconic presence through the late 1990’s.  The store will occupy almost an entire city block giving a new presence to the 7th Avenue streetscape, and offering a unique and timeless luxury shopping experience for downtown customers.

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship - Ground Floor. Photograph by Scott Frances

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship – Ground Floor. Photograph by Scott Frances

Designed by award-winning New York-based architectural firm Steven Harris Architects, the new 55,000 square foot flagship, spanning five floors, will include men’s and women’s RTW, footwear, accessories, cosmetics, a Blind Barber barbershop, and a Freds restaurant, with a luxurious and modern aesthetic consistent with the Barneys New York brand.

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship - Staircase (2). Photograph by Scott Frances

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship – Staircase. Photograph by Scott Frances

While Barneys New York returns to its original roots, the architecture, technology, services and overall experience reflect the ever-evolving modern store it has become today.  State of the art technology and mobile applications enhance the selling experience; beauty and shopping services will cater to those who value time as a luxury; and the restaurant is a nod to Freds on Madison Avenue, but with a menu all its own that emphasizes drinks and small plates.  The Downtown flagship will carry the curated and discerning edit of merchandise for which Barneys New York is known, and will reflect a neighborhood luxury shopping experience.  Top designers such as Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, and Saint Laurent will be available, as well as XO “Exclusively Ours” brands such as Baraboux handbags, and fragrances from Douglas Little.  The Downtown flagship will also launch exclusive capsule collections from Valentino, Alexander Wang, Elder Statesman, and Sidney Garber, among others.  

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Barneys Spring 2016 Campaign “Our Town” By Bruce Weber Celebrates New York City Pictured: Dandy Wellington, Thelma Washington, and Evetta Petty with Ajak Deng. http://thewindow.barneys.com/bruce-weber-our-town-spring-16/

“The opening of our new Downtown flagship is a unique homecoming for Barneys New York,” said Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee. “Born as a single brick and mortar location over 90 years ago, Barneys New York returns to the same New York City block as a modern 21st century retail force that will offer the downtown customer a unique and unprecedented customer experience.”

The thriving Madison Avenue flagship will maintain its presence as the largest Barneys New York store and, coupled with the smaller neighborhood stores in Brooklyn and the Upper West Side, further pays homage to the deep-routed relationship between Barneys and New York City.  To celebrate this longstanding bond, Barneys’ Spring 2016 campaign entitled “Our Town,” shot by Bruce Weber, aims to honor the way that New York City continues to inspire the brand as a whole. 

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Barneys Spring 2016 Campaign “Our Town” By Bruce Weber Celebrates New York City REGULATION YOHJI YAMAMOTO Crêpe De Chine Jacket / REGULATION YOHJI YAMAMOTO Twill “Boxer” Shorts Pictured: Female construction workers Priscilla Gibson and Shantar Gibson with Ajak Deng. http://thewindow.barneys.com/bruce-weber-our-town-spring-16/

The campaign features both portraits and short films highlighting iconic New Yorkers spanning from notable faces such as Bobby Cannavale, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono, and Patti Smith, to local characters like iconic Italian restaurant Rao’s owner, Frank Pellegrino, and nightlife icon Ladyfag.  The images and films of “Our Town” depict New York through Weber’s eyes, and find the humanity, individuality, and soul of each eccentric character and location, truly showcasing the diversity and beauty of the city. 

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Barneys Spring 2016 Campaign “Our Town” By Bruce Weber Celebrates New York City Pictured: the Angulo brothers from The Wolfpack, from left: Makunda, Eddie, Bhavagan, and Narayana. http://thewindow.barneys.com/bruce-weber-our-town-spring-16/ 

FLAGSHIP DESIGN
The Barneys New York team collaborated with award-winning New York-based architectural firm Steven Harris Architects on the Downtown flagship store, a continuation of the partnership with that began in early 2012 with renovations at the Madison Avenue and Beverly Hills locations.  Under the direction of founding architect Steven Harris and designer Lucien Rees Roberts, the Barneys New York flagships serve as a unique example of retail design for the residential visionaries.  Lalire March Architects serve as the Executive Architect on the project.  

“The store is completely unique compared to any other store downtown.  It is subtle but inordinately luxurious,”said Steven Harris.  “We wanted to create a calm and tranquil environment with a neutral, but richly varied color palate that truly highlights the merchandise.”

The exterior of the Downtown flagship store is defined by the 170 foot stainless steel marquee running along the 7th Avenue façade and wrapping the corner of 16th Street.  The striking store front provides ample space for Barneys’ world-renowned window displays, with two feature windows on 7th Avenue, and three additional windows providing views into the store. 

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship - Staircase. Photograph by Scott Frances

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship – Staircase. Photograph by Scott Frances

A central atrium with an exquisite spiral staircase provides views of the adjoining floors and encourages shoppers to discover the space.  The vast sculptural stair connects the lower Foundation level to the third floor, and serves as an ode to the store design of the original Barneys.  The atrium features glass with a custom abstract design of mirrored vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines inspired by Agnes Martin and Fred Sandback.

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship - Mens Third Floor. Photograph by Scott Frances

Barneys New York Downtown Flagship – Mens Third Floor. Photograph by Scott Frances

The new flagship’s ground level will highlight men’s and women’s leather goods and accessories, as well as women’s fine jewelry.  A volume of black nero marble, carefully placed between the exterior and interior, marks the entry and becomes a dramatic display wall for jewelry.  Mirror polished stainless steel clad columns, evocative of John McCracken‘s work, further open up the space, while hand rubbed brass accents add a level of warmth.  Biomorphic shaped tables made from granite and marble display a curated selection of leather goods and accessories.  Continue reading

Unveiled: The Barneys New York 2015 Holiday Windows

Barneys New York Launches Holiday 2015 Campaign: Chillin’ Out

Introducing Chillin’ Out, A Wondrously Wintry Take On Holiday 2015. Arctic Temperatures, High-Speed Chases, Live Ice Carving— Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue Windows Must Be Seen To Be Believed.

Embracing the chill that typically accompanies this magical time of year, our New York flagship’s windows celebrate winter by bringing one crucial element of the outdoors inside: ICE. – The Window

Barneys New York announces the launch of its 2015 holiday campaign, Chillin’ Out. Using its famed sense of wit and surprise to play up traditional winter motifs, the Barneys New York team worked with various collaborators to transform the Madison Avenue Flagship windows into a Chillin’ Out visual narrative, complete with 35-foot fully functioning ice locker which serves as a live frozen workspace. The idea of winter is celebrated through unique and unprecedented displays, which are brought to life through partnerships with world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, Utah-based Ice Castles, artist collective Okamoto Studio, and luxury automaker Lexus.

Through the Chillin’ Out holiday partnerships, Barneys New York has pushed the limits of traditional holiday windows. The one-of-a-kind ice locker used for the Ice Castles and Ice Carvers windows was custom designed and built by the Barneys New York team to maintain the optimal condition for the integral component of these installations: ice. Updating the classic ‘Penguin Chase‘ with accurately scaled Lexus model cars, as well as using 3D digital mapping to illuminate the “Winter Brilliance” sculpture adds another level of unprecedented technical feats to this season’s windows.

The Chillin’ Out window installations have been amongst the most creatively ambitious that our team has designed,” says Barneys New York Creative Director Dennis Freedman. “We’ve challenged ourselves to reach new heights in terms of technical advancements, but ultimately it’s the beauty and visual impact that really counts. Continuing with the tradition of integrating a performance element into the windows adds a layer of excitement and spontaneity to the experience for audiences.”

Shintaro Okamoto, founder and namesake of Okamoto Studio, demonstrates his mastery of the art during a live performance in 'The Ice Carvers.' Performances continue through December 31.

Shintaro Okamoto, founder and namesake of Okamoto Studio, demonstrates his mastery of the art during a live performance in ‘The Ice Carvers.’ Performances continue through December 31. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

“The Ice Carvers”

A live ice carving performance in one of the Madison Avenue window displays integrates a surprising unique element to the Chillin’ Out theme. Partnering with the ice carving collective Okamoto Studio, the Barneys New York team created a stylized satellite studio for the carvers to create winter themed sculptures as a part of daily live performances. Starting on Wednesday, November 18, and running through Thursday, December 31, live carvers within the custom ice locker in the window will transform 20×30 inch blocks of ice into detailed holiday-themed sculptures. Barneys New York partnered with Moncler Gamme Bleu designed by Thom Browne to outfit the carvers in custom-designed metallic outerwear, which consist of a jumpsuit, vest, and blazer. Additional pieces from Moncler Gamme Bleu, including exclusive cashmere silver English rib gloves, beanies, neck warmers, and scarves, all of which will also be available at Barneys New York.

Live Performance Schedule for “The Ice Carvers”:

Monday – Wednesday: Noon – 7:30PM

Thursday – Saturday: Noon – 8:30PM

Sunday: Noon – 6:00PM

The gorgeous work of Ice Castles has been adapted from its usual home atop a frigid mountain and recreated in this stunning Madison Avenue window

The gorgeous work of Ice Castles has been adapted from its usual home atop a frigid mountain and recreated in this stunning Madison Avenue window. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

“Ice Castles”

To play on the idea of Chillin’ Out and traditional winter themes, Barneys New York has partnered with Ice Castles, a company known for creating large-scale ice formations typically set upon mountaintops, to build an installation within the confines of its Madison Avenue window. In order to properly execute the Ice Castles collaboration, Barneys New York designed an unprecedented fully operational ice locker within its display. The custom ice locker consistently maintains a temperature of 3 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, and utilizes a custom misting system, which enables the creation and maintenance of the ice formations. Using a process known as “Icicle Farming,” Ice Castles makes its own icicles and fuses them together to create an ice scaffold that is sprayed with water to form uniquely intricate and organic ice formations. With an ongoing misting schedule, the ice becomes a naturally evolving glacial wonderland in constant evolution over the course of the window’s installation. The Ice Castle installation is further brought to life through the choreographed use of light, illuminating the ice in translucent shades of blue, green, red, and purple. Accompanied by a custom musical score by Hannis Brown evoking the icy sound and spirit of winter, the monochromatic structure transports the audience into the depths of a frozen empire.

An incredible partnership between the Barneys visual team, Lexus, Invisible Light Network, and Christie THREE SIXTY comes to life in 'Arctic Chase.'

An incredible partnership between the Barneys visual team, Lexus, Invisible Light Network, and Christie THREE SIXTY comes to life in ‘Arctic Chase.’ (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

“Arctic Chase”

Meet Penny, the high-octane, thrill-loving, and very chill penguin who’s so cool, she inspired her own window, “Arctic Chase.” Beginning with the idea of the penguin, the Barneys New York team partnered with Lexus to reimagine a traditional and playful winter racetrack adventure with the iconic arctic animal. Referencing ZSL London Zoo‘s Lubetkin Penguin Pool and childhood games, the team commissioned renowned slot car designer Gary Gerding to build a racetrack – the first translucent slot car track Gerding has ever built out of polycarbonate. As three “Chilled-Out” crystal-covered penguins race around the track atop Lexus IS, GS F, and RC F model cars, which were 3D printed and also covered in crystals, an animated film narrative created by Invisible Light Network brings the full scene together. The action is accompanied by an animated short by Invisible Light Network entitled “Stay Cool,” which tells the story of Penny, our penguin heroine, racing her nefarious opponents, set to an imaginary world of ice formations, city structures, and ski lodges. Invisible Light Network uniquely mixed traditional animation, CG, pixel, and glitch into one coherent story, which will be displayed on theatrical screens provided by Christies Digital, and is set to a custom score by composer Amnon Freidlin.

'Winter Brilliance,' a site-specific installation piece by Dale Chihuly.

‘Winter Brilliance,’ a site-specific installation piece by Dale Chihuly. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

“Winter Brilliance by Dale Chihuly”

Barneys New York has collaborated with renowned sculptor and artist Dale Chihuly to design a site-specific installation for another Chillin’ Out window. Entitled “Winter Brilliance,” the glass elements of the sculpture are representative of frigid winters, and appear as a grand crystalline explosion composed of individual hand-blown glass icicles. Several of the sculptural elements that comprise “Winter Brilliance” are suspended from the ceiling of the Madison Avenue window. The sculpture is set above a black pool of reflective water, giving the appearance it is frozen in midair. Barneys New York partnered with Christie THREE SIXTY to integrate the use of 3D digital mapping onto “Winter Brilliance.” One-of-a-kind choreographed lighting effects are projected onto the sculpture, creating the illusion of light on ice, snow, and moonlight, and adding a fluid and kinetic quality to it. The lighting cycle starts with pure white before moving into a sequence of snow flurries, ending in fiery display of red and yellow light projected onto the 700 hand-blown glass elements. The scene becomes an interpretation of fire and ice, accompanied by a modern adaptation of a score by Claude Debussy, one of Chihuly’s favorite composers.

In conjunction with the Chillin’ Out holiday campaign, Barneys New York will also launch a social media sweepstakes with a call to action for participants take a photo in front of any Barneys New York window display nationwide and post to Instagram tagging @BarneysNYOfficial with the hashtag #BNYCHILLINOUT. Winners will have their Instagram handle featured in an ice sculpture by OKAMOTO STUDIO in the Madison Avenue windows for 24 hours, and posted to the Barneys Instagram channel.

To further celebrate Chillin’ Out, Barneys New York will feature dedicated editorial content on its successful life and style editorial site, www.thewindow.barneys.com, including exclusive interviews and video content highlighting this holiday program. http://thewindow.barneys.com/barneys-holiday-windows-2015/ Continue reading

Rachel Zoe And Rodger Berman To Host OCRF’s First-Ever Super Saturday Event In Las Vegas

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Luxury Shopping Event to be held at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo and Fashion Show, Sept. 19-20

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) will bring its popular Super Saturday shopping event to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian & The Palazzo, and Fashion Show Las Vegas with unique spin. Hosted by Designer, Stylist, Editor and Author Rachel Zoe and husband and business partner Rodger Berman, the annual event, which New York Newsday called the ‘hottest summer event in the Hamptons,’ will launch in Vegas Sept. 19- 20, 2015.

OCRF’s Super Saturday designer shopping extravaganza, was created in 1998 by Donna Karan and the late Liz Tilberis (the late Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US, who has since died from the disease). Super Saturday Los Angeles launched in 2014, and is hosted by Rachel Zoe and Molly Sims. In 2014, at both Super Saturday Los Angeles and New York, more than 2,000 people attended the events and raised over $ 4.1 million with net proceeds going directly to OCRF and its programs. Special guests included celebrities, influencers, designers, media, supporters and their families, and fashion lovers. The Hamptons event has been hosted by Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan while the LA event was hosted by Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman, Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.

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The exclusive Las Vegas weekend will showcase an assortment of special retail incentives from luxury brands including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, DVF, Fendi, Robert Graham, Melissa Shoes, Ted Baker London, Topshop, Links of London and Island Company to name a few. Most participating retailers will donate a percentage of weekend sales to OCRF.


A force within the fashion and design industry for nearly two decades, Zoe has been heralded as one of the most influential forces working in fashion today. In addition to dressing clients for a bevy of red carpet events, styling countless editorial spreads, and lending her vast expertise to brands, Zoe has authored two New York Times best-selling books, and is the Editor in Chief of The Zoe Report, her online style destination and newsletter. As a designer, Zoe makes her exceptional taste and expertise accessible to the fashion savvy with Rachel Zoe Collection, comprised of ready-to-wear, footwear and jewelry lines. Zoe will soon return to television as the host of her own late night talk show, Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe, which will debut September 24th on Lifetime. Attendees can also meet Rachel Zoe when she signs copies of her newest book Living in Style.


The two-day extravaganza will feature a VIP brunch at Barneys New York, a Pucker Up Bar, Canyon Ranch SpaClub pop-up spa, a Pepsi Lounge, and Sephora makeup touch-ups.  A signature gift with purchase — two complimentary show tickets to Rock of Ages — will be available for those who spend $750 (restrictions apply – see official event guide for complete details).
Fashion Show will also highlight not-to-be-missed runway shows on the center’s elevated stage, featuring Saks Fifth Avenue and top seasonal must-haves.


We are thrilled to bring OCRF’s Super Saturday to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Fashion Show Las Vegas. Their support of OCRF’s research programs will further propel us in our fight to find a cure for ovarian cancer,” says Audra Moran, president & CEO, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and nearly 15,500 women will die of the disease. Currently there is no effective means of early detection.


“Vegas is the ultimate fashion destination. It’s the only place in the world where you can shop every top designer and brand in one central location,” says Janet LaFevre, senior marketing manager, Grand Canal Shoppes and Fashion Show. “Being able to bring Super Saturday to Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Fashion Show gives our guests a chance to enjoy incredible shopping, dining, and entertainment all while contributing to a significant cause. We are elated to announce this partnership and first-ever Vegas location.”


Since 1998, OCRF has awarded over $65 million to ovarian cancer researchers around the country. OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. OCRF also supports a national program, Woman to Woman, which in 2015 will be providing support through more than 20 hospitals around the country to women in treatment for any gynecologic cancer, as well as their families, by pairing them with survivor volunteers who offer one-on-one emotional support and mentoring. For more information visit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s website at supersaturday.ocrf.org/vegasstylethefashionshow.com and thegrandcanalshoppes.com
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Barneys New York Launches BAZ DAZZLED Holiday 2014; A Collaboration With Baz Luhrmann And Catherine Martin

This past Friday, Barneys New York, the specialty luxury retailer, holiday windows and facade of Madison Avenue were unveiled yesterday to display a BAZ DAZZLED wonderland, a collaboration with world-renowned writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann and designer Catherine Martin. A multi-platform initiative, BAZ DAZZLED merges the iconic visual language of Luhrmann’s award-winning film work with the legendary wit and surprise of Barneys New York. Luhrmann and four-time Oscar winning production and costume designer Martin, along with the Barneys New York team under the lead of Creative Director Dennis Freedman, have taken traditional holiday themes and turned them upside down into a world of fantastical characters, enchanted environments, and luxurious, metallic textures.

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

The holiday windows were unveiled in a spectacular production for audiences on Madison Avenue. The street was fully transformed into interactive experience, with an extravagant theatrical performance encompassing various elements from the BAZ DAZZLED motif. The event centered around the Pentatonix, who gave a live performance of the remixed holiday carols featured in the windows. A modern dance troupe of men and women exploded on the street, followed by a team of figure skaters who performed on synthetic ice. The Luna Queen and Solar Queen emerged onto the two Juliet balconies on the second floor, and accompanied Pentatonix for an exclusive, custom-scored version of Madonna’s “Holiday.” To close out the epic performance, a drum line joined the festivities before the windows were finally revealed. The unveiling was directed in collaboration with Luhrmann, Martin, Barneys New York, and Andrew Katz.

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday

The tradition of holiday storytelling was at the center of the collaboration, conceived by Luhrmann, Martin, and the Barneys New York creative team. In this mythical BAZ DAZZLED world, classical woodland creatures come to life in an urban environment: a contortionist b-boy elf, a wise old ‘True Owl’ who speaks the truth, a graffiti-ing squirrel who makes use of his gold spray paint through Barneys and beyond, and Celestina the ice princess, eternally skating and longing to be set free–with the whole mythical world ruled over by the Luna and Solar Queens. Inspired by Luhrmann and Martin’s extensive background in film, opera, theatre, and music, the expected becomes unexpected, the classic becomes modern, and the static comes alive in a series of live performances and interactive theater.  Each window presents a snippet of these characters’ stories, expressing the Luhrmann and Martin ethos of “Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love.”

BAZ DAZZLED has allowed us an opportunity to bring theater to Madison Avenue,” said Barneys New York Creative Director Dennis Freedman. “By integrating live performance into the windows, we are breaking the traditional mold of holiday windows for an exciting and unprecedented experience.

Barneys New York, Luhrmann, and Martin have collaborated with breakout a cappella group Pentatonix–comprised of vocalists Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan, and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola–who exclusively scored and recorded custom versions of classics for this collaboration. In addition to scoring the windows with original vocals and arrangements of classic holiday carols, Pentatonix provided actual vocals to several characters.

Costumes for the characters in the BAZ DAZZLED world have been created by designer Zaldy in collaboration with Oscar-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin. All performance elements featured in the windows were directed in collaboration with Luhrmann, Martin, Barneys New York, and Andrew Katz.

BAZ DAZZLED MADISON AVENUE WINDOWS
—  LOVE: A magical corner of Central Park is the mythical setting for the first window, which depicts a forest of 9-foot chromed mushrooms in a rainbow of colors. Elphresh the elf contorts and dances in and around his 14-foot-wide gold and bejeweled boom box, in pursuit of his impossible love, Elfemeral. The performance is scored by Pentatonix.
  BEAUTY: The Spirits of the Snow star in this window, realized by Washington-based artist Anthony Howe and voiced by Pentatonix. These handmade kinetic sculptures, previously only seen as outdoor wind machines, come to life within the window–the first time Howe’s work has been shown in an interior space. The movement of these spirited characters is entirely generated by wind machines, which sets them into mesmerizing motion.
—  TRUTH: “Truth” the True Owl–an animal known for its wisdom–resides in the third window. Artist and sculptor Chris Cole has created an 8-foot-tall, 6-foot-wide steampunk talking owl which gravely speaks his words of wisdom, scored to Pentatonix’s version of Madonna’s “Holiday.”
—  FREEDOM: Celestina the ice princess, imprisoned for eternity in her ice cave in our mythical tale, skates forlornly in the last window while dreaming of freedom. The performance is scored by Pentatonix.

In addition to the individual windows, the front of the Madison Avenue store has been covered in an expansive facade that brings the BAZ DAZZLED world beyond the windows. From above it all, the Solar Queen and Luna Queen sing out across Madison Avenue, stationed at two Juliet balconies built out of the second floor.

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday Window Display

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday Window Display

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday Window Display

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday Window Display

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday Window Display

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday Window Display

BARNEYS NEW YORK,  BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday Window Display

BARNEYS NEW YORK, BAZ LUHRMANN and CATHERINE MARTIN Host a Private Dinner at the Central Park Zoo in Celebration of a BAZ DAZZLED Holiday Window Display

Barneys New York has worked with Luhrmann and Martin to create a range of XO Exclusively Ours, limited edition holiday gift items inspired by the mythical characters and narrative that express Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love. BAZ DAZZLED products are available now for a limited time at Chelsea Passage on the 9th floor of the Barneys New York Madison Avenue flagship location, select Barneys New York locations nationwide, and www.Barneys.com. The product assortment focuses on luxury holiday decor and gifts: a champagne sabre by Berti engraved with “Freedom, Truth, Beauty, Love;” handcrafted star-etched crystal tumblers, a knit rabbit throw by Adrienne Landau, pillows embroidered with “A Life Lived in Fear is a Life Half Lived” by Studio DKS, children’s costumes, stuffed animals and a hand-painted play tent. In addition, extraordinary items including a one-of-a-kind fur-lined sleeping bag, luxury picnic set, and more have been created in collaboration with Prada exclusively for BAZ DAZZLED.

In the spirit of the holiday season and in honor of this special collaboration, Barneys New York will donate 25% of sales from all BAZ DAZZLED Holiday products to Room to Read, a global organization that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and to ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education. Since 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of nearly nine million children and aims to reach 10 million children by 2015. Learn more at www.roomtoread.org.

Pentatonix‘s new holiday album, That’s Christmas To Me, debuted at #9 on The Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, making this the second album (first one being PTX Vol. III) in a month and fourth album in less than a year to debut Top 10 on the chart. PTX has released two videos in support of the album so far, “White Winter Hynmal” and “Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy” ft. Tori Kelly. Additionally, the group released four music videos in support of the PTX Vol. III, “Problem”, “La La Latch”, “Papaoutai” ft. Lindsey Stirling and “Rather Be”  which have been viewed over 26.5 million times. Having recently eclipsed 6.5 million subscribers and over 630 million cumulative views, the PTXOfficial YouTube page is currently the 13(th) most subscribed-to music channel, having surpassed the subscriber totals of both Avicii and Beyonce. Their music video for “Daft Punk” has recently surpassed 100 million views.

After the unveiling, guests including Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin, Richard & Lisa Perry, Mark Lee, Amy Sacco, Aurelie Bidermann, Dakota Fanning, Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne of Public School, Deborra-Lee Furness, Dennis Freedman, Estelle, Giovanna Battaglia, Jessica Joffe, Kate Foley, Lily Kwong, Meryl Poster, Michael Avedon, Pat Cleveland, Simon Doonan, Victoria Justice, Wendi Deng made their way to the Central Park Zoo for an intimate dinner.

 

Barneys New York Announces Holiday 2014: BAZ DAZZLED Holiday in Collaboration With Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin in Support of Room to Read

Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, announced today the 2014 Holiday campaign: BAZ DAZZLED Holiday; a collaboration with world renowned writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann and designer Catherine Martin. A multi-platform initiative, BAZ DAZZLED Holiday will merge the iconic visual language of Luhrmann’s award winning film work with the wit and surprise of the legendary Barneys New York annual holiday initiatives.  Luhrmann and Martin, along with the Barneys New York team under the direction of creative director Dennis Freedman, have conceived a modern holiday world filled with decadent textures and fantastical characters set against the backdrop of iconic holiday concepts.

Barneys New York BAZ DAZZLED Holiday shopping bags (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Barneys New York BAZ DAZZLED Holiday shopping bags (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Original and exclusive BAZ DAZZLED Holiday artwork by Luhrmann and Martin take you into a magical world filled with fantastical characters, woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls, and candy canes, along with their motto “A Life Lived in Fear is a Life Half Lived.”  The artwork melds together imagery ranging from classic to the absurd, and will be brought to life in the Madison Avenue Flagship windows, as well as throughout the store.  The artwork will be featured on special Barneys New York shopping bags, gift cards and in-store displays during the 6-week initiative.

Barneys New York has worked to create a range of exclusive (XO), limited-edition holiday gift items, which will be available at Chelsea Passage on the 9th floor of the Barneys New York Madison Avenue flagship location, select Barneys New York locations nationwide, and Barneys.com. Using inspiration from the project, the product assortment will focus on luxury holiday decor and gifts such as ornaments, stockings, children’s costumes and toys, table-top accessories, throws, and other giftable items.

In the spirit of the holiday season and in honor of this special collaboration, Barneys New York will donate 25% of sales from all BAZ DAZZLED Holiday products to Room to Read, a global organization that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Multi-award winning director, writer, producer, music producer and visualist, Baz Luhrmann along with Oscar-winning production and costume designer and producer

Barneys New York BAZ DAZZLED Holiday shopping bags (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Barneys New York BAZ DAZZLED Holiday shopping bags (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Catherine Martin, are partners in their company, Bazmark Inq. Bazmark Inq has produced projects that have captured popular and critical imagination with a diverse range of projects ranging from film, opera, theatre, music, multimedia and events.

“From the earliest days of our love affair with the city of New York, we have always marveled at the way Barneys blends retail, theatre, art and narrative with irreverence and wit while nevertheless remaining accessible to its audience,” said Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.  “We embrace the opportunity of reveling in the holiday spirit by collaborating with Barneys, taking traditional holiday iconography and turning it on its head.  This collaboration is, for us, ultimately a celebratory opportunity to deepen our relationship with our adopted city of New York.”

“Barneys New York has a long history of unexpected and imaginative holiday programs, and working with Baz and Catherine continues this tradition,” said Mark Lee, Barneys New York CEO. “It is thrilling to see their incredible creative vision blend with the Barneys New York spirit for this unique collaboration.”

Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and to ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education.  Since 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of nearly nine million children and aims to reach 10 million children by 2015. Learn more at www.roomtoread.org.

BARNEYS NEW YORK (Barneys) is a luxury specialty retailer renowned for having the most discerning edit from the world’s top designers, including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts for the home. Barneys’ signature sense of wit and style is manifested in its creative advertising campaigns, original holiday themes, and celebrated window displays. Founded as a men’s retailer in 1923 in downtown Manhattan, it became an international arbiter of high style for both women and men in the 1970s, renowned for discovering and developing new and innovative design talent. Today, Barneys New York operates flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Scottsdale along with a preeminent luxury online store, Barneys.com, as well as 21 other stores and outlets across the United States. For more information about Barneys New York, please visit www.Barneys.com and explore its luxury content site, The Window, for an insider’s look into the Barneys world: a behind-the-scenes visit with exciting designers, fashion, events, and the Barneys team.