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.

Happy Socks Launches New Holiday Campaign with David LaChapelle

Bringing happiness and quality to every corner of the world.”

Swedish fashion company Happy Socks is proud to present its latest collaboration with world-famous photographer David LaChapelle, well known for his provocative style, featuring nine pictures and a very unique video. Let’s face it, socks, as a whole, aren’t the sexiest things in the world; but LaChapelle has managed, with this campaign, to make Happy Socks, the absolutely sexiest accessory through a provocative print campaign and an accompanying video that is crazy like a fox and bound to get people talking about the brand.

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All details on the campaign can be found on http://www.happysocks.com/dlc

Happy Socks features an almost endless variety of models and designs, using a broad spectrum of color combinations and original prints. Simply put: there’s a pair of high-quality socks for every occasion, mindset and style. It all started under the cloud-ridden April sky of yet another belated Swedish spring in 2008. Two friends had a vision: to spread happiness by turning an everyday essential into a colorful design piece with a rigid standard of ultimate quality, craftsmanship and creativity. A concept now brought to perfection by the Happy Socks collective of creators. Today Happy Socks are sold at retailers in more than 70 countries worldwide, in Happy Socks concept stores and on http://www.happysocks.com.

Happy Socks Launches Campaign with David Lachapelle

Happy Socks Launches Campaign with David Lachapelle

Happy Socks Launches Campaign with David Lachapelle

Happy Socks Launches Campaign with David Lachapelle

David LaChapelle is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages. LaChapelle’s striking images have graced the covers and pages of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D, and he has photographed personalities as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, to name a few. Even more importantly, he’s not afraid to go out on a limb and take the viewer with him.

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For this collaboration Happy Socks chose an approach that would make most marketing people nervous: David LaChapelle was given a so called “Carte Blanche” – in essence he was told to do whatever he wants to. The company wasn’t afraid of this according to its Creative Director Viktor Tell: “We wanted to work with David LaChapelle because we really love his art, so for us to try and put any boundaries on his creativity would just go against everything we believe in“.

Mikael Soderlindh, Happy Socks CEO, adds: “We feel this collaboration really demonstrates what we are all about. Creativity is about letting go of rules and trusting your instincts, which is something we try to instil in everything we do.”

David LaChapelle’s take on Happy Socks is bursting with colour and attitude – or how David LaChapelle himself expresses it: “This colorful shoot was really dictated by the socks.” And the video itself has to be seen, preferably in the privacy of your home.