DAKIS JOANNOU and DENNIS FREEDMAN Host the Opening of The BARNEYS NEW YORK Window Installations Inspired by The DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION

Party Pics: Artists Invade Barneys New York

A party featuring a performance by artist John Bock and a gyro bar? Count us in.

And we’re not the only ones. Last night, Fred’s at Barneys New York on Madison Avenue was crammed with more sheer creativity than is usually found in one place. The occasion? Creative Director Dennis Freedman and legendary art collector Dakis Joannou were hosting the opening of the Barneys destefashioncollection window installations featuring the work of five contemporary artists (among them Juergen Teller, above, with Freedman and his outsized photograph of Yves Saint Laurent).

Bock drew a captive crowd cutting up endless piles of clothes in frighteningly ghoulish makeup, while guests mingled to the tunes of DJ Kim Ann Foxman. Revelers included Maurizio Cattelan, Helmut Lang, John Varvatos, Clémence Poésy, Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez, Princess Maria Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Yvonne Force Villareal, Vinoodh Matadin and Inez van Lamsweerde—not to mention our own Mark Lee, Simon Doonan, Tom Kalenderian and Charlotte Blechman.

We managed to catch up with Clémence, looking very French in a chic trench and block topper, to ask her about working with Athina Rachel Tsangari on “Capsule,” a film playing on repeat both in the windows and upstairs at the party. “Working with Athina was amazing,” she said. “I think she’s one of the most talented directors out there. And it was also wonderful to meet all those girls that are all incredibly inspiring in their own way. There are a few actresses that are all beautiful and amazing and there is also an architect and dancers. So that was great. And then shooting anything in Hyrda [Island, in Greece] is, you know, a dream.”

We could say the same thing about last night, which, thanks to Bock’s live art performance and so many stars of the art and fashion worlds in attendance, felt rather dreamlike itself. Luckily we have the pictures to prove it all really happened…

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