At Barneys, we specialize in curating a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. To quote our founder Fred Pressman, “No bunk, no junk, no imitations.” From personal shoppers who go above and beyond to provocative, head-turning window displays, exclusive collaborations, and designers with truly original points of view, what we do is just as much about discernment as it is wit and as much about decadence as it is discovery—and when it comes to helping you to uncover everything we have on offer, it doesn’t get any better than our latest issue of The Window. Available this week in all our stores in its print form, it’s also available in a digital version via the app store. You can now view imagery, interact with and share exclusive content, and shop your favorites—all from the palm of your hand. Scroll on for a taste of what you’ll find inside The Window, whichever version you choose.
With one look at the spring collections, it’s clear that one-of-a-kind originality is on the rise. Classic femininity is embracing the possibilities of quirky-cool sensibilities, as you’ll see in the cover story entitled “The New Girls,” while a feature called “Space Odyssey” reminds us how, with one fresh idea, an innovative designer can redefine all the rules. As far as the season’s top accessories, “About Face”, “Fresh Start,” and “A List” show that no one piece is exactly like any other.
Walter de Silva certainly is not like any other designer out there either—after leaving a celebrated career in automotive design, de Silva is launching his first foray into footwear, and the results—which we’re launching this season—are striking. With her new, exclusive consultation series, jewelry designer Sharon Khazzam is getting personal with her clients, but you can’t get more personal than the bespoke stationery services from Connor. Even the duo behind ICONS is embracing individuality with their reworked-vintage capsules.
Ask any former Studio 54 regular and they’ll tell you that there is only one Fiorucci, the iconic denim brand whose triumphant return we’re pleased to announce. While the original Fiorucci store was a daytime haven for New York’s disco-era glitterati, The Wing, a new women-only workspace and social club, is a refuge in today’s uncertain times. Not only is The Wing giving women a room all their own, they’re sending the message that every woman is one-of-a-kind.
Nannette de Gaspé Beaubien certainty falls into that ‘one-of-a-kind’ category. The financier-turned-beauty-entrepreneur is revolutionizing the industry with her groundbreaking line of dry masks. Curator and social media savant Kimberly Drew is also breaking boundaries by spotlighting contemporary black artists, while seasoned artist Arlene Shechet is finally receiving high-profile accolades for her original point of view. Actress Herizen Guardiola is learning to listen to her inner voice and follow her passions—which means finally releasing a long-awaited EP.
Not to forget about the guys, we have a separate issue just for the Barneys Man, and a section of the app for him as well. As we’ve watched the long-held codes of menswear diminish over the past decade with the influx of streetwear and the retreat of dividing gender lines, we’ve come to find the best men’s fashion isn’t about being fixed to a single type—one brand, one style, one point of view—but rather about how the modern man mixes genres on his own terms. No longer firmly planted in either the classic or designer world, he explores both, and the spring collections do too.
Our spread called “Layer Cake” shows how a classic sensibility can appreciate a sharply tailored shoulder or fine cashmere sweater, but also a Valentino camo-printed slide and copious amounts of linen. In “Wild Abandon,” it becomes clear how tailoring’s classic cues have found a place among the new street-inspired subversive element. It’s fair to say that nylon tracksuits and classic two-buttons are going to start sharing closet space.
The musician and poet Sean Nicholas Savage confidentially demonstrates how the modern man wears a polished Paul Smith tuxedo as effortlessly as Balenciaga’s exaggerated proportions. Meanwhile, the young Hollywood darling Jacob Lofland, who refuses to live anywhere but his hometown of Briggsville, Arkansas, deals with his own duality, in which traditional mores and modern desires are in constant contrast. Yet much like the current state of menswear, the dichotomy isn’t obvious, making it all the more charming.
And, as Thom Browne knows, anything worth taking notice of isn’t obvious. The groundbreaking designer has dominated the industry with his playful vision of serious craftsmanship for over a decade: the ultimate controlled distortion. From the outside, it might seem like Fioroni—an Italian, multi-generational family business—is your traditional knitwear company, but behind the scenes, their sense for technological innovation is redefining modern knitwear standards—and men of style are buying it.
The Street Scholars—OAMC, A-Cold-Wall*, and Willy Chavarria—are also redefining standards with their own individual mix of style and substance. These visionary brands are showcasing cultures unseen, particularly in the world of luxury fashion. For them, silhouette, technique, and fabrication are just as important as intention—and this defines the modern mix.
Whether you’re perusing a hard copy or flipping through digitally, open The Window and take a look inside. We hope you enjoy it.