“There’s an ongoing debate on who has the best windows, and it’s obvious tonight that it’s Barneys!” declared a jubilant Antonia Romeo, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and soon to be Secretary for the Department for International Trade, as she looked over the glowing room of emerging and established U.K.-based designers, editors, and notables all in attendance to toast the British Fashion Council and Barneys New York. The dinner—co-hosted by Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council—took place at Clement restaurant at The Peninsula New York Hotel, a few blocks south of Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue flagship, where four windows celebrating the best of British fashion were unveiled the evening before.
On display from now until January 25, 2017, the windows feature an array of impressive designers, including A-Cold-Wall*, Alexander McQueen, Anya Hindmarch, Alice Archer, Belstaff, Burberry, By Walid, Erdem, J.W. Anderson, Osman, Paul Smith, Paul Andrew, Saloni, Tabitha Simmons, Alexander White, Teija, and Craig Green. They celebrate British fashion’s creativity, innovation, and individuality—a special brand of eclectic, smart, and edgy that the Brits truly do best.
When Caroline Rush first approached Barneys’ Daniella Vitale months ago to see if there was opportunity for a greater partnership to highlight British design talent, Vitale replied with a quick, “Yes, of course we can do this!,” noted Rush at the dinner. “This was a long overdue celebration for us to thank the British Fashion Council for their important work, as well as this group of designers with whom we have built strong businesses and successful partnerships,” added Vitale.
Ending her toast with just a bit of British humor, Caroline Rush made sure to add that she was, “delighted to be in the second best city in the world.” On that note, here’s to looking forward to the next London Fashion Week and all the fresh talent and inspiring collections to come.