To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Chloé, hairstylist and visual artist Bob Recine was enlisted by Barneys New York to create a series of absolutely insane and simultaneously stunning windows. Though the mannequins are clad in the fashion house’s designs, the highlight of the display is the hair: in the window below, brass, woodwind, and string instruments shoot out from the mannequin’s neck, and in another, yards and yards of hair-like material is braided and suspended to the ceiling.
Five iconic creations by former Chloé designer Karl Lagerfeld are installed along Madison Avenue—but it’s not just the dresses that take center stage. “[Barneys New York Creative Director] Dennis Freedman understood very clearly that I view this not as a window, but as an installation,” Recine said of the project. “We translated hair into something that has nothing to do with hair. It’s always my starting and inspiration point to create something explosive and interesting, and something for people to stop and stare and look at.”
If the crowds along Madison Avenue are any indication, mission accomplished.
Guests — who included Leigh Lezark, Michael Avedon, Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller (who flew in just for the occasion), Joseph Altuzarra and Pat Cleveland — on the third floor conversed amid mountainous swirls of cotton candy and clusters of balloons veneered in blonde and powdery pink Recine-created wigs.
Afterwards, guests rounded the corner to Amaranth for dinner.
Photos by Steve Eichner