A nutcracker drum line, towering wood nymphs on stilts, ice dancing on the street.
On 13th dec night ‘s unveiling of Barneys New York’s holiday windows was like something out of the movies. Of course, with director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin, of The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! fame helming the project, who would expect anything less? Indeed, the bundled-up crowd on Madison Avenue—Dakota Fanning, Pat Cleveland, Victoria Justice—seemed suitably impressed. “It felt young and fresh at the same time and, like, really thought-out,” Public School’s Maxwell Osborne told us.
The post-window celebration took guests out of the evening’s icy rain and into the Central Park Zoo, which was transformed into a tented winter wonderland, complete with a snow globe room and a holiday photo station flanked by a fake deer wearing glittering Saint Laurent boots.
“I love that Baz does fairy tale, but in a realistic sense,”
said Estelle from the buzzing entrance.
“It’s always very whimsical and beautiful, but you feel like you could walk down the street and just be there.”
After a fresh lobster salad and fried chicken diablo, Luhrmann took a moment to share what it meant to work with the famous store.
“We were fans of Barneys back in the ’80s when we first came to New York,”
the director recalled. “We saw those windows and we went, ‘That’s art.’ How do they take the familiar and turn it on its head?” he continued.
“That was our creative obsession all our creative lives. Who would’ve thought so many years later, we would’ve been asked by Barneys to collaborate?”
Ever the showman, Luhrmann concluded his speech by inviting Pentatonix, the a cappella group who performed at the unveiling, to once more wow the crowd. Perched on top of the room’s central table, they sang a medley of Beyoncé’s greatest hits. After an encore, more than a few of the guests took to their feet for a standing ovation.