I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard about it during the summer.
It will be unveiled (as I understand) just before midnight on Monday 11/21/11.
I’m talking about the Barneys Holiday Windows in New York City.
Always a treat, this year – the windows (and the store’s entire 5th floor) are designed by Lady Gaga and her team, which includes her Mom!
From this news report, I read that:
“In a release, Barneys outlines how visitors to the workshop will walk through a giant facade at store’s 60th street entrance that will “create the illusion of walking into the mouth of a giant monster-like Lady Gaga.”
Once inside, shoppers will have their pick of eight different “stations” — from a candy shop to a gallery to a library — including a jewelry shop that was, according to the release, “created out of an oversized Lady Gaga-turned-spider and a boudoir in the shape of a giant wig.”
The store’s wares are an curated selection of finds from hundreds of different vendors, all edited by Gaga in collaboration with Nicola Formichetti and artists Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson. A whopping 25 percent of the sales from the workshop will go to the Born This Way Foundation, which was founded by Gaga and her mother in an effort to build confidence and fight bullying.
Gaga’s mandate, according to Formichetti, was to make the workshop “amazing and fun, for kids and for adults. She was very much involved in coming up with the ideas and overseeing the whole process, but I also got her mom, Cynthia, involved,” he said. “She knew Gaga’s favorite chocolates or her favorite books when she was little. We really wanted this experience to be like going through her memories, in a very surreal way. For that, I needed the help of Mrs. Germanotta.”
This awesome, official website tells much, MUCH more! It’s pretty cool; check it out!
I love to photograph the store Holiday windows. It can almost be like a fashion shoot!
Here are some pictures from Christmases past:
This year I have a feeling that some of the windows are going to be spectacular!
I just cannot wait to see what Lady Gaga and her team do with the Barneys windows.
And – I wonder – how many Little Monsters will be roaming through Barneys for the first time.
Of course, the merchandise will likely be outrageously expensive.
But the windows – FREE to all – for viewing and photographing!
And it’s just around the corner…