NEW YORK — It’s a high-tech Christmas — at least in retailers’ windows here.
Futuristic visions and frigid scenes — replete with snow and icicles indoors — are popular themes this year. Barneys New York’s First Couple of Christmas are performers from the improvisational group Upright Citizens Brigade. They’re no paunchy Father Christmas and motherly Mrs. C., though. Rather, they wear Space Age costumes designed by Zaldy.
Wishing everyone a very postmodern holiday, Barneys created a futuristic vision of Manhattan. In another window there’s a fantastical ride through New York. Shoppers can take part by entering the actual window and “riding” the BNY NYC Santa’s sleigh, which looks something like a Batmobile or stingray. Barneys collaborated with an international group of artists, but Dennis Freedman, creative director of Barneys, said, “We never considered this art. We’re entertaining the public.”
At Saks Fifth Avenue, whose windows make their debut on Monday, a character called the Yeti is busily engaged in manufacturing snowflakes. Igloos and white fake fur are the hallmarks of the installation, which is based on “The Yeti Story” by Stefan Bucher. The tale is told in six windows that use 3-D video projection to follow the creature’s travels from Siberia to his current home, which is rumored to be the roof of Saks. At one window, people can make snowflakes using their mobile devices. The snowflakes can be digitally “thrown” into the window.
Bloomingdale’s wanted its windows to tie back to its tag line, “Like no other store in the world,” emphasis on the word “world.” Large gift boxes in the Lexington Avenue windows rotate to reveal scenes from different countries, including Great Britain, Italy, France, China — and New York. “We worked with different artists to bejewel and animate [the scenes],” said Jack Hruska, executive vice president of creative services. “Last year, the windows were more interactive — we captured people’s expressions looking at the windows and posted them on Facebook. This year, they’re more whimsical and magical.”
Bergdorf Goodman reimagined nine holidays throughout the year as icy, frozen dioramas. A window depicting July 4th shows people parading in front of a building forged out of a glacier. April Fool’s Day is rendered as a frozen garden party — installed upside down. “We’re far beyond traditional Victorian imagery and Santa Claus,” said David Hoey, senior director of visual presentation. This year’s theme, “Holidays on Ice,” features a collective curtain of 50-foot-long, 3-foot-high icicles crowning the windows.
There are still bastions of traditionalism, though. Lord & Taylor’s sophisticated windows have figures dressed in Twenties- to Forties-era styles, white peacocks, white pups and a focus on product like never before. That’s because the windows depict a store of yore with shoppers carrying packages tied with red ribbons.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye