FASHION MINGLE: Barneys New York’s Simon Doonan hosted a cocktail party at the retailer’s store on Chicago’s Oak Street last Thursday and revealed his upcoming sports venture. Yes, sports — mixed with a dose of style, of course.
Guests sipped Champagne and nibbled on passed canapés — which included white sugar cookies bearing the Cubs’ logo, and mingled with designers Brooke Garber Neidich and Tabitha Simmons, cosmetics entrepreneur Nannette de Gaspé and Barneys’ chief executive officer Mark Lee.
But soccer is the Barneys’ creative ambassador-at-large’s preferred sport.
And he’s currently keeping busy working on a book merging his two passions: fashion and soccer.
“Soccer players have a long history of spending their money on clothes,” said Doonan, noting the book will launch in 2018, in time for the next World Cup. “They’re very stylish and they all look really good in the clothes — everyone from David Beckham to Cristiano Ronaldo to George Best. These are two overlapping interests of mine and I’m finally doing a book on it. I love fashion and I love soccer and now I’m merging the two.”
More than 300 guests turned out for the fifth annual shopping charity event, and a portion of sales benefitted the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Top-performing items from the night included Tabitha Simmons’ Surrey ankle boots, $895, and the designer said she was thrilled to participate in the event and meet customers. “It’s for such a good cause. Being a mother of two boys, anything that involves children I’m for 100 percent,” said Simmons.
Considered Barneys’ number one fine jewelry vendor, Garber Neidich, designer of Sidney Garber Jewelry, lauded the retailer for giving back. “I love that Barneys does this. I love that they give 10 percent to charity,” she said. “I’m going to do another event for them in November in San Francisco for UNICEF. If it makes it any better for them that I’m here, I’m happy to do it.”