Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like decadence and glamour! We'll be seeing a lot of that on Madison Avenue this holiday season as Baz Luhrmann, famed director of The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, partners with Barneys New York to design their holiday windows.
Luhrmann is known for incorporating dazzling visual extravagance in his films.
With the help of his wife, the costume designer Catherine Martin, Luhrmann will create a magical wonderland full of "fantastical characters, woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls, and candy canes." Not only will we be seeing Luhrmann's creations in the window of Barneys, but the Manhattan-based department store has announced that it will be carrying a line of holiday gifts, such as ornaments, toys, and accessories, that are inspired by the Baz Dazzled theme. The artwork will also be seen on Barneys shopping bags and in-door displays starting this November.
This isn't the first time Barneys is introducing an exciting collaboration for their holiday windows. In past years, they have worked with Jay-Z, Disney, and Lady Gaga. But, there's something special about Luhrmann's eye for color and design that makes waiting for the holidays seem nearly IMPOSSIBLE! After all, the theme of the collection is based on his motto: "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."
Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for Chanel, is known for always going above and beyond. Last March, his Autumn/Winter 2014 Paris fashion show made headlines with it's Supermarket Chic theme. Lagerfeld showcased his collection on gorgeous models strolling through a supermarket that sold everything from cereal to soup, branded with the iconic double C logo.
Lagerfeld's goal with this eclectic theme was to showcase the idea that Chanel, while a high-end luxury brand, can be worn in every day life at a location as simple as a supermarket. While this certainly isn't practical for most people, it does highlight the beautiful simplicity that makes Chanel so timeless.
Beyond the haute Ketchup and eau de Chanel was a small accessory that many onlookers didn't even notice: Chanel headphones.
Six months later, we are finally hearing more from Lagerfeld about this trendy accessory. Chanel has partnered with tech company Monster to create the perfect pair of headphones... for $5000. Ana Colon of Refinery29 calls these headphones "basically like a Chanel handbag for your head." While the sound quality is certainly exceptional, it's hard to justify paying $5000 for headphones, even if they are Chanel. The functions of these headphones have been compared to Beats by Dr. Dre, which retail from $250 to $500, a much more reasonable price point.
There's no denying that these headphones are a work of art. Covered in the signature black quilted leather and embossed with the Chanel logo, they scream "trendy"... but, they also scream "unnecessary." We will certainly be seeing these around come holiday time, as they are expected to hit stores this fall. But, can Chanel get away with a $5000 tech product, or is it just too much?
Rebecca Minkoff is now the latest designer to step into the world of wearable tech, and her timing couldn't be better! With Fashion Week quickly approaching, everyone who's anyone in fashion will be heading to NYC! Minkoff is planning to introduce two wearable tech products at her fashion show. One item is a bracelet that serves as a portable phone charger. This product will retail at $60.00. The other item is also a bracelet, however this bracelet alerts the wearer when she receives a call or a text. This product will retail at $120.00.
I love the idea of a bracelet that serves as a portable charger. It's a fantastic way to add style to a product that is typically mundane. And the price point is perfect; backup phone chargers can typically range from $60 to $200. It will be interesting to see the amount of charge this bracelet can actually hold and how well it really works, but it's definitely fashionable!
The second bracelet is certainly a cool novelty, but not as practical as a portable charger. While the specific details have not yet been revealed, I'm making the assumption that this bracelet will function similar to the "Ringly," which uses Bluetooth and an application to connect the wearer to her smartphone. When dealing with wearable tech, the price can make or break the success of the product. For what this bracelet promises, $120 is a fair price. Most of Minkoff's bracelets retail around $70.
These bracelets, along with a stylish gold portable charger, will be introduced at Rebecca Minkoff's fashion show on Friday, September 5th. I'm so excited to see these bracelets in action!!