Holiday windows, they have the power to enchant, amuse and,
as Barneys New York knows, provoke. On Wednesday November 14th,
the store will unveil its Madison Avenue flagship windows done in collaboration with Disney.
The iconic institutions of fashion and childhood wonder worked together to
blend two very different small worlds in an animated short titled “Electric Holiday”.
It will be looped on LED tiles that cover the two-story ground-floor facade on Madison.
WWD got a preview of the cartoon, which is far more
enchanting and amusing than it is provocative.
It opens on a meta note: a window-shopping Minnie Mouse
gazes longingly at a Lanvin dress and daydreams her way to the front lines of Paris Fashion Week.
She imagines herself primping in a grand hotel suite before a big day at the shows with
fashion’s own cast of characters. On her way out, she stops to pose for Steven Meisel,
while Suzy Menkes, Franca Sozzani and Linda Evangelista powwow in the lobby.
Nearby are Sarah Jessica Parker and Daffy Duck at a table for two.
Wait! One more shot for Mario Sorrenti, who pops up like a paparazzo. Then it’s on to the Tuileries,
where Minnie steps in stride with Carine Roitfeld.
Juergen Teller is among the street-style photographer scrum,
double-fisting cameras like a gunslinger as Anna Dello Russo and Lady Gaga preen.
The concept is kitschy, clever and absolutely adorable,
the result of a year’s worth of creative collaboration between Barneys and Disney.