Friday, April 17, 2009

Barneys New York Opens New Shopping Emporium

Champagne, doughnuts, Louboutin accessories and Comme des Garçons clothing. The grand opening of the new Chicago location (across from the old store) at 15 East Oak of Barneys New York was extravagant!

The luxury retailer unveiled a 90,000 sq. ft., six-floor emporium filled with every possible want or need. Starting at the top, the sixth floor penthouse level will bring you the mouthwatering creations of iconic restaurant Fred’s, where you can enjoy a fashionable meal or cocktail after shopping. The fifth floor is dedicated to men’s shoes and the tailoring department, while the fourth floor brings you the younger and more urban branch of men’s fashion.

The third story is a delight for the fashion-forward young woman, who knows her designer lingo. Alexander Wang shows why he stepped over to women and J. Brand’s jeans selection will get you ready for a casual, yet high-end look. In your new outfit, take a stroll down the dazzling stairs and find shoe heaven. With over 3,500 sq. ft. dedicated to the high-heeled woman, the second floor will make you want to spend your life savings. Outside of the Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent excitement you will definitely experience, this story is also the one you can find your gowns and evening wear.

The ground level first floor takes you through the accessorizing stage of dressing up. Bags and jewelry of every designer possible is what you will find. The Lanvin jewelry is extraordinary and the feather headbands are the perfect way to top off your outfit. When you have time, head to the beauty department located on the lower level. NARS, Bobbi Brown and others give you glamorous make-up, John Galliano gives you candles, and Barneys exclusive Editions de Parfums gives you lipstick red chambers where you can sample scents. Get ready Chicago. If this isn’t the ultimate shopping experience, than what is?
- Chloé van der Wel

Photos by Alicia Nieto for Factio Media

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