New York will be seeing a lot more of Carine Roitfeld in the coming months. She'll be front row at New York fashion week for the spring shows, and buzzing about an iconic New York department store. The former Paris Vogue editor has teamed up with Barneys New York to serve as guest editor and stylist for the luxury retailer's fall ad campaign, catalogue and mailers. She'll also have a hand in styling Barney's windows, to be revealed in September. “It’s a new kind of project for me," Roitfeld told WWD. "It’s good to have a new life, because now I can do projects that I never dreamed of before.” She continued, “For me...to be able to participate in this project with [Barney's], and be visible during the next fashion week in New York, is my dream come true...to a French girl, it’s a big, big dream.” Roitfeld's project with Barney's has many components.
Barneys CEO Mark Lee' continues to shake things up. Last month Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart and Judy Collinson, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of womenswear, were ousted. Today, Barneys sent out a press release announcing that Dennis Freedman, formerly the creative director at W, would succeed Simon Doonan as creative director. But lest you were worried that meant Doonan, the face of Barneys, was out, fret not: he's been "promoted" as the specialty retailer's new "Creative Ambassador-at-Large." It's a pretty funny title and sounds kind of made up, but then again fashion houses love to have brand "ambassadors" so it follows that a retailer could have one too. So what does it mean? And more importantly, will Doonan still do the windows?