Travel The Barneys New York Way

It’s getting to be about that time again — summer vacation season. Although I think us Chicagoans might work a little differently (as we don’t suffer all winter just to LEAVE for the summer), I’m sure we’ll all get away at least for the weekend at some point over the next three months. So with that said, I got a few tips from this UNICEF lunch I attended yesterday at my safe place (AKA Barneys New York, Chicago) that I think we should discuss. Ready, [jet]set, GO!

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Chicago Designer Elise Bergman Heads To New York Fashion Week

As a Chicago fashion supporter, I’m very excited to announce that local designer Elise Bergman has been chosen by Diet Pepsi to showcase her hometown style and bring a refreshing perspective to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Along with 3 other designers, Elise has teamed up with fashion expert Simon Doonan who will serve as a mentor while each designer creates 3 Fall looks. These looks will be unveiled at the Jonathan Adler-designed Diet Pepsi Style Studio Runway Show at Lincoln Center this Thursday.



It’s all happening this Thursday, February 9. The best of luck to Elise…way to represent Chicago!

Style Innovators: A New Series on Plum TV

I recently found out about this great new series called Style Innvators. It is a 4-part docu-interview series hosted by GQ Style Editor, Adam Rapoport. The show follows Adam on a journey inside the homes and studios of some of the most influential style figures- from Eric Ripert, Simon Doonan, and Jonathan Adler to Kate & Andy Spade- to uncover untold stories behind their unique visions and inspirations.

The second episode premieres Friday, October 22 at 8:30PM and features Simon Doonan, Creative Director of Barney’s New York and Jonathan Adler of Jonathan Adler Ceramics. The episode offers viewers an exclusive look into the couple’s home where you see what kind of TV they watch, where they get their inspiration, how they met, and the secret behind the Barneys display windows.

Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan

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Here are some videos of Simon Doonan & Jonathan Adler, courtesy of Plum TV

Jonathan Adlers Muse: Jonathan describes the inspiration behind one of his favorite and most iconic vases – Simon’s mannequin heads and Morgan Fairchild.
How They Accomplish More Than Other People: Both men describe obstacles in their past – systematic homophobia, discouraging teachers – that lit a fire in them to succeed creatively and professionally.
The Secret to the Barneys Window: Simon Doonan reveals the secret weapon he uses in almost all the Barneys display windows and how he got the idea from a David Bowie concert.