Barneys, Baz, and Party Animals

Back in September it was learned that Barneys New York would be partnering with the filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his Oscar-winning wife, costume designer Catherine Martin, on its big holiday-themed collaboration. Baz Dazzled, as it’s called, will see the store windows transformed into a “magical world filled with fantastical characters, woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls, and candy canes.”

Now comes word that the collaboration will kick off on November 13 with a star-studded bash in the Central Park Zoo. It’s unclear why the zoo was chosen as the venue, except it’s where animals can be found and a skating rink is in the vicinity. But the idea for the fete itself was surely dreamed up on the strength of the duo’s 2013 blockbuster The Great Gatsby, with its merry outdoor party scenes and Prada-designed costumes. (Luhrmann also created the short videos for the 2012 fashion exhibit at the Met’s Costume Institute, Impossible Conversations between Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli, played by actress Judy Davis.)

Barneys could really use a holiday hit, following its canceled event with Jay Z last year due to a racial-profiling scandal, as well as its controversial Disney edition of 2012, and its lackluster collaboration with Lady Gaga.

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