In 2003, Julie Gilhart—fashion director at Barneys at the time—instantly fell for a thesis collection from a pair of Parsons students and purchased it for the luxury retailer. Ten years later, Barneys continues to champion those designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. Following the duo’s 2013 CFDA Award win for Womenswear Designer of the Year, the label is celebrating its strong decade-long relationship with Barneys by launching a re-issue of its fall 2003 collection
Available exclusively this summer at Barneys’ New York City and Beverly Hills locations, the First Collection includes key pieces from the original line which have been re-imagined for 2013. Unveiled this week at the Madison Avenue flagship is a window installation that Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman dreamed up with the designers which was inspired by “experiments” involving tanks of moving liquid and lasers. Flip through the DuJour gallery to take a look at the windows.