Bloody mess as Barneys kills display
BY CARRIE MELAGO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 4:00 AM
Barneys mannequin dressed in A.L.C. gown - shown on Racked.com Web site - is one of several store quickly removed from seemingly blood-splattered windows.
They were dressed to kill, but not in a good way.
A bloody window display featuring mannequins apparently being attacked unnerved Barneys customers and was swiftly torn down by the store.
"It's distasteful," said Angie Lobo, 50, of Woodside, Queens, who made a face when she noticed the window while shopping with her daughter.
"I was just thinking, 'What's the point?'"
The windows, in a vestibule along E. 61st St., appeared blood-splattered and included white mannequins - wearing long black dresses by Helmut Lang and A.L.C. - in poses that suggested they were fending off assailants.
"What the heck?" asked Sarah Elizabeth, 25, of Hartford. "I think it's a little crazy. Did she fall off the chair and hit her head? Is that blood?"
Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys, said the displays were installed while he was away overseeing advertising shoots and that he had ordered them dismantled.
They were taken down shortly after the Daily News called to inquire about them yesterday afternoon.
"We encourage our display people to be creative. We give them a lot of latitude, but this clearly crossed the line," he said. "It's as if someone saw a bad Hitchcock movie." The display couldn't have been more different from those lining Madison Ave., which featured mannequins holding shoes on their heads and surrounded by dozens of Mr. Potato Head dolls.
Some shoppers thought it was no coincidence the edgy display - first reported on Racked.com - was off the main drag. Others didn't think it was worthy of a fuss.
"I think it's not offensive. It's artistic," said Mac Baicu, 16, a student from Queens.
"I don't see it as that. I don't see any weapon or anything," said Joyce Sanders, 55, of Harlem. "And I would know; I watch a lot of 'CSI.'"
Asked if the display would entice her to buy the dress, she answered, "If I had the money, I would."
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