Jay Z Teams Up With Barney's for the Holidays; How Much of His Man-Centric Collection Can We Steal?
Polish your debt cards and pad your savings accounts, because Jay Z has teamed up with Barneys to create "A New York Holiday", debuting November 20. The project is a holiday "gallery" (that's a store full of luxury items with video art playing on the walls), and if you want a piece of the dream, it's gonna cost you.
Barneys selected Jay Z because he's a New York icon; Jay Z met the challenge of representing the world's most hustling city by creating an opulent collection for men who meet at the elusive intersection of successful and stylish. The color palette never strayed from black, cream, gold, and silver (the colors of the NYC skyline at night), and the items were created by fashion heavyweights like Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Balmain, Lanvin, and Proenza Schouler, in partnership with Barneys and Mr. Carter.
The whole thing is so New York: Luxury, a splash of elitism (care for a $33,900 Shawn Carter by Hublot 45 mm watch with "black alligator straps, deployment buckle and yellow gold movement"?), and enough big names to bring down the house. The only problem? Don't tell Ms. Carter, but the collection is designed entirely for men. Sure, technically items like the watch and a snuggly-posh cashmere blanket are unisex, but it's clear that Hova had the guys in mind with this one. Thankfully, in the name of equality everywhere, there are plenty of pieces in "A New York Holiday" that women can snag for their very own.
The slickest, sickest part of the collection is probably a square black leather backpack by Balenciaga. It takes all of the powerful connotations of a traditional office environment and materializes them into something starkly androgynous and, quite frankly, pretty sexy.
This scarf, created in collaboration with Balmain, is another item we'd totally snatch from our (rich, successful, music mogul) boyfriends' closets. The soft drape of scarf contrasted with the hard-edged design is the only kind of conflict we're into these days. Knot it around the neck kerchief-style, and it'll be hard to ignore.
And yeah, we'd also wear this Stutterheim raincoat, even when it's not raining. The loose cut may be designed for muscular builds like Jay Z's, but we think it would look pretty awesome over skinny jeans.
Kudos to Jay Z for spreading sartorial cheer to his boys, but apologies in advance if the girls buy out the store first.