Andy Warhol is everywhere this Fall, thanks to Barneys, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Window-dressing legend, Jonathan Adler-husband and Barneys’ creative director Simon Doonan has concocted some of the most impressive window designs seen in a long time, all revolving around the bewigged pop art legend. He wallpapered Warhol portraits in one window with naked models wearing glasses and grey wigs. In another he depicts Warhol’s early years with a silver Christmas tree and rows of his fashion illustrations. But it is the window inspired by the artist’s obsessive compulsive behavior that delivers the goods: It features a shelving unit in the shape of Warhol’s head that’s lined with jars of buttons, dishware and soup cans. Barneys will also be selling actual Campbell’s soup, but in a Warhol palette of extreme color.
Barneys entire holiday campaign is focused around the artist and that means much of the merchandise is as well. The must-have part of the collection has to be the Levi’s wax-coated Factory jean printed and embroidered with famous Warhol images. They’ll retail for $185.
Warhol once wrote that “being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.” Nearly 20 years after his death the Warhol brand is stronger than ever and it seems his 15 minutes are going nowhere.