Fashion people have been wondering WHAT is going on at Barneys. And WHAT is up with the new team? New CEO Mark Lee has supported downsizing the Prada stock and has swapped out the top team for a new set of people, including Amanda Brooks, Dennis Freedman, and Charlotte Blechman. But they have been pretty elusive in the press. What do they do? Where do they go? What are they doing with Barneys? Well, Lee had a dinner party this week in his penthouse apartment for the new Barneys folks, select editors, and other elite people like Jason Wu, Mark Consuelos, and Amy Sacco (Internet writers weren't important enough to warrant invites, it seems). The purpose of the dinner was to toast the Holmes & Yang trunk show and have Katie Holmes over in her Lanvin dress, but really, it was like a coming out party for the new Barneys team!
We don't learn a staggering amount about the Barneys people, but from the WWD article about and photos from the soiree, it sounds like Lee has a great apartment, with some neat pictures on the wall; he also has a "back patio," implying there may be more than one of them. It's unclear how many guests were able to fit on it to watch the fireworks that naturally went off during the affair. Holmes's stylist Jeanne Yang thought that Lee arranged these for his guests, but WWD found out they were part of the Grucci family's early St. Patrick's Day celebration.
Lee spoke to the WWD reporter:
“Well, we’ve all been traveling for weeks and we’ve all been away from home because we’ve been in Paris, and a lot of the guests, the same,” Lee explained outside his living room as caterers served dessert. “I just think it’s nice to be home.”
We'd think it was nice to be home to our maybe multiple patios, too.
And off in another corner, Katie Holmes said some stuff about how Tom Cruise gave her a sewing machine for her birthday but wouldn't reveal the make and model because her friend, who was helping her answer these probing questions, said, "That’s like asking a bra size." Well, Barneys can say this of Lee: They hired the man with the best dinner parties, that's for sure.
Katie Holmes in the Home [WWD]