NEW YORK — Standing smack-dab in the center of Barneys New York’s subterranean elegance floor at its Madison Avenue flagship, the onetime beacon of luxury commerce now resembles a set from the depths of a Area-Age horror movie.
Mild bounced off the stark white fixtures that at the time held tubes of luxury lipstick and antiaging potions as fluorescent track lighting flickered along a mirrored wall where perfume bottles had been shown like prized whiskies. They had been gone, as had been all of the skin-care testers — preserve for a couple straggler bottles of Augustinus Bader’s significantly fussed about $300 “miracle” cream, which appeared to have been strategically decanted of their contents.
A ripped bag on the floor of Barneys this week.
What was at the time at the cutting edge of fashion, enjoyment and use has promptly been rendered as a time capsule from grander, off-line periods. Barneys’ famed flagship will shut on Sunday, offered as a result of of its previous stained velvet chair and scratched steel screen situation.
“This is Stanley Kubrick-esque for guaranteed,” claimed a stationery designer, who at the time offered at Barneys and had returned to doc its last days with a sequence of cell-cellphone shots. Around the previous week, the dissolution of a single of New York’s
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