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We're going to come right out and say it: We are never going to get tired of guys channelling Mad Men in sharply tailored suits and hats, especially if they take a cue from Barneys latest menswear windows. We didn't know it was possible to look casual and effortless in a full suit and trench coat, but the fedora-wearing mannequin is pulling it off quite well. We're less sure about the wall of Details magazines going on around them.
Next door to the Mad Men guys, a group of mannequins shilling Paul Smith seems to have run into trouble, and we genuinely can't tell what's going on in there. One flailing mannequin is being crushed by falling shirts, ties, and furniture, but it's unclear if his buddy in the jaunty cap is trying to help or hurling chairs at him. It might be all the contrasting stripes, but this scene is causing us some serious stress.
Around the corner, everything calms down in the south-facing windows where Barneys is really pushing made-to-measure suits and custom shirts. This old-school masculine elegance is a bit staid, but Barneys does manage to inject a bit of whimsy: One display promotes a Barneys-exclusive cut by Oxxford Clothes with a chic mannequin rocking a truly fantastic fake handlebar mustache made of checked wool.
The north-facing windows break with the sharp-dressed-man theme and embrace Opening Ceremony's Where the Wild Things Are collection. It's pretty much the antithesis of the tailored guys around the corner, but we find our hearts warmed anyway. One Max-inspired hoodie reminds us of snuggly baby lambs, and hating on that would require us to turn in our souls.
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