POP ART: Barneys New York will be adding a French touch to its displays come New York's round of ready-to-wear shows this September. The store tapped French creative collective Surface to Air to design pop-up cardboard cutouts for its windows. The collaborators are also expected to host a party during the shows.
FASHION AND FINANCE: Coutts, the private London bank, is backing the exhibition celebrating Matthew Williamson's 10th anniversary in the fall at London's Design Museum. In return, the designer is lending the 315-year-old bank a touch of his luxe hippie glamour. Williamson will host a preview of the exhibit for Coutts clients, and take a select group on a tour of his studio.
His designs will also be featured on the windows of the bank's headquarters on London's Strand during the exhibition's run. "A third of our clients are female and a third are entrepreneurs, so it's a nice brand association," said a spokeswoman for Coutts, best known as the bank that Queen Elizabeth II uses. It's not the first time the bank has dipped its toe into the world of fashion — Stella McCartney and Ozwald Boateng have designed credit cards for Coutts, and last year Alice Temperley held a private runway show for clients in the bank's hallowed halls. Williamson's exhibition opens Oct. 17.