With the flailing economy, it seems companies will literally do anything to catch shoppers’ eyes to get them into their stores. Barneys New York E. 61st St. store took sayings “dressed to kill” and “wouldn’t be caught dead in it” a little (a lot?) too literally with their dead mannequin window displays. The mannequins dressed in Helmut Lang and A.L.C. dresses are shown in disturbing poses, arms flapping about, blood spattered on the inside of windows, looking as if they are fending off an attacker. Whoever genius idea this was, will soon surely find him/herself looking for another gig, as Simon Doonan, Barneys creative director who seemed to be unaware of the bloody mess, said that the windows crossed the line and ordered them dismantled almost immediately. What do you think? Are these windows creative or offensive? Or both?
One more bloody pic after the jump.