Barney’s New York came under fire last month for this window display in which remarkably un-realistic mannequins wearing Helmut Lang and ALC were posed in postures suggestive of attack, and the windows were blood spattered. Normally callous New Yorkers apparently freaked right out, Barney’s backpedaled and claimed their creative director had been out when the displays went up, and the whole thing was over and the display removed in less time than it takes to catch a New York Cab.
Obviously, these people have forgotten that advertising, violence, and poor taste go together like ice cream and cake and cake! Some of my favorite examples of the genre:
And, just in case you thought this was a modern trend…