Rafael de Cárdenas conveys imagery from Fassbinder's 1970s film The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant and his own signature geometric style in the new window displays for Barneys in New York.

The design follows the story of two characters meeting, falling in love, and finally ending broken-hearted in a series of compositions. The film’s portrayal of fashion, set design and drama was inherent in Rafael’s vision for the window, one which allows the viewer to follow the plot from an obsession to madness.

Luxury objects by Baccarat and three pieces of furniture from Rafael de Cárdenas’ first collection at Johnson Trading Gallery dress the space with the domesticity of the film set. Rafael told Frame, ‘We wanted to curate a chaotic collection of things to add to the mood.’ The clothes – by Givenchy, Chloe, Celine and Rochas – depict the different characters personalities, and actions. Rafael explains, ‘The clothes play a direct role in distinguishing the three types of interactions between the two characters – one being more demure, the other less restrained.’