The Pulitzer Fountain sits in the square formed by the Plaza Hotel and Bergdorf Goodman. For Christmas, each tier of the fountain is filled with simple Christmas trees with strings of small white lights. This is the epicenter of my first Christmas ritual – visiting the holiday windows of Bergdorf Goodman!
The Bergdorf windows are unbelievably difficult to photograph. I had the benefit of a cloudy day, but nothing will remove the reflections especially those of the GM building. “Holiday on Ice” is the theme of this year’s windows. Each scene is a different holiday with many of the major holidays in small windows. Each window has delicious fashion, set among major and minor ‘ice’ sculptures. This window, “Arbor Day”, follows the roots to the tips of a huge tree.
Swinging insouciantly on a lower branch is a wondrous embroidered dress from Alexander McQueen. Often the fashion are specially commissioned for the window’s theme.
Traveling across the landscape are a wondrous group of exquisitely detailed creatures and critters.
“Valentine’s Day” is dominated by a huge Chippendale “ice” breakfront secretary and chandelier standing in front of a wall of pink, pink and pinker silk roses. Notice the ‘ice’ poodle at her feet.
Valentine’s cards and letters wait to be written among candies, cupcakes and cakes…….and just visible….icicles.
More cakes and icicles…. The documentary, “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s“, is a delightful tribute to this great store and includes following Bergdorf’s chief window designer and his crew as they put together the Christmas windows.
“Halloween“, the window closest to GM and dark blue, couldn’t, wouldn’t be photographed clearly. On the spot, I couldn’t even see it easily. Centered on a 12’ mannequin in a Naeem Khan black dress with iridescent feathers, is a replica of part of the original Vanderbilt mansion that stood for years before Bergorf’s was built in 1928. Above are photographs of the original mansion built in 1883.
Diagonally across 57th street sits Tiffany’s – covered in a roof and streetscape that is reflected in the Christmas windows. I was rather amazed that the granite Tiffany’s was covered with drawings.
They turned out to be tape!!
The streetscapes in the Tiffany windows are charming – old snowy New York – brightened with hints of Tiffany blue and the glint of jewels.
Couples kissing under the mistletoe. Maybe a couple will be inspired and a proposal will be made?
And maybe he’ll bring his bride here and chose a ring from this window!! Which one would you choose?