The crossroad of Fifty-seventh Street and Fifth Avenue is the last vestige of an elegant avenue of fashion. Below Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue looks like any Mall USA. Tiffany’s, more of a mega tourist stop than the hallmark of carriage trade taste it once was, still delights for the holidays. This year giant crystal fireworks sparkle on the building.
The real star of this intersection are the holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman. These towering windows draw crowds day and night. Mostly impossible to photograph because of so many reflected buildings, this year was even more difficult because they reflected and reflected. This window is called “Crystal Ball” for its fortune telling ladies. Take a good look with this link: http://blog.bergdorfgoodman.com/world-of-bg/windows/ to see the large windows without glare.
The theme was “Brilliant” in honor of the newly redo jewelry salon on the first floor. Millions of Swarkovski Crystals were used to create all the windows, large and small, on Fifth Ave and around the corner on 58th Street. This palmistry hand is 6’ high, covered entirely with crystals.
The best time to see and photograph the windows is just before dusk on a cloudy day. (Needless to say that wasn’t when I was there this year.) In “Treasured”, above, the challenge of the verticality is conquered by the figure of King Neptune, white pearls, and the fish, gray pearls. The head of the fish is very whale-like but behind Neptune, the tail is all scales.
I’m always enthralled by the Bergdorf windows but some are more my favorites than others. I would still volunteer to be a geriatric intern and work on them. They have much to tell about the use of a huge space to capture the eye. What do you suppose happens to all the ‘stuff’, and in this case, all those crystals?