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.
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.