Recently I saw a statistic that 77% of Americans did not want to see Christmas decorations or hear Christmas music or see holiday ads until after Thanksgiving. So much for the customer is always right. Mid-November sees the unveiling of the stunning Christmas displays around 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Only a video could really capture what happens on the façade of Tiffany’s flagship store as lights dim and shift. The giant Swarovski crystal star suspended over the intersection looks part of the display.
My annual much-anticipated pilgrimage to Bergdorf Goodman’s Christmas windows comes as soon as they are unveiled. No one does it better. This year’s theme is: Inspired. They sure inspire me! This window is “Sculpture” with the appearance of huge ice sculptures surrounding the Alexander McQueen coat.
The blue and white schemes of old building plans take on many forms in the window called “Architecture”. All the buildings and architectural details are constructed from paper plans. Aficionados can go to the BG blog about all the windows, where the pictures are much clearer than mine – taken with the windows open? Do they open?
In this view, her fall of almost royal blue hair carries out the scheme. These fascinating holiday windows emphasize cultural inspiration of all kinds. Of course, its all about selling the blue and white dress by Julien McDonald.
“Painting” was hardest to photograph, with its mannequin (in Dolce & Gabbana) on the horse, literally dwarfed by an 18’ artist’s mannequin used for figure drawing. At this angle you see how beautifully finished the windows are even into the wings.
Every corner contains painstaking details which reward intensive scrutiny.
Hands down my holiday favorite was the vermillion window “Literature”. The dress, front and center, is by Alice & Olivia, surrounded by fabric portraits, books and even a giant puffy typewriter. Books and fashion in holiday red!
Books are open with quotes like “You cannot open a book without learning something” and “A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation” (Saki). Walls are covered with many literary portraits of suthors from Sophocles to Louisa May Alcott in macramé, needlepoint, stiching, tapestry and applique.
Broadway on Fifth – “Theater” is a tour de force of specially commissioned neon with a sexy dress by Julian McDonald. Bright Lights Big City Holiday Inspired. In my next life, designing these windows is the job I want!!