Fabulous NYC Holiday Window Displays!
There is nothing more enchanting or inspiring during the holidays than a trip to New York City.
The city comes alive Christmas spirit and Times Square is not the only thing lit up! You tick off the same things on your itinerary each year – Rockafellar Center to see the tree and ice skate, light a candle at St. Patricks Cathedral, catch a show (this year Once is at the top of my list!) and of course – SHOPPING! Now, as a designer and someone is particularly passionate about fashion as well, the window displays at all of my favorite stores – Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdales, Bergdof Goodman – could literally keep me occupied for an entire day! Well, I did a little research and CBS actually has a Holiday Window Display Guide for folks like me who not only find items to add to my Christmas wish list while I window shop – but my mind dances with ideas of how to incorporate some of these amazing displays into my designs at home. If you are heading to the “city that never sleeps” this holiday – be sure to check out a few of my fabulous favorites!
This year’s Macy’s Christmas windows celebrate the magic of holiday traditions throughout the ages. The 2012 windows were created by award-winning designer Paul Olszewski, who brings together modern technology and old-school elements, like marionnette-esque puppetry, for a mix all ages can enjoy and appreciate. In addition to displaying iconic scenes and seasonal elements, the windows’ vintage tin effect will at a nostalgia value to those who view it. Also, the department store dedicates it’s windows to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the third consecutive year.
This department store’s Lexington Avenue location takes this year’s inspiration from Paramount Pictures’ movie, “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D,” which will be released in theaters on December 21. Five scenes from the film will be inside the windows and will feature hand-painted fantasy murals and sculpted animation. While you’re viewing, don’t forget to download the Bloomingdale’s 59th & Lex app, which has an additional surprise in each window — like snapping pictures of family and friends in a photograph that can be shared via social media.
This year’s Bergdorf Goodman windows are inspired by the luxe life of American pop culture in the 1920s and ’30s, otherwise known as the Jazz Age. From Art Deco theater-inspired windows to boisterous performances from the likes of the Ziegfeld Follies, Busby Berkeley’s Hollywood musicals and Vaudeville revues, there’s no shortage of high fantasy and dramatic surprise, tied together by the extraordinary fashion BG is known for.
Continuing with the retro theme, Henri Bendel brings the roaring 20s back to New York City. The main window features a replica of the store’s main selling floor circa 1920, which includes a gold-plated chandelier with Swarovski elements and a grand staircase with mirror panels, inspired by the first Henri Bendel location on 57th Street. Other elements include candy, streamers and a trendy tree. But the main stars are the mannequin characters, which were donated by Spanish mannequin manufacturer Atrezzo.
Lord & Taylor’s windows bring worldwide traditions to the heart of New York City. The department store celebrates 75 years of showcasing their holiday windows through depictions of spending the season with those you love. From seeing Santa Claus on his day off to his travels around the globe dropping off presents from Manhattan (showing snow-covered Central Park) to Asia (featuring vibrant red lanterns, which represent good luck), there’s no shortage of Christmas cheer.
Barneys New York partnered with the Walt Disney Company to bring this year’s holiday extravaganza to life, appropriately entitled Electric Holiday. The launch features the moving-art video of Minnie Mouse’s fashion adventure in Paris, where she dons Lanvin on the runway and meets fashion icons like Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell.
I hope you are enjoyed and are as inspired as I am by the amazing talent, time and hard work that goes into bringing these windows to life! Do you go :all out” with your holiday design? Do you have a mantle a foyer or a certain room in your home that is the centerpiece of your decor? Leave me a comment and send an image to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Bonus! Want to know my Secret Weapons for the holidays? Check out this blog series Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4! Get yourself armed and ready to knock the tinsel of your guests at your holiday party this year!