Everyone knows that the holiday season doesn’t start until New York’s finest department stores reveal their festive window displays. This year, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and Saks Fifth Avenue went all out with whimsical sets and fabulous ensembles to wow their crowds. So go ahead and indulge in your wildest holiday fantasies, after all, tis the season for splendor…
Bergdorf Goodman is notorious for creating over-the-top holiday windows, but this year’s selection, titled “Brilliant,” may be the most dazzling to date. The landmark department store partnered with Swarovski on its 120th anniversary to create five displays centered around the Austrian crystal maker’s famed sparklers. The windows, ranging from “The Crown Jewels” to “Hidden Gem,” hold a jaw-dropping total of 7,024,615 crystals- passerby be forewarned, temporary blindness may occur.
Barneys prides itself on being a department store that pushes the boundaries of luxury retail; so when the Manhattan Flagship unveiled its holiday installations, it came as no shock that they chose to turn a rather conventional Winter theme on its head. “Chillin’ Out” celebrates the art of ice by showcasing such oddities as a frosty sculpture by Dale Chihuly and a race track complete with miniature Lexus vehicles-all crafted using frozen water. The best part? Barneys converted one of its windows into an ice-carving workshop for live entertainment.
Saks Fifth Avenue:
For its holiday windows, Saks Fifth Avenue transformed six of the world’s greatest monuments into miniature escapes from the hectic concrete jungle. The luxe department store’s “Winter Palace” also features female rulers floating high above their respective empires on fluffy clouds. Whether your more Egyptian pharaoh in “The Sub-Zero Sphinx” or Indian Empress in “The Frosty Taj Mahal, all you have to do to be whisked away to far-off places is journey to Saks.