Although New Yorkers have been grumbling, and complaining about the retailer’s rush to gussied up stores for holidays right after Halloween—guess what? There is no stopping them now. The holidays are upon us.
For some Christmas can’t come fast enough for others, cries that retailers should pay fines for their Christmas finery just as children take off their halloween costumes! Tiffanys, the cornerstone of American luxury and a hot tourist destination has had its facade decorated for several weeks. The Big Apple will be in full holiday regalia next week with stores showing their theatrical prowess for all the world to see, in their yearly holiday windows. Here is a list of the most creative must see windows and buildings that the concrete jungle has to offer.
Adjacent to Rockefeller center, Saks Fifth Avenue, is revealing their Winter Palace on Monday November 23 at 7PM with entertainment and a light show to boot. The Oratorio Society of New York and the Cathedral Choristers of the Cathedral of St. John the Devine will fill the crisp air with song to celebrate the grand unveiling. And to top it off there will be a light show that required 10,000 hours of labor to produce! “Xylobands will allow viewers to interact with the light show.
“I am constantly amazed with the creativity and talent of the Saks Fifth Avenue team,” commented Marc Metrick, President, Saks Fifth Avenue. “Utilizing new technology and with a fresh take on the winter wonderland concept, Saks Fifth Avenue has created something legendary with The Winter Palace.”
Bergdorf Goodman has unveiled their holiday windows (on Nov 16th ) and this year they’re as magical as ever—featuring Swarovski crystals in a theme of ” Brilliant Holiday”. By the way, Swarovski’s celebrating 120 years of sparkle with a book published by Rizzoli. Each window illustrates a differetnt facet of the theme as in The Crown Jewels, The Treasure Chest, The Crystal Caven all depicting a dream-like netherwold that rivals movies like The Lord of the Rings but with “of the moment’ fashion from designers like Naeen Khan and Johnson Hartig of Libertine adn CD Greene.
“This festive collaboration with Bergdorf Goodman is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season and to round off an incredible year celebrating Swarovski’s 120th anniversary,” said Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.
Further east at Bloomingdales they were partying last night for the grand reveal of their Christmas spirit. The retailer joined forces with world renowned florist Jeff Leatham to create five holiday window displays centered on the interpretation of the holidays through the senses. Each window illustrates how the five senses shape the holiday experience through sound, sight, touch, smell, and taste in Leatham’s signature modern yet playful manner.Jane Krakowski and Queen Latifa arrived for the festivities along with a marching band costumed to look like toy soldiers.
Currently Leatham is the artistic director for the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and is known for his floral installations that are often compared to contemporary.
Bulgari, the Italan jeweler on one of the most expenseive real estate corners on the globe, kept the decor elegant and sparkly just like their jewels. The store lights up 5th Avenue. Bellissimo!!
Across the street at Tiffany& Co the window displays are small but pack a big punch. Tiny chandeliers decorate the holiday tableaus that offset the fabulous jewelry the American luxury brand is known for.The minature theatres — like those of the 19th century are decorated with elaborately detailed sleghs, majestic stags, archways, and white urns. Very magical. The Tiffany & Co holiday windows were unveiled on November 13, and will remain up until early January 2016. Above photographed by Ricky Zehavi.