Written by Heather Mahoney.
Miracles on 34th, 5th, and Madison Ave!
We bring you daily fashion from renowned designers around the globe but we thought we would take a moment to pay homage to a few iconic holiday displays in none other than New York City!
Nothing takes you back to your childhood like the holiday season – the snow, the twinkling lights, the music, and of course the shopping! Millions of people (Americans and visitors alike) venture to the Big Apple to do the classic Christmas trip to experience all of this and it all: carriage rides in Central Park, tasting Serendipity’s frozen-hot-chocolate, and of course Rockefeller Center! However, this trip wouldn’t be complete without taking a stroll down 5th and Madison Avenues for a little window shopping.
We bring to you (our readers) a little New York City magic without ever leaving the comfort of home. Here is our gift to you this holiday season. From Fashiontographer, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy New Year.
BARNEYS NEW YORK
Barneys Madison Avenue flagship store partnered with The Walt Disney Company to bring this year’s holiday window to life! The campaign itself is appropriately titled Electric Holiday, branching the eye-catching window into a full Disney line sold within select Barneys stores and Barneys.com. As a part of the program, 25% of sales from the limited-edition collection will be donated to the American Red Cross. This is in addition to the $2 million dollars The Walt Disney Company has already pledged.
Each Disney character is dressed in a one-of-a-kind exclusive look created by some of the most influential fashion designers in the world including: Mickey Mouse: Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière; Goofy: Balmain by Olivier Rousteing; Daisy: Dolce & Gabbana; Minnie Mouse: Lanvin by Alber Elbaz; Snow White: Nina Ricci by Peter Copping; Tiana: Proenza Schouler; Cruella de Vil: Rick Owens. PHOTO: Courtesy of Barneys New York.
Henri Bendel’s 5th Avenue holiday windows seem to echo the upcoming big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. The store brings the roaring 20s back to New York City! The main window features a replica of the store’s 1920 original location on 57th – which included a gold-plated chandelier and grand staircase. The mannequins were donated by Spanish manufacturer Atrezzo. PHOTO: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Henri Bendel.
Bergdorf Goodman, a true New York vision, continues its renowned tradition on 5th Avenue of high fantasy, extraordinary fashion, and captivating storytelling. Entitled “BG Follies of 2012,” each window depicts a different show patterned after the Jazz Age. Art Deco theaters were re-created to establish a remarkable atmosphere of the Ziegfeld Follies, Busby Berkeley’s Hollywood musicals, and the bounce of Vaudeville revues. Designer David Hoey and his team devoted an entire year to the production. The ACTS continue along 57th Street, 58th Street and across Fifth Avenue in front of the Men’s Store. PHOTO: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman
LORD & TAYLOR
Continuing down 5th, Lord & Taylor welcomes visitors to experience all the traditions around the globe. Celebrating 75 years of holiday windows, Lord & Taylor designed its display based on the concept of spending the season with loved ones, wherever they may be. Onlookers will see Santa traveling around the world delivering gifts to good little boys and girls from Manhattan (showing snow-covered Central Park) to Asia (featuring vibrant red lanterns, which represent good luck). PHOTO: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor.
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
The Fifth Avenue staple, located close to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center, Saks features a 3D Snowflake Spectacular light show projected onto the building alongside winder-wonderland windows. The Nutcracker-esque unveiling featured dancers from the American Ballet Theatre. PHOTO: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue/Getty Images.
We couldn’t end a post about New York City without mentioning the spirit of the season, where the tradition began, Macy’s! Crafting holiday displays since the early 1870s, Macy’s looked to its own history for inspiration themed The Magic of Christmas. Created by award-winning designer Paul Olszewski, the displays feature the earliest Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons as well as cartoon-inspired scenes from the musical Yes, Virginia. For the third consecutive year the department store dedicates its windows to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. PHOTO: Getty Images.