Friday, December 9, 2011
Holiday Window Spectacle
Every year the whole visual team and I go into the city to view all the holiday window displays and tour the stores to see what everyone else is doing. It one of the best things about my job. We visit various store and showrooms, some shopping and a dinner and cock-a-tails to end the day. I will do this in various post as their are to many pictures , but the first stop was the always stunning, Bergdorf Goodman.The holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman, a true New York holiday spectacle, continue their well-known tradition of high fantasy, dramatic surprises, extraordinary fashion, and great storytelling. The 2011 windows, entitled “Carnival of the Animals,” take their inspiration from diverse settings re imagined in various materials… and the animals that dwell there. David Hoey, Senior Director of Visual Presentation, and team devote an entire year to the production of the holiday windows. They will remain on display through January 3, 2012. From the "The Brass Menagerie” which set in a stylized tropical forest of metal and mirror and glimmers, to " Breaking the Ice” which invites viewers to a mid-afternoon arctic garden party whose guests include “couture plush” animals such as polar bears, a moose, wolves, an arctic mountain goat, deer, a seal, and a walrus. All the animals have been upholstered in luxe white textiles and appliquéd with icy crystals, beads, and sequins. A Baccarat chandelier adds luster, to a truly undersea fantasy, a single mannequin, in a seashell dress from the Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 collection, appears to be floating in a massive collection of mosaic sea creatures. Everything is highly patterned, with swirling textures and oceanic colors. “Testing the Waters” is quite the aquatic triumph as its production was 10 months in the making and is the most labor-intensive single window display in Bergdorf Goodman history. Yet again I was left completely speechless. I think it took me over an hour to view all the windows and I always love all the unexpected things you find in them .
Love the little porcupine at the bottom of the window in the next picture. Another exsample of details I wonder if most of the public would notice.
Another place that always seems to pull together stunning windows is the legendary French Couture designer Chanel. Chanel put together all white windows with white laser cut trees and other elements of decor and added these unique miniature Chanel dolls...how cute! The windows featured cruise wear for spring 2012.
On the way back we also had to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, it is quickly becoming a tradition every year on our trip.
Later next week, I'll share some of our work and stops at Barney's and Louis Vuitton.