Holiday Windows 2013: See the Photos!
The Rockefeller Center Tree
The 81st Rockefeller Center Christmas tree features 45,000 energy efficient LED lights and for the 10th year in a row, a Swarovski star comprised of 25,000 crystals sits on top of the 76-foot tall tree.
Claridge's Dolce & Gabbana Tree
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana exclusively decorated a Christmas tree for Claridge's Hotel in London using more than 450 Italian ornaments that were hand painted with images of a Sicilian garden including citrus groves, prickly pears, and almond blossoms. The base of the tree also features 30 wood carved knights in green, red, yellow and blue.
Tiffany & Co.
The famed jewelry store unveiled their holiday windows in the spirit of true romance and tradition with three-dimensional townhouses inspired by New York City’s Upper East Side. The displays also feature handcrafted diamond jewelry in various windows, which features silhouettes of holiday scenes, from kissing under the mistletoe to children hanging up their holiday stockings. “The illuminated windows offer a glimpse into precious moments that friends and families celebrate during the holiday season,” said Richard Moore, Vice President, Creative Visual Merchandising, Tiffany amp Co. You can also find stenciled townhouses in the front of various Tiffany flagships around the globe, so you don't have to be in New York to see them!
Bloomingdale's: Shopping in New York City
Bloomingdale's unwrapped their 2013 windows with the help of Josh Groban and the New York City Children's Chorus, and this year's theme is shopping around the globe from New York City, China, Great Britain, Paris, to Rome. Each window is adorned with a city's iconic landmarks and for the New York City window, it features the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, a yellow taxi and of course, Bloomingdale's flagship store.
Bloomingdale's: Shopping in Great Britain
The Great Britain window features the infamous Big Ben clock tower and a horse-drawn carriage with Queen Elizabeth surrounded by Bloomingdale's brown bags.
Bloomingdale's: Shopping in Italy
Off to Italy, this Bloomindale's window features Santa Claus rowing a gondola with his reindeer and gifts, while the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo di Firenze and the Colosseum make up the background.
Henri Bendel: Al Hirschfeld Holiday Spectacular
The women's specialty shop transformed their Fifth Avenue storefront into a dinner party featuring Al Hirschfeld's drawings-turned-sculptures of Liza Minnelli, Jerry Stiller, Carol Channing, Bernadette Peters, Sarah Jessica Parker and more all sitting around a table in a New York townhouse. All of the three-dimensional sculptures were hand-sculpted by Tom Carroll Scenery and at the center of the window, hangs a gold-plated chandelier dazzled with Swarovski Elements crystals.
Henri Bendel: Al Hirschfeld Holiday Spectacular
Also at the Henri Bendel holiday-themed dinner party, are Al Hirschfeld's Whoopi Goldberg and Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' This is Bendel's first-of-its-kind installation featuring Hirschfeld's quill pen drawings of celebrated performing artists from the 20th century.
Bergdorf Goodman: Valentine's Day On Ice
For Bergdorf Goodman's 2013 holiday windows, they celebrated all the holidays on ice! "This year we wanted to do something very surprising, but we wanted to start with a simple concept," said Bergdorf's Senior Director of Visual Presentation, David Hoey to InStyle.com. "People might think that it was the usual December and January holidays that we would celebrate, but there’s a twist; we like to do an usual twist on everything and we decided to do holidays in review on ice." From Fourth of July to Halloween, each holiday was depicted with a common theme of ice and in the Valentine's Day window, a mannequin (dressed in Giambattista Valli) sits at her writing desk, which is carved out of ice, surrounded by cakes and a icicle-laden crystal chandelier.
Bergdorf Goodman: Fourth of July On Ice
In the Fourth of July window, red, white and blue-dressed (outfitted in Rodarte and Thom Browne New York Men's) paraded in front of a full-size replica of a Colonial building facade made out of ice. "It takes a year just to plan and produce and it takes even longer than that to decide on a theme," Hoey said to InStyle.com about the windows, that require around 100 people over the course of the year to produce.
Bergdorf Goodman: April Fool's Day On Ice
April Fools! Hoey and his team installed a mannequin (dressed in Oscar de la Renta) surrounded by a group of animal-shape ice topiaries upside down as a funny joke in the spirit of the holiday. "We are very proud of our technical prowess," said Hoey. "To do all those ice sculptures upside down in the window was a challenge."
Lord & Taylor: Visiting Santa Claus
The famed department store paid tribute to old New York City for their 2013 holiday windows. The 33 windows—including the five on Fifth Avenue—were decorated and prepared with the help of over 50 people during the course of nine months. Each window honors the traditions of the holidays from decorating, shopping for gifts, preparing for holiday parties, to visiting Santa Claus (as seen in this photo).
Lord & Taylor: Holiday Parties
For this window, the scene is set for holiday parties, with guests dressed in their seasonal bests and a table full of desserts. Lord & Taylor's windows sets weigh up to 2,000 pounds and remain the only department store windows on hydraulics. In preparation for their unveiling, the sets are crafted in a workshop located underneath the Fifth Avenue sidewalk and once they are ready to be placed in the windows, they are moved onto street level.
Barneys New York: A New York Holiday
This year's Barneys New York holiday windows went interactive! Instead of sitting on Santa Claus' lap, you can enter the window and sit with Santa in his sleigh for a virtual ride over New York City, and get your photo taken too. You can catch Santa and Mrs.Claus in the window during the day for several hours throughout the six weeks the holiday windows are on display.
Barneys New York: Reflections
Another part of the Barneys' windows are the faceted mirrors in the shape of a broken-away piece of the bedrock of New York City, that changes reflections and patterns thanks for an ever-changing light show.
Saks Fifth Avenue: The Yeti Story
For the first time ever, Saks Fifth Avenue's holiday windows feature the story of the legendary yeti (how cute is he?). Each window depicts a scene from 'The Yeti Story' chronicling his life as a snowmaker in Siberia to his new role as a true snowflake artist in New York City. Plus, he is rumored to live on the department store's rooftop!
Barneys New York: The Yeti on the Subway
As Yeti makes his way from Siberia to New York City, the windows follow his every move including his quick ride on an Manhattan-bound 7 train.