The true holiday spirit does not begin with the end of Thanksgiving or the beginning of Starbucks’ Peppermint Latte and ABC Family’s 25 Nights of Christmas special. Rather, the season commences with a more significant event – when the windows at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue (between 57th and 58th Street) have been revealed. Each and every year, Linda Fargo and David Hoey, along with their creative teams, bring together artisans, collaborators and dreamers to make each window more ornate and magical than the year before. Mannequins doused in the most lavish gowns of Dior or Marchesa stand amidst fantastical creations as millions of tourists walk by for a glance at these masterpieces.
But this year, the ultimate reveal was even better. For the first time ever, Bergdorf Goodman held an event to reveal the windows called, “Holidays On Ice.” The bustling crowd was treated to performers and acrobats that dropped glitter snow and danced their way down the side of the Bergdorf’s building, revealing their pride and joy thereafter. This year’s theme was “Holidays,” encompassing not only Christmas, but Valentine’s Day, Independence Day, Halloween, and even Arbor Day as well; all connected together by the central theme of ice.
Capturing fashion, glamour, art, pop culture and every holiday spirit all in five windowpanes, Fargo and Hoey certainly did not disappoint. The breathtaking gowns, elaborate detail of the icing on the Valentine’s Day cake, and the clarity of the crystal ice penetrating the glass made this year’s windows more memorable than last; kicking the holiday season off in a truly fabulous manner.