One of our favorite parts of the holidays is getting to stroll up and and down Fifth Avenue and take in the incredible department store holiday windows. Part pure fantasy, part gifting inspiration, these windows takes months to conceptualize and are truly works of art. To capture the season, we have shared this special stroll with you, our reader. Let us know in the comments below, which windows are your favorite?
Photography by: Alissa Huff
We started our holiday window tour of Fifth Avenue at Bergdorf Goodman, a bastion of luxury in New York City located at 754 Fifth Avenue.
The iconic department store's windows are inspired by the Jazz Age.
Ziegfeld Follies, Vaudeville revues and Busby Berkeley’s Hollywood musicals of the 1930s all served as inspiration.
One of the best vignettes is the black and white homage to Marilyn Monroe in Billy Wilder’s "Some Like It Hot" (complete with silver ukulele) featuring a bird’s eye view of fashion from Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip and Elie Saab (among others).
Other vignettes were inspired by burlesque performers.
Designers including Alexander McQueen and Naeem Khan are highlighted in the window displays.
Details in the windows include gold and silver leaf, reproductions of 18th century wood moldings and 1,000 individually beveled mirrors.
Saks Fifth Avenue, slightly further downtown at 611 Fifth Avenue, is known for its holiday windows. Here, the windows before the big unveil.
The American Ballet Theatre performed in the middle of Fifth Avenue during the window unveiling.
A 3D light show projected on to Saks' iconic Fifth Avenue flagship.
This year's windows are all about the snowflake.
The windows also tell the tale of a yeti.
Daily Monster creator Stefan J. Bucher created the tie-in-tale for the windows.
As the tale goes a yeti came down from Siberia to live on the roof of the famed department store.
The two minute show repeats every seven to eight minutes to the delight of those passing by.
Snowflakes come to life in the windows via crystals.
There are also incredible details in the windows, including a chandelier.
Share with us in the comments below, which are you favorite holiday windows.