Face it. Black Friday isn’t a time to gawk. It’s a strategic shopping experience meant to frazzle your nerves and push you to the limit of your endurance as you fight your way through the crowds. So in an effort to help you enjoy it just a little bit more, we thought we’d give you a preview of what’s in store…or rather, what’s outside the store that you just don’t get a chance to see as you force your way in through the front doors.
From Gaga’s Workshop at Barneys uptown to the interactive display at Bloomingdale’s on 59th and Lexington, this season’s holiday store windows are definitely worth checking out if you’re in NYC for the weekend (or not).
So sit back, relax and enjoy a quick tour as you sink into your post-turkey stupor. You may be poised to hit the mall today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relish the sights and sounds of the season from the comfort of your own couch RIGHT NOW.
— By Taisa Veras
Barney's NY The highly-anticipated Gaga's Workshop finally opened this week, and everything "gaga" is available for purchase. From studded gloves to chocolate platform shoes a la Alexander McQueen. The workshop is almost like a mini-Gaga museum as it incorporates all her inspirations and antics.
Henri Bendel This well-renowned store chose the Radio City Rockettes as their main theme. A huge gold tree with a red apple on top decorates the main floor inside the store and life-size mannequin dressed as the Statue of Liberty is placed next to a Radio City sign.
Bloomingdales Want to appear on the Bloomingdales' Facebook page? Check out their interactive holiday window displays and simply press a star and your photo is taken and posted automatically! The theme this year is to give back, so pick up your own limited-edition ornament (designed by Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Kim Kardashian, etc.). All proceeds from your purchase go to the Child Mind Institute.
Bergdorf Goodman Every year this legendary store wows passerbys with their holiday windows, and this year it was no exception. The theme is "Carnival of the Animals" and each window is inspired by the following titles: "Artists and Models," Teacher's Pets," "Testing The Waters, "Breaking The Ice," and "The Brass Menagerie."
Macy's Macy's Herald Square partnered up with designers for their "Believe" theme for this year's holiday windows. Designers such as Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and even Madonna and Lourdes designed ornaments that support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ten percent of each onr purchased is donated to the cause.