Holiday Windows: It's All About Snowflakes and Dreams

Monday, December 03, 2012

Walking down Fifth Avenue in New York City this time of year is better than going to any art gallery or museum. The windows of the dreamy stores are all artfully decorated to evoke fantasies of a better life. No matter what your faith, this time of year is all about miracles. As a Jewish woman, this is especially relevant. Chanuka is a holiday of lights and miracles, and all of the beauty displayed in the creativity of the window displays is like any other work of art. It's beautiful and makes you feel beautiful. And this year's windows were all about the magic of snowflakes and dreams.

Now I'm not sure if it's because I'm too lazy or cheap to invest in an expensive camera, but whenever I photograph the windows, the reflections of the buildings and background meld into the displays. This is not a bad thing. Last year when I posted my pictures of the windows of Fifth Avenue, I received such a positive response to the artful and unique quality of the pictures that many people told me to watermark my photographs.

At Saks the theme is snowflakes. Each window features a vignette of gorgeous fashion melded with a snowflake theme. There was even a window full of laptops, each one with gorgeous snowflake images displayed on the screens. The idea of taking one element, a magical one at that (like people and all things created by G-d, there are no two snowflakes the same), and representing it in so many different ways, while at the same time displaying sparkling clothing, is simply brilliant. Another window shows a huge mirrored sculpture reflecting snow flakes and possible creating an infinite amount of images.  I'm not really sure...

Take a look yourself:

 Ahh.. the glam accessories will always make the outfit...
 Even the kids get glamorized!
 The overhead snowflake at 57th and 5th:
 And of course, the windows of Bendels and Bergdorf were as decadently dreamy as ever:

The windows this year are all about sparkle and light. And hey, who couldn't use a little lot of that these days?

Until next time, with lots of love,


All of the photographs in this post were taken by me. Please link back to my blog if you choose to share them. Thanks!

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  1. I'm so looking forward to having a bit of time off work and wandering around London to look at the window displays. You're right, this is the time of the year for sparkle! Have a lovely week xo

  2. Definitely love the windows here this time of the year!

  3. these windows are absolutely stunning! thanks for the new blog header btw- amazing! xx.gigi.

  4. These are fabulous! I work in a department store and I'm always fascinated by Christmas windows :) Love seeing other stores!Thanks for sharing :) xo

  5. OH WOW! These are stunning... I've never been to NYC during the holidays, I would love to go someday. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!

  6. Nothing like NY at Christmas!! Its simply magical...and you have showcased this beautifully!

  7. I like the snowflake theme! I've been seeing glimpses of the windows and they are so beautiful and festive. Never having been to NY city during the holiday season.. these photos are always a treat!


  8. wOW.. all those maniquins glame up! Ready to party ;)

  9. I love Christmas and the window displays and any decor are just breathtaking. Lovely pics.

    <3 Marina

  10. Thanks for taking me to NYC today:) Just that kind of inspiration I needed. xo Caroline

  11. Wow!Beautiful pics.. I feel like I am walking in NYC today...

  12. Oh yes, Ma'am! I am loving these ideas Sharon, especially now that it looks as if I will be doing window displays. But there is nothing like the ones in NYC or Paris or other large cities. Christmas in the city or suburbs, country or plains, there is always something beautiful to create. Happy holidays! Anita

  13. Loving all this holiday glam! So inspiring . . .

  14. Your pictures are gorgeous Sharon especially compared to the husbands. He keeps sending me pictures from NYC taken with his cell and half the time I can't figure out what he took a picture yours are perfect!

    Ho Ho HO!

  15. just lovely as always! I do have a gorgeous NYC holiday ornament on my blog as a giveaway and it stands so can be used as a decoration as well
    Hope you have a wonderful week!!

  16. I can't wait to get to NYC and see all of these amazing windows - my favorite part about NYC in December!!

  17. so pretty and Christmassy!

    Inside and Outside Blog
    P.S. I'm hosting a glasses giveaway on my blog here check it out!

  18. These windows are so dreamy. Sigh...Thank you for the beautiful post. I'm feeling the blues right now so your beautiful post warmed my heart. My fave were the B&G windows. So lovely! Were they mannequins or dolls?! I love the Follies theme.

    Happy Holidays Sharon!

  19. I just LOVE window displays!! I bought the Berdgorf Goodman Window Display book last year and look at it all the time. Those windows are gorgeous!

    xo Jenny

  20. I love the holiday windows. What a fun post!