It's that time of the year again. Whatever little is left of my colonial mentality as handed down / inherited from my Baby-Boomer parents, naturally drained, thinned & filtered out by my years at Maryknoll & UP (or so I thought), go in into FULL THROB & THROTTLE at the sight of Bergdorf-Goodman's HOLIDAY WINDOWS 2011.
It has been unveiled & it looks MIGHTY FANTASTIC!!! The time of year I wish I lived in the States, on 5th Ave so I could stare & marvel at these windows EVERY single day!
My all-time favorite so far has always been BG's 2009's "Compendium of Curiosities" and Macy's 2004 "Polar Express" windows...and then THIS. It just tops them all.
HOLIDAY 2011 unveiled: "CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS"
"Artists & Models"
"Breaking the Ice"
|above photos are from Habitually Chic|
Built around a vintage collection of mixed-metal birds and jungle animals, “The Brass Menagerie” is set in a stylized tropical forest of metal and mirror and glimmers with leafy foliage of brass and steel. Within this forest is a fantasy recording studio, with vintage microphones and a brass "primate" jazz combo. A giant brass birdcage houses a surprise tenant, and the floor is covered several inches deep with a secret quantity of copper pennies. For this window, a special dress was created by Naeem Khan. photo above by Ricky Zehavi
"Testing the Waters"
Completely encrusted with hand-cut Italian mosaic tile, this intensely blue window is truly an undersea fantasy. A single mannequin, in a seashell dress from the Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 collection, appears to be floating amid a massive collection of mosaic sea creatures. Everything is highly patterned, with swirling textures and oceanic colors. “Testing the Waters” is quite the aquatic triumph as its production was 10 months in the making and is the most labor-intensive single window display in Bergdorf Goodman history.-frm prweb.com
“Teacher’s Pets” takes viewers inside a 3-dimensional paper classroom filled with black and white paper animals, including a life-sized paper zebra, ostrich, panda bear, aardvark, white peacock, and more. As the “students” pose within a cascade of zoological textbooks, the teacher - dressed in a black and white lace Marchesa gown - presides over the paper bestiary. Noted New York calligrapher, Bernard Maisner, provided hand-lettered labels, in Latin, for all the animals.
Have you caught your breaths yet, ladies & gentlemen? I am absolutely palpitating from all the colors, textures, and visual overload that these holiday windows offer. A much needed feast for the eyes for the tired & bored designer. Ice crystals, sequined whale sharks, a "secret quantity of copper pennies"...leather monkeys....and ooooohhh ALL THAT PAPER!!! AMIDST "the Teacher" WEARING A MARCHESA GOWN!?!? *shakes head 100x*faint*