As the weather gets warmer, there is no better time for window shopping in New York City, so take a trip uptown to see some new window displays and enjoy the spring air!
Atop the list of must-sees are the spring windows at Saks Fifth Avenue. Following their last installation honoring fashion mogul Fern Mallis is Glam Gardens. Glam Gardens is a month-long installation full of florals that will dazzle crowds. There are different gardenscapes at each window that reflect the aesthetics of brands and honor designers. Glam Gardens, a month-long event, coincides perfectly with the Saks spring catalogue that is soon to be released, and will also pair with Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fragrance Week which runs from May 3 through May 10.
The windows draw passerby into a magical scene that is created by over 100,000 flowers. The indoor gardens whisk city-goers away from Manhattan’s urban chaos. Thirty designers will each have their design stories brought to life right on Fifth Avenue. Designers range from those of haute couture houses to makeup and fragrance designers. Some of the notables are: Clinique, Dior, Chanel, Nars, Bobbi Brown, and Kiehl’s.
Saks succeeds in upholding their reputation for always going above and beyond when it comes to window displays. This past winter, their holiday windows shed new light on the tradition. “An Enchanted Experience,” the title for their holiday display, included 71,000 lights, including LEDs, strobes, and video projections that culminated to create a breathtaking program highlighting the legacy of the department store. It told the story of Saks’ start in the roaring twenties, incorporating music and dance. It was the first display of its kind: big, brilliant, breathtaking. Saks continues to wow viewers each season with an innovative display.
While also strolling Fifth Avenue, check out the windows at Bergdorf Goodman. There is only one Bergdorf’s and the windows are not to be missed. As the weather gets warmer, there are often street performers outside the department store, and in the winter there is a beautiful holiday display. Now, three of the windows feature an intricate woven backdrop that is incorporated into the looks shown. The neon pink threads make for a detailed display that is eye catching and enchanting.
Walk just a bit further, cross the street, and you’ll find yourself face to face with the towering glass facade of the Louis Vuitton Store. There is an extremely playful motif that looks nearly collaged onto the sides of the store. Gigantic paper blowdryers, lipsticks, eyelash curlers, and beauty products are papered on one side of the building, along with rotary phones, salt and pepper shakers, and water bottles. The larger than life drawings frame the smaller windows which have papered backgrounds mimicking its surroundings. There is color everywhere, and the captivating corner windows are not to be missed.
Regardless of which department store windows you choose to stroll past, you surely will not be disappointed.
Grace Halio is a Staff Writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.