Every year, we look forward to a variety of holiday traditions, some big, some small, and some a little bit out there. Of the latter, our favorite is the unveiling of the ultimate eye candy otherwise known as the holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman. Keep scrolling to see why we love these window displays, created by one of the world’s undisputed masters of swank.
We’re just going to come out and say it: there has never been anything practical, humble, or modest about Bergdorf’s displays, which have been bringing the holiday happies to Fifth Avenue in New York City for 78 years. They’re all about spectacle, colorful creativity, and an over-the-top artistic sensibility that brings joy and playfulness to a hectic time of year—and therein lies their charm.
The 2015 holiday windows, designed by David Hoey, Bergdorf Goodman’s senior director of visual presentation, have earned their moniker “Brilliant Holiday” by incorporating more than 7,000 Swarovski crystals into a variety of unexpected vignettes—from a fortune-teller’s carnivalesque shop to a red-headed queen flanked by sparkling silver knights and golden lions, and an “underwater” exhibit featuring Poseidon holding court over the sea’s glitteriest denizens. Enjoy this selection of images from Bergdorf’s display, honoring the 120th anniversary of Swarovski, then hop over to Architectural Digest and Habitually Chic for more.