There is something about this time of year that seems to put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face, or at least it does on mine. In a couple of weeks I will be stressed and overwhelmed by too much to do and too little time, now the season is ahead of me and the Christmas carols everywhere have me singing as I walk. I have had the good fortune this year to see the holiday displays in both New York and Hong Kong, both cities go all out for the holidays and the results are spectacular.
Top Three New York
1. Barneys New York – Hiring Baz Luhrman and his wife costume designer, Catherine Martin to design their holiday windows was brilliant and their theatrical and tasteful take on the holidays is brilliant. Their theme was a modern rendering of traditional themes and their robotic owl was my favorite part. There is a live show that I was unable to see and my pictures, but here is the link with all of the show details and some better photos. http://thewindow.barneys.com/barneys-new-york-holiday-windows/
2. Lord & Taylor – The centennial anniversary of Lord & Taylor’s is in evidence in their spectacular display windows. The theme is the wondrousness of the holiday with a mansion inhabited by animals, faeries floating in glass jars and shimmery fashion all on display.
3. Bergdorf Goodman – Bergdorf Goodman’s windows are always opulent, excessive and fashionable and this year is no exception. The theme is “inspired” and there are windows dedicated to literature, architecture, music, theater, and painting. The windows are a show stopper, so much so it was hard to get good photos.
Top Three Hong Kong
1. Pacific Place – The mall has been taken over by old-fashioned villages and town people with actual stores in the sets. The design is very interactive as shoppers walk inside and shop within the décor. Brilliant use of retail space and yet still whimsical, with statues of children having a snowball fight and a couple dancing thrown in to the mix. Snow in Hong Kong no less!
2. The Landmark – A French wonderland has taken over the Landmark atrium and it is quite a sight to behold. There is one central display, which replicated a miniature Paris including an ice skating rink, a vintage car driving around, cafes and paper dolls mingling through out. Up above are huge hot air balloons, and a giant Christmas tree.
3. IFC mall – Jingle Bao is the theme, bao for both the bun and an acronym for big, avant-garde and oval. There is a special mirrored spot to take a selfie on and performances that perhaps will bring to life what for right now kind of just looks like a giant egg. Although it is a very pretty balloon filled egg.
Both of these cities decorate beautifully within their different constraints; In New York, it is all about the windows and in Hong Kong, all about the physical displays in the malls. The Hong Kong displays need to be more durable as people are touching, interacting and walking through them. In New York there need to be enough details for people to be willing to stand in the cold and look; yet eye catching enough to stop people as they walk down the street. In each city, I chose the three best displays I saw, but I want to hear of any others you liked in the comment section. I am also interested where else there are great holiday displays in 2014; please send me some pictures, I would love it!