Bergdorf Goodman unveiled their iconic Holiday window displays, employing acrobatic dancers to glide down from the department store’s rooftop to rip off the curtains. David Hoey, famed window designer and Bergdorf’s senior director of visual presentation, worked his magic once again, filling the ground floor windows around the theme of “Holidays on Ice.” Each window depicts a different holiday like July 4th, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and April Fool’s Day. An Arbor Day window featured a giant tortoise beside an Alexander McQueen-clad mannequin. For April Fool’s, the window was composed upside-down, making onlookers do a double-take. Thom Browne, Valentino, Alaia, and Rodarte also make appearance in the windows, among many other iconic designers that represent the store.
For the Fourth of July, artisans created a 13-by-12-foot resin replica of a colonial building; meanwhile a parade of characters in red, white, and blue (dressed in Rodarte and Thom Browne NY Men’s) march in the foreground.
Halloween features a masquerade party in high Gothic style — a spider web studded with Swarovski crystals hovers over a towering model of the Vanderbilt house which once stood on the site of Bergdorf Goodman.
For Valentine’s Day, a luminous, cave-like boudoir — its walls encrusted with pink flowers — is decorated with an icicle-laden crystal chandelier.
April Fools Day features a mannequin dressed in Oscar de la Renta amid a group of animal-shaped ice topiaries – as a surprise prank, Bergdorf’s installed this window upside down: April Fools!
The Arbour Day window shows a mannequin (dressed in Alexander McQueen) rests on the icy branch of a ten-foot porcelain tree, its branches adorned with crystal leaves and flowers.
Each of the five main windows, which continue along 57th Street, 58th Street and across Fifth Avenue at Bergdorf Goodman’s Men’s Store, depict a different holiday, with ice as the common denominator.
The side-walk spectacle was preformed by STREB Extreme Action Company, a Brooklyn-based troupe led by award-winning choreographer Elizabeth Streb.
Bravo TV host Andy Cohen introduced the window reveal at Bergdorf Goodman’s where the theme for 2013 is Holidays on Ice.
Hundreds of tourists gathered to watch the unveiling, when they were treated with an acrobatic surprise.
All windows will be on display until Monday, January 6, 2014.
Preview: Holidays on Ice