Presenting our 2011 Holiday Windows
The BG Holiday Windows are a most welcome institution — they give a lot of pleasure to us while others do the hard work. We have the easy part—we show up marvel and take pictures. David Hoey and the visual team have the hard part: planning, building, perfecting, and collecting antiques for more than two years. Well the work is over and the windows are here: The Carnival of the Animals have arrived. Each window features a specific material that depicts animals you’ll find from icebergs to the tropics—but rarely on Fifth Avenue.
The ‘brass menagerie’ is full of tropical metal birds made in the 1970’s by artist Sergio Bustamante. Naeem Khan designed a dress specifically for the stylish songstress cooing in the window. Then dive into the deep end with the Aquarium window, with fish made by artist Brett Windham that are encrusted with mosaic tile, and rhinestones, gems, and sequins for good measure.
The paper window is a favorite — over 300 different papers used in black, gray, and white, used to make zebras, Dalmatians, and other monochrome animals. There’s also a ‘North Pole Garden Party’ with upholstered animals, a very sweet polar bear, and a monkey about to pop open the champagne.
There are enough inventive details that you’ll easily fill your camera’s memory card. And we haven’t even mentioned the Men’s Store — the animals have migrated there, too. A bear, a barber shop, a TV showing a football game — it’s very smart. It’s the season to enjoy the window’s vivid wit and fierce imagination, the animal kingdom reigns on Fifth.
Photographs by Ricky Zehavi