I’m not normally much of a window shopper, but with New York’s most covetable items presented in incredible, creative ways, a peer through the shop window becomes all the more enticing.
On a recent trip to New York it was a different kind of shopping habit that had me consumed for hours and my husband shaking his head at my antics. While a respectable level of actual shopping took place this trip, it was the window shopping that had me enthralled.
Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, all the department store greats pay such beautiful attention to their displays it’s awe inspiring to take in the creativity.
The fact the windows feature some of the most incredible pieces of wearable art – a pair Prada shoes, a Dries Van Noten coat, a Burberry trench, Chanel purse… it’s almost secondary to the displays. Berdorf’s has a blog dedicated to their windows, which peak at holiday season but maintain their incredible draw throughout the year.
David Hoey, Bergdorf Goodman’s resident window dresser, has created some spectacles in his time, including an upside-down window for April Fool’s Day, a gothic display for Christmas season, and all manner of fantasty dioramas aimed at capturing the attention, and imagination, of passers-by. Books have been released featuring the best of them, their seasonal unveiling is highly anticipated – these works of art are more than a call to action for the passing shopper, they’re artistic visions capturing the style of the day.
I was so inspired by the level of work that went into each of the windows I stopped and photographed, hastily sometimes as the crowd pushed me along. Working in fashion can seem a frivolous pursuit to some but when it shows such skill and borders on art like the best of the window dressers to, it’s for anyone to admire.