I didn’t do a lot of shopping while in New York City, but I did do quite a bit of window shopping. It’s a real pleasure just seeing what the talented window designers come up with. Though some are pretty predictable, I always see something new.
I was in the city the week of Chinese New Year, and it was obvious just from the windows. The decorated tree above was not in a window, but was in Macy’s as you entered the store.
Saks Fifth Avenue took a similar approach. All the gold cats’ little arms wave at you as you pass by.
The best Chinese windows through are in Chinatown. Compare the Chinese shop above to the “Chinese” window at Saks. Saks may have drama, but this little shop had authenticity on its side.
I love Chinatown, and it was especially interesting with flower vendors and deliveries all over the streets.
But my favorite Chinese New Year windows were those at Gucci, whose dressers kept to a Chinese theme, but went in a completely different direction. At first glance I didn’t see the Chinese theme, but a closer look at the disks revealed it.
The disks were samples or facsimiles of Asian textiles. Stunning!
At the Derek Lam Boutique, they were looking forward to spring. The shop attendant told me that an artist friend of Derek’s made the birds and trees.
Probably the most interesting windows were the Fifth Avenue windows of Bergdorf Goodman. All the dresses were made of lace, and they came up with an interesting lace background.
Can you tell what makes up the backdrop?
It is vintage crocheted doilies and pieces sewn together!