By  on December 5, 2005

NEW YORK — Holt Renfrew is sticking to Canada when it comes to its holiday windows at its Toronto flagship.

Its theme, "Canadiana chic," was conceived by John Gerhardt, director of creative services, and is carried through each window installation with rustic furnishings, fur blankets and animal skin rugs. There are leather chairs and chandeliers made from antlers, natural wreaths and pine cones.

The denizens of the scenes, which depict family and friends at home for the holidays, are young and attractive, dressed in velvet, silk and fur. In one window, a woman wears a long red Michael Kors gown as she walks through the woods carrying a set of skis. A woman playing the piano in another vignette is wearing a dress by Dsquared, while two friends are dressed in an animal print Monique Lhuillier gown and a chartreuse Badgley Mischka number. A woman sitting under the tree is wrapped in Kenzo's colorful sweater.

It's clear this fashionable group likes to have fun. A glass with a cocktail is never far from sight. Neither is a gift, wrapped in signature Holt Renfrew paper, of course.

Holt Renfrew wanted to make the unveiling of its holiday windows an event this year, so the Toronto-based retailer last month installed a Teflon skating rink in front of its flagship on Bloor Street, which was temporarily closed to vehicles. There was music from Matt Dusk and a performance by Canadian gold medal-winning Olympians on the ice. The evening was hosted by Entertainment Tonight (ET Canada) anchors.

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