This season’s crop of holiday windows touch on tradition and myth, high tech and high concept. There’s nostalgia at Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Mitsukoshi; food for thought at Barneys New York; technically manipulated scenes at Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, and grand puppets, satirical mannequins and globe-trotting dummies at Printemps, Harvey Nichols and Bergdorf Goodman.
At Herald Square, Macy’s tells the story of Virginia O’Hanlon — of “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” fame — a real girl who, in 1897, wrote to the New York Sun, expressing her doubts about the big guy’s existence. Macy’s has taken a theatrical and high-tech approach creating window “sets” with curtains that rise, synchronized lighting, sound, animated movements and LCD screens.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"