On Monday night, Bergdorf Goodman celebrated their 2015 holiday windows, done in partnership with Swarovski. The windows, titled “Brilliant,” were heavily done up with countless sparkles and were revealed to a crowd gathered outside 57th Street.
There were no fireworks or choir children like last year’s unveiling; instead the windows were quietly revealed this time, then celebrated on the third floor of the store with a cocktail reception. The gathering drew much of the CFDA — no surprise given the Swarovski partnership — including Adam Lippes, Gigi Burris, Tanya Taylor, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome and a drive-by from Steven Kolb.
The evening’s hosts Linda Fargo and Nadja Swarovski were equally pleased with the result.
“First of all, we know Nadja is the fairy godmother of fashion and design,” Fargo raved of her cohost. Swarovski returned the praise, saying, “Every time I walk into Bergdorf’s, I feel like I’m a child in a candy store.”
This holiday season is particularly special to the retailer as it begins a five-year renovation of their main floor, a project deemed “20/20 vision” termed after its 2020 expected completion date.
The first phase of the remodel is “the opening of the jewelry,” Fargo explained of the partnership with Swarovski, some nine months in the making. “This was kind of a connecting of the dots.”
“I worked with Swarovski on an upcoming project for the CFDA for…I don’t know if we’re allowed to say what for,” Burris said. A longtime fan of the store’s windows, she got a preview of the process over the weekend, when she came by a day too early.
“A funny story: I came here yesterday with my boyfriend to see the windows because I love looking at them. They had like empty boxes and chords, or they were completely covered up and it said ‘it will be unveiled November 17’,” Burris said. “Whoops.”