Every year, New York City’s 5th Avenue department stores go to great lengths bringing the holiday spirit to the streets with extraordinary window displays. When it comes to Bergdorf Goodman’s splendorous exhibition of mannequins mingling in couture, there is never any contest that their windows are the very best. According to www.insideretailing.com, the windows are planned six months in advance. They have a core of four in-house visual merchandising teams, assisted with some 30 freelancers to execute the exquisite concepts. The Christmas windows go up the day after Thanksgiving and run for six weeks.
This year, Bergdorf Goodman’s window pays a fashionable homage to the tale of "Alice and Wonderland". The only time for a real New Yorker to visit the decadent holiday displays of grandeur is at night, after all the stores have closed and the tourists have gone back to their suites at the Waldorf Astoria. Which is exactly what I did one midnight with the company of photographer Phillip C Kim. Mahattanite or not, everyone deserves to see a glimpse of holiday ambiance in such divine form.