With months of careful planning by some of the best designers in the world, luxury department stores in New York, London and Paris are celebrated this Holiday Season with over-the-top Christmas window displays. Set up as elaborate magical scenes reminiscent of enchanted worlds, admiring these Christmas windows from up-close can propel you in a world of luxury living. To help you plan your shopping route in these great cities, LuxeInACity has curated a list of this year’s best Christmas Window displays.
1-Harvey Nichols, London: Adorned with an array of giant flowers and fairy lights, the London Knightsbridge flagship store is a vivid & fluorescent party scene inspired by the Orient. Dressed with designer wear picked from the autumn/winter 2012 collections, models are surrounded with handcrafted luxurious props.
2- Harrods, London: Imagined by such celebrated designer as Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Versace and Elie Saab, the Harrods Disney themed Christmas windows showcase ten iconic Disney princesses who underwent high fashion makeovers. Magical meets fashion, truly a fairytale come true!
3-Selfridges, London: Designed by renowned photographer Bruce Weber, Selfridge’s holiday windows are “Not Your Usual Christmas”. One window includes exploding crackers, lego men and disco balls while another shows two pony pulling a sleigh filled with Christmas gifts. Weber also created a film and a set of photographs to complete the theme.
4- Liberty London, London: Transformed into the Liberty Express, a deluxe retro train with opulent Victorian styled carriages, these Christmas windows are filled with luxurious trunks, ladies in party dresses and children unwrapping their luxurious gifts.
5- Printemps Paris, Paris: Christian Dior and Printemps Paris revealed the treasures of the “City of Light” through eleven luxurious window displays. Celebrating scenes such as ‘Skating Rink at the Eiffel Tower’ and ‘Café at Gare du Nord’, the windows showcase a series of miniatures dolls adorned with Dior’s iconic creations and accessories.
6- Galerie Lafayette, Paris: Louis Vuitton imagined “The Ball of the Century” through a series of shimmering windows adorned with thousands of lights showcasing a parade of female marionettes in high heels and exotic animals taking part in a choreographed ballet. The windows symbolize the fashion house’s history of travel to far-away lands.
7- Barneys, New York City: Disney’s new short animated film “Electric Holiday” is the inspiration behind the windows at Barney’s Madison Avenue. The windows feature Minnie Mouse and Goofy dressed in haute couture while strutting down a Parisian catwalk.
8- Bergdorf Goodman, New York City: Celebrating the store’s 111th anniversary, Bergdorf Goodman created a Jazz Age Fashion dream filled with eccentric designs. A story told across five acts, the windows are a luxurious expression of the era’s impact on fashion.
9- Bloomingdale’s, New York City: Depicting scenes from the upcoming 3D cinematic offering by Cirque du Soleil, the windows at Bloomingdale’s on 59th and Lexington is a surreal acrobatic feast.
10- Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City: A snowflake wonderland featuring a LED holiday light projection covers the ten-story façade of this luxury department store. Repeating every eight minutes, this two-minute snow storm compliments the spectacular snow filled windows.
With only a few weeks left to admire these luxurious Christmas window displays, head out to of these great cities and enjoy their holiday spirit. Window shopping is at its apogee this time of year.
Top 10 Luxury Department Store Christmas Windows Display of 2012