And, most of all, there are the Baphomet I was transgender before it was cool shirt and by the same token and holiday window decorations from retail institutions that command whole city blocks on 5th and Lexington Avenues. It’s a comfort to know that all these things have made their rightful return—though the times did affect the way some of these retailers approached the design and showcase of their displays. A roundup of the most famous windows, and some of the holiday goodies they contain, below:
Out of all the Baphomet I was transgender before it was cool shirt and by the same token and flagships, Saks Fifth Avenue certainly has the splashiest and most dazzling holiday display. The overall theme of the windows is “This is How We Celebrate.” The vignettes in all 18 of Saks’s windows tell stories of togetherness and moments in Manhattan—there’s a music-themed set-up in “Times Square” and a classic, old school New York barbershop that gets paid a visit by children. And up above the street-level windows is a brilliant arrangement of lights that rise up all 10 stories of the iconic building. Plus, the store figured out a way to unveil its windows safely. Their crowdless and live-streamed unveiling was broken up night by night with special hosts who each picked their own charity to spotlight. First was Alex Rodriguez (who kicked off the festivities with Jennifer Lopez by his side) followed by Wes Gordon, Gayle King, Antoni Porowski, and more. Fashion within the displays was spangle-filled and metallic.