Window Dressing: The Best Holiday Displays

From Santa at Macy's to aviators at Hermes, the city's stores are putting their best windows forward to tempt shoppers for the holidays. Our favorite this season? Bergdorf Goodman's Lewis Carroll-inspired display.

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From Santa and his reindeer at Macy's to Alice in Wonderland at Bergdorf Goodman, the city's stores are putting their best windows forward to tempt shoppers for the holiday season.
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Bergdorf Goodman's Lewis Carroll-inspired holiday windows are, without a doubt, the most imaginative and ornate in the city. We stopped by to get some last snaps before the end of the season.
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There are so many incredible details in the windows, like this enchanting glittering paper cut-out topped with a small bird on a wire.
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Another window seems more schoolgirl-inspired, littered with antique oddities, letters, and books.
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A massive Dodo bird rising out of a library window.
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A luminous window inspired by Lewis Carroll's tale, "The Walrus and The Carpenter."
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A wistful Alice wearing a fur capelet and rabbit ears (was she teh first to latch onto the bunny ears trend?), before descending down the rabbit hole.
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Naturally, the rabbit hole is filled with glittering clutches and accessories by Judith Leiber.
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Hermes recruited Aga Ousseinov to create a retro-inspired installation called "Alternative Methods of Flying," featuring maps, levers, mechanical models, and of course, lots of orange.
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A closer look at some of the mechanisms in the installation.
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A buttery-leather Hermes bag luxuriously draped in fur.
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The vintage-looking maps in each of the windows were especially spectacular.
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Never one to forget their signature staple, the upscale ostrich Birkin was on full display in the windows.
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The finale of Hermes' windows was this slightly eerie installation filled with the likenesses of famous pilots (note Amelia Earhart up front).
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Calvin Klein recruited artist Hedi Ferjani to create black "glitter falls" for their windows.
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A closer look at the meticulously-designed falls -- some concluding in little fluorishes.
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In addition, the Calvin Klein windows include -- inexplicably -- an actual NASA cosmonaut suit. We're not sure why it's there, but it's pretty freakin' awesome.
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Burberry's windows are an homage to scarlet -- a slick red bag is surrounded by tons of glittering red mirrored balls.
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Elsewhere, bags rendered in classic Burberry plaid pick up a big of red from the balls' reflection.
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Bergdorf Goodman's latest round of windows features brightly colored fur, dancers, and -- inexplicably -- penguins.
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The marching band is probably the best part of the new windows -- a slew of players in eye-catching white feathered caps.
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That band player's rocking a guitar!
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A band leader in a gorgeous silver-and-white cape.
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Elsewhere, a darker window offers a wolf playing a white piano alongside a fur-clad singer.
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Henri Bendel partnered with Swarovski to add a serious amount of sparkle to their holiday display.
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A striped typist -- blogger, perhaps? -- perches under a glittering fruit display.
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Some of the mannequins are clad in skimpy bodysuits made entirely out of crystal.
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A crystal-clad mannequin strikes a pose.
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The glittering adornments aren't the only fancy pieces in the holiday display -- there's a rather incredible bottle of champagne on the table!
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Elsewhere, another mannequin pours champagne from a glittering disco ball on the ceiling.
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Chanel's windows are typically over-the-top, including this "tree" made out of gold bows and little quilted bags.
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Never one to stoop to typical holiday themes, the closest Chanel gets is buy subtle use of the color red, like the mannequins' hair and this statement necklace.
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Another Chanel "tree" features perfume, roses, and quilted wallets.
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From Santa and his reindeer at Macy's to Alice in Wonderland at Bergdorf Goodman, the city's stores are putting their best windows forward to tempt shoppers for the holiday season.
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Macy's is sticking to tradition for the holidays, featurig Santa, toymakers, and wintry scenes. Here, a jolly toymaker elf makes spinning tops.
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Another elf helps count the numbers of naughty and nice children.
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An elf in a rather sassy skirt helps to deliver Santa's mail.
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A veritable twisting tornado of letters for Santa.
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A robot appears to man the mail station for Santa, where letters are brought on wings.
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An official sifts through piles of mail for Santa.
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Santa reads each and every letter from the children.
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The paper's headline reads "Christmas Spirit at Macy's."
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Santa permitting a child to take a little tug on his beard.
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A mother and daughter go shopping for the holidays -- love the little girl's muff!
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The Macy's wiindows even take care to highlight the Salvation Army bell ringers on the corner.
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The Macy's windows also feature some of the Thanksgiving Parade balloons, like this Mickey Mouse.
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The Pillsbury float at the Macy's parade.
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Bergdorf Goodman has gone for a far more fantastical approach to its holiday windows, featuring an "Alice in Wonderland," old world mystique.
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Another Birkin model -- this one a more modern incarnation in complete black -- was hung in the corner of one window, alongside a slew of ties and belts.
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A closeup of the magnificent Dodo bird and paper rose in the display
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A whimsical girl in a dramatic headpiece poses between two green horses.
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A mannequin wearing an exquisive silver dress amid an entirely reflective scene -- like a giant disco ball.
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A closer look at the dress and the windows, entirely covered in silver.
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The "Alice in Wonderland" theme continues in a red-and-white window with Kings and Queens.
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Many of the windows are in keeping with the black-and-white trend, like this checker-meets-houndsooth ensemble.
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A stunning booth rendered in black-and-white houndsooth and serious spikes.
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A lost, Victorian-looking Alice with her dollhouse home in the background, out of her reach.
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A closer look at the mannequin, complete with massive white wig and elaborate eye piece.
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A furtive little cat -- the Cheshire, perhaps? -- peers from the shadows.
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Down the rabbit hole, indeed -- her the black-and-whilte figure is surrounded by tons of swirling staircases.
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A mannequin wearing a chic turban is surrounded by diamond-clad polar bears.
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Elsewhere, a more jet-set look featuring animal skins and a crisp coat, surrounded by traveling trunks and animals.
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Ostriches and bagpipes converge in this red and plaid window.
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The floor on the red window is actually completely covered in buttons.
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Tiffany's windows are a study in detail -- all the figures showing off the exquisite pieces of jewelry appear to be carved entirely out of white paper.
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A figure in a cascading tiered skirt with a single rosette.
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Another skirt featurins tons of little ruffles to make up an exuberantly girly dress.
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A carriage scene with little pine needles in the foreground.
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Another carriage calls to mind Cinderella's pumpkin coach, drawn by butterflies.
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The laser-cut detail of this staircase, which appears to be composed of snowflakes, is just breathtaking.
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