Thursday, March 31, 2011

Window Love

Bill Cunningham mentioned in his recent “On the Street” narrative, “Early Signs of Spring,” that retailers had put together window displays that “stop you in your track.” I know Bill’s favorite stomping grounds include 57th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, so on Tuesday I packed up my girl, got on the F train, and went into the city.

Sometimes I like to see these windows just for color inspiration. Plus, seeing how beautiful they are gives me a little lift. Here were a few of my favorites.

The cherry blossom branches inside the Van Cleef & Arpels windows grow outside the displays and crawl across the building. I love how this picture shows the reflection of the buildings across the street.



Bergdorf Goodman windows. I love the exquisite black and white lace dress and coat, especially next to the dress of red and black chevron stripes, and look at the wonderful display behind them!

Miu Miu shoes, $790 (ouch), and with a 5-inch heel (double ouch), but I love them anyway. They are like something modern-day Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby would wear.

At Louis Vuitton all the featured items were inside broken eggs. I love the color of this bag against the gorgeous berry-colored tufted cushions.





My daughter was fascinated by the eggs in the Louis Vuitton windows. “I want that one, Mom!” (The egg, she could care less about Louis Vuitton.)

A window outside of Tiffany & Co. I love the trompe l'oeil and I thought this couple with their red coats was so cute together. He's shooting south down 5th Avenue.

12 comments:

sacramento said...

Thank you, my dear Jill for being my eyes in the City.
Your daughter is not only lovely, but so wise, hehehhe.
I would have , inmediately if not sooner the black dress with white lace coat, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I have no words!!!!
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the Citizen Rosebud said...

I feel like I got to go window shopping in the Big Apple- wonderful. Now let's grab some coffee and a donut and sit in the park shall we? xo. -Bella Q
the Citizen Rosebud

Terri said...

the trompe l'oeil is fascinating. We have one on the parking garage of our local library that looks like a shelf of gigantic books. If your daughter was after the egg with the scarf in it, I can entirely understand...

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, I'm so with you, that black dress with the white lace coat was unbelievable. I think it might be Balenciaga, and if so, it seems straight from the archives!

jill815 said...

Hi Bella, I love it when I get to see window pictures from other parts of the country or the world (Paris is a particular favorite!). I wish you were here so we COULD go to the park and hang out. It would be so fun. Please let me know if you come to the city!

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, I think we have similar tastes. I too loved that scarf. The other Louis Vuitton things I saw I wasn't so interested in but that scarf was divine. Trompe l'oeil is so fascinating to me, I wish I could see the one you mention of the shelf of books. Have you featured it on your blog?

fashionoverfifty said...

Thanks so much for the windows, Jill! In my past life, I used to do "visual merchandising" and windows, and of course, the windows in NY set the standard. I'm sort of looking at them with a more critical eye, but DO love the eggs. I thought the Bergdorf window was a tad busy, no?

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

i love the two dresses in the window-they're so different yet look so great next to eachother. the lime green shoes are fabulous too! =)

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GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

This is awesome for those of us who aren't in NY. The windows there are definitely spectacular—temporary installations of fashion-based art. They are amazing!

jill815 said...

Hi Paula, I still like the Bergdorf windows. They drew me in and kept me there and then made me want things. I imagine that's what visual merchandising is all about!

jill815 said...

Hi Hope, thanks for stopping by! I love those Miu Miu shoes too, if they were lower (in price and heel height) I could see a retail accident happening.

jill815 said...

Hi Vahni, I forgot how much I like to look at the windows in the city around 57th Street until I went there to check these out. I hadn't done that in a long time. I love your description of the windows, fashion-based art. Well said!