Have you been to the display windows at Bergdorf Goodman? If you live in New York City, I would suggest that you stop reading this post and run over there right now. 5th Avenue and 57th Street. They lush, stunning, artful displays. The best in the city, and I can't believe they haven't gotten highlighted more often in the "window gazing" guides published in NYC publications. During my window dresser career aspiration phase, I would sometimes go by there just to stare at the windows, make notes and drawings of the displays, and then imagine what I might do differently. I went into the store once - this was a bad idea. No one even spoke to me; clearly I didn't belong there, and everyone knew it. I rode the escalator all the way to the top, turned around, and went back out the door to the windows. I really should have stopped there.
Don't let the snootiness of the store staff dissuade you from seeing the windows. They are a spectacle. And if you're outside of NYC, never fear. I've posted photos of this year's displays on my photoblog at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/21231722@N03/sets/72157603297522599/. And they're so fabulous and the company takes such pride in them that they have a dedicated website with archives - http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/template/catB7.jhtml?itemId=cat243842&parentId=cat243864&masterId=cat000006&_requestid=85688.
The greatest accomplishment of the windows - they bring a sense of magic to the holidays. And couldn't we all use a little more magic for a while?