This year’s Holiday Windows at Saks, sponsored by MasterCard and Acer, are inspired by the delicate, intricate and fascinating art of the snowflake. But that’s not all! The brilliant lighting projection masterminded by the prolific Terron Schaefer, Saks Chief Creative Office, hosts a dazzling array of animated figure skaters, gorgeous red ribbons and of course, our famous Saks Yet (he who created the snow!) onto our venerable Fifth Avenue façade.
Watch the video of the windows. Scroll down to see close-up shots.
A fashion winter wonderland.
The Saks Yeti makes an appearance.
The American Ballet Theatre’s dancers play the Sugar Plum Fairies a the window unveiling.
Country star Trace Adkins performs at Saks.
SaksPOV goes behind the scenes to discover the magic behind Saks’ legendary Holiday Windows.
The Wall Street Journal speaks with Saks Fifth Avenue about the windows for 2012. Watch the video.
The holidays are a time where magic abounds on Fifth Avenue, with imagination, creativity and whimsy springing from the Saks Fifth Avenue windows. Viewed by millions each year, the Holiday Windows are Saks’ gift of joy and love to both New Yorkers and visitors alike.
In celebration our Holiday Windows, sponsored by MasterCard and Acer, we took a tour of Spaeth Design, the New York design firm that has dozens of “elves” working to create the magic. Check out how it’s done.
Harry Cunningham, SVP, Store Planning and Visual Merchandising took SaksPOV on a grand tour…
“The windows are Inspired by snowflakes, snow and how children interact with snow,” notes Cunningham, whose team has spent the better part of a year planning the 2012 windows. Cunningham’s team collected dozens of snow globes from over the years, that will be housed in a mechanically operated device that spins them in various directions.
Another window will feature an interactive “snow kaleidoscope.” Viewers of the windows will have an opportunity to see their faces in the screens in the windows morphed into kaleidoscopic shapes and colors. “I love how snowflakes are individual and yet so unique and different — but together we form one body, like a snowfall.”
Another window will feature a library of oversize pop-up books that open to reveal giant paper snowflakes.
Photographed by Isauro Martinez-Cairo
Stay tuned to see the windows on Saks.com SaksPOV later this week!
“I’m jetting off to Europe to bask in three glorious weeks of fashion, food, and culture. I’m so excited and so ready to take off! My life has been speeding on fast forward mode for the past couple of months and has been completely devoid of any breathing time or breathing room. So, I’m hoping a breath of fresh air in the world’s most glamorous continent will re-calibrate, re-energize and re-align my life a bit. Before taking off for my extended fashion vacation, I stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills to try on five fabulous fall outfits from my favorite American designers. Europe may set the stage as the world’s fashion inspiration, but USA will always be my style muse.”
Marc by Marc Jacobs chambray shirt and jeans and Marc Jacobs handbag, Diba ankle boots, Sorrelli earrings, Lia Sophia Necklace and Belle Noel Bangles.
Vera Wang dress, Shoedazzle necklace, Sorrelli earrings, Belle Noel bangles, T+J Designs ring and Alexander McQueen ring.
Kate Davidson Hudson has a pretty plum gig. She’s Accessories Director at Elle magazine, which means it’s her job to (a) surround herself with spectacular bags, jewelry and shoes and, (b) be on the constant hunt for the next gorgeous thing. We’re officially jealous. “One of the most exiting parts about my job is never knowing what the day has in store,” says Davidson Hudson. “I could be in the studio shooting, working on location, sitting with a designer at a presentation…. No two days are ever the same!”
While the George Washington University graduate has a long roster of favorite designers — Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière and Dior’s Raf Simons, among them — and previously worked in the fashion department at Harper’s Bazaar, accessories are her big crush. “The personalization in what you wear and how you style yourself is found in the details — and those details are always the accessories,” she explains. “Accessories help articulate those subtle nuances that make up your personal style.” Plus, she smartly points out, there’s no such thing as tricky sizing when it comes to your accouterments. “For better or worse,” the Elle director adds, “you’re going to stay the same shoe or ring size. You can’t always say the same thing about that pair of skinny jeans.”
Here, Davidson Hudson takes us through the life-size jewelry box that is the showroom at Ippolita, and gives us her expert tips on how to transform your look (e.g. her simple LBD) for work, weekend and evening. “Ippolita,” she says of her SaksPOV pick, “is a genius at capturing that sense of perfect polish. And by updating these accessories, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of the staple clothing pieces in your wardrobe.”
Her last word of advice? It’s a classic: “I truly believe you need to wear the piece — it cannot wear you.”
WORK: “On an average day in the office, I like easy pieces with heels. I tend to wear a lot of black and rely on accessories to change the tone or mood of my look.” A malachite onyx and gold pendant looks just right!
WEEKEND: A stack of gold and gemstone bangles represent the quintessential Ippolita look!
(2) Not enough Nail Art for You? Saks has partnered with the hot fashion label Suno to create Minx nails in cool prints. Exclusive to Saks on FNO!
(3) The inimitable, style savvy — and quite tall — New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire will be making an appearance at Saks.
(4) Meet Oscar de la Renta, who will be making an appearance at Saks as we launch his latest fragrance Essential Luxuries his latest exclusive to Saks!
(5) Makeup artist to the world’s most famous and Estee Lauder creative makeup director Tom Pechaux, will be taking customers through the new beauty collection that he designed for Estee Lauder inspired by the colors and contrasts of Paris.
(6) Meet designer Erin Fetherston and get your bangs trimmed from hairstylist, Edward Tricomi
(7) Last and hardly least, Darren Criss of “Glee” and a Special Guest will be signing the September Issue of Vogue