Thursday, February 18, 2010
Angels in America
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Last night I passed by Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue and looked at the windows. They always do a great job, and these were quite spectacular.
An elegiac winged angel floated in one window, a tribute to the great Alexander McQueen who died on February 11th.
His white dress from his spring collection is trimmed with white feathers – he was a truly original talent.
On 58th Street, crazy hats set the scene for Oscar de la Renta's gold ensemble.
Very madcap, get it?
On to the main event – the big windows along Fifth Avenue.
Black and white dresses are presented in a window decorated with red and white raffia. It's an inexpensive material but it's cleverly used to create a striking effect. The linear nature of the raffia contrasts with the sculptural shapes of the dresses. Pretty great.
Brightly hued dresses are set into a window with a collage-like background and happy colored lights that reminded me of Christmas.
The big window at the corner of 58th and Fifth feature clothes by Vera Wang, Rodarte and Balenciaga. The plump, ruby-colored plumes in the back wave gently in a breeze.
These clothes are strong, sexy, sharp, almost savage. Nothing dainty about them.
The windows offer a good direction for spring: color instead of neutrals, pattern, texture, structured shapes, decoration instead of minimalism, dresses instead of separates.
It's springtime at Bergdorf Goodman, and I'm all for it.