Window Shopping at Bergdorf’s
Firstly, I just want to say thank you to all of you who left such thoughtful comments on my last post. You’re all inspiring to me and I’ll be drawing on your kind words throughout 2014! I am also hoping to do monthly progress reports to help me stay on track with my resolutions, so stay tuned for that.
A few weeks before Christmas, I found myself in Midtown Manhattan on a weekend–a rare occurrence indeed. Feeling intrepid, I ventured to Fifth Avenue to check out the Christmas window display at Bergdorf Goodman’s, which are legendary in their creativity. This year, they did a display called “Holidays on Ice.” As strangely beautiful as the windows were, it was cold outside, and for me, there are much prettier things on the INSIDE of the store.
So I went inside. Now, I’ve been inside before, but really only for a quick browse around the ground floor. On this particular afternoon, I wanted to see the good stuff–the designer dresses. So I hopped on the escalator and traveled up and up and up–to the 4th floor, home of the couture collections.
To my surprise, anyone can go and browse the racks of gorgeous dresses, more like art than clothing. I ran my fingers over intricate beading, soft silk, and delicate sequins, nearly holding my breath. I felt like I was doing something forbidden, something I wasn’t allowed to do. But no one was paying any attention to me, looking at each and every dress, playing a game in my head where I got to choose just ONE dress off the rack to wear to a special occasion–which one would I choose? It was a fun game. I also liked thinking about which celebrity would be likely to wear which dress, and to what kind of event.
For those who don’t live in New York, you can do your window shopping online, although there’s something about seeing the dresses in person that’s kind of magical. And just for fun, I picked out a few of my dream dresses–because who doesn’t need a little bit of fantasy in these dark winter days?
Carolina Herrera ($8990)
Oscar de la Renta, $5290
What’s your dream dress?