In early November, storefront windows of New York City are magically transformed into fantasies. Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, and Bloomingdale’s continue
a famous rivalry of grand window scenes that began in the 1800s.
You don’t have to go to New York for Christmas storefronts. As Frank Baum, author of “The Wizard of Oz,” wrote in an article in 1899: “Every village and hamlet in the land has some sort of window display of unusual merit to attract the public and further sale of Christmas wares.”
The first Sears Wish Book in 1933 featured Lionel electric trains, five-pound boxes of chocolate, and live singing canaries. By 1968, this American icon grew to 605 pages of toys and fashions. Many holiday traditions we love today began in the fashion world a century ago. Even the story of Rudolph was a store promotion for Montgomery Ward.
As Harry Gordon Selfridge, founder of the famous London department store, said in 1909, there’s “only ____ shopping days until Christmas.” The phrase stuck. With this spirit in mind, Cityview wants to get you prepared in advance for the holidays. This issue’s fashion feature is your window-shopping guide for holiday parties and the season beyond. Here, we present a few stores of our area in a Wish Book for Winter. Folly Boutique, Janice Ann’s Fashions, M.S. McClellan, Prestige Tuxedo, Boyd Thomas Clothing, Sole in the City, and Markmans have shopped the world to provide us with items to help you celebrate the 2017 season.
Here are layers of texture, velvets of wine-colored hues, the poetry in motion of swirling fabrics and the dramatic fluttering of bell sleeves, long sleeveless jackets that transform into long lean lines, geometric cut-outs, and carwash hems updated with modern design. From the elegance of Lapis and Port to the bold energy of Grenadine, you can decorate yourself in style, worthy of a display in a storefront window.
(left to right):
Boyd Thomas—Boho Chic feathered coat; Clara Sunwoo dress with windowpane cut-out sleeves. Sole in the City—Peter Kaiser Sinah open-toe heels. Markmans—DA Gold diamond dangle earrings; Markmans Signature 18k white gold and diamond necklace; Uneek five-stack bangle bracelets in 14k rose, white and yellow gold; Uneek 14k rose gold and diamond wide-band ring.
Prestige Tuxedo—White women’s tuxedo with red blouse; Sole in the City—Louise et Cie Jonah heels. Markmans—Supreme 18k white gold and diamond exquisite dangle necklace; Suwa platinum and diamond single-row dangle earrings; Supreme multi-row 18k white gold and diamond ring.
Janice Ann’s—Komarov blue-grey ombre dress with fitted lace bodice; Markmans—DA Gold 18k white gold and diamond hoops; DA Gold 18k white gold and diamond 30” necklace; DA Gold 14k white gold and diamond tennis bracelet; Uneek 18k pave diamond link bracelet.
Folly—Dark blue 3/4 bell-sleeve dress. Markmans—DA Gold 14k white gold and diamond dangle earrings; Uneek 18k white gold sapphire and diamond bracelet; DA Gold 18k white gold and diamond flex stack bangles; Fana 14k white gold sapphire and diamond ring.
M.S. McClellan—Canali suit; David Donahue sky blue shirt; handmade English silk tie. Markmans—Tag Heuer Formula 1 watch.
Janice Ann’s—CMK Komarov crimson and black dress. Markmans—Roberto Coin Barocco Collection 18k gold and diamond necklace; Supreme yellow and white diamond dangle earrings; Supreme 18k yellow gold and diamond bangle; Roberto 18k yellow gold princess flower ring.
Prestige Tuxedo—Ike Behar one-button tuxedo with black on black shirt and paisley bow tie. Markmans—John Hardy sterling classic square cufflinks; Tag Heuer Carrera watch.
Boyd Thomas—Flynt houndstooth sport coat; Ballin wool and cashmere slacks; Peter Millar plaid shirt. Markmans—John Hardy sterling silver chain link bracelet; John Hardy Naga Collection dogleg; Simon G diamond ring; Oris Skeleton leather watch.
Boyd Thomas—Luii long, sleeveless faux-fur jacket; Foxcroft Burgundy pleated top; Last Tango black pants. Markmans—Roberto Coin 18k Princess Collection 18k yellow, white, and rose gold and diamond bracelets; Simon G 18k white and rose gold and diamond pendant necklace; Roberto Coin Barocco Collection 18k rose gold and diamond bracelet; Roberto Coin Carnaby diamond earrings; Roberto Coin Carnaby diamond ring.
Janice Ann’s—Frank Lyman Design black sleeveless dress. Markmans—Supreme 18k white gold and diamond exquisite chandelier-style earrings; Markmans Signature 18k white gold and diamond necklace; Markmans Signature 18k white gold ring with fancy yellow cushion and white trapezoid diamonds; Uneek Platinum and 18k yellow gold bracelets with white and fancy yellow diamonds.
Sole in the City
Makeup and Styling: Susan Bourdeau
Assistant: Laura Goddard
Nail Artist: Elise Ledford
Models: Paul Dender, Simon Hall,
Maureen Pierce Hudson, Romona Knorr, Lori Santoro, Alex Warren
Editorial Assistant: Leala Marlin
Graphic Arts Assistant: Missy Zaloudek