Holiday window secrets

Designers dish on their festive creations.

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    Henri Bendel Holiday Windows 2010

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Henri Bendel Holiday Windows 2010

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Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-247-1100, henribendel.com). Through Jan 3.

The concept: Bendel collaborated with the the New York City Ballet to riff on one of the best-known NYC traditions: George Balanchine's the Nutcracker. "We presented the concept to them, and they loved everything," says Bendel's visual director Gilberto Santana. To create the outfits, Santana and his team worked with Marc Happel, the NYCB's director of costumes. And for the accessories—such as the tiara and necklace worn by the Sugar Plum Fairy—Santana tapped designers Badgley Mischka and Jennifer Behr.

The result: The finished windows are "about 99 percent" similar to Santana's concept, he says. The display combines traditional Bendel iconography, like the store's striped boxes, with stylized interpretations of classic Nutcracker characters. The tree is adorned with 15  screens playing scenes from the NYCB's production.

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