Holiday window secrets

Designers dish on their festive creations.

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  • Photograph: Courtesy Barneys New York

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  • Photograph: Naomi Ellenson

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    Barneys Holiday Windows 2010

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    Barneys Holiday Windows 2010

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    Barneys Holiday Windows 2010

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    Barneys Holiday Windows 2010

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    Barneys Holiday Windows 2010

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    Barneys Holiday Windows 2010

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    Barneys Holiday Windows 2010

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    Barneys Holiday Windows 2010

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Barneys New York
660 Madison Ave at 61st St (212-826-8900, barneys.com). Through Jan 1.

The concept: The store partnered with the Food Network, Cooking Channel and illy caff for the theme of "Have a Foodie Holiday," featuring famous gourmands and Food Network personalities (including eerily accurate caricatures of Guy Fieri and Paula Deen). To bring this motif to life, Barneys creative director Simon Doonan got a crash course in the world of celebrity chefs. "I myself am not a foodie," he explains. "There were people in this window that I had never heard of before this year." Doonan asked the chefs for input on how their doppelgngers should be styled. "They kept begging me to make them look pretty," he says.

The result: The finished displays—including this window, in which Anthony Bourdain and Daniel Boulud  are in the throes of a food fight—depict a more playful side of the culinary world. Each one is remarkably similar to Doonan's original sketches, although the scenes have been adorned with an element of each chef's personal style: In one, Food Network host Anne Burrell has a shock of flaming yellow hair; Mario Batali's head, meanwhile, is surrounded by miniature orange Crocs. "I'm always amazed, in my 25 years of doing this, how my ratty sketches end up looking like the windows," says Doonan.

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