Holiday Designs: Windows of New York City 2010

I don't know about all of you but it seems, for me, that December is lacking its usual "cheery" outlook this year. Even I, a chronic "get the gifting done by EOD on Black Friday" shopper, am still scrambling to find stocking stuffers this year. So, with the holidays only a few days away, here's a look at some of the top holiday window displays, collected by our sister publication DDI, that are gracing the Big Apple:

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Anthropologie's windows are inspired by trees this year. This window showcases a large, sculptural, handmade pinecone.

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Inspired by the passion and creativity of foodie culture, Barney's Madison Avenue windows feature playful caricatures of famous chefs.

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Bergdorf Goodman's windows depict travel scenes, excursions, jaunts and treks to surprising locations via unconventional conveyances, such as this window titled "Ready for Takeoff."  Photo courtesy of Ricky Zehavi

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Bloomingdale's incorporated technology into its windows this year, featuring multiple digital screens that depicted wintry scenes.

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Inspired by the comforts of home for the holidays—but refined in the Calvin lifestyle—these holiday windows by Calvin Klein capture an easiness of warmth, luxury and style.

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The Container Store's windows showcase its "Gift Wrap Wonderland," through the use of shadow boxes, all white fixtures, white trees and snowflakes.

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Diesel's edgy holiday windows feature the "Diesel Gift Machine," incorporating various mechanical elements to highlight holiday merchandise.

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Dylan's Candy Bar windows display larger-than-life "Snow Folk," celebrating the gift of giving, with sweet style and flair amidst rolling marshmallow hills.

See the rest of this year's top window picks at the DDI Web site. Be sure to share your favorites with us in the comments below!

(P.S., Happy holidays to all, from the editors and staff at Contract magazine!)

–Stacy Straczynski

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