Well, if you've been checking my Instagram, the cats out of the bag!
This holiday season, the Ralph Lauren Flagship store on Madison Avenue in NYC as well as the flagship stores in London, Chicago, Hong Kong and 10 other stores across Asia are featuring my Nutcracker puppet theater illustrations as their holiday window display this Christmas Season!
Ya. Pinch me.
The flagship store of Ralph Lauren at 72nd and Madison is literally both sides of an entire block. It's pretty spectacular. The buildings are breathtaking, and have a history all on their own. The detail inside and out is just exquisite. The Men's store is on one side, and Women's and Children's on the other...and each has their own themed window displays.
Each of the 7 windows were decorated with my illustrations....here's a tour of the displays!
On the front corner was a winder candy scene with the Sugar Plum Fairy and a dancer from Waltz of the snowflakes.
And of course, Nutcracker and Mouse King.
I love how they used the stage border on all the windows...it went so well with the architecture and feel of the whole setting.
The Mother Ginger window was my favorite. It's hard to see the details here, but she has little dancing children underneath her.
In the corner windows by both doorways, there were lovely framed prints of the Nutcracker Characters. So Magical!
And every window featured my website and name, which was such an honor. It was so lovely to be part of their celebration this year!
I went up for a short little 2 and a half day trip so that I could see them in person. And because Michael Miller Fabrics is located in Manhattan, we made a little outing together. It was really fun to share with them! (Nutcracker fabric coming soon anyone??)
The windows turned out so lovely. I just got goosebumps! How crazy to see something you made at home with your kids on a wintery saturday turn into a window display to be seen all over the world in such a magical setting! Just so cool.
So, forgive me, but I took lots of photos! Here's a photo dump. Hope you don't mind!
Here are some close ups:
Christmas Window displays are a big deal...especially in New York City where people take city tours just to see the yearly displays. So when I was asked to be part of a 5 window display with Ralph Lauren, my jaw hit the floor, and I admit to re-reading the email a few times just to make sure.
Ralph himself toured the windows and sent his approval. And while I was taking pictures, some of the Kardashian Klan popped into the children's store (most likely for Baby North!).
The greatest part was getting to spend a weekend trip with my Mom and baby Anders. What a wonderful getaway! I LOVE NYC during the holidays. It's just so magical. Anders has been quite the traveler lately! Poor guy has to follow his Mama and her crazy designs:)
Thank you Ralph Lauren for letting me in on the Holiday fun! And if you are in NYC this Christmas, or London, Chicago, Hong Kong, Beijing or Shanghai, do stop by and take your pictures...and send them to me via facebook, instagram or email! I wasn't able to get pictures with my own kids (sigh) but I look forward to seeing yours! I'd love to post any and all of you there at the display!
Here's a list of the stores that will featuring my Nutcracker Windows:
- 72nd Madison, NYC
- Bond St., LONDON, England
- Ocean Terminal, HONG KONG
- Lee Gardens, HONG KONG
- Princes Building, HONG KONG
- Gough Street, HONG KONG
- Deji Plaza, Nanjing Forum 66,Shenyang
- L’Avenue, SHANGHAI
- Plaza 66, SHANHAI
Happy Holidays everyone!! And enjoy making your own Nutcracker little displays :) We are unpacking ours and using them as Tree Decorations this year. Have fun!!