Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous!

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again Talking Fashion Videos


Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! Wearing: A Grande Entrance Wool Knit Faux Fur Trimmed Wrap, ancient Teri Jon Taffeta Navy Cocktail Dress similar here, Marc Fisher Jayla Blue Suede Heels with 6-button silk lined leather Portolano gloves, similar here.


Every Christmas, New York City is tree-mendous!  There are many reasons why, beginning with the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center —  the most recognizable symbol of the holidays in the Big Apple. 

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous. Image credit: Curbed Flickr Pool/gigi_nyc.

The breathtaking 94-foot tall Norway spruce Christmas tree uses over 50,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a Swarovski star to make the tree “Twinkle Twinkle.”  It took a few weeks to spruce up the holiday bush.  The tree will stay on display until January 7th, 2017. 

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous. 2016 Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Windows.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! 2106 Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Windows.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! 2016 Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! 2016 Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! 2016 Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! 2016 Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Window.

The second reason New York City is TREE-mendous, is my personal favorite, Bergdorf Goodman’s iconic holiday windows.  This year’s theme “Destination Extra,”  thanks to David Hoey, the department store’s Senior Director of Visual Presentation.  His inspiration taken from the paintings of Henri Rousseau and trips to the American Museum of Natural History attribute for some of the larger-than-life scenes.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! Garment District Bronze Plate.

While strolling along Seventh Avenue, I happened to look down to gaze upon a bronze plate reminding us of the smart city of Manhattan is still the undisputed center of American fashion since the mid-19th century.

As you may know by now, I love museums, especially fashion exhibits.  Our itinerary continued with a visit to The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT):  Black Fashion Designers Exhibit located Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! The Museum at FIT; Black Fashion Designers Exhibit December 2, 2016 – May 16, 2017.  Dress Featured is Scott Barrie, circa 1973.  Gift of Naomi Sims.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! The Museum at FIT: Black Fashion Designers Exhibit. Far left is Ann Lowe original.

Immediately I was reminded of the work of unknown but recently noted African American dressmaker Ann Lowe (1898-1981).  Ann Lowe made the 1953 wedding gown of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! Amsale Aberra hand-embroidered wedding dress made of silk, sequins, beads and bugle beads., fall 2016, 

The free exhibition is a sampling of the many African Americans representing generations in the fashion industry featuring notable designers (that were popular in the 1970s) like Stephen Burrows, Willi Smith (1948-1987), Scott Barrie (1946-1993) and Patrick Kelly.  Eric Gaskins trained under Hubert de Givenchy and Tracy Reese among the 60+ designs.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention, Street Style and Hip Hop styles received their just due.

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous! The Museum at FIT: Black Fashion Designers 2016 Exhibit. The suit, Will Smith, Circa 1984.  Gift of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Christmas in New York City  is TREE-mendous! The Museum of FIT: Black Fashion Designers Exhibit. Boots designed by Haitian designer Stella Jean for Christian Louboutin.

My little short story here doesn’t do the Black Fashion Designers showpieces justice.  If you live in Manhattan or plan to visit soon, the exhibit doesn’t end until May 16, 2017.  

Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous!  2016 Portolano Sample sale in New York City.

Finally, the last reason why Christmas in New York City is TREE-mendous are the sample sales. I shopped my first ones: Portolano and Adrienne Landau. I recommend not bringing along large totes/bags and coats, you must check to make sure no one is walking off with the discounted goodies.

Ladies and gents, if you live in or around New York City and want weekly sample sale information. Head over to my daughter, Channing’s blog and sign up for her newsletter, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

  • You look incredible! You make me want to wear blue, which I don’t have much of. And I enjoyed the Christmas window pictures and I got to go to a sample sale (OK virtually). Wonderful post, as always.

    • Terri,
      Hi! I just love wearing this royal blue color. The taffeta cocktail dress is five years old. I updated the outfit with the blue suede booties and an early Christmas gift (the faux fur poncho wrap). Thank you for stopping by The Age of Grace.

  • Love this post Eugenia! I wanted to get these photos myself, but I did not. I alway feast on BG windows! I am so glad to see the gorgeous work from the FIT museum featuring black designers. I am looking forward to meeting you soon. Love, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

    • Elle,
      Hi! The Black Fashion Designers Exhibit at FIT was my first visit to one of their exhibits. I hope you get the opportunity to visit, the small but meaningful display doesn’t end until May 16, 2017.
      I always look forward to a visit to BG! 2017 is our year to meet, I too look forward to that time. Stay well.

  • Oh, and that outfit, so chic! Very New York and glam, and polished!!!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

    • Elle,
      Hello again! The outfit I wore to NYC to walk around and shop when the weather was extremely cold-I look like a Russian Cossack. I much prefer the ensemble I wore for the blog post; I didn’t want to scare any of my followers.