I want to start off by applauding whoever did the lighting for the Bloomingdale’s windows. At night, they are beautiful and multi-jeweled, with colors accentuating the movement of the vignettes, but during the day, you stand in front of each window, thinking, “Oh, no this must be the stupidest one of all—no, this one.”
Okay, let me backtrack: The Bloomingdale’s story really is the exact same thing as the Disney ride It’s a Small World, where, no matter where you go, people are pretty much the same. But instead of cherubic singing children, Bloomingdale’s has decided to focus on wealthy fashion victims from around the world. So each vignette, mounted on a revolving lazy susan, at least utilizes the element of suspense nicely, getting you to wait for a wrapped gift box to finally turn around and here are the “Merry Moments of France!” “Cheers from China!”
What to expect? How about the most cliched, commercial, and gaudy image you can conjure for each of those countries, and you’re there!
For France (pictured), there’s La Tour Eiffel! And L’Arc de Triomphe, and a lady walking her twin standard sized poodles. Tres Franglais! The poodles are, of course, dyed to match their owners fur coat—in this case pink.
In Italy, Santa is dressed as a Gondolier, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Vatican serve as backdrops.
Photo: Merlin Ural Rivera/BizBash