By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on December 14, 2009 12:00 PM
The holiday windows in the major department stores in New York are always fabulous (see blog a few weeks ago...) but this is New York, after all, and sometimes you want edgy or offbeat, not small-town charm. With that in mind, check out some of the smaller designer stores along Madison and Fifth Avenues to see what they’ve come up with this Christmas season. Cartier, with its gigantic red ribbon wrapping the store, always has its display up bright and early (November this year) but it’s always worth a look at the building festooned like a gift. (Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street). Not edgy enough for you? Wander on over to Calvin Klein (654 Madison Avenue) to gaze at the 850 pounds of glitter resembling dripping paint. The nod to the holidays comes in the form of an open picture book featuring Christmas trees. Over at Louis Vuitton on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, the theme is "Departures,” but it’s the kind of traveling that is clearly only done by bored skinny world travelers who prefer cream and gold tones and whose endless itinerary make us faint at merely the thought of packing. Still, the windows are worth a look. At Oscar de la Renta (772 Madison Avenue) the Christmas tree is actually a ball gown; and at Donna Karan (819 Madison Avenue) ponder the Halloween-like display featuring a plucked fir tree painted white against a black backdrop inside the store. Too edgy? Have a fortifying cup of cocoa, and march on over to Macy’s, where it’s always an old-fashioned Christmas.