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Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling

Remember my friend Kendall, the one that took us behind the scenes during New York Fashion Week? She’s now working at Saks Fifth Avenue, which every fashionista knows is the place to find the latest designers and trends.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

In addition to being fashion forward, Saks is also known for its iconic holiday windows. Kendall told me that I could not miss the unveiling event this past Monday, so I eagerly put it into my calendar and began counting down the days.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

In the weeks leading up to the unveiling, the windows were a heavily guarded secret, just waiting for their big NYC debut.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Immediately after work on Monday, I headed over to Saks to fight through the crowds to get a great view of the festivities.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

When I arrived, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell was already performing holiday music.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

He was soon joined by singer Frankie Moreno and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. I loved listening to their music, but by far my favorite part of the event was the performance by dancers from the American Ballet Theatre.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I have no idea how they didn’t freeze!

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

I got so caught up in enjoying the music and the dancing that the time flew by, and before I knew it it was time for the window unveiling! It was coordinated so that the windows were debuted, followed by a light show on Saks’ facade.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Oh and did I mention there was SNOW?!

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

After it was over, the crowds gathered along the windows to get a better look.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Because of the crowd, I knew trying to get pictures of the windows would be a losing battle, so I headed inside to warm up and enjoy the after party (and Santa!)

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The next day, I eagerly headed over to get a better look at the windows. I wasn’t the only one with that idea!

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

May I present, the story of the Saks’ Yeti:

“In a cold Russian workshop, a long time ago, a furry team of workers were all making snow. One worker named Yeti made beautiful flakes. But his boss only cared for avoiding mistakes.”

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

“Mama said, ‘Yeti, you’re so very gifted. If they don’t like your art, it’d be best if you drifted.’ So the Yeti set off and quietly vowed, ‘I’ll invent splendid flakes that will make you both proud.'”

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

“His travels would take him all over the earth. To learn about snow, from the Arctic to Perth. Then finally, New York! The most promised of lands! For a snowmaker artist with magical hands.”

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

“He set up a lab for perfecting the snow with fridges and freezers set to 14 below. But something was missing. The snowflakes weren’t right. They had to be bathed in the holiday light.”

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

“Maybe Saks was the answer! It’s brighter than heaven! Yeti raced down to catch a Manhattan-bound 7. He squeezed his way in during rush hour drama with thousands of people (one looked like his mama).”

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

“He climbed Saks and made snow that was brilliantly pretty. And to this day, the Yeti crafts flakes for the city. The moral? Don’t give up! Be artful! Be ready! And set your sights high – you just might see a Yeti!”

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Adorable, right?

And the best part is, you can visit saks.com/snow to design your own snowflake (like the Yeti!) which will appear in the windows. Go on, design your snowflake! I’ll be keeping a lookout for it ;)

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

And after you’ve gotten your fill of Saks’ holiday windows, you can check out the other window displays. They are both stylish and fashion forward, and you will definitely want to ask Santa for these dresses!

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

To learn about the fashion trends for the holiday season, and to get in the holiday spirit, all you have to do is stroll down Fifth Avenue.

~A

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