‘Tis the season! One of New York City’s greatest holiday traditions is in full swing—the unveiling of the holiday windows—and Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel both revealed theirs last night. Saks’s went for Nutcracker-esque approach, as the store hired dancers from the American Ballet Theatre to pirouette the snowflake and yeti-filled windows (shown above, left) to life while a giant winter wonderland animation projected on the outside of the iconic Fifth Avenue building. Meanwhile, Bendel had launched a #DecoTheHalls holiday theme, featuring cozy home decor inspired by the roaring ’20s. Click through the gallery to see more holiday windows!
Maria Sharapova is ready to satisfy your sugar cravings! The tennis champ, who just scored a silver medal for Russia at the London Olympics and is prepping for the upcoming US Open, channeled her inner Willy Wonka and launched a colorful candy line named Sugarpova at Henri Bendel‘s Fifth Avenue flagship today. “I’ve always had a sweet tooth,” Sharapova (in custom David Koma) told InStyle.com. “I’ve been part of many great collaborations and fun collections, but I’ve never owned something, and I wanted to be involved 100%.” The line boasts 12 kinds of candy, from tennis ball-shaped gum balls to sour jelly lips, with cute names like Smitten and Quirky (the latter being her favorite, she told us, for its fun mix of licorice and marshmallow). Shop the sweets for $5 per bag, exclusively at Henri Bendel stores and on henribendel.com.
Plus, see Maria and more at the 2012 ESPYs!
Family drama hits the Upper East Side! This Monday on Gossip Girl, Ben and Serena’s relationship is on the rocks once Ben’s mom comes into the picture. But Ben’s mom isn’t the only parent in town—Serena (pictured here in a Pucci dress and blazer) and Lily (wearing an Elie Saab dress, Judith Leiber bag and Henri Bendel ring) get a visit from William van der Woodsen, Serena’s dad and Lily’s ex-husband. Tune in Monday 9/8c to catch your weekly dose of Upper East Side drama, and click through the gallery to see the rest of this week’s wardrobe.