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Last night, Henri Bendel became the first big uptown store to official reveal its holiday windows to the public. This year's theme is The Nutcracker, so it's not like they're breaking any new ground; then again, they also haven't beheaded Mario Batali and stuck an apple in his mouth, so maybe there's something to be said for traditional Christmas themes after all.
The New York City Ballet partnered with the store on the display, and lead sugar plum fairy Maria Korowski performed at last night's unveiling, as did children from the cast. Bendel's Visual Director Gilberto Santana orchestrated the windows with clothing designed by the NYCB's costume shop. Fun fact: Santana loves mice, which is why they're featured around the store every year.
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