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With only a few days left in 2010, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (four years running!) Racked Recap. This week, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments, from the billboards to bed bugs. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia.

10. Monstrous Plush Items at Bergdorf and Barneys: Sue us, we couldn't decide if we like the patchwork denim shark at Barneys or the leather-upholstered saguaro cactus at Bergdorf Goodman better.

9. Lost Articles on Display at the Brooklyn Farmacy: What a great idea—make those found single shoes, random toys and left-behind umbrellas the focus of a window display. Maybe someone will claim their belongings, maybe not—either way, someone's saving money on props.

8. Marc Jacobs Pays Tribute to the Birds: So many birds! So much Bang! It's probably supposed to be foreboding but it's more straight-up adorable. What can we say—we love a window full of birds.

7. Gant's Lacrosse-porn Fantasy: So, a bunch of brawny athletes showered in the windows of Gant on Fashion's Night Out. No-one complained.

6. Paul Smith's Hands of Time: What time is it? Time for fine British tailoring and lots and lots of floral shirting!

5. Lord & Taylor Hosts a Barbecue: The dog days of summer are hardly high time for awesome window-dressing—but Lord & Taylor cheered us up with an almost-pop art tribute to sailor stripes and condiments on the Fourth of July.

4. Thomas Pink's Bulldog Display: How cute are these ice cream-colored English bulldogs at Pink? So cute—and probably our favorite spring-has-sprung series all year.

3. Barneys Foodie Fantasy: Who else but Barneys would create food-fantasy world of papier mache for their Christmas windows? It's fantastical and hilarious and a little creepy—look at Paula Deen! We wholeheartedly approve.

2. Bergdorf Goodman Really Blows Holiday Out of the Water: Both the amateur-designed side windows and the main event—all are spectacular. So spectacular we offered up 68 photos over two posts. That's devotion.

1. Everything Moschino Does: Long story short—Moschino's visuals are always the most charming, thoughtful, adorable and intricate, all year, every year. Our two favorites this year: A Halloween beauty pageant and a Moschino-branded ATM spewing Moschino-branded cash. It's almost no contest.

· All Racked 2010 Recaps [Racked NY]

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Bergdorf Goodman

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