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THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, retailers focused on attracting shoppers back to stores, and holiday windows in 2023 were an avant-garde celebration of that return. Shoppers packed the sidewalks of New York (and the globe) ready to window shop once more, according to Tom Beebe, Creative Consultant, Stylist, Window Wizard. “Across the board, all the windows were filled with magic and details, details, details,” Beebe says. “The visual teams did not disappoint in creating the most wonderful time of the year.”

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Printemps, Paris

“It’s Paper Holiday, Let Your Wishes Come True” Printemps Artistic Team
📷 Francis Peyrat
Our judges selected Printemps for its exquisite creative vision, engaging storytelling and playful design.

Like previous years, retailers continued driving engagement through interactive technology. “We want our audience to feel part of the experience, not just interact with the window, but become the star of the window,” says Manuel Urquizo, Director, Windows & Storewide Visual Campaigns at Macy’s (New York), whose Herald Square displays featured in-window cameras to take selfies and buttons to play classic carols encouraging guests to sing along. “Not only did people sing their favorite holiday tune, but the audience behind them clapped and joined in.”

Brand and media partnerships took center stage in numerous projects. New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue teamed up with Paris-based Dior, Australia’s department store Myer (Melbourne) partnered with TV show “Bluey” and Malaysia’s Bonia said, “Hi, Barbie!” Collaborating with Warner Bros. Pictures, Bloomingdale’s (New York) created its “Best Holiday Ever!” window based on the 2023 movie “Wonka” – it was a feast for the eyes with vibrant colors and sweet treat props, and even included a real chocolate fountain.

Meanwhile, the window displays at Disney Springs in Florida embraced the classics by showcasing beloved characters such as Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan. With strategically layered details, the story was decipherable from every vantage point, which was crucial as “storytelling [is at] the heart of everything we create at Disney,” says Rebecca Atterbury, Senior Manager of Visual Retail Design, the Walt Disney Company (Burbank, Calif.).

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Tried and true methods also held their relevancy in an ever-advancing world with classic VM showcased in windows featuring detailed props, captivating colorways and savvy product displays.

And in the spirit of tried and true visual merchandising, VMSD is proud to unveil our annual Gene Moore Winning Window Award, named after the illustrious designer who created about 5000 windows during his lifetime. This award recognizes an innovative window display from anywhere in the world that embodies Moore’s legacy of artistic vision, technical innovation and whimsical joy – to be featured annually as part of this recap. This year’s winner is Printemps for “It’s Paper Holiday, Let Your Wishes Come True” at its Paris flagship.

For more holiday windows, be sure to check vmsd.com throughout the months of February and March 2024.

THANK YOU TO OUR GENE MOORE WINDOW AWARD JUDGES!

  • Joe Baer
    CEO & Creative Director, ZenGenius Inc.
  • Tom Beebe
    Creative Consultant, Stylist, Window Wizard
  • Judy Bell
    Founder, CEO, Energetic Retail
  • Eric Feigenbaum
    President, Embrace Design; New York Editor, VMSD magazine
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2023 GENE MOORE WINDOW AWARD

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Macy’s, New York

“Macy’s Holiday Windows” Manuel Urquizo, Director, Windows & Storewide Visual Campaigns, Macy’s
📷 Bill Waldorf

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Saks Fifth Avenue, New York

“Dior’s Carousel of Dreams at Saks” Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Dior
📷 Paul Vu

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Coach, New York

“Coach Holiday 2023” Coach Design Studio
📷 Ali Reza Malik, New York

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Microsoft, London

“Wonka | Xbox Holiday Window” Spark Brighter Thinking
📷 Cameron Arthur

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TSUM Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine

“Fairy Forest” Vira Rublevska, Head of Creative
📷 Artem Mykhailichenko, Kyiv, Ukraine

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis

“Winterfaire” Eric Danner, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
📷 Ian Lane

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Mychol Xander Design, Las Vegas

“Disco Glam Holiday” Mychol Xander, Owner, Principal Designer
📷 Mychol Xander

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ActionCity, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

“Christmas with a Nonya Twist!” Ashburn Eng, Retail Design & Visual Merchandising Manager, ActionCity
📷 Marcus Png, Singapore

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The World of Disney at Disney Springs, Orlando, FL

“The World of Disney Holiday Windows” Joe Higham, Design Lead-Retail Creative, The Walt Disney Company
📷 Charlene M. Morrison, Brooklyn

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Myer, Melbourne, Australia

“Bluey’s Christmas” John Kerr, Creative & Technical Director, Stage One
📷 Rob Anderson Photography

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Diedrich Jewelers, Ripon, WI

“A Forest of Love” Sue Boyle, Display Artist, Retailworks Inc.
📷 Sue Boyle

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Bonia, Sunway City, Malaysia

“Barbie x Bonia Holiday Window” Wayson Ong, Regional Senior Visual Merchandising Manager
📷 Wayson Ong

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Kiehl’s, London

“Kiehl’s Holiday 2023” Margot Bouchez; L’Oréal U.K. VM team
📷 Courtesy of Kiehl’s

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New Yaohan, Macau, China

Kenneth Yim; New Yaohan VM Team
📷 Louie Lau

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Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

“Up Up & Away Holiday!”  Set + Stage Creative
📷 Maya Myers

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Liverpool Mexico, Mexico City

“The Wishes Hotel” Alejandro Ruiz Gonzalez, Deputy Creative Director
📷 Courtesy of Liverpool Mexico

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MartinPatrick3, Minneapolis

“A Minnesota Winter Wonderland” MartinPatrick3 VM Team
📷 Eric Fabian

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Bloomingdale’s, New York

“BEST HOLIDAY EVER!” The Bloomingdale’s Window Team
📷 Willo Font, New York

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Bergdorf Goodman, New York

“Isn’t it Brilliant” David Hoey, Sr. Director, Visual Presentation
📷 Ricky Zehavi, New York

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Museum of Broadway, New York

“Museum of Broadway One Year Anniversary Celebration Windows” Tom Beebe; the Fashion Institute of Technology
📷 Bruce Glikas, New York

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El Palacio de Hierro Centro, Mexico City

“El Palacio’s Holiday Windows 2023” Sebastian Almeida, VM Creative Manager
📷 Jacobo Rojsen

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ZenGenius Marketplace, Columbus, OH

ZenGenius Inc.
📷 Jen Ryan

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