The Corner Shop at Selfridges.

Selfridges has recently launched the next stage of it £300 million Accessories Hall refurbishment which  now includes a “Corner Shop”.

The Corner Shop offers Selfridges own branded confectionery, tea, biscuits to London themed mugs & teapots through to a Limited Edition Selfridges Monopoly.

The Corner Shop is part of the second phase of the unveiling of the revamped Accessories Hall. Once completed next year the Accessories Hall, which has been designed by David Chipperfield Architects will cover 60,000 square feet and will be the largest Accessories Department in the World.

 

Dover Street Market, London.

A department store but not as we know it, Dover Street Market is Harvey Nics for the hip. A haven for high end fashion brands like Raf Simons, Loewe and Dior, the whole thing has been put together by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons fame. Make no mistake, this place is not your typical London market; it’s cutting-edge and super-cool. Twelve years after it first opened, Dover Street Market moved from Mayfair to this larger five storey grade II listed building on Haymarket. More art installation than retail space, a ramshackle shanty “shed” on the ground floor contrasts with the chic, minimalist, functional interior. The central, spiral, pale wood staircase – lit by original round windows -leads to the metal skeleton of a dinosaur on the second floor. Each designer has been given free reign to adapt the space to suit their collection, which means that the interior is often as dynamic as the range of clothing. The designs on display won’t be for everyone – this is high, not high street, fashion – but even if you’re not there to buy, walking around this art-installation-come-shopping-centre is a rare treat. Retire to the Rose Bakery on the top floor for the now famous assiette de legumes, quiche and carrot cake.

 

 

 

Decadent Luxe at Harvey Nichols, Dubai

While on a recent visit to Dubai, I visited Harvey Nichols in The Mall of Emirates and spotted these eye catching windows.

Harvey Nichols are renowned for their creative windows and this is no exception. With its superb mannequin styling, the windows are fairly minimalist however the execution of the scheme is good with the wallpaper peeling off the wall, the the clever use of ivy and moss.  It makes a stunning concept.

 

 

A Truly British Christmas.

Kingston upon Thames department store, Bentalls has unveiled their Christmas windows, depicting a truly British showcase with lots of red, white and blue.

The windows display an array of iconic objects from HRH the Queen’s crown, a London red bus, a black cab to Union Jack-clad hot air balloons.

The British theme continues throughout the store with London’s iconic buildings gliding their way up the escalators. Giant Union Jack baubles and glitter balls are suspended throughout the interior of the store creating a ‘Truly British Christmas’ in this Kingston Upon Thames store.

 

 

Christmas at Harvey Nichols – London.

Premium department store Harvey Nichols has unveiled its Christmas windows for 2017, its largest visual scheme of the year. For this year’s festive season, the luxury retailer looked for inspiration from the Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion weeks selecting the  most vibrant colours to catch customer’s eyes.

The result is a series of celebratory window schemes in a rainbow of hues, bold textures and graphic patterns filed with star shapes and Christmas motifs. Harvey Nichols incorporates unique lighting techniques for the first time, such as rotating mirror balls, LED lights and holographic backgrounds. Potential gift ideas are also included in the window display within giant Christmas baubles in a playful, fun manner.

 

 

Christmas at Harrods with Dolce & Gabbana

The Italian Fashion house Dolce & Gabbana have taken over the front windows at this iconic luxury department store in Knightsbridge. In addition to adorning the windows designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have installed an themed Italian market on the 4th Floor selling Branded paraphernalia, including sweatbands, bags, key fobs etc.

The whole concept has been superbly executed with an art installation hanging from the ceiling as you enter Door 5 in Hans Crescent, through to the animated window displays, of which you can see if you view the Creative Download Instagram.

 

 

“Together we’re Merrier” Christmas at Fortnum & Mason.

That famous quintessential English store in Piccadilly (Fortnum & Mason) has launched Christmas and the windows are in true resplendent style and elegance.

The side windows are very much winter woodland with superb merchandise styling while the front windows are fun and eye catching.

The Foodhall is packed with gorgeous sweet treats, chocolate delights, stocking fillers, Christmas Hampers, together with elegant wines and famous tea’s & coffee, of which the store is renowned for.

The Christmas trees throughout the store are superbly dressed. Opulent, luxurious and sumptuous which is a visual feast to the eye. The atrium is an awesome sight of Christmas foliage and lights. It is stunning and beautifully executed.

 

Christmas at Cath Kidston, Piccadilly, London.

The British Brand Cath Kidston is a renowned quirky chain retailer offering bright, vintage-style  homewares, bags, clothes and lots more. The Flagship store has installed a bright red Christmas scheme featuring vintage chairs and furniture with floor garland. The furniture has been arranged in a higgledy-piggledy way, and works really well to give that wow appeal that passing customers will remember. The backdrop consists of red ribbon and lit baubles.  There is great use of the red ladders in-store, however I feel the ladders could hold more merchandise to create a bigger focal point. It is a shame that trailing wires and electric plug sockets are exposed. Overall a simple but great scheme.

 

Neom – Start your Wellbeing journey….

A walk down The Kings Road in Chelsea yesterday took me to the recently opened Neom store.  It is packed with gorgeous items to pamper yourself: Bath & Shower oils, Body Oils, Body Washes & Lotions, to Body Scrubs to leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

There is also a wide selection of Home Fragrance products from candles to spritz a room to beautiful reed diffusers to fill the air with a scent.

The Christmas range is a stunning collection for the most serene and sparkling festive season, ever. Neon promise to give you the key to unlock your true wellbeing need, whether that’s better sleep, a brighter mood, a calmer Christmas or a much-needed burst of energy.

The store itself has an air of calm with beautifully crafted copper tube fixtures in front of white painted exposed brick work, excellent signage and ticketing and the Wellbeing School at the back of the store. The window display is eye-catching although it looks a little sparse with products. They could have made a better pyramid grouping with the merchandise to avoid the angles of the products.