The Bluewater Shopping Mall in Kent is celebrating Christmas with a superb Christmas installation of The Twelve Days of Christmas. As you walk around the mall, large displays hang from the ceiling depicting each day. Beautifully designed and executed, they certainly make a statement. Even the topiary bushes are adorned with decorations and the words.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas carol although thought to be of French origin. It is a cumulative song, each verse building on top of the previous verse, enumerating a series of increasingly grand gifts given to each of the twelve days of Christmas: A Partridge in a pear tree, 2 Turtle Doves, 3 French Hens, 4 Calling Birds, 5 Gold Rings, 6 Geese a Laying, 7 Swans a Swimming, 8 Maids are Milking, 9 Ladies Dancing, 10 Lords are Leaping, 11 Pipers Piping, 12 Drummers Drumming.
Thank you for reading my blog over the last few months, and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
To bring the end of the year to a close, here is a selection of photographs from the various retail stores in Dubai.
These have been sent to me from my good friend (and ex-colleague at Harrods) Clair Stuart Menteth who runs a Sticky Red, a very successful Visual Merchandising business based in Dubai. (www.stickyreddisplay.com)
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.
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.
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.