Category Archives: Christmas

Winter Festival at John Lewis

John Lewis, Oxford Street, Sloane Square, London

John Lewis welcomes you to attend a winters festival: the scheme is colourful and inspired by Christmas markets. Most of the windows feature colourful disks on the back wall, snow on the ground and colourful stacks of presents. The toy window (below) has a gift unit with present inserts and a revolving skater girl.

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Marks and Spencer: The Making of a Christmas Window

Marks and Spencer, Oxford Street, London

I was delighted to find a video by SFD of a making of an animated window for M&S. UK-based SFD prides itself as a key international supplier of inspired retail environments. They were commissioned to design a toy window around the idea of a workshop inspired by Wallace and Grommit and Willy Wonka. With over 50 moving parts they have more than answered the brief.

Read the full story by Paul Brooks from SFD of the making of these windows here.

Peter Pan stars in Harrods Christmas Windows

Harrods, Knightsbridge, London

J.M. Barrie, the creator of iconic story Peter Pan was born 150 years ago, and Harrods are celebrating this with their 2010 Christmas windows. They call it a vintage Christmas and it is luxurious as always. The windows are absolutely beautiful and feature classic scenes and characters from the story. To go with this years theme they stock a Peter Pan Collection, which includes Christmas decorations and gifts.

In the story Peter Pan refuses to grow up and flies off to Neverland, makes friends with Tinkerbell, the fairy, mermaids and Indians.

Peter is the leader of his gang The Lost Boys. In this adaptation of the story Peter’s outfit is made out of autumn coloured feathers.

Obviously in the story Peter can fly. I love this miniature London. The whole window looks magical.

Captain Hook, Peter Pans enemy.

Wonderfully Wild Christmas at Liberty

Liberty of London, Great Marlborough St, London

It is the time for my first Christmas post. Liberty’s christmas scheme centres around wildlife and celebrates the nature. The mood is magical yet quite dark.  It is calming to see something inspired by nature at the most commercial time in retail. What is interesting is that the scheme is not wintery at all.

The back walls are covered with blue, green and other earthy coloured glitter material. It is not apparent in the photos but colourful fairy lights are placed on the ceiling. Frogs, caterpillars and butterflies run free… I love the mannequins’ styling. Some of the windows happen in a forest and some are water scenes. The merchandise is a mix of fashion, home wares and other gifts.

I love this caterpillar doll. Very clever!

This tree is covered with Liberty fabrics, and the accessories are displayed on little floating shelves.

The Wizard of OZ comes to Harrods

Harrods, Knightsbridge, London

Harrods celebrates the 70th anniversary of the classic children’s story The Wizard of OZ. In the story a young girl called Dorothy dreams that she, her dog Toto and her farmhouse get transported to the magical land of OZ. The story follows her journey to The Emerald City to meet The Wizard of OZ who can return her back home. Famous characters such as The Wicked Witch of the West, Tin Man and Scarecrow are all featured in the windows.

Dorothy.

Scarecrow in the field.

The Wicked Witch.

All the side windows are a lot simpler with green light curtain and in this one it’s the Tin Man.

This is my last Christmas post. Next thing on the agenda is sale. So I will be seeing red for the next two weeks, then can’t wait for spring windows.

Twinkle, Dazzle, Glisten at Harvey Nichols Christmas

Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London

The Harvey Nichols Christmas windows this year are absolutely beautiful. They are inspired by the illustrations of Erte and the grand and decorative art movement Rococo. They take you to a  girly fantasy land that plays with scale and traditional ideas of function, and is filled with feathers, glitter, butterflies and showgirls.

I wanted to start with this window because it is simply amazing. The silver mannequin figure (reminds me of sci-fi films) is swinging from a giant crystal chandelier. If you look closely; also candles, cutlery, wine glasses, keys are thrown into the chandelier and the table behind it that is made out of mirror pieces. The mirror pieces are also stuck on to the mannequin, as well as lace- like tattoo and gorgeous jewellery.

Another detail of a mannequin in the same window. Beautiful make-up.

A pink mannequin figure inside a giant gold bauble.

Two black mannequins form a giant butterfly surrounded by more butterflies and cute flowers.

A show girl wearing pink feathers, Swarovski crystal snowflakes hanging of a birdcage. Below a detail that has been cut out of the main picture.

A mannequin and products suspended in a bundle of ribbons.

A mannequin sitting on a moon surrounded by glimmering stars.

Two green mannequins function as a spider in a giant spiders web with lace and flowers all over.

Hope you enjoyed the journey. Let me know what you think. And Merry Christmas to everyone!

Designers at Sloane Street Part 2

Various shops, Sloane Street, London

More Christmas windows from the fashion street in London. Enjoy the beauty while it’s still there. Soon it’s all change to sale windows, somebody please surprise me with something good…


It’s gorgeous red heads at Chanel! I love the cardboard head pieces, that have all sorts of Chanel products on them: sun glasses, perfume bottles, shoes, jewellery, etc.  I have a thing about chairs in windows, especially if they’re piled up high. Pile ‘em up Chanel! The only thing I would fault is the gold fabric. It looks a little tacky, and you see this sort of thing in charity shop windows. If I would have done something else with the floor at least.

Paule Ka and a preview of their spring lines. Maybe that explains then unusual yellow background for Christmas. I like the graphic trees.

Neon lights at Gucci in animal shapes.

More excellent paper art this time at Tiffany’s. It’s in such a small-scale for jewellery and so well done.

Luxury and sumptuous at Dolce and Gabbana. Nothing is too much for them.

Designers at Sloane Street Part 1

Various shops, Sloane Street, London

Sloane Street is London’s high fashion shopping street boasting lots of world best designer shops. It is also one of those streets where wearing oversized sunglasses is a must.. So put your shades on and do some window shopping!

Simplicity and a rather beautiful backdrop at Alberta Ferretti.

Very sleek mirrored props and black mannequins again at Roberto Cavalli.

The above four windows are from Hermes. I happen to be a big fan a paper art , so I very much like these musical instruments and curtains made out of paper. The creative director of Hermes windows is Rebecca Cocks, and she does produce some creative windows that are also relevant to the places where the stores are.

By the way, check out this artist who did some other paper windows for Hermes Sydney stores. http://paperform.wordpress.com/

Nothing amazingly exciting at Missoni, but the knitted balls lookingbaubles are very recognisable for the knitwear brand.

Another example of a window that is very loyal to the brand image. Louis Vuitton.

Stay tunes as I have more to post shortly. Hope you’re not ill like me..

I love… Anthropologie Displays This Christmas

Anthropologie, Regent Street, London

Earlier this year I went to New York and discovered the wonderfulness of the American company Anthropologie. They have a store in London now, and couldn’t wait to go and visit. It is a sister company to Urban Outfitters, but with a more romantic, vintage feel to it. They sell beautiful women’s clothes, as well as home products, fashion accessories, decorative antiques and found objects all merchandised together in a perfect harmony. Last time I went there I ended up buying a door knob and a colouring book. Why did I do this? Because I got sucked in, Anthropologie was flirting with me and I got caught up the romantic fantasy. You go in there and end up thinking : ‘I’ve always wanted a book about African interior design, how could I cope without it??’ Anyway, you’ve been warned!

There are only two windows, which was a bit of a disappointment, but the store is large, and the interior displays are probably better than the windows, so although I blog about the windows especially, I will have to mention the insides as well, as it is Anthropologie..  The windows are traditional winter forest scenes with snow, forest animals and silver birches. What I really like about the company’s approach to the design of their displays, is that they are all different one-offs. Where as most chains have the same kit in all their stores across the world, Anthropologie treats all the stores different a bit like individual boutiques. Also they don’t seem to mind if something takes time to do when they constructed this bear out of pieces of paper. Also thumps up for using recycled materials as visual merchandising does waste a lot of materials..

This window showcases their home products, which get me just a little more excited than their fashion.

This is the fashion window, I don’t usually like using busts for fashion, but it does work with the company’s crafty image. It also has some lamps and rabbits (made out of strips of paper) in it.

Like I said their interiors are amazing so I will be talking about them. I didn’t get many pictures myself, so will be posting links to other sources as well. The atmosphere inside is just magical and lovely. The displays are very creative, unique and handmade. In the Regent Street store I saw pillars covered in white knitted material, knitted bundles, organ boards, with lots of keys hanging of them, colourful magpie chandeliers and other bundles of joy!

(source: http://www.biotecture.uk.com/pics/Anthropologie.jpg)

The major attraction is this living green wall consisting of 14 000 different plants. The wall stretches all the way to the top floor.

Photo by Anna Gordon for Guardian.co.uk

Even the sheep are wearing knitwear. So cute!

The massive whale hanging of the ceiling.

The British theme.

I love this dress made out of broken teacups and plates. Also another trick to lure the British customers in.  Thats all folks this time around. Tomorrow heading to Harvey Nicks so expect a report on that very soon!

Luella’s Quirky Christmas Window Displays for Liberty

Liberty, Great Marlborough Street, London

This year the eccentric department store Liberty has teamed up with British designer Luella Bartley, who has a created a very wierd, but quirky take on British christmas traditions. There are animal masks, vodka, graffiti, piles of shoes, drag queen(s). Very punk, and kind of lived in.  I think these windows are like Marmite, you either love them or really don’t.  I am all up for wierd takes on traditional themes, but animal heads.. they freak me out a bit!

It’s the foxy family carrying on with their Christmas activities. I don’t mind these masks because they’re quite friendly looking, and not scary. The dog wall paper is really cool.

These glamorous people are raising money for illegal downloads, go figure! I have to say that I am not a big fan of these heads, not sure what it is about them, maybe the big eyes! Note the Smirnoff bottle in the snow!

This one is panto themed, complete with a pumpkin, a pile of shoes (as in the dressing room?), and a man in a woman’s dress. The large woman’s dress has some cool details; lollies and cute dogs.  It might not be that obvious, but the glass has traditional panto phrases written on it, like ‘He’s behind you!’.

I like the idea of birdhouses to show off little beauty products like these. Not sure what is has to do with the products but that sure is a nice bird! ;)

Really not sure what this window is trying to say, it doesn’t even have that many products in it.  This guy is pretty old school with his stereo, no I-Pods here.. The graffiti is so wierd, but kind of cool and the 80’s head is scary again.

I really like the British heritage trend this season, it’s especially popular in home products.

Table settings are very common thing  to have in Christmas windows, but I like the way Luella made it look lived-in, like there was a party here. Someone’s even left their cardigan behind.

Hope you liked and feel free to add your comments. I will be posting more windows from Regent Street and Oxford Street very soon.