Prada AW13

Sloane St, London

New camera, new string of posts coming up.
I’m gonna keep it short and snappy: here is Prada: It’s the Colours: bright reds and aquas together with greys, that cought my attention.

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Elemental Design for Harrods: Making of In Qatar window

Harrods, London

London based retail design company Elemental Design was commissioned to design, manufacture and install a Harrods window to promote the art and culture of Qatar. Since 2010 Harrods has been owned by Qatar Holdings, a wealth fund of the Qatar State. The window invites people to visit the In-Q café and a gift shop on the second floor of the department store.

 Gary Porter, the founder of Elemental Design has strong relationships with Harrods and visited Qatar in order to learn about the culture and get inspiration for this campaign. In his design the traditional mosaic pattern becomes contemporary 3D sculpture which is created by layers of high spec geometric frames and a gold faceted wall. In the middle stands the In-Q logo. 

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I visited the design company to have peak look at the building stages of the window campaign. The turnaround was very fast and I saw most elements been finished in the premises just a day before the late night install.

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Above is a prototype for the gold faceted panel and undersneath the gold panel arriving at the workshops.

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Metalwork being sprayed and finished.

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I caught up with Gary on their recent work for clients such as Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Westfield LONDON, Museum of Islamic Art.. The list is long and impressive. Their expertise include in-store fit outs as well as window displays and can see you through from design, manufacture and final delivery. Have a look at their new website and blog at Elemental.co.uk.

Chelsea in Bloom 2013

Chelsea, London

The weather might not be summery yet, but the Chelsea in Bloom in association with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) gets you on the mood instantly with shops blossoming with their amazing installations. The shops are invited to compete for the award ‘Best Floral Display’. The theme this year is ‘Decades’ to celebrate 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The floral displays reflect iconic periods of British design whilst taking inspiration from participating retailers’ archives from the past 100 years.

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The voting is still on here: http://www.chelseainbloom.co.uk/gallery/

Christmas 2012: jewellery and accessories

Various, Sloane Street area, London

I don’t often do this but I wanted to draw your attention to jewellery and accessory windows as they can often very elaborate or miniature schemes to make such small products stand out. So here are a collection of high-end accessory windows mainly from the Sloane street area in London.

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SwarowskiSwarovski

Tiffany and Co 2Tiffany’s.

Tiffany and CoAnother Tiffany’s minuature windows. What a small-scale miracle!

BoodlesBoodles.

CartierCartier.

Links of London 2012 ChristmasLinks of London.

MCMMCM.

Disney Princesses at Harrods Christmas 2012

Harrods, Brompton Road, London

The last couple of years Harrods have celebrated fairy tales with a great success within their windows, and this year is no dissapointment. Disney Princesses from classic Snow White to a more recent Pocahontas adorn the store’s facade. The images to follow will take you to the luxurous Disney world of Princess stories. And a classic Chanel window thrown in.

CinderellaCinderella starts off our tour. I love the clock reflected on the ground.

Tiana The Princess and the FrogPrincess Tiana from the The Princess and The Frog.

Snow WhiteSnow White.

RapunzelPrincess Rapunzel and her long hair.

Princess Aurora Sleeping BeautyThe Sleeping Beauty aka Princess Aurora.

Princess Ariel The little mermaidThe Little Mermaid aka Princess Ariel.

PocahontasLovely Pocahontas.

MulanThis is Mulan, She married a captain of the military. Needless to say I never saw this story..

Chanel at HarrodsI love this Chanel no 5 window at the side of the store.

Harvey Nichols Oriental Christmas 2012

Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge , London

Christmas windows around London have now arrived and we will start our journey with  the oriental inspired Harvey Nics. The windows are a continuity of their oriental inspired A/W assortment, and the trend is set to carry on for next spring. Oriental influence has been apparent in fashion and homewares all of autumn, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see other retailers tapping into this trend with their seasonal windows.

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A series of Oriental inspired props such as chinese lanterns, oriental flowers and  fans are repeated in these impactful designs. The Harvey Nichols’ pretty and modern attitude is created using these luminescent brightly coloured metallic finishes, mixed with more traditional Oriental materials with splashes of fluorescent colour added on top. Everything is embellished with sparkle, glitter, jewels and Christmas lights.

The windows are framed in these round and hexicon shapes (to name a few) to concentrate on the displays, but I also like the way the frames extend to the exterior of the windows, something Harvey Nichols have done in the past to a very successful effect.

 

 

 

London Windows Support Team GB

Chelsea, London

The Olympic Games here in London are well under way and is the talk of the town, and I would imagine on peoples minds all over the world. The retail world is showing their support to the Team Great Britain with these eye catching windows.

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I love the humorous take in these Gieves & Hawkes windows in Sloane Square.

Peter Jones, Sloane Square.

Tommy Hilfiger, Brompton Road.

Ted Bakers windows are always full of humour.

Links of London.

Kiki McDonald.