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Harrods’ Jubilee Extravaganza

Harrods, Brompton Road, London

Harrods have gone all out with their Queens’ Diamond Jubilee windows as expected. I know the celebrations have now ended, but I can’t not show you all these lovely displays!

The day at the races. The Queen is a keen participator at horse races and attends The Derby every year, and so do I!

The whole lenght of the Brompton Road has these different crowns in the windows, they really are amazing!

 

The masks are back, the last time I saw them around was at the time of the Royal Wedding last year.

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Windows to Celebrate The Royal Wedding

Various, London

It has been 30 years since the last royal wedding in England, so it is definitely a unique event. Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry tomorrow, and here in London it really shows. There is bunting everywhere from streets to front doors of homes and people dressed in blue, red and white.  

The wedding offers a welcome commercial opportunity to shops pushing their home wears, fashions and souvenirs. It is also a celebration of all things British. Most windows featured here will have Union Jack flags in them one way or another.

Liberty of London and the classic Mini.

John Lewis, Oxford Street prepared its customers for the perfect summer party.

Bentalls, Kingston based its windows around typically British themes such as the street party and the summer festival.

Bhs, Oxford Street take this event as a great opportunity to promote their affordable wedding dresses.

A whole lot of bunting at Accesorize.

Monsoon.

TopShop and a Union Jack blouse.

Warehouse (top) and River Island both cater for fashion conscious street parties.

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.