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Inside Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters, London

I had a quick browse looking for a rug for myself at Urban Outfitters in High Street Kensington and took these pictures. I like the open layout of the store, and of course there are cactuses!

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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.

(Images, courtesy of Harvey Nichols)

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.

 

 

 

Harvey Nics Resort

Harvey Nichols, London

Swimwear in contrasting brights meets pastel sets and mannequins in these Harvey Nichols’ 2012 resort windows. The painterly effect on the background creates a dreamy mood and I especially like the fluorescent lighting effects. The use of colour is the main talking point for me: purples and yellows create great contrast, whereas the pastels are calming and make the brights stand out.

Harvey Nichols’ Icy Christmas

Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London

Harvey Nichols seems to have gone back to ice age with their 2011 Christmas windows. At first glance this series of windows reminds me of those of Harrods’ Crystal Christmas windows. The use of cheap materials such as cling film, bubble wrap and polystyrene proves otherwise. The look is very artistic and thrown together with an unfinished feel. With the current economic climate in mind, there is no better time to do a Christmas like this.

Maid in Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton, Sloane Street, London

I was seriously excited to find these, dare I say kinky, maids- windows. Miniature maid figures stand by loyally next to a LV classic bag, and life-size mannequin stands still holding a feather duster. These windows are visually fascinating, and are guaranteed to create a desire to buy!

 

 

Crazy/Beautiful at Harvey Nics

Harvey Nichols,Knightsbridge, London

Harvey Nichols never fail to surprise me with their imaginative displays. I couldn’t get my camera out quicker to capture these Dali-esque surreal windows. I find them hard to describe, they’re just plain crazy. So what I will do – I will let my photos do the talking.

Harvey Nichols’ homage to Alexander McQueen

Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London

The New York metropolitan Museum are paying a tribute to british designer Alexander McQueen with exhibition titled ‘Savage Beauty’. It features creations from various collection down the years. Harvey Nichols were chosen to support the exhibition with their windows. The results are very simple yet effective placing all the attention on the garments themselves. The chosen mannequins are simply black and white, with strong poses. Simple white curtains hang as the back drops.

From the A/W 2008 collection The Girl Who Lived in a Tree.

“ Alexander McQueen was a creative genius, visionary and inspiration to the fashion world, and one who was, and still is, sorely missed. These windows provide us with an opportunity to salute both the man himself, and his spectacular body of work, which Sarah Burton continues to honour with her vision for the design house for the future. We shall miss Lee Alexander McQueen, but exhibitions such as these, help us to remember the sheer drama, masterful tailoring and tender, yet savage beauty the brand  unwaveringly represents to all who love it the world over” says Averyl Oates, the buying director for Harvey Nichols.

This dress and the piece underneath are both from the collection It’s Only A Game in  S/S 2005.

This gorgeaus gown is from the La Dame Bleue collection in S/S 2008.

This dress I love so much, it’s from a more recent S/S 2010 collection Platos’s Atlantis.

From the collection The Horne of Plenty A/W 2009.

The exhibition runs from 4th of May till the 7th of August 2011.