Tag Archives: Liberty

Celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Various, London

Happy long bank holiday weekend for those living in The UK! For those not in Britain, this post will give you a glimpse of how retailers here in London have joined the country wide celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Here is a selection of windows filled with Queen Elizabeth herself, countless Union Jacks and a major opportunity to push any Britain related products…Guess, Regent Street.

Jack Wills, King’s Road.

L.K. Bennett, King’s Road.

Liberty of London, Great Marlborough Street.

Hackett, Sloane Street.

Irregular Choice, Carnaby Street.

The White Company, Sloane SquarePeter Jones, Sloane Square.

 

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In the Country with Liberty

Liberty of London, Great Marlborough St, London

Liberty of London go bananas with these funky, country life inspired windows. Back walls are painted sky blue, and hay stacks stand as props to a mix of denim, flower prints and girly pinks that are seeing on the mannequins. I’m loving the fruity props and mishmash of the fashions.

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.

Clean Lines for Spring at Liberty

Liberty of London, Great Marlborough Street, London

Liberty are in the mood for spring as they revealed their Spring/Summer women’s fashion windows. As they say: “Out with winters heavy layers and in with the clean and minimalistic silhouettes of spring.” It features designers such as Acne and Givenchy. Crochet masks make the styling of the mannequins stand out. Colours are kept simple; reds, tan, beige and black. The clean lines as well as the colours of the fashions repeat themselves in the backdrops as wooden panels, curtains or coloured inserts. I like the colours very much and the windows give me a sophisticated 70s feel.

There is a great harmony in this composition of the mannequin and her clothing together with horizontal and vertical lines of the background.

I like the way the mannequin’s pose is in contrast with the diagonal lines of the background panels.

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.

Manolo Blahnik for Liberty

Liberty of London, Great Marlborough St, London

The arrival of The World of Manolo Blahnik is introduced with these windows done in collaboration with the communications agency JustSo. The windows feature provocative japanese style backlit drawings. Manolo Blahnik shoes are then hung to interact with the Art Nouveau inspired drawings, as well as placed on some of the black frames.

In addition to shoes the collection also includes umbrellas, scarves, notebooks and handkerchiefs. A lot of the items feature his signature style drawings of shoes made into prints. The World of Manolo Blahnik is a shop-in-shop at Liberty for a limited period of 3 ½ months.

The idea for the window run came from Manolo Blahnik who then briefed Just So who the developed interpretation and realisation of the concept further.

”After the initial concept briefing from the client had been received we then further develop this in-house through a series of creative meetings where all materials were chosen and art-working was executed. Each element was discussed in detail and the concept was then pieced together to realise the clients vision,” explains Stuart Henry from Just So. An in-depth interview with the company coming soon.

All images by JustSo.

Liberty’s Scarf Camp

Liberty of London, Great Marlborough Street, London

Liberty has teamed up with designers such as Richard Weston and Lin Beeser producing an eclectic mix of scarves. The department store’s creative team have put the scarves into good use and created a summer festival camp.  And where else would you wear a designer scarf than a muddy festival camp! The windows echo that late 60’s vibe of the legendary Woodstock festival. I love the 70’s style Scarf Camp-poster.

I love the way they’ve used the scarves in multiple ways: on the mannequin’s head, plaited in her hair, as flags, even as little teepees.

I think the windows have a retro, romantic and optimistic feel.

The styling is layered and uses muted tones. Although these are still summer windows, the styling is leaning towards autumn/winter season.  You’ve been warned – summer is almost over, we’ll be talking about Christmas soon.