Welcome to the Jungle

15 Feb

Check out this playful scheme at the flagship Oasis store on London’s Argyll Street.

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Evoking these images: Fragonard’s ‘the Swing’ and Henri Rousseau’s dreamy surreal rainforest scenes.

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Object d’art

11 Feb

An understated, punchy scheme at Liberty right now. A far cry from the spring brights and florals we’re seeing elsewhere on the high street, the smudgy charcoal scribble background is evocative of German expressionist painting. The photographic plate faces give it a collage feel, whilst still retaining a sense of fun with the play on light and shadow of the white and black mannequins and shapes.

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Works by Man Ray and Max Ernst. Check out the Man Ray exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery right now.

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And whilst you’re in Liberty, check out the other gorgeous crockery they have, like this one.

Looks of the Near Future

2 Feb

Happy New Year to anyone still reading. It may have been nearly 6 months since my last post, but I’m BACK with lots of pics of the sights and shops of London.

On a trip to Topshop the other day I realised that a trend I hoped never to see again has come around again… NU RAVE. Perhaps in a few months i’ll be kicking myself for binning off the vast collection of neon Nike tees I compiled during my time at London College of Fashion…. Or perhaps i’ll learn from my fashion mistakes and not go there this time around!

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To become a fully-fledged Nu Raver you will need: tickets to the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Tate Modern, Oversize tee £22 and Leggings £25 both from Topshop and the latest copy of Super Super. Plus a copy of the first Klaxons album. And if you’re really serious… a Game Boy, worn as a necklace.

Hitting the Jackpot

26 Jul

Chanel at the Bellagio, Las Vegas

Going for Gold

24 Jul

With the Westfield Stratford shopping centre acting as a thoroughfare for anyone visiting the London Olympic park, most of the shops have got on board with the sporting theme, with some breath-taking results. Here’s my pick of the bunch.

Below: Forever 21

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All following images: H&M

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A Thoroughly British Summer

17 Jun

The Jubilee may be over (sob!) but the Great British High Street shows no signs of abaiting the patriotic feel. There’s untold mileage in a string of bunting!

Here’s a few things of my favourite things I’ve snapped recently.

DANIEL

I don’t know much about this department store in Windsor (is it a chain?) but their Regal display was fit for a Queen!

BELOW: an independant shop in South Kensington, exclusively selling Royal-themed tat in would seem. I imagine they’ve been doing a good trade recently. 

THE WHITE COMPANY

Nailing not only the bunting trend by the white-on-white trend too. So elegant, nice lighting too.

LIBERTY

The Liberty pop-up at Stratford’s Westfield is small but delightful. An excellent place to buy gifts for sophisticated people.

TOPSHOP

Thier current scheme is basically a rip-off of Meadham Kirchhoff’s S/S12 but delightful nonetheless.

…And here’s the best of the rest. I had a backlog of images on my camera of pre-Jubilee windows, so here they are too.

TOPSHOP

Their scheme from last month with plenty of tie-dye and pink wigs. Have a feeling someone might have been listening to Hole when they came up with this.

^I WANT TO BE THIS GIRL!!

BERSHKA

Lace and neon: nailed. Bershka is a serious one to watch for Visuals.

 

ZARA

Smurf alert.

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The Darling Buds of May

31 May

Even if you don’t fancy raising your glass to Queen of England on Tuesday, then you’ll surely be celebrating your 4 day weekend. With that in mind, the stores have got the bunting out in full force. Here’s a selection of windows that have grabbed my eye over the past couple of weeks.

 Jack Wills, ‘Fabulously British’

Rustic wooden floorboards teamed with elaborate foliage propping give these windows a classic stately home feel.

Joules

A bizarrely similar scheme to Jack Wills’, but with fresh, bold pops of colour and a boutique feel.

Ted Baker

A moving arcade game filled with classic ‘British’ items makes this Jubilee themed scheme stand out from the rest.

Penhaligon

I don’t know what this store sells, but I loved their use of cardboard propping. So simple, but classy.

Dorothy Perkins

Simply had to include this bulldog imagery as it made me smile.

Topshop

A scheme with its eye on trend and product rather than all-out kitsch, this window is more girlie tea party than Jubilee but resembles exactly how I intend to spend my weekend: surrounded by bunting and cake!

Enjoy the Jubilee!

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A Candy Jubilee

23 May

Zara often has strong, high-impact window schemes, but the store at Oxford Street West seem to be where the window dressers of the company get the chance to showcase their creative outpourings. It is always a store I go out of my way to see what they’re doing and am normally wowed: now is no exception. I am totally obsessed with these wonderful windows!

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23 May

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13 May

Long time no post! My new job has left me without much free time to either get on the computer or to go out and see what’s happening in other shop windows. I spent most of this week in Richmond (South West of London), where the local shops were pulling out all the stops to win a Jubilee window display competition – more on that soon.

In the meantime, I thought I’d post this interesting article I found in an old copy of The Lady magazine (a weekly publication for ladies of ‘a certain age’) about Adel Rootstein mannequins. I’m a complete mannequin geek and love to learn all I can about the different manufacturors, and Rootstein is one of my faves by a longshot. Enjoy!