Tag Archives: Liberty

Breaking the Rules

21 Feb

Whether it’s chalky pastels or acid brights, the one rule on the high street now is: COLOUR


LUSH Covent Garden



H&M Regents Street

LIBERTY Noel Street


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.






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

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

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.


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. 


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


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


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.


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.



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



Smurf alert.

Sunflowers, Spaceships and Flowerpots

16 Mar

Thought I’d share some of the lovely Visuals spotted on my travels recently.

Forever 21 Oxford St, London have upped their game with this window display. Pastel coloured furniture and lace decals and depth and dimension to this high window that some of their previous schemes have lacked – hope to see more great stuff from them in the future.

Paint drips frame these dressmakers’ mannequins. High impact and generally a pleasure to look at on the otherwise drab Regents Street.

COS, Regent Street. These upside-down plant pots made me do a double take. Love a bit of bonkers.

This is my favourite of the Liberty childrenswear windows currently on display, the colours are lovely and the hanging spaceships are so incredibly detailed they look like they’re on hire from NASA!

Massimo Dutti on Regents Street has a sophisticated Palm Springs vibe.

Desigual, Oxford St. I’m rarely a fan of their OTT schemes, but their mannequin hair and make-up is often wonderfully creative. These wigs couldn’t fail to catch my eye.

I’ve seen this scheme at a few branches of Zara including Regents Street (though this is a photo of the Windsor store – shame about the dropped clutch bag on the floor!) Such minimalism is hard to pull off but with a dramatic composition like this and fantastic styling, it makes a great statement.

Call Dale Winton – a River Island supermarket sweep would be right up my street!

Spring Sights

16 Feb

Various things that have inspired me whilst out and about recently.

Zara Oxford St West, inspiring as ever with hoverring Matrix-posed mannequins. Bonus points for the industrial fans blasting onto their hair.

Topshop: neon strip lighting in the windows (lot of that about at the minute, isn’t there) and slightly bonkers ostrich-riding mannequins inside the store.

Liberty’s glitzy windows, showcasing Spring pieces from some of the designers at London Fashion Week. Clockwise from top left: Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto and Jonathan Saunders.

A reconstruction of a church wall in Mexico, covered with notes and dedications to saints, at the Miracles & Charms exhbition at the Wellcome Collection, Euston. I highly recommend it, find out about it here.  

View along the Southbank.

Delightful little cross-stitch at a punky interiors shop on the rude de St-Horore in Paris.