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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!


Window Shopping

4 Mar

I’ve had to do some seriously boring competitive shops this week, and had to spend a lot of time looking at windows that are not effective and do nothing for their brand. However, my mother always taught me to not to say anything if I have nothing nice to say! So here’s a quick picture post of displays that I love and that are inspiring me right now.

Last week, a couple of the ‘Bright Young Things’ windows at Selfridges, showcasing emerging creative talent, caught my eye. Struggled to get a good photo of this one, but the crafty, textured feel of this window really drew me in. Plus the headpiece reminds me of something I attempted (and failed) to make for a costume once.

Above: Another two windows at Selfridges.  The bottom one showcases up-and-coming fashion designer Maarten van der Horst, whose loud prints and ruffled bust detailing is very fun.  The window itself makes me wonder if this it what it would look like if Hans Bellmer had been a bit chirpier.

Saw these flower-covered mannequin plinths at Topshop Westfield Stratford this week. Not the most original thing ever but still damned effective.

Apologies for another sketchy photo, but I saw this display in the window of River Island Bluewater last week and thought it was fab. It’s not particularly clear in this image, but the accessories displayed on the rungs of the ladder are arranged like a rainbow, graduating down from acid yellow down to turquoise then through hot oranges and pinks. It’s not always easy to display a large quantity of accessories in a window with mannequins in a way that looks natural, but River Island seem to be brimming with ideas for solutions on this.

Fred Perry at Bluewater brings us its new Amy Winehouse collection. Thoughts about the range itself aside (I have read some negative press accusing Fred Perry of releasing this line in bad taste) I think this window is adorable.  Even though this small window is essentially comprised of just graphics and decals, the wonderful cartoon images would get anyone in the mood to go jiving at Rydell High. I bet Amy would have loved it.

In other news, I have just been offered a new job. Don’t want to reveal too much but it’s with a fab fashion retailer doing what I love – dressing windows – so I couldn’t be happier, and can’t wait to something new and exciting!


12 Feb

I always tell myself: stick to dark colours. Any brief explorations I have with wearing colour normally ends abruptly when I see a photo of myself afterwards and have a ‘What was I thinking?’ moment whilst hauling the offending items down to the charity shop.  Well, much to my surprise, this pastel trend that’s happening at the moment has coaxed me out of the goth cupboard for just long enough to plot a few purchases.

Elephant earrings from Miss Selfridge, Peter Pan collar dress from ASOS, Cardigan from Oasis, Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop tee (not yet available), Barry M Nail Paints in Blue Moon, Peach Melba, Strawberry Ice Cream and Berry Ice Cream, Sequined eyelashes by Shimmer Twins at ASOS, Scallop-edged top at River Island, Lace skirt also River Island

sale mania

4 Jul

the River Island sale started yesterday morning and through pure coincidence (i HONESTLY was not queuing outside before they opened) i managed to be one of the first 50 people into the store, which entitled me to a whopping additional 50% off the sale price! Well i’d have been a fool not to take an offer like that seriously so i knuckled down and got to business, making a bee-line for some shoes i’d fallen in love with on a previous shopping trip. being made of white lace i’d considered what occasion these shoes would be appropriate for and made a sensible decision: these will be the shoes i wear to get married in. they’re so bridal, but the studs give them  bit of edge, they’ll be perfect on my big day. not that i have my big day planned, or indeed a marriage proposal. but it’s good to be prepared! they’ll be kept in the box at the back of my wardrobe for the next few years.  

Beautiful: yes. But here’s the really exciting bit. Full price they were £100 , and had been reduced to £50 – so I got them for £25!

This lil beaut I got for a tenner, instead of £45. I’m hoping with a bit of fringing I can rock a bit of a Cavalli-desert-princess kinda look.



Cavalli Spring 2011 from Style.com

Also snatched up this dinky little handbag for less than 25% of the original price

and a long, holey knit jumper that I dithered over (you know when you pick something up, put it back then pick it up again, repeat this process even whilst in the queue to pay until you don’t remember when you leave the shop whether you even bought it or not? yeah, that) but have pretty much not taken off since, so it was a clearly required.

all in all, an unexpectedly great haul! now i’ve just gotta get married to crack them shoes out…




the only way is….

23 Jun

thought this was bad enough when i saw it in New Look Men’s last week

…until i saw this little number in River Island yesterday and didn’t know whether to LOL or vomit

personally, I’m holding out for the ‘SHUT UP YOU’RE JUST AN EXTRA’ slogan tee that will allegedly be hitting Topman stores soon.