Tag Archives: Shop window

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!


Abstract grandeur at Selfridges

14 Mar

New window scheme at Selfridges (photos taken last Sunday 11th March), following the ‘Bright Young Things’ scheme promoting new and up-and-coming brands, here we have a window for the international Womens’ luxury brands.

The minimal colour palette is juxtaposed with a variety of textured props: paper, linen, stone, pebbles, sheet metal to name a few.  Unusual poses of mannequin make for some striking compositions within the window that cannot fail to stir the imagination. It’s a very moody display for this Spring transitional period, though. It’s as if Selfridges are subliminally trying to tell us all to start building our autumn wardrobes now!

Above: paintings by Georgio do Cherico (left) and Paul Delvaux (right) – for some reason the Selfridges windows reminded me of these Surrealist paintings… Wonder what the inspiration really was?

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.

Paris, je t’aime: the shops

7 Feb

Here are some of the awe-inspiring windows I saw in Paris when I visited last week. What are your favourites?

Miu Miu, by way of Marie Antoinette and the palace of Versailles

Moschino take us dancing at a a jazz club

Paule Ka either takes us on safari or on holiday to Palm Springs, I’m not entirely sureDelightful window at Repetto

Treats galore at legendary macaroon shop Laduree

 Givenchy: breathtaking.

A luxury florist: flowers seem to be very serious business in Paris

Hermes: what the Egyptian artifacts wing of the Louvre might look like if everything was dipped in gold

And finally my favourite window from Paris, and overal my favourite thing to look at right now: hot-rod chicks at Prada!

Knickers and quiffs at Lanvin

3 Feb

LANVIN’s Rue de Rivoli, Paris store is a real retro-glamour treat right now:

Spring has sprung in Knightsbridge

21 Jan

Pastel shades, neon lights and plenty of outfits that are unsuitable for London’s current temperatures: here are Harrods’ and Harvey Nichols’ first window schemes of 2012.



It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

28 Nov

Some of my fave festive window schemes from the high street this year:

Above: Zara Oxford St West puts on 3 different shows, from puppets to demonic horns to sparkly chic

Above: Zara Oxford Circus puts on a gothic & beautiful still-life piece of theatre, like a mysterious scene from Hansel & Gretal.

Above: John Lewis creates minimal elegance with a Scandinavian feel, even down to the detail of the pricing signs being framed in wood and nailed onto a tree.

Above: Topshop Oxford Circus goes for a simple White Christmas, with the real drama being in the styling.

Above: H&M also goes for a White Christmas. I’m hoping this scheme will develop over the coming weeks.

Above: Not especially festive but I just love Oasis on Argyll Street. The styling’s great, the mannequins are beautiful, the scheme is striking. Can’t wait to see what they do next!