“Blink” Retail: LV goes Jurassic

I have no idea why they have chosen this scheme featuring golden dinosaur skeletons for the Bond Street Louis Vuitton store, but they are fabulous never the less. If anyone knows of a deeper message behind this look, do share. Thanks!

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

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“Blink” Retail: Mulberry through the eyes of Tim Walker

WE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Spring ’12 Mulberry ad campaign, shot by the amazing Tim Walker, staring Frida Gustavsson and Lindsey Wixson, Brighton Pier and some typical Walker style supersized props. Mulberry have cascaded the theme into their window schemes too. We spotted this huge egg with dippy in soldiers in the window of the Bond Street store. Gorgeous!

Mulberry, SS'12 campaign

Mulberry, SS'12 campaign

Mulberry, SS'12 campaign

Breakfast at Mulberry?

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Marvellous Miu Miu

The ‘ladylike’ thing seems to be a bit of a theme for “Blink” this week. I’m not quite sure why, but suddenly a little lace glove and a head scarf seems quite the thing to be indulging in right now. Perhaps it’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee having an effect, or a hang over from last year’s Royal Wedding? Whatever it is, Miu Miu have created a rather charming look that’s absolutely Buckingham Palace perfection.

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

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Enjoy! Lucy

Streetstyle: Fashion in Fenwicks

We have a growing passion for Fenwicks on Bond Street. Its always been a little bit in the shadow of the showier and more cutting edge fashion department store destinations, but its quietly been raising its fashion credentials, stocking some of our favourite brands from Vanessa Bruno and Paul & Joe to Surface to Air and Clu. To top it all off, we have been very impressed by the gorgeous and very stylish staff. We spotted this glitter knit clad young lady when we were in-store last week. She was very proper and phoned her boss before agreeing to pose for us. Thanks to them both!

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Blink Retail: Mulberry gets Upgraded

Mulberry is one of those brands that just ticked along in the background of fashion consciousness for a long time. Now it is fully front of mind for all fashionistas, and we are delighted for this very British label. Mulberry were recently awarded ‘Best Designer Brand’ at the British Fashion Awards and also opened their glamorous new flagship store on New Bond Street. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, they have also posted greatly improved figures for the past six months’ trading- so this brand possesses both style and substance. What a combination!

The New Bond Street Mulberry flagship store is located just a short trot along from the old address (from 41-42 to number 50) but it’s a world away in the retail experience. There are very obvious and luxurious features like the stunning fitting rooms (bigger than some London abodes), spacious layout, stunning wooden fixtures- all offset with a dry stone wall which harks back to the brands heritage. The store also has ecologically sound heating and lighting systems.  Don’t forget to look down when you are instore, so that you don’t miss the 25 brass discs laid in to the concrete floor depicting the lyrics of David Bowie’s Maid Of Bond Street: the work by British artist Jonathan Ellery.

Well, if all of that sounds quite earnest, then take a look at the current window scheme. Mulberry celebrates its iconic ‘Bayswater’ bag by creating a huge inflatable gold version that fills one whole window. On the other side is a glittering selection of smaller, helium filled bag balloons. I had to put my hand firmly into my pockets to restrain myself from grabbing a bunch and dashing off down Bond Street!

Mulberry massive, inflatable 'Bayswater' bag

Mulberry's gorgeous bag balloons

Mulberry's gorgeous bag balloons

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Friday Fun- A big Ray of Sunshine

A couple of weeks ago, we were striding down Bond Street, on our way to Dover Street, when I thought I had fallen into a daydream. You see, some of my daydreams do include the hunk of manly joy that is Ray Winstone… but that’s quite another story.

The Halcyon Gallery, on New Bond Street, is wrapped in this HUGE portrait of Ray Winstone painted by Mitch Griffiths whilst the new gallery space is completed. This beautiful artwork was part of an exciting exhibition of Griffiths’ new work which was held at the Halcyon Gallery on Bruton Street.

Ray Winstone's portrait on Bond Street

Friday Fun: Heavy Petting at Louis Vuitton

Okay, well at least the title of this post made you stop and have a look. Sorry there’s no actual heavy petting to brighten up your Friday!

We spotted these animal themed bags in the window of Louis Vuitton‘s new Bond Street flagship. It was lovely to see that a brand this luxurious and high end still has time to be a little fun. The beautiful glass cloches added some gravitas and all the animals were really amazingly executed so LV shows us how to have a giggle and yet still retain utter poise and chic!

Enjoy and wishing you a wonderful weekend from the team at “Blink”!

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Blink Inspiration: Fashionable Arts

When we are out and about retailing, spotting a new window scheme is always a moment of excitement for us. There are some stores that really take this opportunity to present a brilliant creative vision to the world, bringing in elements of fantasy and story telling, beyond just basic product promotion. You may recall a recent post where we got a little over excited about the Nicole Farhi Bond Street store display. Well, James Shouli and his team recently did it again. James- apologies that we have taken us long to get this post on the go, but better late than never! This time the instore VM team collaborated with sculptress, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini.

“I first came across Benedetta when I was introduced to her by a friend. Her work is so beautiful and different, I wanted to create an installation for her that worked alongside the merchandise and created a beautiful fun scene showing the mannequins interacting with the animals” James Shouli

The Milanese sculptor is well known for her innovative and extraordinarily realistic wire work. Each piece starts life as flat ‘chicken wire’ which is gradually manipulated by hand, the pieces are twisted and joined together to give a seamless appearance with no internal structure. The result is a really subtle form that is ‘almost there’. Nicole, a sculptor herself, was thrilled to offer Benedetta the opportunity to exhibit her unusual animals across the 5 London stores. At “Blink” we love the way that fashion often embraces other arts, and the way that this often results in a new burst of creativity for everybody concerned. From our point of view, this is a perfect example. We can’t wait to see what the team come up with next!

Windows: Visualising an Opportunity

As we were retailing for this month’s “Blink” reports we were stopped still in our tracks on Bond Street. Its not usually the place for feeling fashionably stunned. That’s generally the preserve of Dover Street just around the corner. The source of our amazement and delight was the Nicole Farhi store. I know!

The building is obviously undergoing some sort of face lift and is covered in ugly scaffolding. The VM team, headed up by James Shouli (Creative Visual Merchandising Manager) saw this as an opportunity rather than an eyesore and decided to take those lemons and made fashion lemonade. They could have left the plain white hoardings a boring bit of construction functionality, but instead they turned them into a canvas, extending their in-store theme out onto the pavement. The scheme, designed by James, captures the sculptural mood of the Spring collection which was inspired by origami (as was our last interviewee’s collection!), so James used paper to illustrate to the supplier, Artefact, how he visualised the display working with the mannequins. Brilliant!

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Nicole Farhi, Bond Street

Nicole Farhi, Bond Street

Nicole Farhi, Bond Street

Nicole Farhi, Bond Street

Nicole Farhi, Bond Street