“Blink” Retail: Moschino is the Cat’s Whiskers!

There are some great Christmas windows out there right now. Topping our favourites list is Liberty‘s steam train themed scheme and the sparkle-tastic Selfridges windows. We do love a bauble, but I must admit that my absolute favourite current fashion windows are not terribly Christmassy at all. We spotted this genius display in the Moschino windows yesterday. Okay, I could very well be totally swayed by this window because it features a huge cat, but I do truly think it’s the whole wonderful Tim Walker-esque fantasy approach that is perfect for this quirky and creative brand, and so utterly charming.

Madame, you’re interested as dressing as a sunshine yellow budgerigar? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Moschino, Conduit Street

Moschino, Conduit Street

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“Blink” Retail: Selfridges/ Louis Vuitton/ Yayoi Kusama

Did you read our post about the Louis Vuitton Kusama Concept Store at Selfridges a little while back? I hope you entered the competition!

Louis Vuitton have unveiled an amazing take-over of Selfridges’ windows, as well as turning the Concept Store space into a mini Louis Vuitton store filled with the spotty gorgeousness of their collection created in collaboration with Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This is a super duper spot overload, and we love it… well, most of it. I have to say I was quite disturbed by the lifelike appearance of the life size wax models of Kusama in the corner window installation!

Kusama models in the Louis Vuitton windows at Selfridges

Kusama models in the Louis Vuitton windows at Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

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“Blink” Retail: If you’re going to do it, do it bright- Jubilee Special

The Jubilee weekend is almost here, and retail has certainly grasped hold of this opportunity with both hands. Barely is there a window that doesn’t feature something Jubilee related. I have to say that this has led to a bit of Union Jack fatigue on my part. That’s why I thought Selfridges approach was so refreshing. If you’re going to do it, then why not really go for it with swathes of bright coloured, flag themed bunting. Looking wonderfully dramatic in the huge drop of the central escalator.

Selfridges Jubilee decorations

Selfridges Jubilee decorations

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“Blink” Retail: Loubi Love In at Selfridges

Open now, until 4th April, Selfridges plays host to a pop-up shop to celebrate 20 years of Christian Louboutin’s red soled genius.

We absolutely love the animated Louboutin windows, featuring more than a dash of Pierre et Gilles style, tongue in cheek fabulousness, adding some Gallic sex appeal to this particular stretch of Oxford Street. If you’re a Loubi fan, a high heel addict or a fashioinista, then this is an absolute ‘must see’.

Christian Louboutin at Selfridges

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Bright Young Things, Selfridges

And here’s our final post about Selfridges Bright Young Things. We really love good graphic art, and there were a couple of windows that created such stunning graphic impact, with stark monochrome and energetic scale play, we just had to share them with you. First up is graphic designer, Archie McLeish, followed by the work of menswear designer, William Richard Green.

Archie McLeish

Archie McLeish

William Richard Green

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Bright Young Things, Selfridges

Now for some more womenswear and some menswear from Selfridges Bright Young Things event…

We love the look of Alice Lee‘s knitted dresses, brilliantly displayed so that you can view then in close up thought the magnifying lenses. Sorcha O’Raghllaigh created a very theatrical display. Menswear designer, Shaun Samson‘s Peruvian/ Mexican feeling blanket stripes were balanced with darkly dip dyed sections creating a really boldly graphic look.

Alice Lee

Alice Lee

Sorcha O'Raghllaigh

Shaun Samson

Shaun Samson

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Bright Young Things, Selfridges

So, here’s some more about the Bright Young Things windows at Selfridges, as promised. We have shot some of our favourites, but do get down there to have a look at all of the creativity on display.

We think that Adam Andrascik and Maarten van der Horst are two very exciting, new womenswear designers. We’ve already slipped on a couple of Andrascik’s gorgeously bold and graphic creations on the womenswear floor in Selfridges, and we didn’t even know we wanted to match our shoes with our tropical printed trousers until van der Horst showed us how utterly genius it looks.

Adam Andrascik

Adam Andrascik

Maarten van der Horst

Masc are also featured as one of the Bright Young Things selection, but we couldn’t get a good shot of their window. We spotted them at last London Fashion Week, at Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Read more here. So delighted to see that they have been spotted by Selfridges. Congrats guys!

Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Bright Young Things, Selfridges

For the second year running, Selfridges has provided an incredible opportunity for new, innovative and exciting designers and creatives in the UK. Everyone gets allocated their very own window space, with the ultra open brief to use the space in any way they choose that will best communicate their work. The result is wonderfully diverse, colourful and impactful. In addition to the huge expose that the windows will bring, each creative will be having their work sold in-store, via three pop up shops.

Here are a few shots from the event, plus some more later and tomorrow too, but we suggest you get down there to see the complete offer, in its entirety. We’ll be hitting the pop up shops to make an investment or two as well. These are set to be the big names of the very near future, so a purchase now could be a very wise investment, let alone incredibly supportive of this amazing talent. Bright Young Things indeed.

Bright Young Things at Selfridges

Bright Young Things at Selfridges

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Enjoy! Lucy

Friday Fun: Are you Crackers?

Its been a while since we’ve had anything to post for you in this category. Sorry about that, but fashion doesn’t seem to have been feeling that light-hearted recently We’re delighted that this seems to have changed come the festive season. So, we LOVE the Selfridges Christmas windows, even if we did slightly freak out at how early they were launched…

Amongst all of the frosty beauty we spotted the perfect dress for those Christmas parties when you decide to overindulge in the mince pies. In fact, its probably quite good for stashing some of those party mini treats for later (you know the ones that make you feel like you’re partying like a celebrity). Chic yet capacious. What more can you ask from a frock?

Selfridges

Blink Retail: Baby, its (not) cold outside

According to fashion, Summer is history and Autumn is where it’s at…

Yes, we are in that frantic seasonal change over that leaves you feeling slightly out of step with reality. The stores are almost sold out of Summer sale stock and the shelves are rapidly being replenished with the first deliveries of Autumn. In many cases, these deliveries are not really what we in fashion fondly term ‘Buy now, wear now’. If they were there would be more summer dresses and a some gorgeous bikinis for the optimists amongst us who hope that July, August and even September might be scorching. These new season deliveries are in fact full of chunky knits, long sleeves, heavier weights, tweedy textiles and even the odd fur trim. If, like us, you are rather suggestible, you’ll actually be considering investing in that fabulously cabled, angora blend, long sleeved, high necked sweater- even though it could induce heat stroke if you wore it now- because it might just be sold out by the time you may actually really need it in, say, October.

Here are some of the gorgeous new season looks that we shot in store windows over the past week…

Alberta Ferretti

Bottega Veneta

Chanel

Louis Vuitton

Balenciaga at Selfridges

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