“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” Travels: Mais Oui Merci, Paris

As always the highlight of my Paris visit is arriving at Merci. It’s always the first stop on my shopping agenda. I just can never wait to see what they are focusing their creative attentions on. The central atrium, as you walk in to the store, is an ever changing zone where they create mini sets to share their current obsessions with you.

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

This time around they were having an Audrey Hepburn moment celebrating her iconic 60’s style, surrounded by leopard print accessories and the movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’  being projected on to one of the walls- with french subtitles which seemed to suddenly make it even chic-er!

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

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“Blink” Travels: Anya at Colette

When Colette makes a strong fashion statement, the fashion world listens intently. The statement Colette was making in one of it’s main windows this week, was that it loves the kitsch chic of the fabulous Anya Hindmarch ‘Marano’ clutch bags.

These are packaged like something you were saving your pocket money up for so you could add some brilliant bling to your Sindy doll’s wardrobe. Looking like retro fun, but priced to be really quite a serious investment, these tread a pretty fine line from a taste perspective. I must admit that if money was no object, I would have bought all 3 versions of the ‘Marano’. There’s the fabulous snow globe version, the music box and one that lights up… but then I do love a bit of kitsch, and fashion is supposed to be fun sometimes.

Anya Hindmarch's 'Marano' bags featured at Colette

Anya Hindmarch's 'Marano' bags featured at Colette

Anya Hindmarch's 'Marano' bags featured at Colette

Anya Hindmarch's 'Marano' bags featured at Colette

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“Blink” Retail: Paper on Sloane Street

We were out on the hunt for new season stock yesterday, amongst all the sale rails and final mark down banners. One place that was blissfully free of discount promotions was Sloane Street. There were some really lovely new season windows to be inspired by. Chanel‘s was particularly beautiful. However, there were a couple of windows with no ‘real’ product in that really looked the most interesting. Gucci and Louis Vuitton had both filled their windows with beautiful paper sculptures of their pieces. Both minimal and impactful. Gucci goes for a window filling, huge scale version of two iconic handbags. LV delicately sculpts a pair of paper shoes as well as creating layers of beautifully folded paper shirts and blouses.

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Louis Vuitton paper shoes and broderie collar blouses

Louis Vuitton paper shoes and broderie collar blouses

Louis Vuitton crisply folded paper shirts

Louis Vuitton crisply folded paper shirts

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Friday Fun: We’ve got you pegged

Harvey Nichols‘ windows are looking completely fabulous this week. Back in the 90’s, when this store was THE fashion destination and Selfridges or Liberty were merely functional ‘department stores’, Harvey Nics windows were an event in themselves. Winning awards for their brilliantly creative approach. I think I could be right in saying that they were one of the innovators of using store window space as a totally creative area, building fantasy fashion playgrounds where the product was almost an aside. We think the current VM team is doing a sterling job in replicating that excitement.

The current scheme features this amazing dress constructed wholly from wooden pegs (hence the post title!), alongside a piano that seemed to be made from cassette tapes and a sports car made from battalions of tiny plastic soldiers. Why? Who cares! It looks fabulous and that’s got to be 99% of what fashion is about.

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Harvey Nichols