Window Shopping – Christmas 2005
Selfridges: Full of opulence, deep tones and textures Selfridges gets London all wrapped up, quite literally, adding plenty of oversize satin bows and baubles into the story. Fashion wise think deep luxurious velvets, chic black eveningwear and rich satin corsets.
Zara: Jet black chandeliers and a handful of furniture items provide the backdrop for Zara’s Christmas mannequins. Layered up and looking chic – key items include black frocks, pencil skirts, lacy tops, wrap-tie numbers and capes. Black rules followed by shades of berry, coffee and teal. Laura Ashley also opted for a deep dark mood. Slick black designs displayed against a sparkling silver and black backdrop.
Dickins & Jones: Like Selfridges Dickins and Jones have incorporated lots of colourful flock wallpaper into their display – it goes so well with the seasons rich textures. The message: ‘Love Christmas’ adorns the windows, along with ‘just 7 weeks to go before Dickins & Jones says goodbye.’ It is indeed the last Christmas for Dickins & Jones and its windows reflect a nostalgic mood. As for the fashion on display its party time all the way with fur wraps, feathers, lace, decorative cardi’s and embellished accessories. Across the road Liberty focuses on wishes, dreams and desires filling up its windows with wish lists and gift ideas galore.
Fenwick: Plush velvet framed mirrors and oriental prosperity style lanterns are combined with some dramatic poses from Fenwick’s mannequins. Black is not so dominant here, with frocks, wrap-tops and coats in soft muted pinks, browns and greys.
Christmas in London: Regents Street, Carnaby Street and Oxford Street.
By JoJo Iles www.fashionpr.co.uk