This year, some of our favourite fashion stores around the globe, from Joseph on London's Brompston Cross to Barney's in New York have unveiled stunning and striking visions for the festive season. So inspiring they may even keep us out of our favourite stores, looking in to these worlds from the pavement. Viva the art of window displays.
Fortnum's have drawn inspiration for this years windows from the idea of Showtime. The scenes depict glamourous dancers in their performing lives; getting dressed-up backstage, arriving at venues, and making their stage appearances. Glitter, feathers and bright colours add to the festive spirit. Creative director of Fortnum's, Paul Symes says of the displays, 'Fortnum's is so like a theatre, so we wanted to create the feeling that a show was going on around you.' You wouldn't want to miss these show-stopping windows!
The Giles S/S 12 collection has taken over the windows of Joseph in Brompton Cross, Lonodn. Select pieces including stunning couture gowns are surrounded by metallic and white textures, re-creating the S/S 12 catwalk show. The exclusive array of Stephen Jones head-wear gives a unique finish that will stop shoppers in their tracks.
The theme at Harvey Nichols this winter is Frozen Christmas. Playing on the idea of an ice workshop, tools and work benches lie among majestic arctic animals, elegant mannequins and store props - frozen in ice and time. The imaginative scenes are finished by snow flakes and glittering icicles for the classic Christmas touch. Giant abstract Christmas trees at the entrance to the store compliment the exciting displays and welcome you in store.
The glamourous windows at Harrods will have you longing for sparkle this winter. They've teamed up with Swarovski to create glittering woodlands and shining ornaments under the theme of A Crystal Christmas. Ice Empress mannequins display luxurious evening-wear and hedgerows dripping with exquisite crystals leave shoppers mesmerised.
Selfridges Orchard Street windows have been taken over by British artist Marc Quinn who has enveloped the space in a mist of snow, billowing from a giant white orchid. The life-sized snow dome has got inspired shoppers queuing for a glimpse. Marc Quinn has also created an exclusive collection of t-shirts, silk scarves and temporary tattoos, in addition to his wondrous window, which are available in the White Wonders concept store at Selfridges.
Liberty have opted for high-fashion, ultra glamourous windows this season. Beautifully dressed models and intricate ornaments depict the 12 days of Christmas in each display. Sprinkled with glitter and adorned in bright colours, whats not to love about the Liberty version of maids-a-milking and pipers piping! An modern and imaginative take on a true Christmas classic.
Lady Gaga has officially made her mark on the shopping season in New York. We are dying to explore the Gaga workshop at Barneys, Madison Avenue and the window displays just make the fact that it's all the way over in New York even more painful!
The scenes see Gaga morphing into a motorcycle, swimming through a crystal cave and our favourite, lounging on a chaise longue in a surrealist take on her personal boudoir. It takes inspiration from hairstyles from Gaga's past and is even made entirely from hair! Very Gaga!
Earlier this month Le Printemps, Paris launched their exquisite Christmas illuminations, Noël, Rêves d’Évasion. The windows pay homage to Chanel fashion director Karl Lagerfeld and feature 60 animated puppets of dancing ballerinas and mini versions of the photographer, designer and director - Lagerfeld himself. Unveiled by Karl Lagerfeld and face of 'Coco' Chanel fragrance Vanessa Paradis, the intimate and detailed displays are already a huge hit with the crowds of shoppers.
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