We have to confess that we do like a bit of 'old school' when it comes to windows and here at Printemps the scheme really is quite spectacular. It took us hours just to get the shots we have as the crowds around these windows were so thick (as in many not in their level of intelligence) so even late at night we were struggling to get near them. Anyway, fantastic installation, so if you get the chance then do and have a look, but be ruthless and be prepared to push past the screaming French kiddies and their parents, and grand parents, and.....well the list goes on.
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Friday, 6 December 2013
We have to admit that this is not the most exciting store window that we have seen in Paris but thankfully with the use of our handy technology, albeit a slightly gritty and urban approach to videoing, we have managed to capture the fact that these bust forms revolve. Not so ordinary after all.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rGsVz-csVk
Thursday, 5 December 2013
If there are windows in Paris which are attracting the crowds then these are the ones. OK, well not necessarily the ones on this site as we had terrible difficulty getting any where near the others so our images are not so hot. The crowds here are so enormous that it is almost impossible to even walk on the pavement outside, so here's a few which didn't particularly excite the crowds. The others are filled to capacity with teddy bears, fairies, and all sorts of animals bouncing around and being pulled in so many directions its difficult to know where to look. Anyway, if you have a chance then do go and see them for yourself.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
If you have seen the latest scheme at Hermes in London then you were probably quite gobsmacked at their latest installation which is absolutely stunning. Here in Paris, we have a different scheme. What is interesting about this brand is that they are not afraid to do something different in each city and this has to be applauded. Localised creativity is good so lets throw out that dated corporate look, finally? These guys have and wow, stunning results.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
If you ever felt that your bag was missing a certain accessory then pop by Fendi and get yourself a bag bug. What we hear you ask? Why? We really don't know either, its not the first thing on our list of priorities but they are a bit of fun and well, no doubt certainly not made in some dubious factory somewhere and ready to ignite at the mere whiff of a naked flame. Anyway, whether you fancy a furry thing on your arm beyond the usual night club pick up from somewhere over priced in Knightsbridge then do pop by and get yourself a little furry thing called Lucky Look, Furyyou, Lucifur or maybe Dragoo? Only of course if you have nothing else to spend your hard earned cash on and then you can do that walk of shame home in style, of sorts.
Monday, 2 December 2013
We haven't seen a Lanvin scheme that we've liked and that has been produced so well in a long time. Of course this store along the Rue St. Honore (our favourite street in Paris) always does look exceptional. It is also interesting to see a brand use these Rootstein Euro girls as part of their installation as so many brands appear to shy away from these gorgeous creatures. Anyway, mannequins popping out of boxes or stood on crushed car parts does look really very cool.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Once we arrived in Paris to view the delights of the fashion stores here, we naturally made a bee line for the Champs Elysee to check out the stores nearby. Here at Dior an enormous chandelier has been attached to the front of their site with the most incredible installation. Of course, as we are always out so late at night we managed to capture this with our video camera, the results of which can view here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9NTMZr6NhA We weren't sure if the music we've added is a little sinister sounding although it does add a rather less ordinary perspective on viewing some of the hottest windows in Paris right now.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
This week before flying across the pond to the Big Apple to view their Christmas offering, we've decided to peruse the delights of the Parisian Retail schemes and have a look at what our friends across the channel are doing. We have found some gorgeous bits here and made some videos too which, while a little naive at least hopefully will help the schemes come alive a little. Anyway, just watch this space.
This scheme at Hermes really did stop us in our tracks. How incredible? We are absolutely stunned at this amazingly bold move and absolutely thank them for leading the way in producing such an exciting scheme which, we have to say, does make the surrounding luxe brands pale by comparison. We have passed by this store along Bond street a few times during installation as there appeared to be a bit of a teaser going on but haven't had the time to stop until now. This made us stop. We are truly wowed. Job superbly done.
We are literally squeezing in all of the the amazing schemes happening in London right now as there is so much happening around town. If you happen to be at the end of Bond Street where it meets Piccadilly then do swing by and check out these gorgeous little beauties at Mappin and Webb. These guys have literally risen visually like Phoenix out of the retail ashes which followed after the global recession and it really is refreshing to see them looking so bold and confident. We love these props here which really are exquisitely produced and of course so deftly handled.
Friday, 29 November 2013
We have had so many entries to include recently that it has taken us forever to get around to include this brand. Well, visually this brand have exploded this year back onto the visual scene and almost every scheme has been incredibly produced and extremely exciting to view. This is an interesting scheme too which really could have gone so badly wrong but it seems these guys have pulled it off again. There is the minor point of course that if we don't wear gloves while installing shiny stuff then finger prints do get everywhere and are very difficult to spot with tired eyes after an installation. We were a little distracted by lots of them, but anyway, we're sure they will be around with the cleaner in the morning.
We are growing to like what this brand do with their presentation more and more right now. We adored their installation in the Harrods windows around the corner from this store in Knightsbridge recently which absolutely oozed the best bits of their Italian background. Anyway, here we have a series of sleighs stacked in what appears to be a Christmas tree-like format. OK, well its not stopping the traffic on Sloane street but its is simple and does what it does very well.
|Images Courtesy and Copyright Restore Solutions.|
We do feel privileged that so many people from around the world send us images of their latest projects and we do try and include everyone when we can. Far away from a very cold London the Indian brand Restore solutions have worked their magic on the Iris store, Bangalore, bringing the festival of light to life in this beautifully clean space. Great to see some exciting bits happening all over the globe and not just here in the West. Thank you guys for sharing your images.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
We have been drawn into this brand over the year as there have been some very interesting schemes happening and this installation captures exactly the mood of London right now. Frosty and freezing. There's not much more to say about this although we cant wait to see the fantastic CK store in NYC in a few weeks' time as they always produce such extraordinary installations in conjunction with artists and designers which is just up our street.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
For those of you who remember C&A then you will know exactly where we are coming from. We've seen this brand in the US and it actually looked really more than ordinary. The launch of this store here in the heart of it all of course looked very interesting and they have actually produced a couple of interesting window schemes from their run of several (well these two at least). However, do have a look inside and wonder to yourself. Wonder we hear you ask? Well, yes, where is the visual merchandising? How are we being enticed? This is a massive space which no doubt has cost rather a lot of 'bucks' but how boring and generic does it have to be? In the words of Jack Cohen (Tesco founder), 'Pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap'....well in this case a much higher price point for quite generic merchandise. With shoes costing in some cases over £500, bits of Barbour chucked in and a sprinkling of cashmere sweaters presented in a Benetton kind of way we couldn't be less impressed. Dull, dull, dull.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Everyone of course looks forward to Selfridges Christmas windows and yet again this years scheme makes for a real visual treat, as well as creating a sense of fairytale enchantment. The windows have an overall theme of over sized products next to miniature worlds creating a real contradiction between the two. Featuring a giant YSL clutch bag and a Charlotte Olympia shoe they really put the focus back on the gift for Christmas. The detail that has gone into these snowscapes is, as always, extraordinary such as a tiny Father Christmas climbing up a giant Givenchy trainer and one attempting to scale up the tassel of a giant bag. This infused with the movement of props from a rotating play-doh tub to the gentle beat of Dre headphones is very impressive, creating interactivity and entertainment to the masses of people flocking to see the windows. One of the windows also features a gingerbread version of London’s cityscape created by food pioneers Bompas and Parr with even a Lyle's golden syrup frozen lake. Selfridges itself has also been turned into a miniature world in a snow globe which we found particularly enchanting.