Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Scotch and Soda, London


We do love the old lighting and old recycled paneled door backdrop combo. although we have seen it for a few years now so we are a little tired of it too.  We've seen this look previously from Barney's in NYC to the trendiest bars in Spitalfields and at the likes of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.  Does it really take this long to catch up or is this brand just so out of touch with whats been happening for the last several years.  Next........ 


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Oasis, London


Booths, bumper cars and all the fun of the fair.  It always amazes us how this brand with relatively small window spaces manage to generate such fantastic narratives which look so different each time too.  But then that's the talent here at Oasis of course.  Clearly a fantastic team with great vision which keeps us coming back time and time again just to see what they will do next.


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Monday, 20 October 2014

Liberty, London


If you want to experience sumptuous Art and Craft products then you really can do no worse than visit Liberty.  With their curatorial approach to product handling this is a one of a kind store, unless you can also visit ABC in New York which is one of our top favourties (although it doesn't have Liberty's history).  Their mixture of both texture and colour is exquisite and we are really hoping that their pending Christmas scheme will reflect the superb creativity we normally see here.  Watch this space we guess. 



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Sunday, 19 October 2014

G-Star, London


This is quite an interesting installation.  Why we hear you ask, its just a graphic isn't it?  Well, yes it is sort of, although the interesting thing about it is that it is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the brands collaboration with Marc Newson; the Australian industrial designer.  The G-Star site of course calls him the 'most influential designer of his generation' although the key product, the reversible tour jacket, to us at least doesn't really scream, the most influential designer of a generation.  Which generation?  The moral here is just because we are told something it doesn't make it true.  Don't believe everything you are told (even by us).  Step off podium.


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Max Mara, London


Trading from their temporary space across from their usual site along Bond st. seems to have done the creativity at this brand the world of good.  We love the style of this scheme which we know so well and which of course also taps into one of the key trends of 'Ascension'.  Using the delicious Aloof mannequin collection by Bonaveri this scheme just oozes sophistication although can you imagine an Alligator carry your handbag up the stairs to you or maybe your life is so decadent that you actually have one?  Who knows, either way, beautifully produced as ever and a great nod to a bit of playful fantasy.


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Friday, 17 October 2014

L.K. Bennett, London


Gawd, hints of Christmas schemes are creeping through already.  OK, this is the launch scheme of L.K. Bennetts little Bennett dress rather than nodding to yuletide felicitations although of course as it is party season we will see more of these types of schemes filtering through.  In the meantime, a fun scheme from those ever so lovely (and award winning, don't ya know) guys at www.harlequin-design.com 


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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Aishti, Middle East

Images Courtesy and Copyright www.artevetrinaproject.it 

The inspiration for this AW14 scheme has been drawn from the traditional Autumnal Orange and Golden Brown tones typical of the Northern hemisphere season.  The New York based design company Sagmeister and Walsh have been working with this brands online and graphic campaign in conjunction with those lovely guys at www.artevetrinaproject.it  We adore this time of year as the colours are simply delicious and of course it underlines the transition between each period so significantly.  We just could not imagine being placed permanently in a country where the difference is simply hot, hotter, unbearable heat although we appreciate that a lot of you who read this do.  If you happen to be around the middle eastern area then do go and check out this brand.  It really is so refreshing to view continual high standards of installation and presentation from brands beyond the usual areas in the world.



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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Karl Lagerfeld, London


As ever, the world according to Karl continues to grow and grow and the older Lagerfeld becomes the more he seems to produce.  The world of Karl appears to be Kreeping into all areas of life if of Kourse firstly you allow it but also if you can afford it.  Need an outfit? Pop to Lagerfeld.  Have a Kat and need a dress?  Pop to Lagerfeld.  Need a Kandle?  Then pop to Largerfeld.  You get the idea.  No one Kan deny his innovation of Kourse and just check out the Karl Daily.  The man has just about every area Kovered across the world of design and now you Kan read all about it too.  Please note however that if we did actually have a Cat, it wouldn't be wearing a fricking dress.  Are you Knuts?  We might purchase a Kandle however.


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fortnum and Mason. London


As all retailers will know and in particular Visual Merchandisers, there is some form of calendar of events which are followed throughout the year and applied within window schemes.  Of course Christmas is the main event where retailers usually generate the most income during the year with additional events such as Valentines day, Easter, Back to school and so on.  One of the few events that we see is the Harvest Festival so it was with particular interest to us to view this installation at Fortnum and Mason.  As regular readers will know we do tend to gush a little at this brands schemes although they are always such a pleasure to view as they do apply the 'old school' skills so well.  If you want to view the good old skills being applied, an entertaining scheme and of course the epitome in quality products then look no further.




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Monday, 13 October 2014

Hackett, London


Hackett appear to have changed direction with this scheme from their usual references to Alfred Hitchcock to poetry; this is a refreshing change and so interesting how this brand keeps itself at the forefront of retail store windows.  Across this multiple, suspended Bluebirds fill their windows with excerpts in vinyl from Charles Bukowki's poem Bluebird placed across the fenestration.  The interesting thing about this scheme is that the poem itself is a summation of vulnerability which in some way denotes the fragility of what so many brands do in pushing the boundaries of design without knowing the reaction of the passersby; this can be disastrous but we always hope the latter and a brave retailer who does this.  This brand is fearless.  We adore the chutzpah of what these guys do and can only support wherever they go.  Great stuff. 


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