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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Miss Mannequin's Annual Christmas Window Review

Darlings, I am kicking off my annual Christmas window round up with my favourite London luxury department stores. Check out all the highlights below.
First up is Harrods, collaborating with Burberry, they have filled 29 windows with 'A Very British Fairy Tale'. This recounts the yuletide adventures of two children through imaginative and engaging displays.  

Next, we have Harvey Nichols who have gone against British tradition and opted for an Italian Christmas… style, beauty, food, drink and culture. Bellissimo!

‘Cuteness’ overload this year at John Lewis with woodland creatures hiding in burrows. The display coincides with the brands Christmas advert featuring Buster the dog and his trampolining urban wildlife animals.

Santa is up to all sorts of mischief at Selfridges this year. I am especially loving his fabulous sequin suit.

Fenwicks filled their windows with lovely Christmas treats, I spy a few things to add to my list!

Fortnum and Mason add charming unusual pairings this year with their campaign ‘Together We’re Merrier’. Indeed!

As an exclusive partnership with The Royal Ballet, Liberty has themed each window around a different scene from that well-loved Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker.

Stay tuned for my next post, which will be filled with further festive treats!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Creativity in all its glory

Darlings, there is nothing that excites me more than fashion and craftsmanship and although I have been around the block a few times (I know you’re thinking I don’t look a day over 25 - let me tell you, fibreglass fillers hide a multitude of sins!), I feel we are now in a moment where both are being celebrated simultaneously. Hurrah!

The recent collaboration between British heritage fashion brand Burberry and British luxury craft retailer The New Craftsmen, is one where both fashion and handcrafting come together in perfect harmony.

Held at Makers House, Soho, London, this fascinating showcase emanates inspiration and creativity from the very moment you walk through the quintessentially English courtyard. A sumptuous sanctuary that exudes an exquisitely calming scent with soothing ambient music, it’s a far cry from the hectic hurly-burly adjacent streets.

Upon entry to the ground floor of Makers house, a hive of craft activity and pop-up work stations await you, where you can witness craft in action. I watched beguiled. Book binders, sculptors and artists worked away oblivious to my presence; it was as if I were peeping into their very studios. The space seemed private and special, I had the privilege of a behind-the-scenes look (albeit a staged one), and an insight to their unique skill sets.

Out of the corner of my eye, I spied a green woven carpet with a familiar motif leading the way up a grand staircase – I was intrigued as to what awaited me at the top. On reaching the final step I was disoriented to find an elite FROW crowd directly in my line of vision (I prefer not to name drop darlings but let's just say one of the Delevingne sisters was within arm’s length). I stood in awe, immersed in the display, and then the penny dropped. I remembered where I had seen that motif… the Burberry SS17 collection, of course! Surrounded by the full collection dovetailed with video footage from the live show, I felt as though I were there amongst the exclusive buzz aside the runway.

The impressive nature of this installation has made me think. Today, we're constantly invited into the world of fashion brands, models, artists and designers. Practically anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past decade has succumbed to social media in some way, posting snippets of their private lives and thoughts – an intimate behind the scenes view of their character. But when those scenes are extended to more than just an image or tidbit of information, it has the ability to elevate our perceptions about the person or brand. And that is exactly what this showcase has done for Burberry and The New Craftsman. Moreover, the ingenious pairing of the two brands has highlighted an aspect of each that perhaps we never truly considered before.  A very clever move indeed!

Rather than simply presenting the final product, both luxury brands have chosen to commemorate the journey of its creation and the skills involved. Thus, amplifying the all-important finer details, and showcasing a process that should be appreciated. We see here, a new way of promoting creativity. Not just reliant on the media to speak to us, but to have real artisans demonstrate their skills and do the talking. After all, handmade production can be hard to come by these days, so let’s shout about it!  


This spectacular showcase is open to the public until the 27th September 2016. For further details please visit The New Craftsmen website by clicking here.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

It's what's underneath that counts!

Sweeties, don't you agree lingerie shopping today has become an aspirational whirlwind of luxury design and hedonism, where store interiors increasingly take on an indulgent appearance; opulent boudoir or luxury hotel for instance - in an attempt to transport the customer out of the everyday and into a fantasy world?

My fantastic creator, Proportion London have long recognised this trend, and developed a high-end range of visual merchandising product, to help their clients bring those lace adorned dreams to life.

Selfridges; Body Studio
The new and impressive Body Studio at Selfridges opted for Proportions free standing bodies and hanging forms from their CAPSULE and BOUDOIR ranges, which not only maximised the shop floor area but also punctuated the space with interesting and creative presentation groupings. Each piece of kit was carefully considered to suit the specific areas of the body studio.  


V&A exhibition; Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear
In addition, Proportion London supplied the V&A Museum with body forms and mannequins for the 'Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear' exhibition. The exhibition explores underwear design from the 18th century to the present day, considering the practical and personal, sensory and fashionable roles of protecting and enhancing the body.  
No stranger to the museums briefs (as in instructions not pants)! Proportion understand the importance of versatile and top quality presentation product. With over 200 examples of underwear for men and woman on show - some including custom-made items, they had to ensure their figures were the perfect fit and robust enough to stand under the spotlight and watchful eye of museum visitors for almost a year. Of course, for Proportion this was a comfortable challenge, but it is an achievement never the less.
The exhibition runs until 12th March 2017. For more information or tickets please visit their website by clicking here

Images courtesy and copyright to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Freshening their BOUDIOR range, Proportion chose an on trend pallet of muted berries, luxurious fabrics and sophisticated rose gold and metal finishes. The range itself provides spectacular display potential for everything from underwear, swimwear and nightwear, through to stockings, tights and socks. Collection body shapes include, body bra and brief forms, padded bra forms, lingerie hangers and a variety of leg forms. All items are available in either sprayed fibreglass or upholstered in a wide range of coverings. Like all Proportion product, clients can employ their own custom finishes and details to make the collection unique to their brand,  

If you would like more information on this range or advice on how to make the most of your lingerie displays please contact my chums at info@proportionlondon.com