Want to soak up the Christmas retail buzz without having to splash the cash? We have the solution: just marvel at these jaw-droppingly stunning Christmas displays.
We’ve rounded up our selection of this year’s stunning Christmas creations. From boutiques to department stores, they’re all here. Happy window shopping…
First up Selfridges. The yellow Holy Grail of Christmas retail, this year the store plumped for the theme of ‘The Wish List.’ The windows showcase giant versions of iconic, lust-worthy pieces – think the Kenzo sweatshirt, a monogramme clutch by Saint Laurent and a gold Charlotte Olympia Kitty slipper. Proof that bigger is better.
Tiffany & Co
Tiffany has created the ultimate doll’s house. Snow-covered town houses shelter tiny, silhouetted, kissing figures. Try and spot the serious sparklers that decorate the street front and the sledge piled high with Tiffany boxes. If only the Tiffany’s sledge was real…
It doesn’t get more British than Mulberry and this year the windows are English countryside galore. Mulberry’s windows at Harrods are the stuff of fairytale; snow-covered fields, a frozen lake, woodland creatures and a mysterious, magical Mulberry tree. Divine.
Rely on the French for understated cool – Louis Vuitton has created the most fabulous Christmas board game ever. Think Snakes and Ladders but with geese (they even make chicer board games, sigh).
This season Liberty has done festivity with a bang. Quite literally. Inspired by the spark of a traditional cracker, the windows are busting with goodies. We heart the mannequin sporting the checked Stella McCartney coat – if only our crackers were filled with such fashion gems and not rubbish jokes…
Is this the chicest Christmas window ever? It should be with Giles Deacon at the helm. Joseph called on Giles to art direct their displays and the result was this monochrome masterpiece. Black Christmas anyone?
From catwalk to concept, these windows are a fashion addict’s dream. Inspired by McQueen’s stained glass prints and the ornate fabrics at Dolce & Gabbana, the mannequins are festive fashion angels.
The Harrods Express is truly something to behold (it took 50 people 500 hours to build). The life-size steam train coils the circumference of the store and each window reveals a carriage. Our favourite has to be the Downton-style dinner party complete with feathered ball gowns and a champagne covered table.
Fenwick pulled out all the stops with a live ballet performance of The Nutcracker in its Bond Street window to kick of its Christmas windows. They only went and got English National Ballet’s Lead Principal Ballerina Elena Glurdjidze in, who is starring as Clara the Nutcracker doll this Christmas. Amazing.
Every one knows advent calendar chocolate ‘ain’t that great. So, maybe you’d prefer a one-off vintage ball gown behind the door? Us too. Atelier Mayer has constructed a life-size calendar in the window of the Belgraves, Thompson Hotel. From 1 December a door is opened each day to reveal vintage treasures like one off Chanel 2.55s. Oh la la!
Asprey has gone for pared-down elegance this year, and chosen icey branches to frame the super-luxe goods. We love the gold egg cups with spindly gold chick legs and croc-skin clutches.
Burbs has gone all gooey on us this yuletide. First there was Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge canoodling in the winter campaign and now the windows have followed suit – or rather trench. His and her’s red patent trenches are framed with life-size tumbling gold ribbons. We heart.
Fortnum and Mason
You can rely on F&M for a large and welcome dose of tradition. Its famous hampers take the main stage, whilst other gilded windows reveal Santa with teddy in hand and children making a snowman. Ahhh!
In true Lauren style the mannequins are sporting full old-school Hollywood glamour with a touch of Russian oppulence. Feather boa? Don’t mind if we do.