It is never too early to think about Christmas, especially if you have something special up your sleeve, as department store Harrods and fashion label Burberry demonstrated. The British brands have joined hands to launch a set of holiday initiatives and an exclusive capsule collection.
The activities, branded under the banner “A Very British Fairy Tale,” are due to kick off in November and will include a holiday-themed winter window installment at the Harrods Brompton store, which follows two children on an imaginative journey through the English countryside.
Additionally, the store will also stock an exclusive capsule collection by Burberry comprising ready-to-wear, accessories and gifts. The brand will also mount craftsmanship and personalization stations at the store, which will allow shoppers to have their Burberry purchases monogrammed by an artisan.
The tie-up is part of a wider major new strategic plan by Burberry, which aims to further fine-tune its merchandise offer and strengthen existing relationships with wholesale partners WWD reported.
To celebrate the 180th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre, Harrods is hosting a series of masterclasses with the watchmakers from the Swiss manufacture.
The celebration of the watchmaker will enable fans of the brand to step into the shoes of a watchmaker and understand the manufacturing and working of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s watches.
The manufacture will have experts on hand to demonstrate Jaeger-LeCoultre’s horological know-how, demonstrating the incredible work that goes into everything from the pinions and to the dial.
Three different techniques mastered by Jaeger-LeCoultre will be featured; engraving (May 13-19, enameling (May 20-25) and gem setting (May 26-31).
Alongside the live workshops, Jaeger-LeCoultre is also showcasing a recreation of founder Antoine LeCoultre’s original studio from 1833, plus several of its iconic watches and clocks for the May duration promotion.
Find a wall dedicated to the 1242 calibres in its Manufacture arm archive and an exhibition of nine Atmos clocks, a key piece from the brand’s heritage collection.
There’s a hidden ‘high complication room’ for inquisitive visitors who can discover the eight leading pieces of the Hybris Mechanica, creations of the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre and the latest tribute to Antoine LeCoultre Jubilee watch styles.
Watch connoisseurs are invited to contact Jaeger-LeCoultre at Harrods on +44(0) 207 730 1234 to reserve a place in the Master classes. Participation is complementary but a donation to the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is requested.
Rolls-Royce’s new luxury sports coupe, the Wraith, will be on show in London’s iconic Knightsbridge department store Harrods until May 4.
In what for many will seem a match made in heaven, the exclusive department store, among the most famous in the world, is playing host to the first Rolls-Royce Wraith to arrive in the UK.
The car, which caused a sensation upon its official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March, is no doubt bound to turn heads in the English capital and could even add to the city’s already heavy congestion as motorists slow down and even stop to take a closer look.
By far the sportiest car to be built by the company since it was acquired by BMW, the Wraith boasts a V12 engine that is capable of catapulting the car from standstill to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, yet its ride is so smooth that the acceleration doesn’t threaten a spill of the rear occupants’ cocktails.
Rolls-Royce is already taking orders for the €245,000 car and the first examples are expected to be delivered to their owners before the end of 2013.
From March 16 to April 14 the celebrated Knightsbridge store Harrods, will be tranformed as part of a month-long feast of Christian Dior mixing “French Savior Fair and British charm”.
The store windows will be transformed into classic Dior grey and white. Traditional bright-red post boxes and telephone cabins take center stage, and Dior’s creative director, Raf Simons has also designed costumes for the shop’s Beefeaters.
‘The Stars in Dior’ exhibition will show off the real dresses worn by Hollywood starlets including Emma Watson, and Oscar winning actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard.
The fourth floor at Harrods will host the “ultimate Dior experience”, which opens a reconstruction of the facade of the Dior flagship at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Visitors are then able to explore displays and exhibits featuring some of the brand’s most famous handbags, accessories and fragrances.
“Like the house of Dior, Harrods is reputed for astounding and satisfying its elegant women all over the world,” Sidney Toledano, Christian Dior’s President and CEO, told Vogue UK. “The inspired collaboration with Harrods not only draws attention to Monsieur Dior’s relationship with the fabled department store but also affirms the house of Dior’s continued high standards via creation and discernment,” he added.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 is the Year of the Snake, and Bulgari took the idea to the extreme, wrapping an illuminated serpent around its entire building, situated on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York
London Studio XAG was responsible for decorating the holiday windows of Christian Louboutin Boutique Shops this year.
An elephant dressed in Louis Vuitton has marked the unveiling of this year’s Christmas display at Paris’ Galeries Lafayette department store on Tuesday.
If you are visiting Paris this Christmas take a look at the Christmas window displays at the Printemps department store.
The flagship location on Boulevard Haussmann announced this Tuesday that it is partnering with Dior for its Christmas window decorations this year.
A dress costing £230,000, embellished with more than 150,000 Swarovski crystals, will go on display at Harrods this week as part of its Crystal Christmas event.
The Ralph & Russo-designed dress will be the centrepiece of the department store’s Swarovski-sponsored window displays over the festive season.
The dress, inspired by the decadence of the Twenties, took more than 25 people working on it and is the result of hundreds of hours of man hours.
Harrods is housing a Chanel takeover. Until September 24th, two pop-up boutiques, the Brompton Road windows and an outstanding installation, will all pay homage to the iconic French brand.
The Brompton road store façade features themed windows, inspired by Lagerfeld’s most recent whimsical Ready-to-Wear collection, with a magical forest theme.
Situated on the Third Floor, the installation encompasses eight rooms dedicated to milestones in Chanel’s history.
Swiss watchmaker Tissot has partnered with Holition to showcase its Ladies and T-Touch collection in one of Harrods iconic Brompton Road window displays as part of the store’s new promotion celebrating all things Swiss.
The augmented reality application will be live and fully interactive on weekends between 12pm and 6pm from 1st – 24th April.
The window display will enable consumers to virtually ‘try on’ watches from both the Ladies and T-Touch men’s collection, and a fully interactive touch screen will allow customers to engage with a wider range of Tissot watches than ever before.
Designers Studio XAG have created a window installation in London for fashion designer Christian Louboutin, spelling out the brand name in bright neon lettering.
The window is furnished with a neon arrow and an array of backlit oversized perspex letters decorated with bulbs.
A white Lexus CT 200h will be spending the Holiday season in the window of Harrods of London, the UK’s most famous luxury store.
The CT 200h will be unmissable as shoppers along London’s Brompton Road take a break from the usual Christmas window displays to see the car in full view.
The presentation has been designed so that people can access the new full hybrid luxury hatchback, plus its sister RX 450h SUV model that is also on show.
Aston Martin’s new luxury city car Cygnet is making its global debut at Harrods in Knightsbridge, the world’s most prestigious department store.
The Toyota iQ-based Cygnet will go into production in 2011 at the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon and is expected to cost from £30,000.
Cygnet will be available to view at Harrods until Saturday 18th December with the car on sale now through Aston Martin’s European dealership network.
The new window displays at Chanel on Rue Cambon in Paris. The window display design follows the polar theme of their Fall Winter 2010.11 ready to wear show.
De Beers has created a special exhibition called “The Art of Diamond Jewelry” in the setting of world famous department store, Isetan, in Tokyo.
Running through July 21st, the exhibit in the city’s Shinjuku shopping district incorporates photography and multimedia, including a first of its kind 3D film about diamonds that is shown on a custom screen and requires no 3D glasses.
The film was created by Holition, a company that markets a 3D virtual reality application allowing customers to “try on” luxury goods such as watches.
The Italian fashion design house has set up the Moschino â€˜Love is Freeâ€™ ATM window display in their Meatpacking district location.
The mannequin, sporting a Moschino dress from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection, waits for love, but gets money instead.
The machine continuously dispenses cash, to the point that the â€œwomanâ€ is literally getting buried under a pile of money while the ATM says, â€œlove is freeâ€.
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has a new installation set up within Maison Hermes in Japan.
Based off a window display he presented in 2004, this new set up features a restructured design with an appearance by a famed Japanese actress.
The window is designed with an image of woman projected on to a monitor. The scarf softly sways in the air in response to the womanâ€™s blow.