Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Harvey Nichols are switched on

I love these menswear windows at Harvey Nichols in London's Knightsbridge. The very male range of electrical objects including a toaster, headphones and a tv, are created in a illustrative style using different colour wires and bright lighting.

I think the composition of these windows is really strong, with the wire installation in the middle with a mannequin at one side and a range of clothing and accessories hanging off the wire on the other.

I really like the way the coloured wires are plugged into the sockets that are stark white along with the backdrop, making the primary colours of the wires and products stand out.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Black and white is best at Cos and Topshop

The stark visual contrast and impact of a completely monochrome display works really well here for Topshop, in the first two images and Cos, in the third image. In order for such a simple concept to be successful the composition of the props and clothing/accessories has to be carefully thought out. What both brands have done is used the height of the window display to products at different levels. Topshop's stacked and balanced props are busier and more compact than Cos's minimalist chairs, stools and rails, but I think both approaches have a really strong look and work well for their brands.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Anthropologie Set Sail

Anthropologie was one of the first brands that I posted about on this blog, and I'm happy to see that their displays a year on are as strong as ever. These nautical inspired windows have an authentic, rustic feel that is Anthropologie down to the ground. This is created by the worn, faded tones of blues, greys and greens and the handmade looking materials used for the props. I really like the composition of the displays in these windows, in particular the symmetry between the sails and the mannequins in the first image.