I adore the festive season and last year I asked what encapsulates the festive season for you? One of the things on my list was Christmas windows.  I love Christmas window displays they remind me of my childhood when we, always, made a trip to London at the end of November to see the lights on Oxford Street.  I looked forward to these trips and as child I’d not seen anything else like it.  One of my aunties always used to talk about the Selfridges window displays and we would stand marvelling at them each year.  Even today the lights on Oxford Street evoke those childhood memories and that glorious festive feeling.  I know, now, that to create a show stopping window display takes, not only imagination, but a lot of time.  I’ve discovered a few Christmas window displays near to me that are just as fabulous with some lovely stories behind them and I wanted to share these with you.

Lilac Rose Christmas Window
Lilac Rose, Royal Leamington Spa

“The inspiration for our window came from the Christmas cards that I remember from my childhood. I liked the cards that typified the perfect Christmas when as a child you would like to enter the scene and spend your Christmas there. So we bought a vintage Christmas card and printed it out at a massive enlargement so we could use it as the backdrop. We also added glitter to the card as that’s one of my fondest memories of Christmas cards as a child. Then we created the rest of the window to match the card. We placed a fir garland around the whole window, and of course fake snow which looks incredibly real, so much so that you have to touch it to see if it’s cold! We also have an old wooden toboggan which we have placed products on.”

Hatton and Harding Christmas Window
Hatton & Harding, Warwick
“We wanted a window display in keeping with our store & our decorations this year.  This meant vintage inspired pieces, decks of rocking horses, drums & trumpets, aged gold baubles, huge paper stars & beautifully hand carved wooden ones, snowy spruce and statement lanterns.  With all of this a sleigh was a must!”

Handmade Boutique Christmas Window
Handmade Boutique, Mailbox, Birmingham

“The window display was created by Vintage Lovelies one of the independent handmade sellers within the Handmade Boutique pop up store.  With the revival in vintage and handmade, and the Boutique being a showcase for crafters and artists to sell their handmade creations, they wanted to bring a vintage feel to the  the Christmas display.  Using many of their vintage upcycled products and creations from other sellers, they have really captured a  vintage Christmas.”

Harvey Nichols Christmas Window
Harvey Nichols, Birmingham
“This year, we have looked to the East, picking up on the trend for Oriental inspired design. Beautifully hand-crafted Chinese lanterns, flowers and stylised fans are framed by geometric Oriental screens, while brightly coloured metallic finishes, sparkle and glitter add a fabulously festive feel to the displays.  The mannequins are dressed in the city’s most stylish designer brands, including McQ by Alexander McQueen, Diesel, Jimmy Choo, Alice + Olivia and Philip Armstrong. Traditional Geishas and modern Harajuku teens are referenced, with doll-like makeup and chopstick speared rolls of hair as well as statement Mohawks. Surrounding them, every surface is richly embellished, bejewelled and lit creating an exotic Christmas grotto of luxurious gifts and fashion.”

I’d love to know if you’ve seen any Christmas window displays that evoke the festive spirit or ignite Christmas memories.  I haven’t made a trip to London yet, so if you have any photos of Oxford Street or Selfridges window this year, I’d love to see them.

Feel free to share them on my facebook page.

It’s starting to feel…….a lot like Christmas!

Lula Belle x

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