Archive for September, 2011

Chanel takes over Harrods shop displays

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Harrods has unveiled a new shop display as part of Chanel’s temporary takeover of the prestigious store, which also includes an installation and beauty boutique.

Entitled Chanel World, the project sees the shop windows facing out on to Brompton Road feature designs inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s recent Ready-to-Wear collection, reported

The initiative opened on Monday September 5th and is due to be on show for three weeks. The exhibition, entitled Coco in Wonderland, was launched a day later and will be accessible for the same amount of time.

In a statement, a representative from Harrods said: “In-store fashion and beauty boutiques are staged alongside an installation based on the iconic Chanel design codes, as defined by Coco Chanel, which include pearl, monochrome and the camellia flower motif.”

As well as jewellery, bags, shoes and accessories by the brand, a limited edition Knightsbridge Collection of make-up has been created by the Chanel creative director Peter Philips.

Grazia urged people to check out Coco in Wonderland and suggested the Coco’s Nursery area is the pick of the installation. It features a series of teddy bears and dolls wearing Chanel-style outfits amid huge dollhouses.

The glamour magazine also pointed out that visitors can get a glimpse of a red rose applique dress worn by Hollywood starlet Blake Lively in the Haute Couture Room.

Swindon chosen for 50th Retail Skills Academy

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Swindon could produce the next generation of visual merchandising professionals following the opening of the 50th National Skills Academy for Retail.

The new skills shop, located in McArthurGlen’s Swindon Designer Outlet, will provide an all-encompassing training programme for the retail sector.

According to, nationwide skills shops offer information or advice for both businesses and individuals alike. Its services cater for those looking to get into the industry through pre-employment courses, apprenticeships, management training or bespoke programmes.

The head of the National Skills Academy for Retail , Jane Rexworthy, told that the latest store is a ”huge achievement for the organisation.”

She said that each skills shop provides a valuable service to their area’s residents and businesses, particularly as retail is often key to the local economy.

“Retail is the largest private sector employer in the UK, with a £315 billion turnover,” added Rexworthy. “To continue the success of our retail industry we need to ensure the workforce has the right skills.

“From honing customer service to creating the wow factor with visual merchandising, our network helps retailers be as successful and profitable as they can be.”

Since 2009, the National Skills Academy for Retail has expanded into all four UK nations and its growth is set to continue. Later this month it will open more skills shops in Cambridge, Canterbury and Hastings.

Selfridges set for Museum of Everything display

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

A new shop display is set to be unveiled on Friday at Selfridges that will feature a huge collection of outsider art from the Museum of Everything (MoE).

According to Time Out’s blog Now. Here. This., it is the largest art installation the Oxford Street has every put on show and the project goes far beyond the external shopfittings.

The Shop of Everything will launch a fashion collaboration by Clements Ribeiro and Everything Ltd – the MoE’s own label – entitled Project 6. There will also be 200 works of art on show in the shop that have never been displayed to the public.

Retail Week reported that this is the first time that Selfridges has opted against showing any products at all in its windows, with a spokeswoman for the company revealing that the decision caused plenty of debate.

The project will be on display until October 25th 2011 and is free to enter. The organisers intend to compound the effect of the art show by arranging a series of talks, screenings and workshops alongside it.

In a statement, the MoE said: “The Museum of Everything invites you to discover Exhibition #4, over two hundred drawings, paintings and sculptures by international contemporary artists for whom creation is not just art, it is language.”