December – the streets are bustling with a host of Christmas shoppers whose temperaments range from the eager to the downright frantic. So, it’s a good job that one can find solace in the gorgeous window displays around London town, taking some time out from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the sights. Of course, it’s impossible to take it all in, so here at MouthLondon we’ve compiled a list of London’s Top 5 window displays of 2011:
1) Fortnum & Mason
F&M wow the crowds with their Showtime themed windows. From Cabaret to Can-can dancers, the opulently vibrant windows are a perfect embodiment of the party season. Think feathers, frocks, and all things fabulous!
In true Harrods style, the luxury department store has decorated its windows with a Crystal Christmas theme, courtesy of Swarovski. Walking past the windows, one is almost blinded by the bling, from tree branches dripping with sparkles to the breathtakingly beautiful Ralph and Russo Swarovski-encrusted gown that incorporates over 150,000 hand-stitched crystals.
3) Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nicks get top marks for originality this year with their take on a Frozen Christmas, transforming their windows into a prop workshop frozen in time. Highlights include the colossal whale’s tail and the ingenious way in which the scaffolding lends itself to the mannequins’ poses.
Unlike many other major Christmas window displays this years, Liberty has opted for a more traditional Twelve Days of Christmas theme. With crowned swans, swathes of peacock feathers and rococo bird cages, the windows give off an air of old-fashioned elegance that is a delight to behold, and very much in keeping with the department store’s famous façade.
Selfridges has embodied the spirit of Christmas this year with its delectable depiction of a White Christmas feast, complete with ivory lobsters! With the table itself doubling up as the train of an Ice-Queen-like mannequin’s dress, Selfridges creates the perfect balance between cuisine and couture. Yummy!