Harvey Nichols window display

Up this week, in our regular critique series, is this Harvey Nichols window display, in Knightsbridge.

Harvey Nichols window display

Harvey Nichols window display

It must be Frieze week and the run up to Christmas windows as there is a polite, inoffensive, and cheap scheme used in this Harvey Nichols window display.

It is quite pedestrian for them and wouldn’t be one to set the tourists cameras clicking.

Bouquets or brickbats? I found this one hard to separate.

It started in Seville St and comprised white plinths topped with acrylic boxes as you would see in a sculpture gallery, containing accessories.

The acrylic paint drips were a nice touch, I could see them on a bookshelf in a domestic setting.

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Knightsbridge fashion windows were no better or worse, and I have to say look rather better in the photo than they do in real life. Large canvases with painted coloured stripes over bits of broken mannequin: think Julian Schnabel without any real content. I don’t remember anything about the mannequins except that they colour co-ordinated to the canvases.

Harvey Nichols window display

Then on to Sloane St and bang! Big beautiful canvases of fragrances. Great artwork, and then the product…

Did the display person who normally groups in those skinny, difficult-to-dress Harvey Nichols window displays go on holiday? Was there an intern flung in there with a basket of signed out perfume and told to get on with it?

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Please Harvey Nicks: take some of the merchandise out it looks like a Superdrug clearance shelf at the end of a busy day!

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