Har­vey Ni­chols

VM&RD - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy Melvyn Vin­cent Chanda Ku­mar

Turn­ing to the East this sea­son, AW12 fash­ion trends have drawn in­spi­ra­tion from rich bro­cades, em­broi­dery and ori­en­tal mo­tifs. The ori­en­tal theme from the cat­walks trans­form into the hol­i­day win­dows at Har­vey Ni­chols, where an ex­plo­sion of colour and sparkle gives Christ­mas a mys­ti­cal and mod­ern twist.

A burst of colour, tex­tures and theme-based el­e­ments such as ori­en­tal flow­ers, bird cages and Chi­nese lanterns take over the store’s Knights­bridge win­dows this year, where Christ­mas takes the Ori­en­tal route. A se­ries of beau­ti­ful hand­crafted Ori­en­tal in­spired props which are up­lift­ing, pretty and mod­ern with an at­ti­tude that is dis­tinctly Har­vey Ni­chols has been cre­ated from amaz­ing lu­mi­nes­cent brightly coloured me­tal­lic fin­ishes, mixed with more tra­di­tional Ori­en­tal ma­te­ri­als with splashes of flu­o­res­cent colour added on top. Ev­ery­thing is em­bel­lished with sparkle, glit­ter, jew­els and Christ­mas lights. Dec­o­ra­tive geo­met­ric golden screens in var­i­ous shapes frame th­ese ex­quis­ite scenes, which act as a gate­way into this en­tic­ing and op­u­lent world. Po­si­tioned within the ex­quis­ite scenes from the east, the man­nequins have

been dressed in AW13 fash­ions. Ac­cord­ing to Har­vey Ni­chols, the man­nequins are based on ref­er­ence both tra­di­tional Geishas and Hara­juku teens, with doll-like cos­play makeup and chop­stick speared rolls of hair on the women and strik­ing eye­liner and state­ment Mo­hawks on the men. Sur­round­ing them are richly em­bel­lished sur­faces be­jew­eled and lit – a daz­zling Christ­mas grotto of fab­u­lous fash­ion and lux­ury gifts

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