Prada Windows at Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Prada has taken over the front windows of Galeries Lafayette Paris, while setting up two pop-up stores on the ground floor of the department store, one for men and another for women.

Prada has plastered the window lining the French capital’s Boulevard Haussmann store with posters illustrating the fashion brand’s vision of women, with messages such as “soft touch” and “the rise of romance.” The posters also cover the facade of the store.

Please accept my apologies for the light and the reflection.

The Christmas Shop at Fortnum & Mason

That famous quintessential English store in Piccadilly, Fortnum & Mason, has opened its Christmas Shop. Although this is a soft launch, Fortnum’s have opened in style with an opulent, luxurious and sumptuous array of decorations, which is a visual feast to the eye.

Beautifully arranged in glass bowls on stunning mahogany tables, each table tells a different story. Whether you pick decorations to create a white and silver story to traditional Christmas colours to felt made decorations with a London theme. These are a great pick up line for the tourists who head to this famous English store.

Together with a selection of Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Gift Wrap, this will at least inspire you to create that perfect family Christmas.

For those with a larger budget then head for the Faberge egg style decorations or maybe try the beautiful Fortnum Christmas Cracker at £150. The height of luxury.

Over the coming weeks, the Christmas Shop will be enlarged so I look forward to returning to see Fortnum’s celebrate Christmas in style.


The New Accessories Hall at Selfridges.

The luxurious new Accessories Hall is now open at Selfridges, Oxford Street, London.

Designed in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects, the new space doubles the size of the existing department and is home to an unparalleled range of designer bags, jewellery tech accessories and personalised pieces from the World’s leading fashion houses.

At the heart of the Accessories Hall are 10 flagship boutiques from Balenciaga, Burberry, Chanel, Céline, Chloé, Chrome Hearts, Gucci, Loewe, Mulberry and Saint Laurent. Each boutique is a unique reflection of the brand’s aesthetic, from Balenciaga’s sleek aluminium and broken mirror interior to Gucci’s rich mix of pink alabaster and cherry-red velvet.

The Accessories Hall is also home to a new 14-seater concept cocktail bar, The Fount, serving artful cocktails, tisanes and water infusions. Partnering with renowned mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan), the menu is full of unique and characterful drinks – each telling a story of craftsmanship, care and creativity.

Completing the new destination are four concept spaces showcasing the latest accessories from Alexander McQueen, Anya Hindmarch, Jimmy Choo and Stella McCartney and an exclusive residency from Atelier Swarovski Home, featuring the brand’s new collection of designer home accessories, available only at Selfridges.

Discover the new space for yourself on the Ground Floor at Selfridges Oxford Street, London.


Pure London

Pure London ( is the UK’s leading fashion trade show, which takes place twice a year in London Olympia. The timings of Pure ties in with the seasonal trends and buying patterns.

With its electric atmosphere, a spacious, light-filled hall and stunning period architecture, Olympia London is the ideal platform from which to showcase your new collections to thousands of top retailers.

Pure London and Pure Man is an aspirational fashion trade show, which showcases a curated mix of over 700 womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories and activewear brands to a captive audience of premium UK and international buyers.

Held over three days in a spectacular central London venue, the show offers unrivalled inspirations, never-before-seen collections, free educational seminars; WGSN trend briefings and exhilarating live catwalk shows.

As Director of The British Display Society, I had great excitement to be given the opportunity to judge the best exhibition stand in the various categories. There were a number of companies that took the visual presentation of their exhibition stands really seriously and put a great deal of thought into the design/concept to attract that all important potential customer. There were some exhibitors who thought it was acceptable to arrive with a few rails of clothes and expect to make vast sales. Given my 20 years experience and knowledge in the Visual Merchandising industry, sadly I could not  allow these exhibitors onto the short-list of winners.

It is very much like the phrase: “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”

The final winners were:

Best in Womenwear – Goose Collection

Best in Menswear – Trixta Design

Best in Accessories & Footwear – Barrito

Best in Show – King Louie

Best Emerging Designer – DB Berdan

Here is a selection of photographs plus photographs of the awards.




Harrods Christmas World

Harrods Christmas World opened this week. There is always rivalry between Harrods and Selfridges as to who can open their Christmas Shop first. Unlike Selfridges who opened with a ‘soft launch’ Christmas, Harrods have opened in style. Lush red carpet welcomes the customers with lit garlands on the ceiling, a vast array of decorations and baubles on the gondola’s and not forgetting the famous Harrods Christmas Bear. The gondola’s are merchandised beautifully – easy to view and shop. The wall fixtures are merchandised with decorations, bears and associated merchandise for that add-on sale. The round drums are merchandised with Harrods own label baubles, although I can’t help thinking that its a bit cheap looking as it is very much “stack it high” policy.

The Christmas Shop at Selfridges

Selfridges has launched its Christmas Shop……exciting or ridiculous?

When I heard that Selfridges had launched their Christmas Shop, I felt quite excited to see the 4th floor of the store. Sadly my expectations were dashed when I saw the poor execution of Christmas. It transpires that this is just a ‘soft launch’ and the second phase of The Christmas shop will launch on 4th Sept. The store must have thought it was  commercial viable to do a ‘soft launch’ but given the range of merchandise on offer, maybe they should have redesigned the area and called it The London Shop. All the merchandise has a London theme which is ideal for the tourists visiting London at this time of year. Sadly I was not impressed with the blue and red paper decorations and the somewhat small Christmas trees that were unlit and sparsely decorated. Christmas trees should be well lit, filled with baubles, decorations  and bows to give that opulent and luxury feel. I am looking forward to the full launch. Lets hope its a big improvement. Harrods will be the next store to launch their Christmas Shop.

The Home Department – Harvey Nichols, London

For many years, Harvey Nichols in London was predominantly a Fashion & Accessories Store. Based in Knightsbridge this designer emporium popular with fashionistas is also strong on beauty products, gourmet food and their restaurants.

The store has recently converted the 4th floor to a “Home Dept” with Brands such as One World, Phaidon, London Essentials, Andrew Martin and FCI London. To launch the “Home Dept”, Harvey Nichols have installed great windows to promote the new department with good use of brown wrapping paper, tea-chests, straw, World maps and shipping labels. Please accept my apologies for the reflection on the glass.

The British Display Society

Established in 1947 the British Display Society was created to encourage and promote the highest standards of Visual Merchandising design and of display throughout commerce, industry and indeed wherever display techniques were utilised. This embraced many different applications – Retail Windows, Point-of-Sale Display, Exhibitions and Museum Displays. Across the years the Society has constantly maintained its professional standing and adapted to changing times within both education and the retail world it seeks to service and enhance.

Take a look at our website: where you will find details of our: Training Courses, On-line courses, Membership and the VM Gallery.

You can also follow our Facebook page; The British Display Society.

Here is a selection of photographs ranging from the 1940’s to our current students work as well as photographs of the B.D.S Executive Council members & Directors.

Iain Kimmins – Head of Visual Merchandising

My VM blog is updated twice a week with articles/pics etc from my extensive selection of files.

This time I thought I would add a twist to my update. As you maybe aware, I came back from Singapore to take a career break so that I  spend time with my elderly sick father.

I am now seeking a new and exciting role as Head of Visual Merchandising/Director of Visual Merchandising. Although I am currently in the UK, I am open to opportunities in Europe, Dubai or back in Asia.

Here are some photographs from my extensive and varied portfolio. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You.