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VM in Tokyo

The thing about Tokyo is that it is fast paced, very fast paced. If you slow down you get pushed aside (and let’s face it, no one wants that). So… if everyone is racing around at this fast pace, how do we get noticed? We add colour! Bold, bright, fabulous colour – as is shown here in these exquisite windows from Isetan, the very up market department store in Shinjuku. Celebrating HANABANASAI 2017 – Japan’s ‘Festival of Flowers’ which heralds the start of Spring. This series of windows is a stunning representation of balance, contrast and zen VM. The display of product is so minimal and so clean – it makes one wonder – why put it there? The window design alone makes all who pass by want to venture inside this exquisite store and explore the merchandise. The use of concentric circles repeated within the window design adds movement, drama and effortless energy. Want to see more of our other memorable international VM moments? Windows of Paris Souks of Morocco...

Miami Style Inspiration

My final blog celebrating everything Summer is about the style of Miami. For those who have not had the pleasure of visiting this amazing treasure there is style and glamour on every corner. The architecture and the colour are gobsmacking and well worth the trip to cross the fair nation of the USA to get to. It rains A LOT in Summer in Miami but then the sun comes out and shines on the lush, green hedges and gardens. Stunning palm trees that touch the sky are on everyone’s front yard – some of them are even dressed up.   There is a certain Cuban flavour in many aspects of design in Miami which adds to the interest and excitement of the city, it’s restaurants and shopping precincts. My stay was made just THAT much more fabulous staying at the infamous Hotel Mondrian – which epitomises Miami style in every way. From the sweeping black moulded staircase, the oversized golden bell chandeliers through to the green arched seating pods surrounding the pool (which of course had 2 oversized pink floating flamingos in it at all times) – if you go you must check this place out, it is worth the trip. Catch up with our previous USA travel diaries for more international VM inspiration: Underwater in Vegas Hot VM trends in the USA  ...

Hot VM trends in the USA

While travelling I am constantly stopping to photograph VM concepts that catch my eye (I am a nightmare to travel with). There is inspiration on every corner waiting to excited the passers-by and entice shoppers to enter into the world of retail. Luckily I am happy to restrain from the retail side of things (most of the time) but enjoy the energy presented in the VM and love sharing that here at home.   Oversized letters were a strong theme that I saw both in Vegas and in LA. Mannis standing and sitting on large signs heralding fashion destinations were stunning.   Geometric backdrops were also a stand out hit trend. Finally, colour and summer energy was always apparent and ensured the passer by stopped and enjoyed the VM moment. Want more international visual merchandising inspiration? Underwater in Vegas Hong Kong Window Dressing Inspiration    ...

Underwater in Vegas

With Summer nearly here I thought it a great time to inspire our Blog readers with some designs and VM concepts I saw while overseas recently. Travelling is always such an amazing way to get ideas, to stay current and to keep what we present to our clients in sync with what the rest of the world has on offer. This first blog is dedicated to the underwater fantasy created at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Using mostly flowers to create the colour and life, this underwater extravaganza was compelling in every sense. From the box jelly fish hanging overhead to the comical whale, the turtle and the oversized pearl shell – there were gasps at every corner. Floors covered in hydrangeas in varying shades of pink and purple, seahorses, sunken ships and a real life aquarium… The Bellagio really knows how to make a statement. The theme was so spectacular that is translated through to the stores within the foyer and beyond. Want more international visual merchandising inspiration?  Hong Kong Window Dressing Inspiration...

Hong Kong Children’s VM

Last month we had the pleasure of walking the streets of Hong Kong obtaining international VM inspiration to bring back to Brisbane! As we perused the shop windows at Ocean Terminal Kowloon, it was evident that high fashion retailers from Ralph Lauren to Georgio Armani and Dior, all have children’s clothing outlets for even the pickiest little prince or princess. In the store windows of Hong Kong it is clear that no expense is spared as large floral arrangements, suspended elements and custom feature props are evident in every fashion window. Ralph Lauren and Dior both opted for lavish floral arrangements to make a statement. Dior used simple furnishing in bright red to contrast with the green foliage and pastel florals to create a standout display. Ralph Lauren chose a more intimate garden party set up with bunting, hydrangeas and garden furniture to showcase the smart casual garments on display. Tommy Hilfiger used bright colours and shapes in their visual merchandising windows to create eye catching windows (love the ‘A’ covered in buttons!). Custom made props were also widely seen in VM windows. Stella McCartney Kids had a fun over-sized robot created for this display, the feet doubling as plinths for the mannequins. Dolce & Gabbana created this luxe market cart that works perfectly with their bright children’s pieces. This display used a grid to suspend ribbons, the clothing was then attached amongst the ribbons in a flatlay formation, eliminating the need for a mannequin. In shot, the art of outstanding visual merchandising is alive and well in Hong Kong, as is the need for gorgeous childrenswear. Stay tuned...