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I have never stayed near Knightsbridge before so I had never seen the gorgeous circus that is the Harrods store at Christmas. And as luck would have it, I found it completely by mistake. I went out for an evening walk from my hotel (the lovely Kensington Hotel) to check out the ice skating rink outside the Natural History Museum.

I go absolutely nuts for Christmas – but this combination put me over the edge a week before Thanksgiving, which is usually against the rules for me. I stopped at Starbucks to get a Chai Tea Latte {aka – drink of the gods}, already served in the Christmas-y red cup and wandered down the street to the rink. Next door, I found the V&A Museum and the evening was so nice that I decided to keep wandering down Brompton Road towards Knightsbridge. I rounded the corner and saw the circus in the distance. At least, that’s what I thought I saw… turns out it was Harrods.

Its window displays were over-the-top but absolutely gorgeous, themed for fairy tales and full of glittering ballgowns and sparkling shoes. I spotted quite a few awed faces that must have mirrored mine at finding the windows up so early.

Surrounding Harrods are a dozen other beautiful store windows, including Smythson {coveted handbag featured above}, Tommy Hilfiger {its gorgeous flagship store opened here last year… see the dog wearing the hunting cap above} and Chanel, whose bottle-shaped windows were filled with beautiful falling snow. {Side note: Doesn’t Brad Pitt look a bit old in these ads?}

Highly worth a visit for a nighttime stroll to get you in the Christmas spirit. I’m already there more than a full month early.

You can find Harrods London at 87-135 Brompton Road, between the South Kensington and Knightsbridge metro stops. 

Brussels will get a high-class fashion visit in 2013, when ING and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent present an exhibition of the designer’s creations. The expo, entitled “Yves Saint Laurent: A Visionary” will run at the ING Cultural Centre in Brussels from January 30-March 5, 2013, and is rumored to feature pieces that have never gone on tour before.

Few details are available yet…but I’m hoping it looks like the YSL Retrospctive series that traveled around the world earlier this year. If the Brussels show looks anything like the Denver show below, I’ll be happy!

To fill up the time until then, I’ll be planning to watch “L’Amour Fou” (as found on the lovely Miss Moss blog), a documentary about the relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. Be sure to read about their Moroccan retreat in Miss Moss’ post as well!

Exhibition photos courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

 

The buzz on the web street is that Brad Pitt is going to be the latest face of Chanel No.5. Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, this fascinating video takes you through the history of the perfume and all of the “firsts” the label has achieved since it was created 90 years ago.  This is branding at its best.

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