This Christmas nobody has more front than Harrods
Fans of the BBC period drama The Paradise, or indeed of Emile Zola's 1883 novel The Ladies' Paradise, on which the series is based, will know that presenting a fantasy to customers is half the luxury retail battle.
Never is this more true than at Christmastime: as shoppers flock to online emporiums, bricks-and-mortar stores must attract and entice customers. Few know this better than Harrods, the glamorous department store which opened on its current Knightsbridge site in 1849 after moving from Stepney, east London. As a single-unit grocer's it didn't have quite as impressive a shop front. But as it expanded, let's just say the window cleaning bill increased to match. Harrods has never been one for doing things by half – its exterior is lit by 11,500 lightbulbs, after all – and the store's windows are now home to 10 Disney princesses and heroines. Surely nothing could be more fantastical than a series of vignettes starring Disney heroines? Well, how about dressing each of them in a gown custom-made by the most exclusive and covetable design houses around? And so, if you go down to Brompton Road today, you will see Cinderella searching for her glass Christian Louboutin slipper dressed in Versace, Aurora sleeping beautifully in Elie Saab, and Jasmine floating on Aladdin's magic carpet in draped fuchsia silk by Escada.
Life & Style blogs
What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
Overly-controlling parents cause their children lifelong psychological damage, says study
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Star Wars BB-8 droid toy is real, should be impossible
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
- 1 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
£22000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This bespoke furniture and inte...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Do you get a buzz from thinking up new ideas a...
£14500 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£7 - £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This expanding, vibrant charity which su...