If you’ve walked down Bond Street recently, you may have noticed the somewhat surreal window displays in Selfridges windows. Always extravagant, the displays have been taken over for the month of February by an initiative between Selfridges and Hackney-born (or based) fashion designers, entitled Bright Young Things.
Mannequins, candyfloss-coloured clouds and spiky bags have transformed the famously glamorous windows into a fantastical homage to Hackney’s coolest and most ambitious new fashion designers.
Now in its second year, fifteen designers have been given a window to do with as they please to showcase their work.
The featured pieces are available from within the store, offering Hackney’s fledgling young designers an excellent business opportunity to build upon. The designers include womenswear’s next big thing Adam Andrascik and menswear designer to watch, Shaun Samson.
Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, based in Hackney Wick, became a well-known name when Lady Gaga wore one of her concoctions on British TV last year. Her pink lace collar, pictured below, is one of the items on sale in the store as part of a collection of the designers’ goodies.
This excellent collaboration is an amazing opportunity to give young designers a chance to sell their clothes in London’s most famous shopping street to people with money to burn. It’s attracted international press and last year every designer involved went on to expand their brand. It’s a positive example of what can happen when successful, reputable businesses put their faith in young, creative people who may not otherwise have been afforded such opportunities.
If you pop along to Selfridges for a spot of creative window shopping, it’s also worth heading below ground, where you’ll be able to catch the end of their lovely exhibition Words Words Words, celebrating – you guessed it – the joys of the written word.
Set in the Superlounge, this beautiful exhibition space is a must-see for book lovers, featuring walls of books, listening stations where you can settle down for a chapter of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and shelves filled with celebrities’ desert island books. They’ve been holding various events with storytelling for both adults and children to ‘celebrate the beauty of words, the joy of writing and the art of conversation…we create a place where people can come together through words, joined by writers-in-residence, captivating storytellers and surrounded by literary-inspired products.’
If you’ve not yet had a chance to sink your teeth into London’s literary scene recently, fear not: we’ve got two tickets to one of the final events to celebrate Words Words Words. Faber Social, held every month, is a unique collaboration between publishers Faber & Faber, taking place at bar The Social on Little Portland Street. At this very special edition, Faber Social will feature Justine Picardie on the life and legend of Coco Chanel, and discuss fashion with Linda Grant, author of The Thoughtful Dresser and the Man Booker-shortlisted The Clothes on Their Backs. Ali Smith will read from her latest novel, There But For The and discuss the art of storytelling with journalist, critic and publisher Alex Clark. Music will be provided by country rockers Treecreeper.
We have a pair of tickets to win to this event, which takes place this Thursday 1st March. The tickets even include a delicious cocktail. To enter, simply tell us in the comments section below which famous street Selfridges is on. We’ll pick a winner this Wednesday before the event on Thursday.