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VM inspiration: Tiffany & Co Christmas windows

Amid herds of reindeer, forests of spruce, barrow loads of bows and a cornucopia of artfully arranged merchandise, all abounding in Christmas windows this year, it is refreshing to see the simple, understated windows at Tiffany & Co.

This simple, super-real image in Tiffany’s Sloane Square store tells a charming story: a couple stop to admire a diamond ring in a city-store window. Suspiciously similar to the New York Manhattan flag-ship store, immortalized by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the young woman points towards the two rings in the centre of the window as her partner stands, his arm around her waist. Meanwhile, behind his back, the man is clutching a small beribboned box containing, we are sure, a diamond…

The second window references New York’s famous Rockfeller Centre, with its giant Christmas tree and annual skating rink, but instead of human skaters we see small mice enjoying themselves. Tiffany’s turquoise makes an appearance in small ribboned boxes above and below a stylised white version of Paul Manship’s bronze statue of Prometheus recumbent, with casually-placed Roman numeral-inspired bracelets to the left.

The cool tones used throughout the windows beautifully convey a chilly night on which the windows sparkle and attract attention. This must be the only navy-blue Christmas tree in London, but it looks great. Similarly, I love the idea of a window in a window, full of magical realism like you might find in the Jorge Luis Borges story ‘The Library of Babel,’ of a labyrinthian library. 

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