Sunday, December 28, 2014

Competition between Collins Street and New Bond Street

Fun60 has posted many photos in three or four posts showing her readers the Christmas decoration in London. I walked from the top of Collins Street in Melbourne to Swanston Street passing by many expensive designer shops to have a look at their decorations.

Here is a copy of a list of some of the shops to be found in Collins Street.

Perhaps the most famous Melbourne shopping street is Collins Street, home to high end jewellery (including Georg Jensen, Makers Mark, Bvlgari, Jan Logan, Rutherford and Tiffany & Co), high end fashion (Cose Ipanema, Husk, Herringbone, Hugo Boss and the legendary appointment-only boutique Le Louvre), shoes and luxury goods (such as Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Chanel, Gucci, Bally, Salvatore Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton).

It was very disappointing to say the least. Apart from a couple of Christmas trees, very little effort had been made by retailers. Maybe part of the problem is our long hours of daylight. By the time it is dark at 9pm, most families are home. Here are a couple of photos.





Things were more interesting in Swanston Street with this group of lads performing. Thank goodness our two large department stores and our arcades go to some effort. Now do yourself a service and have a look at Fun60's photos taken in New Bond Street, London. Simply wonderful. In subsequent posts on her blog, there are more London Christmas photos.

24 comments:

  1. I love Christmas lights and displays - one of the best things about the season I think. Thank you for the link to Fun60's photos - off to have a look now.

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    1. EC, I hope you enjoyed the New Bond Street photos. I did.

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    2. Loved them. The peacock lights in particular were stunning.

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  2. Andrew, your Christmas decorations are nice too. They are different but lovely especially the first wreath. At my place nowe are becoming more and more popular. Each country is different but in this way our planet is fantastic and amazing because is different

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    1. Gosia, there were a few wreaths the same along the street, but hard to photograph as they were behind trees.

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  3. I am sure it has a lot to do with the difference in seasons. Thanks for the mention.

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    1. Fun60, yes, the seasons and we don't have the mass of people here either, although at times if feels like we do.

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  4. The trees look nice. We don't have many decorations in our shops either. Everyone has gone home plus it's not dark till after 9pm.

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    1. WA, yes that is I think the reason such effort does not happen here.

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  5. Adelaide is similar, I heard the Rundle Mall decorations have an Australian theme and look decidedly un-Christmassy with many people wondering what the heck they are. I was in the city yesterday but didn't bother going to the mall. The arcades are very nicely decorated with the same swags, baubles and trees as always. Going to see Fun60 now.

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    1. River, generally a Euro style Christmas works better for us, without the oven cooking our Christmas dinner in 40 degree heat.

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  6. I LOVE the swags all down the Piccadilly Arcade!!

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    1. Yep, it must be a glorious thing to view and you don't have to be out late at night.

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  7. Still fun to see. And Christmas in shorts is always a pleasure!

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    1. Mitchell, yes, good to see shorts at Christmas, just not on me. I don't wear them.

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  8. I am so glad I am old enough to recall when the top end of Collins really was charming and elegant, but your modern stroll still looks quite nice.
    Thanks for the tip to Fun60 and I shall join everyone else there (I hope she has the stats column to show her a flood of bloggers from here). Isn't the web wonderful that I can go to Bond St without even putting my shoes on. x x

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    1. Ann, and not getting wet :-P

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  9. thanks Andrew - Fun60 had a Fortnum's windows post and led me to that link you will all love. Opulent luxury yes, but very pleasant to look at and they hand out hotr choc and mince pies to the crowd waiting for the curtains to go up.
    Did you see Scott's Abode gorgeous xmas tree with Fortnum's hampers either side?

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    1. Gee, a lot of work goes into the windows. Yes, Scott and Mark have a skillful eye for decorating.

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    2. And didn't you love Oliver with the lamp shade for a hat.

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  10. Tokyo's Christmas lights are gorgeous too - must cost a fortune to run!

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    1. Wombat, funny that happens in a country that does not celebrate Christmas in any sort of proper manner. Might get around to googling Tokyo Christmas lights.

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  11. Perhaps it is easier to get into the spirit of traditional Xmas decorations in a cold & dark location??!! I was going to do an Aussie 'White Xmas' post - white sand, bleached white grass, white Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and white clouds would have featured heavily! But not quite the right ambience for a Xmas tree with all the trimmings?!?!

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    1. Well Red, you will be hard pressed for an occasion for a white post, but I would like to see it.

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