With half term days out, poor weather and a long A&E visit (lovely doctors, but over worked) this blog is later than planned! But one experience earlier this week has lifted my design inspiration with a visit to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. Creative window displays catch your eye at first, I love the little mouse settled on her shoulder, feather lashes and neon accessories.

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Harvey Nichols window display with Roksanda block colours.

Large department stores like Harrods and Selfridges are amazingly awe inspiring places with floors of merchandise, but even though I look sometimes I can not see, as there is just too much choice, too many options to digest. It’s overwhelming… and I also get lost!

Walking around the selected rails from the buyers at Harvey Nichols, you can see up close the craft, the open spaces between hangers let you gently touch the garments to see the front and back, feel the beautiful fabrics, and take in the whole garment. Yes most are out of my price range, but I love to see them and remind myself about clever design, the attention to detail of sometimes a very simple piece.

Refreshing designer inspiration can help you focus how you look for your own clothes on the high street – look out for a great handle (feel of fabric), simple design (not overloaded with details) and surprising styling of tailored and street design.

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Azzedine Alaia laser cut accessories in store.

Yes you can see it on-line but you really need to feel and look up close to understand the beauty of designer quality, on a scale that is enjoyable to inspire your everyday.

Kirstie x