Well, at least that's what I try to do. Since being back to work and getting acclimated to a new store location took about a month. Now almost four months later your Mistress has settled and has really made my mark in my new location. The store is much bigger that the one I was in for 11 years. In case your a new reader, I'm a visual stylist for a pretty iconic department. Which means we are the ones you do most displays, mannequins, windows, floral arrangements, shop concepts and treatments, holiday décor and store signing, and have also do the set ups for store events. This week and last have been extremely busy with holiday installations, as we're one store who generally waits till after thanksgiving to start the big things. Here's some of what I have been up too since being back.
This year our Christmas trim is a mixture of white and silver décor and huge lit balls, and other elements like our fashion for the mannequins is tied in with the forthcoming movie, The Greatest Showman. This is the main aisle in cosmetics.
Trees on ledge in fine jewelry and cosmetics.... both of these were labor intensive to work on . all the branches have to be bent just so.
My main floor mannequins turned out very nice I must say. One day a little boy stood , just staring at the mannequin in red, with his jaw open. And it reminded me of why I enjoy what I do. I can remember seeing things in a store when I was little and still remember them. These two mannequins took about three days to do from beginning to end. With exception of the boots and bodice's everything you see was made by hand, then rigged to hang. The mannequins also had to be sprayed gold. Much work. My boss was like, "Have a said before I like having a ex- drag queen on staff?" I loved the tie in with the movie, because any excuse to use plumes.....and I'm there!!!!
This was another moment in another area. This whole statement took about a day.
A small interior display window...
The hat is actually from my own collection I made!
This is an example of a little shop enhancement I did for another designer....
My biggest undertaking has been this shop, FSC Clothing, which is an urban streetwear brand. The colors, fixtures, layout, merchandising, and décor were all me. Probably the biggest one I have ever undertaken. Another plus to help me is my degree in interior design I think.
A men's focal wall I did with cut paper snowflakes and silver stars I filled with LED cool blue fairy lights. Friends joke that the mannequins looks like the way I dress.....tight jeans!!!! Between painting the wall, installing elements dressing and styling the mannequin....a whole day.
Another day and a half. This window...with a party theme! And yes...the guy hanging from the chandelier was a royal PAIN IN THE ASS!!!! My ideas sometimes drive me nuts. I actually have dark wire around the neck and one arm, to the ceiling, and a thick wire around his waist tying back to the wall for further reinforcement.
And have I mentioned I'm more than happy we got a Tom Ford counter???? But do you think he showed up? HELL NO! I love his scents.
After seeing this, now you understand why after two or three gin and tonics in the evening, I sleep so well at night.
Thanks goodness I had those 4 months off this summer.