Its summer time, which means a delightful trip to London is in order, a gift to myself and a post-Ramadan & Eid ritual. The basis of every trip to London consists of one premise, Shopping!
It is my shopping mecca, where trends, styles and collections can be found to suit absolutely anyones taste. As a little girl, my mother used to take me along on shopping trips where I would enthusiastically act as her mini consigliere. Several of those memories took place at London’s beloved Harvey Nichols.
I remember my mother trying on Alaia outfits, shopping for suede boots and explaining the importance of skincare and grooming in the beauty department, followed by, either lunch or afternoon tea on the Fifth Floor, where mummy would bump into her lady friends. I would sit quietly eating scones in my little dresses watching these glamorous women chit chat, admiring their outfits, accessories and make up.
Summer trips to London eventually stretched out into uni years in the capital, where I found myself back at good ol’ Harvey Nicks for shopping and sushi!
After graduating and moving back, I find I miss my Knightsbridge dashes to HN, but I do make up for it when I am back in the city! This summer, I visited the landmark store and was invited to share my thoughts:
I also had the pleasure of styling a mannequin display at Harvey Nicks with what I found to be my absolute favourite pieces in-store this season. With so many stunning pieces on the shop floor, I decided to style my mannequin in ‘modern elegant glamour’. Each item has been selected from a different designer with a combination of new designers and Superbrands to add variety.
The main ingredient – The Statement Skirt
After following her work the last few seasons, I can safely call myself a fan of Roksanda Ilincic’s new collection. Her long skirts are dream-like, made of rich fabric but with patterns that emulate modern chic.
The skirt I chose is quite a powerful piece, so it’s only fair to honour its magnificence by keeping the top half timeless and classy. I went for a simple Valentino black top and a black fluffy fur gilet to add extra glam.
If you haven’t heard of Mark Ross, well now you have (thank you Tamara), his mini trunk handbags are as adorable as they are chic and match beautifully with Charlotte Olympia ‘Orbital Pomelines’.
Anyone who knows me, knows that an outfit isn’t finished unless there’s a headpiece involved. In this case, I discovered the majestic embellishment that is Deepa Gurnani. Perfect.
This is just one of those statement outfits you could wear all year around, but why would you when there’s always more fabulousness arriving at Harvey Nicks? I was pleasantly astounded when I downloaded the new smartphone/iphone app and discovered that I was eligible to huge discounts as well as new collection first peeks just because I had the app. Yes please. Every penny spent at Harvey Nicks (including the cafes and salon) equate to points which add up and unlock more perks. I can’t contain myself. You have to download it to see for yourself.
If it couldn’t get better, it most certainly did. While I was at the store, I was also kindly informed about VIP Premier Tax Free service. Now, if you are anything like me, you will have a mountain of receipts and VAT refunds collected at the end of your London trip. Unfortunately this means a VAT frenzy before your flight heading back to the Middle East. Often times, even if I have actually organised all the receipts in advance, I will arrive at the airport only to depressingly find a massive cue, and risk missing my flight if I go ahead with getting the tax back on the barrage of receipts bursting out of my bag. So I almost never manage.
And that is where the VIP Premiere Tax Free service comes in, they basically take care of everything so you get your tax back, don’t wait in a cue and certainly don’t miss your flight. Thank the heavens.
To save you time & effort, I have included details about the service below:
A first class experience for Harvey Nichols’ VIP customers
Partnering with Premier Tax Free, Harvey Nichols provides an exclusive VIP
Airport Service to non-EU customers who spend over £7,000, meaning their
shopping experience and tax refund journey is completely seamless.
These customers experience the highest level of service and convenience for,
making their airport experience as comfortable and stress free as possible.
The VIP service includes:
- Meet and greet directly outside of the airport terminal
- Pre-booked porters to collect bags and transfer to check-in
- Pre-check-in service (subject to airline) with preferred seats arranged
- Expedited through all check-in, Tax Free, and security processes
- Escort to lounge and to the aircraft gate when ready to board
- Available at London Heathrow and Gatwick airports
Well, there you have it, summer shopping in London all sorted!
If you need help picking out outfits or putting things together, get in touch with the Style Concierge on Harvey Nichols 4th Floor. They can give you makeovers as well as carry out personal shopping for you.
You can also view my display there!
Happy Shopping lovies!