Christmas shop windows. They’re one of those things (like wedding hair or animal print) that some get so right, while for others it goes disastrously wrong. This festive season, we’re keeping our eyes peeled in order to bring you an occasional series that celebrates the best, the worst, the over the top, the imaginative, the inspired and the downright ‘what were they thinking’ festive displays of 2010.

Starting with Nicole Farhi, who this year has collaborated with renowned paper sculptor Su Blackwell to give her flagship Bond Street store frontage a fairy tale feel. Blackwell’s hauntingly beautiful works are cut from vintage books and are as whimsical, poetic and intricate as they are fragile.

Lesser retailers could learn much from the complete absence of fake snow while even the most hardened maximalist must agree that a pared-back palette can indeed look festive. Su Blackwell’s work will be adorning windows of Nicole Farhi stores across London throughout December. To find out more about her work, click here.

Neil, Dep Ed

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