Inspired by a Style Icon
How a famous portrait of Audrey Hepburn inspired our London Design Week window display
London’s Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour is always a stylish destination. Housing 120 showrooms and showcasing over 600 brands, it attracts architects, designers and anyone else with a passion for interior design. In March every year it hosts London Design Week, a festival of special events open to all Design Centre visitors. Each year there is a competition between the showrooms for the best window display, based on a theme suggested by the Design Centre.
Perrin & Rowe’s showroom, on the third floor of the North Dome, has a wide glass front that makes an ideal stage for seasonal displays. And it has a showroom team that likes to compete!
The theme for 2019 was ‘Legends’. Through a partnership with Iconic Images, who license an extraordinary range of prints featuring everyone from Mohammed Ali to Al Pacino, the idea was to choose a photograph of a legend and use that to inspire a window display.
Our choice was Audrey Hepburn. More than 50 years after starring in films such as Roman Holiday and My Fair Lady, Audrey Hepburn continues to be a British style icon, representing a timeless elegance and effortless refinement.
We loved one particular image, taken by Norman Parkinson – a legend himself as a photographer - in the summer of 1955 for Glamour magazine. It shows Hepburn outside her villa in Italy, surrounded by coral pink bougainvillea, in a Givenchy dress.
Stirred by this feeling of Summer, romance, and glamour, we asked the floral designers Studio Sorores to create a bubble bath that dreams are made of, with winding vines and overgrown wisteria.
It's a scene that might evoke Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Or simply inspire breakfast in the tub.