How do you illustrate excitement? If you’re British department store Harvey Nichols, you show models who are so excited about their upcoming sale that they’ve actually peed their pants. The British public, predictably, is none too happy with the ads, as dissenting Twitter users expressed their concern. This isn’t the first time Harvey Nichols’ ads have caused controversy — over Christmas, the company ran a series of ads depicting women doing “the walk of shame.” Some said the ads were sexist, though the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the depiction of women in this way was “unlikely to cause serious or widespread offense.”
What do you think the ads? Are they cheeky or cheesy?
I love purse dogs as much as the next squeal-y girl, but certain things should not be treated as accessories: puppies, children and, oh yeah, puppies. Harvey Nichols‘ holiday commercial dispatched dozens of cute puppies to a department store and showed posh lady-actresses shopping for dogs to match their shoes and coats — even wrapping them up in wrapping paper. Keep reading »
Copyranter has baffled us again with a new, bizarre ad campaign. This one is from the UK department store Harvey Nichols. In the ads, color-coordinated women’s outfits go shopping for the proper heads to go with them. But what does it all mean? The tag line reads: “Who will be the lucky ones?” Does this indicate that at Harvey Nichols, the clothes shop for you, and not the other way around? Or does it mean you’re likely to lose your head at this sale? I remain confused, but I feel confident the sight of a headless woman and a whole heck of a lot decapitated heads are sure to get the public’s attention. [Copyranter] Keep reading »
British soap stars get treated to an eyeful at the Harvey Nichols Spring/Summer 2010 preview collection. How come the models in the shows we go to never look like this? [Manchester, 3/12/10] Keep reading »
Beyonce has been in London working her butt off onstage in front of packed venues on her sold-out tour—but this past weekend, she managed to eek out a few hours for herself. Well, for shopping … for herself. And did she ever shop. The estimated total damage done at the Harvey Nichols department store: £6,000, aka just over $9,900 (depending on the day’s exchange rate). What did she slap all that plastic down for? Well, to kick things off, she is now the proud new owner of a chain bolero type-jacket (check it out, above!) by Parisian label American Retro. What else was on the sales receipt? Keep reading »
A new French perfume by Etat Libre d’Orange called SÃ©crÃ©tions Magnifiques smells just like what the name suggests it takes — a combo of blood, sweat, and spit. [No tears? -- Editor] Although the scent alone is enough to trigger your gag reflex, the $150 price tag will probably do that too. The perfume has been selling at Harvey Nichols, the favorite high-end department store of Absolutely Fabulous‘ Patsy and Edina, but has just hit the American market at Henri Bendel. Kudos to Antoine Lei, who created the scent that flies in the face of what perfume is even used for — a fresh, pleasant smell to mask body odors. But gosh, doesn’t everything sound super chic in French? [The Sun U.K.] Keep reading »