London's Bond Street Christmas illuminations + 6 dapper men

Bond Street's spectacular christmas illuminations on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Bond Street Development Group
Bond Street's spectacular christmas illuminations on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Bond Street Development Group

Autumn may be my favorite season of the year, but Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. There isn't a state of mind kinder, warmer, cozy, and nostalgic than Christmas.  I'm sure those that celebrate the other holidays around this time would agree.  It's incomparable.  For me, at least, it has nothing to do with the gifts, but rather the coming together of family and friends to give, help, eat, cheer, and....be merry!

Aside from this Tiffany's short holiday film:




London’s Bond Street takes the next prize in--What can get your holiday mood started on the sweetest note?

Bond Street served as center-stage to host a spectacular illumination scheme that celebrates the colorful history of the world’s most illustrious luxury destination.

Bond Street in London. 2014 Christmas Illuminations
Bond Street in London. 2014 Christmas Illuminations. Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images

To provide a source of inspiration for the 2014 new festive illuminations, the New West End Company’s Bond Street Development Group delved deep into the archives to explore the heritage of the street, established in 1686 and now home to over 125 of the world’s leading luxury stores including more than 80 designer flagships which sees £1billion of spend annually.

In the late 1700s Bond Street was the favorite haunt of ‘The Bond Street Loungers’; dapper men who promenaded the street and became the early fashionistas or ‘peacocks’ of their day. They were depicted in literature and art and immortalized in a cartoon by James Gillray (1796). Beau Brummell and “Poodle” Byng were the most notorious.

Six dapper young men re-enacting the famous 18th century "Bond Street Roll" in celebration of Bond Street's spectacular Christmas illuminations on November 13, 2014 in London, England. The new West End Company's Bond Street Development Group are responsible for the £1 million Bond Street festive illumination scheme which has been dedicated to these "gentleman" of the era. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Bond Street Development Group
Six dapper young men re-enacting the famous 18th century "Bond Street Roll" in celebration of Bond Street's spectacular Christmas illuminations on November 13, 2014 in London, England. The new West End Company's Bond Street Development Group are responsible for the £1 million Bond Street festive illumination scheme which has been dedicated to these "gentleman" of the era. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Bond Street Development Group.

The 2014 £1million scheme has been dedicated to the gentlemen of this era, with over a quarter of a million elegant lamps [LED] displayed as glorious white Peacocks.  The display, which will be viewed by over 10 million visitors from more than 100 international countries spending over £400 million in the next seven weeks, is set to lead the thousands of lighting displays to take place all over the world in that it is designed and rooted in genuine historical fact.

Six Dapper men performing at the 2014 Bond Street Christmas Illuminations
Six Dapper men performing at the 2014 Bond Street Christmas Illuminations. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Bond Street Development Group

To support the design decision for the scheme, Bond Street’s Managing Director, Beverley Aspinall, established a panel of experts from brands that have graced the pavements of Bond Street since 1911; Asprey, Cartier, Charbonnel et Walker, The Fine Art Society and Fenwick. The 2014 venture reflects back to the first time that Bond Street was liveried in one scheme which was supported and established by the Bond Street brands. In 1911, brands came together to fund a £1,800 scheme for the Coronation of King George V.

Bond Street launches heritage-inspired illuminations: on November 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images
Bond Street launches heritage-inspired illuminations: on November 13, 2014 in London, England.
Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images

Bond Street's Christmas Illuminations, 2014. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Bond Street Development Group

A general view of Bond Street's spectacular Christmas illuminations on November 13, 2014 in London, England. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for Bond Street Development Group