Mr Selfridge – Totally seduced by the style and shopping.

January 10th, 2013

After a weekend of ill-health, I finally got around to catching up properly with ‘Mr Selfridge’ last night. I was totally dazzled and enchanted, as I had expected to be, with the fascinating story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, played in the series by Jeremy Piven,  and the iconic department store he created, bought to life on the small screen. All those instantly recognisable features, the wonderful window displays, the luxurious fixtures and fittings, the Art Nouveau style lifts, it was all there, albeit in a 1909 version.

Mr Selfridge was a retail visionary. So much about the way we enjoy shopping is down to him, from the opportunity to be able to ‘handle the goods’, to browse and window shop, the fact that we have rails and rails of choice, all this can be linked back to the ‘Earl of Oxford Street’ and how he perceived the shopping experience. The fact that he was also a seductive romeo who lived and loved life to the full, also adds to his general, larger than life personality.

As you would expect, the show is visually stunning, with the female characters seeming to have walked straight off the Marc Jacobs catwalk locomotive, such is the stylised Edwardian look. Key characters include Katherine Kelly playing Lady May Loxley, and Zoe Tapper as the glamorous showgirl Ellen Love. I’m not sure if Ellen Love was real person, the real Selfridge certainly had a relationship with one of the notorious Dolly Sisters, so Ellen could be a fictional character.

I am already hooked on the glamour and drama of Mr Selfridge, and am also thrilled that the modern-day  Selfridges are getting into the spirit of the series too, with a special Selfridges selection that includes, of course, the Lindy Woodhead book on which it is all based, and those very special red gloves that start it all.

DENTS Buttoned leather gloves £79.00 click to visit Selfridges

EXCLUSIVE MR WINGATE Selfridges Oxford Street cushion cover with pad £45 click to visit Selfridges

BOOKSHOP Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead £17.99 click to visit Selfridges

 

 



5 Responses to “Mr Selfridge – Totally seduced by the style and shopping.”

  1. Carol says:

    Glad to see my Mr Selfridge blog post inspired you for this post. You have such a great way with words.

    I didn’t realise that Selfridges had some memorabilia for the show. I feel another blog post coming on…

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  2. Louise says:

    Fabulous post about a series I’m already hooked on. I would seriously love a pair of those gloves too.

  3. Gwynhwyfar says:

    Fascinating series! And what a surprise that the gloves were such a key thing. I never realized that when women shopped back then, they had to take what was offered by the person behind the counter. This is also a refreshing period in time, when everything was moving beyond the staid class lines and women’s restrictions that we’ve seen in other series like “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs, Downstairs”. Even married women like Mrs Selfridge are breaking free and going their own way.

    And I want those gloves, but in purple!

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