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after spending the last few days working with young hong kong fashion designers on their runway show ( more on that in january ), my team and I decided to take a day off to go on a little christmas trek. the former british colony is known for her wonderfully imaginative yuletide decor, many of them collaborations with the creative sector, and we were curious to see what this year’s offerings were.

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20131219-033348.jpgthe landmark is a boutique-sized mall filled with the best luxe labels and located a stone’s throw from the nightlife district of lan kwai fong. last year, the mall created an amazing, larger-than-life snowscape in the atrium, complete with working ski lifts and cable cars. this season, majestic mirrored reindeer and reflective, metallic green firs sit atop a massive copper-coloured plateau whilst a huge pinball track snakes across the ceiling, through crystal snowflakes, with giant silver balls rolling along it’s track.

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20131219-033526.jpg metallic was the order of the day too at one of my fave malls, pacific place – playmobile-esque mechanical elves, reindeer and santa’s sleigh, with a huge carousel of gifts descending from the ceiling, surround a amazing LED snow globe that must be seen to be appreciated in it’s full glory.

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20131219-034123.jpg the stylish lane crawford took collabs to a whole new level, with the work of artists the likes of kirsten hassenfeld ( who created a beautiful display of white and pink lantern ) and caroline cheng ( a breathtaking ceramic tree that, on closer examination, is made up of thousands of tiny butterflies ).

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20131219-034516.jpg I was a little surprised that the owners allowed the use of the white lanterns, as the more superstitious chinese would draw reference to the symbolism of it’s use in oriental funerals. but happy that they chose to see past that.

20131219-034858.jpg harvey nichols decided to go on a christmas safari with an imaginative series of window displays

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20131219-035350.jpg whilst taking a shortcut through the Hong Kong park, via the citibank building, I stumbled upon these beautiful nutcracker-inspired sentinels, all made of recycled materials.

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20131219-035606.jpg times square had these rather, erm, quirky cartoon characters, which proved to be a popular photo op.

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20131219-035806.jpg even the side streets of causeway bay got into the festivities

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20131219-035937.jpg best way to end a dative jaunt – a lovely glass of bubbly ( or three )

20131219-040113.jpg love, light and peace to all this christmas. cheers!

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