Anyone travelling along Brompton Road yesterday evening would have been in for quite the sight: Harrods was illuminated in that instantly recognisable Tiffany blue, to celebrate 150 years of Tiffany & Co in London. It marks the first time that the iconic department store has changed the colour of its façade in partnership with a brand.
The jeweller enlisted the help of Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan who had the honour of lighting up the building - all 7,500 light globes - doing so in a sweetly matching blue tulle dress by Selezza (which was perfectly colour matched by her stylist, Aimee Croysdill). She finished her look with bow-festooned Jimmy Choo shoes and some glittering gems by - of course - Tiffany & Co.
The actress has quickly been making a name for herself as one to watch on the fashion circuit in recent months, thanks to her penchant for expertly curated looks that err on the side of the experimental - making her the perfect choice for the brand's 150th anniversary celebrations.
The Harrods lights will remain in place until the end of June, to coincide with a Tiffany & Co in-store takeover, following which the globes will be completely recycled, in line with both the retailer and the jeweller's sustainability commitments. The Tiffany Blue Box Cafe at Harrods also remains on the lower ground floor, offering daily breakfast and afternoon tea, as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday.
Yesterday evening marked just the beginning of Tiffany & Co's celebrations in London this year, which is also commemorated this week by the opening of an impressive new exhibition, Vision & Virtuosity, which explores the history of the luxury jewellery brand. Running until 19 August, the Saatchi Gallery exhibition will showcase 400 archival objects and takes visitors on an experiential journey, featuring everything from recreations of Tiffany's famed window displays to a celebration of beloved film Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn.
"Vision & Virtuosity tells the extraordinary story of one of the world’s oldest luxury jewellers," says Anthony Ledru, president and CEO of Tiffany & Co. "The exhibition is an immersive journey over our nearly 200-year history of pioneering creativity, legendary craftsmanship and sourcing of the world’s most extraordinary diamonds and gemstones. It perfectly captures our long-standing heritage of bridging tradition and modernity. We are thrilled to share the world of Tiffany & Co. and our unique high jewellery style with London."