Elegant Christmas Shopping in London


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A 1989 guide to Christmas shopping in London's finest department stores from Barbara McMahon of 'Head to Toe'.

  • Title
    Barbara McMahon Goes Christmas Shopping in London
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  • Contributor
    Barbara McMahon (Presenter)
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    Head to Toe
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    Elegant Christmas Shopping in London
  • Extended description

    Barbara McMahon advises on Christmas shopping in London in this clip from fashion programme 'Head to Toe'. "Remember to wear light clothing" and "do leave the stilettos behind".

    She visits some of London's finest department stores, Harvey Nichols of Knightsbridge, Liberty and Selfridges, all of which have been transformed for Christmas. Harvey Nichols is "renowned for its sophisticated elegance" and has avoided "the typical gaudy glitter of Chrismas". Liberty has gone for a Russian fairy-tale theme with its Christmas window.

    Barbara suggests a number of purchases, including a skirt for the Christmas tree bucket from Harvey Nichols, Liberty's famous prints and a reversible coat from Selfridges. But at the end of the day, she recommends viewers do their Christmas shopping at home in comfort. Because "what's wrong with keeping a few bob in Ireland?"

  • Information

    'Head to Toe' was a weekly lifestyle programme which focused on clothes and fashion. 'Head to Toe' ran for 10 series between 1988 and 1997. The first show was aired on 21 October 1988 and was presented by Frances Duff, Mary O'Sullivan and Marty Whelan. Mary O'Sullivan described the show as "a magazine mix of everything to do with with clothes, people , the rag trade in general, personalities, swap shops, the nostalgia scene, people's private collections, country shopping and dressing and budgets and even problems". (RTÉ Guide, 14 October, 1988, p.6)

  • Local keywords
    Christmas, Christmas shopping, Christmas windows, Christmas presents, Christmas clothes, London, Harvey Nichols, Liberty, Selfridges, Department stores, Head to Toe, Barbara McMahon
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  • Topic
    National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
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  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
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  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)