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“Blink” Inspiration: Moschino vs James Galanos

April 24th, 2014
Moschino vs James Galanos

Moschino vs James Galanos

I shot the left image just the other day, in the window of the Moschino store. A few days later I was cruising around Pinterest and spotted the right hand image. “Ooh” I thought “that reminds me of that Moschino frock, but look, it’s from the 1960′s!”. Yes they are very close indeed. Fashion does regularly eat itself and looks do get regurgitated (sorry if you’re eating your breakfast…).

Probably the more interesting part of this for me is that I have never previously heard of James Galanos. I don’t profess to be a fashion history expert, but I do know a fair bit so it’s really unusual to come across a previously unknown name that appears to have such a glowing fashion history. He’s even on Voguepedia! Galanos set up his label at the beginning of the 50′s in LA and the first collection was a huge success. He then opened a studio in New York where he was discovered by Neiman Marcus who stated that his creations would soon “set the world on fire.” His clothes were made with incredibly high attention to detail which even rivaled the standards of the couturiers in Paris. His label became the one to wear for both New York style gurus like Diana Vreeland, as well as Hollywood stars like Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. Galanos  only retired in 1998, “Most people get 15 minutes,” he said “I had 50 years.”

James Galanos

James Galanos

James Galanos worn by Gloria Vanderbilt - April 1961 - Hollywood, California - Photo by Gordon Parks for LIFE Magazine

James Galanos worn by Gloria Vanderbilt – April 1961 – Hollywood, California – Photo by Gordon Parks for LIFE Magazine

James Galanos, 1967

James Galanos, 1967

Samantha Jones in a polka-dot coat by James Galanos, photo by Bob Stone, 1972

Samantha Jones in a polka-dot coat by James Galanos, photo by Bob Stone, 1972

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” New Designers: Jena.Theo, London Fashion Week

April 23rd, 2014

We do love a new label, and although Jena.Theo is not strictly brand new (they won the Fashion Fringe award in 2009), they had escaped our attention until this February’s LFW show at Somerset House. Founded by Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, who met at the London College of Fashion in 2002, Jena.Theo is the result of their combined creative skills and experience in design and buying, as well as their diverse backgrounds blending British and Greek influences.

What first attracted us to their AW’14 collection was the brilliantly bold pattern combinations and the diversity from denim through to structured, dramatic dresses. Much of the pattern is due to O.Two, aka James Carey, a graphic artist/ illustrator who joined the team in 2011. Romy, the Jena.Theo studio assistant, showed us through the collection which actually comprises of three parts- Pre, RTW and Denim. The pre-collection featured gorgeous tropical, brightly coloured pattern that was reflected in the mainline RTW, which diversified into wonderful metallic finishes, graphic lines and more structured base cloths. The denim offer works with the rest of the pieces, but is a separate and complete entity showcasing clever cutting, great finishes and cool graduated colour effects.

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Already internationally stocked in prestigious stores Jena.Theo has made an impression on the fashion world, and we think this collection may be the one to bring this creative and innovative label into the general fashion crowd’s consciousness. I’ll be slipping into some of their AW’14 pieces as soon as they drop into Wolf and Badger or pop up at ASOS and Young British Designers.

For more new designers, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Take a seat in Merci, Paris

April 22nd, 2014

If you’re a regular “Blink London” reader, then you may already know about my chair obsession. I have been trying to hold it down a little as Blink Towers started to look more like a chair showroom than a fashion studio. I now just try to indulge my seat-based urges virtually, and that means that I can share the joy of a well formed pew with you lot as well. Here are some from our recent trip to Paris. Yes, I know I bang on about Merci A LOT, but believe me it is well deserving of the Blink blog space dedicated to this incredible and unique store. Right, so back to the chairs…

vintage style at Merci, Paris

vintage style at Merci, Paris

vintage style at Merci, Paris

vintage style at Merci, Paris

hyper rustic at Merci, Paris

hyper rustic at Merci, Paris

The Merci theme, during our visit, seemed oriented around the crafted, authentic, natural and handworked. That actually extended on from these amazing pieces of furniture right across the fashion buy too which had a distinctly rustic, washed out, well worn feel to it too.

In complete and utter contrast to all of this natural inspired gorgeousness was these fabulous, ultra bright, bucket seats spotted on the metro. Pure mid Century joy in both form and colour. I’ve tried to discover who designed them but to no avail. If you know, do please let us know via a comment!

Paris Metro station seating

Paris Metro station seating

For more “Blink London” lifestyle posts, just take a look here. If you’d like to see what has been inspiring us on our travels, then just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Chanel gets Arty

April 16th, 2014

I understand that the inspiration behind the Chanel SS’14 RTW collection was about the impact of art on fashion and fashion as art and art as life and art as art and well, you get the general gist right? If you take the distraction of the collections ‘message’ and the gallery style show set away, then this is simply a wonderous collection that is filled with genius reworkings of the Chanel DNA (even though those wigs were mighty ugly).

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

This palette inspired print looks just divine teamed with the highly figured lace. It’s clean, bright, elegant and well crafted. It’s a perfect example of much of the collections handwriting. Well, with that in mind can someone explain to me where these, greyed off, worn out, grubby and somewhat grungy accessories fit in with that? Not a fan, Karl. Kindly make a note of my displeasure.

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Henri Matisse at Tate Modern

April 15th, 2014

Yesterday I was very lucky to be invited to the preview of this major exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern. I was very much looking forward to this as I have loved Matisse’s work since I first discovered him when I was an art student. Yes, I knew something about his work and had found wonder and inspiration in his use of bold colour and clean lines- but nothing prepared me for the room upon room of utter beauty that is this exhibition.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever collated, devoted to his paper cut-outs made between 1937 and 1954. If you are a creative of any shape or form, but especially a colourist, print designer or graphic artist, then this exhibition is a must for you as I feel utterly sure that we will see his influence, driven by this show, impacting on the fashion world in particular.

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers, detail

Two Dansers, detail

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The Heart, from the Jazz series

The Heart, from the Jazz series

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse's studio in Vence

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse’s studio in Vence

Matisse's painted paper reference set

Matisse’s painted paper reference set

The elegance of the seeming simplicity of many of these works, reduced to essential lines and expressed in clean flat planes of colour, is utterly uplifting. Although the concept of using cut-outs may make you think that these will be flat and featureless, a close look at these amazing works shows a texture and layering that adds depth and subtle definition to the compositions. Utterly enthralling.

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Acanthuses, Matisse

Acanthuses, Matisse

book cover designs 1951-2

book cover designs 1951-2

I have had to choose just a few of my favourite shots that we took yesterday, but believe me, there is so much more to be seen and inspired by. This exhibition is running until 7th September so make a plan to get there when it’s not school holidays or the weekend as I think this is going to be one of Tate Modern’s most popular exhibitions.

For more inspirational posts, look here. If you’re after a look at the events we’ve featured, look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music Monday

April 14th, 2014

I have been playing the new Bombay Bicycle Club album on a loop ever since downloading it. ‘So Long, See you Tomorrow’ is an epic evolution of the band’s signature sound, and ‘Feel’ has to be my favourite track from the album.

I just can’t help getting a wiggle on when I hear this. It’s just so uplifting and bright. This is undeniably pop-ish in it’s hooky repeats but it is still elegant, brilliant, innovative and clever.

For more great music, just take a look here and relax yourself.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle

April 10th, 2014

 

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

For more from London Fashion Week, take a look here. For more accessories, then look here. If you’d like to check out all of our streetstyle, then click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle

April 9th, 2014
London Fashion Week, streetstyle

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

For more from London Fashion Week, take a look here. For more accessories, then look here. If you’d like to check out all of our streetstyle, then click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: J’adore Dior SS’14

April 8th, 2014

Dior brings the amazing flora draped set of the SS’14 show to their windows. Such a fabulous show. Such a stunning collection. And now one of the most beautiful window schemes that we’ve seen in some time.

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Here’s the video of the SS’14 show so you can appreciate the atmosphere of the show space, as well as this amazing collection. We are huge Raf Simons fans. How he combines the handwriting of Dior with his own aesthetic, plus ensuring it feels utterly innovative and current, is a design dream come true.

For more retail news, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music Monday: The Kooks ‘Down’

April 7th, 2014

This one will go well with your first espresso of the day, or perhaps instead of your usual caffeine fix? Delivering a burst of energy with the snappy chorus, we love this addictive new track from The Kooks. ‘Down’ is released on 20th April and is from a new album that will drop later this year.

This Brit band (formed in Brighton) isn’t a regular on my personal playlist. I’ve generally found them to be a bit on the pop side for my tastes, but this track has a bit more of an R&B feel which is perhaps what has drawn me in, or maybe it’s the raw energy and the slightly grubbier edge?

For more great new (well, it was new when it was posted!) music, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy