“Blink” Inspiration: Barbara Hepworth, part 2

June 3rd, 2015

So now that I have you in an arty kind of mood, I have some more Hepworth insights to share with you. If you’ve been keeping your eyes on our instagram feed you will have noticed that I was on a rather lovely road trip last week. I was whisked off in an open-top sports car and driven down to the depths of beautiful Cornwall. Not only did I have a wonderful few days of well earned rest, I also enjoyed my first ever airbnb experience (marvellous and can’t wait to do it again!) as well as having a chance to head to St Ives, which has been on my list of ‘things to do’ far about a decade!

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Well, St Ives doesn’t quite look as it did in that 50’s film on the earlier post we shared about the upcoming Barbara Hepworth exhibition at Tate Britain, apart from one small part- Hepworth’s house and studio along with it’s wonderful sculpture garden which is now a museum run by the Tate.

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

The interior space is lovely and well curated, but the magic really happens when you step outside into the garden. This is where the sculpture studios are located too. The garden is populated by Hepworth’s work, placed exactly where she decided they should be. It’s a small space but with the way the foliage and the sculptures work together, it feels far larger.

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

You can glance inside a few of the spaces where Hepworth created her work and it looks as if she has just stepped out to make a fresh cup of tea. It is utterly entrancing and gives you such a wonderful sense of this genius woman, how she lived and how she created.

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden, St Ives

Perhaps you’re thinking “Uh, hello, this is a fashion blog, not a bloomin’ art and culture blog”. Well, apologies, but this is where fashion starts. The future of fashion doesn’t come from within fashion. It starts with art, culture, life… well, everything that makes us excited, drives us to move forward and to innovate, even if that inspiration comes from the past.

So shall I see you at the Tate Britain Barbara Hepworth exhibition, notepad or sketchbook in hand? I hope so.

For more inspirational posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Barbara Hepworth, part 1

June 3rd, 2015

Several months back I was invited to an exhibition preview for the upcoming Barbara Hepworth exhibition at Tate Britain. I love her work so was very excited to hear that they were staging an exhibition as I have never seen more than a handful of her sculptures together at any one time.

As it was months in advance of the show opening, instead of having the exhibition all ready to be viewed they instead gave us a a pre-show teaser in the shape of this wonderful vintage film about the artist. It is 50’s through and through, from Hepworth and her personal style to the music, the colour levels and the narration by poet Cecil Day Lewis. How wonderful to see this amazing sculptor at work.

I love this film so much and thought you’d enjoy seeing an excerpt from it too, just to get you in the mood as the exhibition is opening at the end of this month. Tate Britain will be showing over 70 of Hepworth’s most significant works, of various scales and materials, in the first London based retrospective for over fifty years.

It’s sure to be influential and impactful so not to be missed as far as we’re concerned.

The exhibition details:

Opens on 24th June, until 25th October 2015 at Tate Britain in the Linbury Galleries

Admission £16.30 (£14.50 concessions)or £18.00 (£16.00 concessions) with Gift Aid donation

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00

For public information call +44 (0)20 7887 8888, visit tate.org.uk, or follow @tate #Hepworth

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: The end of an era…

June 2nd, 2015

Don’t panic! This isn’t the announcement of a total end of everything Blink, but it is the end of a part of our business. Sorry for the recent radio silence but we have been in deep and intense meetings about this business of mine and we have come up with some decisions…

Blink London was founded as a reporting service, delivering targeted, swift and informed fashion retail news from London to the fashion industry around the world. The reports were conceived after spending years as a time-poor designer working in an increasingly demanding and speedy industry. I wanted to give designers just like me some brilliantly functional tools to allow them to feel inspired  and informed right from the comfort of their desks. Well, for the last ten years or so we have managed to do that, working closely with our wonderful agents all around the world. However, with the increasing level of free information and inspiration via the world wide web (and blogs just like this one!), teamed with the total global domination of the industry giant that is WGSN (and Stylesight) that we have decided to close the doors on this part of our business.

Oouuff, it’s been a tough decision for me as I don’t like to walk away from anything, but we have fought and struggled and worked our little bums off for long enough and it’s now it’s time to let the curtain fall on that part of Blink London so that we can instead focus all of that creative energy on the remaining parts. One of which is my passion project, this gorgeous blog and all of it’s attending social media activity (which will get more gorgeous, more posts, more love). The second part of Blink is the teaching and lecturing that I do for some of the most respected fashion education establishments as well as the Blink London Blogging and Social Media workshops (of which we are very proud), and I hope to be doing lots and lots more of this.

Blink London's 'Intro to Blogging and Social Media' workshop, learn about blogging, social media, London based blogging class, fashion blogging, lifestyle blogging, beauty blogging

Blink London’s ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop

The third and final part of what we do is perhaps the part that you know least about. That’s because we work as creative consultants to the fashion industry. Perhaps you saw the recent post about our lovely client, Iffley Road? Well, we work with several other brands as their design team as well as dipping in and out of businesses all around the world delivering our view for future seasons, forecasting trends for specific areas of their businesses and helping them to redirect their brands in to exciting pastures new.

If you are looking for deeply skilled creatives to work with you and your fashion or lifestyle brand, then take a look at this and please do drop us a line as we would be delighted to talk to you. Just email me at info@blinklondon.com

Blink London Creative Consultancy, fashion design, design consultancy

Blink London Creative Consultancy

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Beauty: Grey Matter

May 21st, 2015

I have a personal problem. It’s something that some people who are close to me know about, but it is something I try to hide as much as possible. It is getting harder and harder to deal with, so I have decided it might be a good time to share my struggle with you.

Since I was about 21 years old, I have been dealing with a increasing amount of grey hair. I am now in my 40’s (gulp, now you know!) and it is getting rather out of hand. As a brunette with thick hair that grows exceptionally fast I am currently colouring my roots about every two weeks. That is A LOT of hair dye! The worst of it is right on my hairline where my hair naturally falls into a parting. Thanks for that additional fun twist Mother Nature!

As the grey is getting stronger, my will to resist it is getting weaker and I’ve thinking about giving up the battle and embracing the change. This is where the trouble starts…

Yes, fashion favourites, Iris Apfel and Linda Rodin both look beyond fabulous with their natural hair colour but I AM NOT OLD ENOUGH to embrace my grey in the same way that they do, with any level of comfort.

Iris Apfel, via Pinterest. Found on anothermag.com

Iris Apfel, via Pinterest. Found on anothermag.com

Linda Rodin, image via Pinterest with thanks

Linda Rodin, image via Pinterest with thanks

Conversely I am not young enough to rock it in a ‘cool grey’ way like these beauties. This is a tricky middle space between both looks, both ages that I am currently being bemused by. Gosh, I feel more like the girls below- but my hair is clearly feeling more like the wonderful women above…

image via Pinterest with thanks, Blink London, fashion blog, grey hair

image via Pinterest with thanks

image via Pinterest with thanks, originally from They All Hate Us. Blink London, fashion blog, grey hair

image via Pinterest with thanks, originally from They All Hate Us

If any of you have a clue on what I should do that doesn’t involve shaving my head or permanently wearing a hat, I’d be beyond grateful!

For more of our beauty posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Our Blogging and Social Media Workshop

May 19th, 2015

We’ve just released tickets for the next ‘Introduction to Blogging and Social Media’ via Eventbrite. The workshop is on Tuesday 2nd and Tuesday 9th June, from 6pm until 9pm on both evenings. Have a look here and book quickly as the group is very small and we are always sold out.

I love delivering this workshop for so many reasons. Firstly, it’s a great way to share my passion for the subject. Secondly, I love seeing the fear drop away from our attendees as they see how easy and accessible Blogging and Social Media really is. Third and finally, I love seeing how my groups become an instant support network for each other. It’s a win win win!

Blink London's 'Intro to Blogging and Social Media' workshop, learn about blogging, social media, London based blogging class, fashion blogging, lifestyle blogging, beauty blogging

Blink London’s ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop

We run the workshops from a lovely venue called Parlour in Kensal Green. You can read more about Parlour here, and about the founder and head chef, Jesse Dunford Wood, here!

Take a look at the ‘Learn with us’ page to find out more about our workshops.

Oh and if you need any further persuasion, here’s a lovely testimonial from a recent attendee:

“I recently took the social media course that Blink London course offers and cannot recommend it highly enough. It was exactly what I was looking for – including all the essential information about how to get started, and lots of excellent tricks of the trade. Lucy was friendly and knowledgeable and delivered the content in a clear and light hearted way. I now feel confident to just jump in and get started, thank you Blink London!”

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: The Maccabees ‘Marks to Prove It’

May 18th, 2015

If you watch this you can forgo your morning caffeine hit. The song in tandem with the rather stress-inducing video will get your heart pumping better than any double espresso. Phew.

‘Marks to Prove It’ is exhausting and exhilarating. The musical equivalent of a massive surge of adrenaline. Not only is it a stunner of a track, it’s also the first we’ve heard from The Maccabees in AGES! The band have been locked away creating their new album, leaving us bereft of their unique, innovative, raw, British sound. I personally cannot wait to hear the new album. Hurry up Maccabees and give us some more details!

For more great Music Monday posts, just look here!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Heidi Klein x Selfridges, just for you

May 14th, 2015

Heidi Klein has teamed up with wonderfully creative embroiderer Laura Lees to offer Selfridges shoppers the chance to personalize their HK product in a very luxurious way. You can have your initials embroidered in gold thread on swimwear and accessory purchases this Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of May from 12-8pm both days.

Heidi Klein x Laura Lees x Selfridges personalization service. #embroidery. #Espadrilles, #Blink London

Heidi Klein x Laura Lees x Selfridges personalization service

We wanted to offer the Selfridges shopper something personal this summer.  Having your initials sewn on to your bikini or espadrilles by Laura Lees is a luxurious touch we hope shoppers will enjoy. It’s great for gifting and our new girls collection,” says co-founder Penny Klein.

I wonder if I can twist Laura’s arm and have her embroider “Blink” on a bikini for me? For more retail news, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Iffley Road’s Icons

May 13th, 2015

You may know me as a fashion blogger, but actually my ‘day job’ is as a fashion designer and creative consultant. One of the brands that I am currently honoured to be working with is the brilliant British runningwear brand, Iffley Road. I am the design element of this business, helping Bill and Claire, Iffley Road’s founders, turn their concepts, thoughts and aesthetic ideals into reality. That reality is a perfectly refined, functional, modern yet somewhat elegant collection of items to make up the perfect running wardrobe.

My first pieces for them have just gone live on the Iffley Road online shop, and will also be on Mr Porter and on the shelves in Barneys New York. Very, very exciting times. I must say that the creative consultancy relationship is a wonderful one when you have clients like Iffley Road. They have a clear vision, a clear call to action when developing new styles, and a very strong aesthetic. They don’t just express that aesthetic through the product, wonderful packaging and great branding. They also express it in very artistic ways, like the current limited edition, anniversary running top featuring artwork by graphic artist Richard Mitchelson, and also like this wonderful animated film.

To celebrate the anniversary of the world’s first sub 4 minute mile ran by Roger Bannister on 6 May 1954, Iffley Road commissioned British animator, Hugo Glover, to create a piece dedicated to some of the Icons of British Running, past and present. It is a lovely thing, whether you are an avid runner or not. Please also take a look at the film “Behind the Icons” to see how the animation was made, showing all of the intense creative work that went in to this film.

If you’d like to know more about our creative consultancy services, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: #RadleyAW15 Press Day

May 12th, 2015
Radley AW'15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15

Radley AW’15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15

Did you read our previous posts about Radley? Here’s a look at their revamp of archive styles for 2014, and here’s a post about their most recent collaboration with the wonderful Holly Fulton. You might have gathered from those posts, and more besides, that Radley have been experiencing somewhat of a reinvention, a refocus and a refresh. Well, that innovative mood has all come to fruition with the AW’15 collection that really shows a cohesive, exciting, cleaned up and modernised take on what Radley stands for as a great British leather goods brand.

The Press day was styled up to reflect their very artistic approach to the AW’15 offer, with product gathered by colour or pattern. Loving those massive spray paint props. But all the clever dressing aside, this is a collection of really lovely, highly desirable bags.

The 'Keats Grove'. Radley AW'15 Press day, #RadleyAW15, Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

The ‘Keats Grove’. Radley AW’15 Press day, #RadleyAW15

The 'Keats Grove'. Radley AW'15 Press day, #RadleyAW15, Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

The ‘Keats Grove’. Radley AW’15 Press day, #RadleyAW15. Image from Radley with thanks

The ‘Keats Grove’ collection was inspired by the poet, Keats. The envelope style front pocket was inspired by the hundreds of love letters that Keats wrote to his wife. What a beautiful sentiment behind this beautiful bag.

Radley AW'15 Press day, #RadleyAW15

Radley AW’15 Press day, #RadleyAW15

The azalea pink is a fabulously saturated shade for AW’15, and this offer includes the splatter patterned bag (bottom row, centre) which will a limited edition style just for sale at retail.

'Portobello' polka dot bags. Radley AW'15 Press day, #RadleyAW15, Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

‘Portobello’ polka dot bags. Radley AW’15 Press day, #RadleyAW15

If you like something more patterned, then how about these bold, graphic and timeless dotty bags, inspired by a house painted with polka dots just off of Portobello Road in West London.

The Liberty print collection. Radley AW'15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15, Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

The Liberty print collection. Radley AW’15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15

If pattern is your thing, then how about these beauties trimmed in a William Morris designed, floral patterned, Liberty Art Fabric. We love that this is a combination of British design upon British heritage upon a British brand.

Radley AW'15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15 including our favourite, the 'Whitechapel', Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

Radley AW’15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15 including our favourite, the ‘Whitechapel’

Last but not least, here’s a look at the more classically coloured black bags from the AW’15 offer. A girl always needs a selection of great black bags, so while colour and pattern are all good and can lift an outfit, a brilliant black leather bag is a wonderful no-brainer too. Within this offer, I fell for the ‘Whitechapel’ (in close-up on the right).

This is a hand held style, which in itself feels fresh as I’ve been wearing a cross-body bag for an age now. I suddenly felt more grown up just holding this bag. It is inspired by a traditional doctor’s bag and as such hinges open with a frame style construction which means that this bag will stay pretty sharp, smart and elegant- which is always good in my book as I have a natural tendency to look like a scruffy teen most days (I am very much not a teenager in any sense by the way).

Thanks Radley, and congrats on delivering a great new look that enhances your heritage and handwriting whilst still feeling modern and innovative. If you’d like to read more about accessories, then just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: A$AP Rocky, ‘Everyday’ ft. Rod Stewart, Miguel, Mark Ronson

May 11th, 2015

I never thought the day would come that I could post a #MusicMonday that has something in it that appeals to my hip hop sensibilities as well as my Mum’s enduring love of Rod ‘Hot Legs’ Stewart! Well, that amazing day has come. A$AP Rocky‘s new track, ‘Everyday’ features Rodders, alongside Miguel and Mark Ronson. I’m not clear whether this is just a sample of Rod Stewart woven in to this new track, but I really hope they were actually in the studio together (unlikely but how amazing would that be?!?).

A$AP is a very gifted musician and I think you can hear that in this track, as in all of his work. We’ve actually featured him and A$AP Mob a couple of times already (Fashion Killa and Trillmatic) which is probably the most we have featured any one artist. This is a fresh musical genius right here, I mean he’s working with Rod Stewart for goodness sake!

You can download this track right now! For more #MusicMondays just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy