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Blink Catching Up: Fair Fashion

February 10th, 2016

Ferry journey from Istanbul

Apologies for the lack of a Music Monday or any other posts yet this week but I have been on a rather exciting last minute journey and just got back very late last night.

You may have spotted this image on my Instagram account on Sunday. It’s the ferry out of Istanbul taking me across to Mudanya on the long journey from London to Bursa. I was on my way to meet a really exciting collection of manufacturers and mills to kick off a wonderful new Blink London Consultancy project. I’ll share more with you as it develops (and if I’m allowed).

There are several areas in Turkey where textile and garment manufacturing happens, and has been happening for centuries, and Bursa is one of those. I love working with Turkey as a fashion manufacturing resource because the way that this country’s fashion manufacturing has evolved means that there are inherent sustainable practices. You will very often find that the garments you are having made in Turkey are being constructed from fabric that has been woven or knitted in very close proximity to the garment production plant, and often that fabric has been created from Turkish yarn too. This means that already your garments have incurred as few miles as possible before being shipped to it’s final destination. That is always going to be good news.

I met with a mill that has been awarded more eco certificates than any other in Turkey to date (and to Swiss standards, not Turkish ones), and in fact is becoming a vegan factory. Yup, you heard that right. This is a factory who is working towards eliminating any animal created fibres that cause that animal to be killed during that fibres harvesting. They are also supporting ethical and cruelty-free fibre producers when they are buying wool, and working at the forefront of recycled synthetics. I am so very impressed.

So here’s to a long and exciting relationship blossoming from here, and to me sharing more really positive fashion industry news with you from my new project!

Enjoy! Lucy

Valentino’s snake circlets and our hair adornment obsession

February 4th, 2016

Here’s our second indulgence in some Blink Towers team high-fiving. Hope you didn’t mind yesterday’s too much. So let me take you back to our fixation  on hair adornment. We looked at minimalist hardware vs sparkle explosions. We also featured some fashion fabulous tiaras and flowers. Well look at what cropped up in the Valentino Couture collection. Yes, it’s another post of adoration to the brilliance that is Valentino, and this time focussing on the snakey circlets slithering around their models’ heads.

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

As with our post featuring the Chanel Couture show eyeliner, this isn’t necessarily something to pop on to complete your look on a daily basis, but on the other hand maybe it is just the added fashion excitement that your weekly big shop needs?

Images from Vogue Runway, with huge thanks.

For more accessories posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Chanel Couture 2016 and our eyeliner obsession

February 3rd, 2016

This is where we have a moment of self-congratulation. A brief smug second. A little sigh of satisfaction that we are on the right fashion track. I hope you can take it because this is a two parter of self-satisfaction, just to get it out of the way!

Do you recall our post about my eyeliner obsession? If you didn’t read it before, you can catch up right here. Well look what popped up at the Chanel Couture show? Seems Karl and I have more in common than our love of cats…

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

It’s not one we’d recommend for your everyday, bombing around town, getting your chores done look. In fact it’s not one we can image suggesting an appropriate occasion for- but what it does do is cement the need for some eyeliner up-skilling. And I know just who to ask…

Images from Vogue Runway, with huge thanks.

For more beauty posts, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Radley supports the British Heart Foundation

February 3rd, 2016

Could there be any chicer way than this to display your support for the British Heart Foundation?

Radley supports British Heart Foundation with the limited edition 'Sweetheart' range, Valentines day, fashion handbag, National Heart Month, fashion blog, Blink London

Radley supports British Heart Foundation with the limited edition ‘Sweetheart’ range

Radley have launched their ‘Sweetheart’ collection, a limited edition cross body bag and matching coin purse in perfect time for both National Heart Month (February) and of course Valentine’s Day! All profits from the sale of these two styles will be donated to BHF by Radley, so you can proudly wear your heart not quite on your sleeve, but you know what I mean.

There are over 7 million people in the UK currently living with heart and circulatory disease, and I’m one of them so obviously I think this is fabulous for oh so many reasons!

Natalie Bolton, Design Director at Radley comments “We are delighted to be partnering with the British Heart Foundation, designing these fun limited edition products that will raise funds to support its essential ongoing research in the fight against heart disease.”

James Hails, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF, adds: “We’re delighted to be working with Radley again for 2016. As a charity we are reliant on the support of organisations like Radley to help us raise essential funds to continue our vital research. The designs are fantastic and we hope people will wear them with pride knowing they are helping millions of people.”

For more accessories posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Daughter ‘Numbers’ is Blink London’s Music Monday

February 1st, 2016

Perfectly suiting today’s moody weather, our #MusicMonday choice is Daughter‘s ‘Numbers’, taken from their just released new album ‘Not to Disappear‘. Daughter has a sound that is so unique, so very deeply emotive that it is utterly unmistakable. Much of that is due to the hauntingly lilting, breathy vocals from Elena Tonra, but it is also how Tonra’s vocal style is set against the complex and emotive musical backdrop created by bandmates Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella. The slightly tortured, echo-filled sound that this three piece creates is kind of filmic in it’s vastness, but if that film was of your strangest dreams.

I never, ever tire of Daughter’s music and every time I hear it, there’s something more to be noticed, a fresh subtlety to be uncovered, and the new album delivers that across every single track. If you are new to the delights of this British band, then ‘Numbers’ is a wonderful introduction to their sound. There’s wonder in the darkness and heartbreak of Daughter’s signature style that actually takes me right back to 80’s Brit indie bands like This Mortal Coil. There is an absolute beauty in the lush darkness of Daughter that we adore. Can’t have the light without it right?

Fore more great music posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Valentino’s Spring 2016 campaign, shot by the legendary Steve McCurry

January 29th, 2016

 

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Apologies for the low res images but my only recourse was screen-shooting these from the Valentino website- but I HAD to share them with you. These are from Valentino’s breathtakingly beautiful Spring Summer 2016 campaign, shot in Kenya. The collection was inspired by Africa and so this location is obviously the perfect way to highlight that- but what is more special even that the location is their choice of photographer, Steve McCurry.

I don’t believe that McCurry has ever taken on a fashion campaign before, but my goodness he was the perfect choice for this one. McCurry, who is best known for his ‘Afghan Girl’ National Geographic cover, has been working as an editorial photographer for over thirty years, travelling the world and capturing iconic images of people from diverse, deeply challenged, difficult environments, always managing to show us the subtle and striking beauty of his subjects and their surroundings.

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog
This has been taken from an article in WWD by Bridget Foley:

In describing Valentino’s African excursion, McCurry speaks not dispassionately, but with the specificity of an artist-clinician with a task at hand, while the designers invoke the language of pure idealism. “With this collection and campaign we wanted to speak about a different culture,” Chiuri says, noting that the European notions of beauty are rooted in classical Greek ideals. “We really believe that [cross-cultural understanding] improves our cultures…and with fashion it is possible to open eyes to learn something.”

Valentino, we yet again salute you. For more fashion inspiration, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink London reviews Pre Fall 2016 collections: No21

January 28th, 2016

Actually, the name of this label is so much more entrancing when spoken in its mother tongue… Numero Ventuno. That’s No21 to those of us sadly lacking in Italian language skills (yup, that’s me). Out of all the pre AW’16 collections I have to say that this one was perhaps the biggest surprise and now is top of my favourites list.

It feels modern and yet elegantly vintage. Kind of debutantish- but if she had a really naughty streak and a kind of careless nonchalance. You know those girls who may have had very little sleep and are all dry shampoo and pale skin, but still look utterly fabulous? Well, that’s the No21 girl as far as this collection is concerned. I think it’s that combination of plaids with lace, the frills and bows, that slightly longer mini length, the socks with the strappy shoes…

It’s beautiful and sweet, but with a dark undertone to it which is utter perfection.

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, image with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, image with thanks to Vogue Runway

All images with thanks to Vogue Runway.

Did you catch our review of the Erdem pre Fall 2016 collection too? And from there you’ll find our other show reviews too.

Enjoy! Lucy

Eyeliner: Flicks and cats. The struggle is real

January 26th, 2016

I’ve noticed that I mostly pin amazing eyeliner looks on to my Pinterest Beauty board. I’ve been caught out staring at immaculate eyeliner flicks on strangers as they walk past in the street. I’ve been known to quiz my girlfriends that always pull off incredible, symmetrical cats-eyes as if it isn’t any big deal (Caroline!). I’m obsessed because I am useless as doing this myself. Maybe it’s the shape of my eyes, maybe it’s just my wonky face, maybe it’s useless eye/hand coordination?

I did my research, trying to find the best tool that would magically impart some makeup super skills. I discovered my best yet option in Soap and Glory’s Supercat. Designed like a felt tip pen it’s super easy to use, long lasting and a really great deep, dark black. Oh, and a bargain too by the way. As you can see by the slightly well worn look of mine in the shot below, I do practice with it on a regular basis but still haven’t cracked the simplest of line looks.

Soap and Glory, Supercat eyeliner, beauty blog, Blink London

Soap and Glory’s Supercat eyeliner

But none of that stops me from virtually indulging in dreamy eyelined looks, imagining them amazingly accurately transferred on to my face. I am seeking professional help for my obsession, hoping that a patient makeup artist might share the secrets of the perfect set of flicks with me. In the mean time, I wanted to share with you some of my absolute favourite looks on my Beauty board. All are fantastic, but some are pure catwalk fantasy. All are black- lets not even get started on all of the wonderful colourful looks…

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London

eyeliner, beauty, beauty blogger, cat eye flick, black eyeliner, Blink London. Anthony Vaccarello Fw15:16

All eyeliner looks are images swiped from Pinterest.

For more beauty posts, click here, and if you have a pearl of eyeliner wisdom to share please, please leave a comment!

Enjoy! Lucy

Riton ‘Rinse and Repeat’ feat Kah-lo, Music Monday

January 25th, 2016

If you were to look up the definition of ‘ear-worm’ this would be what you find. ‘Rinse and Repeat’ from Riton is a sticky little bugger so I apologise in advance for putting this in your head because it will be there for some time. But it’s so brilliant I’m sure you’ll forgive me, so sorry not sorry.

Riton (Henry Smithson) is a British electronica DJ and musician, but I think maybe the ‘electronica’ tag is a bit too limiting for this young man. He’s a couple of albums down already, and has collaborated with a really broad range of artists and producers. Seems like quite the mover and shaker. On this track he’s joined by Kah-Lo, a brilliant vocalist who is based between New York and Lagos. She brings a really unique, almost checked out kind of vibe to this track that is the perfect compliment to Riton’s work.

For more music, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Added sparkle (It’s all in your head): Metal and Glitter

January 22nd, 2016

Following on from this morning’s post on some stunning decorative hair jewels, now we have the final part of this look at the joy of jazzing up your crowning glory.

3. Minimalist Metal, thanks to Celine’s Spring 2015 show

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, Celine, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as Nasty Gal full circle hairclips), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, Celine, Nasty Gal, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as Nasty Gal full circle hairclips

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinteres), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

4. Glitter bomb, thanks to the Ashish Spring 2016 show

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. Ashish Spring 2016 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, Ashish, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. Ashish Spring 2016 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

So which one of our four spangled trends will you be rocking this weekend? For more beauty posts, take a look here. For more accessories posts, click here.

Enjoy! Lucy