“Blink” Retail: Heidi Klein Pre-Resort

October 29th, 2014

When you live the rather fabulous life that Heidi Klein caters for, you not only need a ‘Resort’ collection for those Winter sun escapes, but you also need a ‘pre-Resort’ collection for your pre-holiday holiday. With swimwear and chic beach dressing like this, why wouldn’t you take every opportunity to show it off? Here are some of our favourite looks from this offer that dropped on the 15th October.

This first look is named ‘Bimini’ after the island in the Bahamas. Clean lines and linear shapes look understatedly fabulous in minky neutral and black.

Bimini from Heidi Klein's Pre-Resort

Bimini from Heidi Klein’s Pre-Resort collection

Bimini jumpsuit from Heidi Klein's Pre-Resort collection

Bimini jumpsuit from Heidi Klein’s Pre-Resort collection

If you love a more classic French Riviera style look, then take a look at the lovely Corelli collection, blending a fine navy and white stripe on a textural base, detailed with a rope style trim. The team have created this super soft, slub jersey tee shirt dress style cover up, which I think is possibly one of the most flexible styles in their collection.

Corelli from Heidi Klein's Pre-Resort collection

Corelli from Heidi Klein’s Pre-Resort collection

Corelli from Heidi Klein's Pre-Resort collection

Corelli from Heidi Klein’s Pre-Resort collection

For more from Heidi Klein, just take a look at their website. For more retail news, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu

October 28th, 2014
Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

There are very few books that truly give you an insight into the fashion design process. Most fashion books are rather glossy, highly photoshopped, coffee table numbers but ‘Fashion Design Research‘ is a truly useful tool for students who are embarking on a fashion design education. Congratulations to Ezinma Mbonu for delivering a thorough, deeply considered and practically supportive book, clearly explaining how to approach the search for inspiration. Yes, there is a process, a plan, key tools and methods.

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

I also love this book because I teach at LCF on fashion forecasting and fashion design in industry, with a big emphasis on the critical importance of research. It’s wonderful to have a book dedicated to this, backing up the fact that inspiration needs to be searched for, tracked down and pursued. We designer’s don’t just wake up one morning with the whole of the season ahead neatly explained in a dream! Most of us spend an inordinate amount of time at a desk in a studio, so stepping outside of the daily grind through solid researching techniques is super important.

Any student who refers to the protocols outlined in this book will be setting themselves up with a brilliant foundation of researching practices that will serve them incredibly well once they start working at any level of the fashion industry. There are insightful images showing how designers use sketchbooks, develop colour palettes, incorporate vintage inspiration, work with textiles and put together their portfolios, alongside case studies from people like the designers Erdem and Anne Valerie Hash.

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

Ezinma is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion course at UCA Epsom, as well as having previously founded her own label so this book is coming from a highly experienced and informed academic perspective.

“Innovative design is the result of strong investigative research undertakings. The intention of this book is to unpack the research process by focussing on the core elements that you will need to engage with as a fashion student to ensure that you develop your ideas creatively and thoroughly.”- Ezinma Mbonu

For more fashion inspiration, why not have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: the AW’14 must have. A fedora

October 28th, 2014
the Catarzi Classic Fedora, exclusive to ASOS

the Catarzi Classic Fedora, exclusive to ASOS

This Autumn Winter I have had a very strong urge, and one that I have just satisfied via ASOS. I have been searching for the perfect fedora and I think I found mine with this lovely classic version from Catarzi. Last Autumn I was all about a beanie, but this time around I needed something more structured, brimmed and kind of classic, channeling the ultra stylish, hat-wearing beauty that is Lou Doillon.

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Lou Doillon (image via Pinterest)

Apparently I’m not alone as the high street is packed with variations on this theme (Toppers and River Island‘s versions are great). I love this return to something formal or more of a statement yet perfect for everyday. I particularly love the fedora teamed with a biker, as Lou demonstrates perfectly in that middle image. Okay, I can’t guarantee that popping on a bit of millinery will turn you magically into a ultra stylish French ingénue but believe me, that wide brim can work wonders!

For more accessories posts take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Kendrick Lamar ‘i’

October 27th, 2014

Here it is. Better late in the day than never, and perfect to give your Monday afternoon a little lift.

We only had to hear this new Kendrick Lamar track once to be utterly in love. ‘i’ swings around the joy that is The Isley Brother’s ‘Who’s that Lady’. Lamar works with this ultra smooth inspiration to create an innovative sound that moves seamlessly from smooth to punchy, bright to deeply dark and soulfully disco to chippy hip hop. Very excited to hear more new stuff from this ground breaking artist.

‘i’ drops on the 9th November, and you can pre-order it here.

 

For more new music, you can just have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Delpozo SS’15

October 22nd, 2014

One of my favourite fashion moments is when I come across a look that I love and it’s from a label that I don’t know. This is just what happened with Delpozo and their SS’15 show. I’m thinking that if this label is news to me, then it might be news to some of you too.

Delpozo is actually a Spanish label with a long and illustrious history founded in the 70’s by Jesús del Pozo. After his death in 2011, Josep Font stepped in as the brand’s new Creative Director. Since then he has established a new fashion fan base, a new aesthetic and new international success for Delpozo.  The SS’15 collection is innovatively beautiful, exploring form and density, decoration and minimalism. I think that you can see Font’s interest in architecture in the beautifully sculptural shapes. There is also an undeniably Spanish feel to this Madrid based label which feels similar in form to vintage Balenciaga and perhaps a little reflective of Miro and Gaudi too.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the SS’15 collection, with thanks to Style.com. We think that the blend of textiles, silhouette, embellishment and colour is deliciously fresh and exciting.

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

For more fashion inspiration, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Cooly G ‘ Wait ’til Night’

October 20th, 2014

This is the title track from Cooly G‘s second album, just dropping today. This South London, self-described “semi-pro female footballer and UK house producer” delivers a really fresh take on R&B from a strong, confident female perspective and we love it. ‘Wait til Night’ is seduction and sexuality voiced by a woman in a way that is somewhat sophisticated and yet still accessible. The video is pretty lo-fi, as is the production approach but that just enhances the authenticity. Listen and enjoy a new sound that blends parts of classic R&B with something a little more synth oriented and fresh.

For more new music, just take a look here

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” New Designers: Lily Kamper

October 17th, 2014

Although Lily Kamper only graduated from the RCA in 2012, she has already established a brand with a confidently embedded aesthetic. This jewellery label is understatedly luxurious, blending transparent and coloured resins and crystal with metal to create symbolic feeling geometric shapes. The crisply sculpted character of her signature pendants seem both utterly modern and equally somehow ancient. For us we think the best description may be ‘a hybrid of rave culture meets new age crystal healer via ancient Egyptian monoliths’. Yeah, you know that old chestnut! Oh, and we LOVE Lily’s nail art too.

Lily Kamper, SS'15 at London Fashion Week

Lily Kamper, SS’15 at London Fashion Week

As our rather diverse description suggests, Kamper’s work is unique and innovative. We at Blink London are confirmed fans. For the SS’15 collection that we saw at London Fashion Week, she has added in some new elements like this earcuff, showing us how her aesthetic translates brilliantly into finer, smaller pieces.

Lily Kamper, SS'15 at London Fashion Week

Lily Kamper, SS’15 at London Fashion Week

For more posts featuring new designers, just look here. For more on accessories, look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week

October 16th, 2014
London Fashion Week, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

London Fashion Week, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

We still have a stash of great LFW streetstyle to share with you so keep ‘em peeled for a few popping up over the next week. For more streetstyle posted already, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fashion Drawing, Tools of the Trade

October 15th, 2014

If you keep up with us on here or via our various social media accounts then you’ll know that, as part of our retail reports or within a creative consultancy project, we produce original design work. I love the days when I get to have a pencil in my hand instead of a mouse. Occasionally I share this pleasure across the team, but I must admit that I do tend to keep this job for myself!

As a fashion student I didn’t think I was particularly gifted when it came to doing the various types of fashion drawings (of which there are a few!), but over time I have developed my own style, my approach, my handwriting I guess. As I tell my design students, there is a huge difference between being a fashion designer and a fashion illustrator. Some particularly lucky folks may well be both but if you aren’t so blessed then it’s all about finding your own way to express your ideas.

Blink London's 'tools of the trade' for fashion drawing

Blink London’s ‘tools of the trade’ for fashion drawing

I thought you might like to see my tools of the trade for the fashion flats that I produce (quite literally an interpretation of a design if was, well, laid flat). I am obsessive about the pens and pencils that I use and my selection has evolved over many years of trial and error.

Blink London's 'tools of the trade' for fashion drawing

Blink London’s ‘tools of the trade’ for fashion drawing

The pencil should be HB, but more importantly it is sharpened with a scalpel so that I can create difference edges and effects with it. Next comes the fine-line pen, and this is always a Muji 0.38 rollerball. Actually this is the pen I use for everything, everyday. I must have a kajillion of them! After that I use a Letraset Promarker in Ice Grey 1 for shadowing, folds and softness. Then the whole thing is outlined in a Pentel ‘Sign’ pen which is fibre tipped and gives a dense, clean line. Oh, last but not least is the Pentel Micro Correct which is a brilliantly precise Tippex style white-out product to clean up any wobbles, marks or mistakes.

So there you have it, an insight into my pencil case, which is Isabel Marant of course… Perhaps I’ll share another insight with you soon about my obsession for a specific type of paper to draw on. Oh the excitement!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Radley’s return to the Archives for AW’14

October 15th, 2014
The Bloomsbury collection, Radley AW'14

The Bloomsbury collection, Radley AW’14

When Radley‘s press release for The Bloomsbury Collection popped up in my emails I felt compelled to share this smile-inducing set of handbags with you. I just love the colour and the structure in combination. Both rather serious and grown up and also wonderfully Sindy sweet. The design team have reworked inspiration from Radley’s own archives for these chicly refined shapes. I may have been drawn in by this version of the cross body ‘Canteen’ style which is a variation on the Holly Fulton for Radley shape that is my current personal favourite (you can see more about that here).

The Bloomsbury 'Canteen', Radley AW'14

The Bloomsbury ‘Canteen’, Radley AW’14

If you are not a particularly pink person, then the Bloomsbury collection also comes in teal and navy, orange and natural as well. The range consists of large and medium structured grab with cross body straps, a cross body canteen, an evening clutch with adjustable strap, cosmetic case and wallet. The Bloomsbury collection launched this month and you can see the full offer here.

For more accessories posts, just have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy