“Blink” Music: Tobias Jesso Jr ‘How Could You Babe’

March 2nd, 2015

With some of pretty influential names backing Tobia Jesso Jr as a talent to watch, I can imaging that he might be feeling some pressure. Actually, based on the soft, mellow, swooping and gentle musicality that he produces, it seems that Tobias is too chilled a guy to feel any stress at all. He exudes a very, very laid back vibe- even though this song is one of loss, betrayal and heartbreak. It feels very much like he is the perfect blend of the open-hearted Canadian (he’s from Vancouver eh), blended with some Californian wide-eyed-hippyness (he was based in LA for several years) giving his approach that mellow 70’s edge.

Man and piano making music in perfect sweet, angst-free union, and making our Monday super chilled for a change (for which we thank you whole-heartedly Tobias). Watch out for his debut album, Goon, dropping middle of this month.

For more great music, grab a cuppa and take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Cats Brothers, AW’15

February 27th, 2015
Lindsay Mckean of Cats Brothers, with some of the AW15 collection #BlinkLondon #LFW

Lindsay Mckean of Cats Brothers, with some of the AW15 collection

This is the lovely Lindsay McKean, founder and creative force behind Cats Brothers, who we met at the LFW Somerset House Designer Showrooms. This label one we just had to check out because 1) the name appeals to my inner crazy cat lady and 2) just look at the colour and texture! This young label, launched in 2012 and stocked in Browns Focus, features knits, sweats and accessories- each item pretty much serving as a vehicle for some gorgeous surface treatment, pattern and texture.

Cats Brothers pom pom coat, AW15 #BlinkLondon #LFW

Cats Brothers pom pom coat, AW15

The AW’15 collection seemed to be a study in all the craft techniques I learnt, and loved, at primary school. From Cats Brothers signature pom-poms to macrame (newly hot again!) and cross stitch effects. When I mentioned this to Lindsay, she told me that this collection had indeed been inspired by a collection of 70’s craft books called Greystone’s ‘Creative Hands’. Well, as someone who was actually there in the 70’s being subjected to all of these skills, I can attest to the authenticity! I’m now feeling inspired to break out my macrame skills and knock up a plant holder or two!

Thanks for the time you gave us Lindsay and good luck in Paris.

For more from London Fashion Week, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Teatum Jones, AW’15

February 26th, 2015

The Teatum Jones collection is always a LFW highlight for us. For AW’15 they delivered yet another inspired collection, intensely studied and crafted from fabrics developed specifically by Teatum Jones to reflect their highly singular vision of womenswear. This design duo have yet again delivered a fresh, innovative and exciting look that continues their fascination with structure, texture, pattern and contrast, creating clothes that look extremely beautiful but tend to have been inspired by a deeper, darker, murkier story than you would guess on first view.

The artfully coal dusted look of the makeup gave a little away of the root inspiration behind this collection, where Teatum Jones took a trip up North and back in time, bringing together the tough and troubled times of the 80’s miners strikes blended with a very domestic feel from that era- cue pattern inspired by homely gingham and herringbone patterns. This reference was all wrapped up with a massive blast of Northern Soul, bringing with it that rootsiness, honesty and abandon that’s central to this classic music scene. Now those images of Gloria Jones on the mood board teaser we shared with you make utter sense!

Here’s a video of the full show, and some of our favourite looks from the collection (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk).

Teatum Jones AW'15 (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk)

Teatum Jones AW’15 (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk)

Teatum Jones AW'15 (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk)

Teatum Jones AW’15 (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk)

Teatum Jones AW'15 (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk)

Teatum Jones AW’15 (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk)

Teatum Jones AW'15 (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk)

Teatum Jones AW’15 (images with thanks to Vogue.co.uk)

Huge congratulations to Rob and Catherine from all of us at Blink London.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Our View, Overview

February 25th, 2015

We’ve been deeply discussing our overall experience of London Fashion Week, looking at what stood out for us in a ‘big messages’ kinda way, and it seems that this AW15 LFW has been all about extremes. Yes, London is known for pushing the creative envelope to its outer limits, but this is something more than that. This is about extreme opposites of ethics, approach, vision and execution.

On one side of these opposing parties are those brands, designers, labels that are pushing forward into the future of fashion, somewhat in line with the vision expressed in ‘The Next Black’, which you can see here in our post from September’s LFW. These visionaries are delivering product made in brand new ways, with new technologies, blending traditional craft skills with a new view of craft that incorporates 3D printing (watch out for out Larissa Hadjio post) and taking traditional techniques are using them in fresh ways (watch out for our Georgia Hardinge post).

This is the side that we are sticking with, that we are loving and supporting. This is the side that includes designers like Christopher Kane who season on season deliver us a new take on femininity, a fresh view on surface pattern and who embraces innovative textiles and construction techniques.

Christopher Kane, AW15 (image with thanks to style.com)

Christopher Kane, AW15 (image with thanks to style.com)

This is the side where Mary Katrantzou can be experimental, creating a new view of beauty. Where she can create her very unique aesthetic all around new digital printing techniques, and then drive that forward to deliver a brand new take on surface interest in a fresh, bold and geometric, 3 dimensional way.

Mary Katrantzou, AW15 (image with thanks to style.com)

Mary Katrantzou, AW15 (image with thanks to style.com)

On the opposing side are a shockingly large number of labels who were showing real fur with utter abandon, in quantities that we have never seen before in the British fashion industry. We were left feeling very conflicted when a few of the labels that we regularly feature and have loved for the longest time, included this inexcusable material in their AW15 offer. Actually this feels like a continuation of several social media conversations we’ve had with Brit brands over the past few months, where we’ve called them out on their use of fur and asked them about their sourcing policy, only to be pretty much shut down in a public forum and invited to contact them directly, privately. Hmm, if you don’t feel able to publicly discuss your controversial choice of materials, then perhaps you need to consider those choices a little more deeply?

For us this is very firmly the opposite camp to those wonderful fashion innovators as it represents a carelessness, a very old-fashioned viewpoint and a lack of ‘big picture’ thinking. These are the fashion ‘backsliders’. These are labels that seemingly haven’t taken the time to investigate that perhaps there are better, more ethical and more effective materials to work with. These are the labels that need to take on board that luxe comes in many guises, that fashion is not relevant if it is without a conscience and without a thorough, well thought though set of decisions behind it. Remember angora-gate?

There is a trend for using real fur as a trim on accessories. How little regard must you have for the creature to use real fur to create utterly pointless clip on pom-poms for your shoes? Taking this natural material, then dying it bright, bold, dayglo colours makes even less sense to us when you can create that look brilliantly, Shrimps style, using fabulous faux fur?!?

Shrimps, we love you and your brilliantly bonkers AW’15 collection by the way, showing just how exciting and innovative fake can look. We think all of you fur wearing fashionistas and all of you fur using fashion brands need to take a leaf out of this young Brit brand’s book.

Shrimps, AW15 (image with thanks to Dazed Digital)

fabulously faux from Shrimps, AW15 (image with thanks to Dazed Digital)

The future for fashion must be forward with innovation, approach and ethics. Are you with us?

For more from London Fashion Week, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, February 2015

February 24th, 2015
LFW streetstyle, by Blink London

LFW streetstyle, by Blink London

LFW streetstyle, by Blink London

LFW streetstyle, by Blink London

For more streetstyle looks, just click here. For more from LFW, have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, February 2015

February 24th, 2015
LFW streetstyle by Blink London

LFW streetstyle by Blink London

LFW streetstyle by Blink London

LFW streetstyle by Blink London

For more streetstyle looks, just click here. For more from LFW, have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week

February 23rd, 2015

On Thursday we started the LFW excitement with the LCF MA show, and this has been followed by the main event kicking off on Friday, centred around Somerset House. We have been working hard (and loving every minute) all weekend to bring you the first look at what’s new, exciting and innovative for AW’15 from what we feel is the most inspirational and creative of all the big four fashion weeks. We’re ploughing through all of the content right now so keep your eye on the Blink London blog, instagram, facebook page and twitter feed for all the news.

Somerset House, the central hub of LFW

Somerset House, the central hub of LFW

Somerset House, the central hub of LFW

Somerset House, the central hub of LFW

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Teatum Jones, AW’15 preview

February 19th, 2015

Tomorrow Teatum Jones will be presenting their new season collection as part of London Fashion Week. Prior to that we are delighted to share an exclusive preview of what Rob Jones and Catherine Teatum have been inspired by for AW’15.

Here’s a corner of their moodboard, and some of their key words…

Teatum Jones AW15 Moodboard Snippet

Teatum Jones AW15 Moodboard Snippet

‘Speed, soul, grit, northern, exhilaration, aspiration, keeping your feet on the ground and your hearts in the air’

Knowing this gifted pair, the show is bound to be supported by an amazing soundtrack too. I’m expecting the music to have something to do with Gloria Jones as she seems to be the TJ muse for this season, even dropping in to their studio last week to meet the team. I wonder if she’ll make a personal appearance tomorrow too?

For more inspiration, just look here. For more from us about Teatum Jones, look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

February 19th, 2015

Here’s part three of our NYFW coverage. this could possibly be the final instalment before we get consumed by LFW excitement, kicking off tomorrow. Well, actually it really starts for us tonight with LCF’s MA catwalk show so expect to see lots from that across all of our SM.

Right, back to the subject in hand, and that is the wearable brilliance that we spotted at Opening Ceremony. The culotte is staying put for Autumn ’15 so invest in a pair ASAP. These wide, cropped ‘is-it-a-skirt-or-is-it-trousers’ really creates a new proportion, especially as seen here in a firm fabrication. We love how the skirts mirror the same proportion too, looking especially fresh with those longer top layers. The midriff seems to have been retired for Autumn, and replaced by the far more forgiving ankle!

The mixed textures and colours look chicly relaxed, accessible yet very sophisticatedly stylish. For a brand that sometimes looks a little, how can we put it, well faddy frankly, this is a collection that looks desirable, considered, elegant and yet still with a youthful edge.

Opening Ceremony, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

 

Now on to something really quite polar opposite. In fact we think Rodarte is pretty much the closest any US label gets to looking British- and that is a huge compliment! The Mulleavy sisters create collections with creative abandon, engaging with textiles and embellishment to create a fresh narrative every season. Their look is deeply energetic, experimental and very challenging. The AW’15 collection is all of that and more.

At times it feels a little beyond beautiful. By that we mean that they seem to have taken the ‘more is more’ Iris Apfel approach to some looks, but there are also some wonderfully bonkers creations that feel challenging but still possible. This is modern sexy, deeply empowered and very, very cool. Rodarte have taken that 70’s inspiration that’s still so hot and opted for a later period look when we were cusping on the 80’s, lace tights were a great idea and disco dancing was our exercise of choice, second only to Jane Fonda’s Workout.

Rodarte, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

I cannot wait to see what London has to offer! For more inspirational events, including show coverage, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

February 18th, 2015

NYFW is pretty much done and the fashion world is about to descend on London for our turn. They will be leaving behind snow drifts for London’s blue skies (fingers crossed the weather holds!). They will also be leaving behind what has been a pretty safe set of looks for AW’15. Of course there have been some wonderful sparks of creativity, and those are what we are focussing on. New York is known for delivering wearable, commercial and easily adoptable collections, but there is an art in this that shouldn’t be overlooked (* although the London shows are obviously far more exciting, innovative, fabulous, brilliant). Here’s our second instalment of what we feel are the highlights of the shows seen so far.

Kicking things off with Marc by Marc Jacobs, currently creatively headed up by Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier so I think this can pretty much be considered a Brit label actually. Continuing to embrace their graphic, high contrast handwriting that delivers fresh takes on well known youthful silhouettes. The glossy and textural black patent feels rather late 60’s, early 70’s. In fact this collection seems to have a touch of the ‘Jane Fonda as activist’ about it, blended with a big dollop of 90’s too.

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier (image with thanks to style.com)

Next we look at Phillip Lim, which certainly falls into the category of commerciality- but it’s perfectly combined with just enough innovation for this to feel desirable and fresh. I look at this collection and think about how easily I could incorporate these into my wardrobe (in my dreams), but there’s something very admirable about working with that level of accessibility and yet not delivering something ‘meh’.

Leather is still hot, but looking fresh when layered with more textural elements. Actually it’s this mood for layering that features across many of the NYC shows and we really love how this takes the notion of minimalism and a linear silhouette to a more complex level.

There are some highly recognisable silhouettes here too (the MA1 pops up repeatedly across shows). There’s also a new ‘outline’ shining out- the softly rounded shoulder line, seen here in a highly wearable way.

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

There’s more to come from NYC so keep ‘em peeled. If you’d like to read about more inspiration events in the meantime. take a look here.

NB (* I am obviously highly biased)

Enjoy! Lucy