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Teatum Jones, AW16 at London Fashion Week

February 23rd, 2016

The Teatum Jones AW’16 collection shown on Saturday night was, in my eyes, their best yet. As recent winners of the International Woolmark Prize it’s clear that Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones have hit their creative stride in spectacular style, garnering the recognition that this label has long deserved. After seeing the show I can absolutely see why the Woolmark judges chose Teatum Jones as their winners. This design duo have always been very textiles innovation focussed, specifically developing most of the fabrics for each collection. With the inspiration for this collection coming from the Foxford Woollen Mill, they delivered stunning pattern and texture through their attention to textile detail which perfectly blended historical reference points with Teatum Jones’ view of modern elegance.

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

Teatum Jones, AW16 collection at London Fashion Week, Blink London, fashion blog, catwalk show review

I caught up with Catherine Teatum after the show to gain some more insight in to the collection.

Blink: Is this AW16 collection an extension from your Woolmark prize collection, or was the prize collection an extraction from your plans already underway for AW16?

Catherine: The human story is what comes first so there wasn’t an order of creativity as such. That poignant human story then wholly influences patterns we looked at and fabric textures we want to create. So both IWP and mainline FW16 evolved at the same pace and because we have discovered new and innovative ways to use merino wool in our collections, it naturally spread across both. This is something that we will continue to do. We’ve unlocked the magic in this simple and natural fibre and we are excited to pursue those investigations.

Blink: The reference points for this collection feel very much about your Irish family background. How did Rob’s influence dovetail in to the story?

Catherine: The story was based on a woman Agnes Moirrogh Bernard whose life’s ambition was to use wool as a powerful symbol of hope for those less fortunate. She just so happened to be based in Ireland very near to my family home! Both Rob and I travel to the mills together and the process of creation is experienced together.

There a very beautiful thing between two creative people who know what the other is thinking and doesn’t question it – trust.

Blink: How did you come across the story of Agnes and the Foxford mill?

Catherine: My dad recommended that we go to visit it. Initially he took me there on a day out together last August 2015 and I was instantly captured by Agnes’s story. I went back a month later and spoke to the crafts people at the mill and then Rob and I travelled there several times throughout the development process. 

Blink: The colour palette felt far richer and brighter than I might have expected from the historical woollen reference point. What was your inspiration?

Catherine: Teatum Jones creates bold, exquisite fabrics that are married with modern, relevant shapes. We feel that AW16 was probably our most competent example of that to date. The inspiration to create these fabrics was inspired by the natural and unstoppable spirit of the Irish people in the story. Coupled with the incredible diversity in landscape textures that you find in Ireland.

Blink: The colourful sand catwalk pathway was beautiful. What was your inspiration behind that?

Catherine: We felt the sand was a poignant way to tell our AW16 story. Sand never stands still, it constantly evolves and each time the models walked and created a new impression in the sand, that seemed to perfectly reflect the journey of Agnes and the Irish people of Foxford that she worked so hard to provide a future for.

Blink: How do you think winning the Woolmark prize impact on Teatum Jones?

Catherine: It’s given us the opportunity to really pursue our textile innovation and development. To really discover what’s the next level of possibilities of wool. It’s also given us the opportunity to be physically present in store for every single one of our retail partners’ launches.

Blink: The knitwear in this collection seemed to play a stronger part than previous seasons. Was that a conscious intention?

Catherine: The rural Irish women would hand knit everything and it’s a skill that was passed down through generations. We wanted however, to create a collection of knitwear that hit every single wardrobe stoppable desire that our women needs and only use the finest merino yarn to create a these knitwear pieces.

Here’s some of my highlights from the show so that you can get a closer look at some of the stunning detailing.

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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.

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.

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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

Added sparkle (It’s all in your head): Tiaras and Flowers

January 22nd, 2016

Part person, part magpie. I just can’t resist sparkly things (remember my collection of spangly shoes?) and so I have been feeling particularly fascinated with the newest way of adding sparkle to your outfit. Multi finger rings? Yup, done. Multiple ear piercings and fancy back earrings? Yes, still loving that. Septum piercing? Noted, but not up for it. So what’s left to bejewel? Your hair obvs! These are four favourite takes on this direction.

1. The Tiara, thanks to Saint Laurent’s SS’16 show

The Tiara, number 1 in our sparkle trend. Saint Laurent SS'16 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, tiara, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

The Tiara, number 1 in our sparkle trend. Saint Laurent SS’16 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

The Tiara, number 1 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as from Garance Dore), accessories trends, tiara, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as from Garance Dore

The Tiara, number 1 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as from TheyAllHateUs), accessories trends, tiara, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as from TheyAllHateUs

2. Flowered, thanks to Rodarte’s Spring 2016 show

Floral, number 2 in our sparkle trend.Rodarte SS'16 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, tiara, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Floral, number 2 in our sparkle trend.Rodarte SS’16 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Floral, number 2 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, flowers, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

Floral, number 2 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, flowers, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

Watch out for this afternoon’s post with our third and fourth options around this direction. In the meantime, check out our other posts about accessories.

Blink London reviews Pre Fall 2016 collections: Erdem

January 21st, 2016

I hope that you enjoyed our Preen show review yesterday. Don’t forget to check out the review post of the Altuzarra pre Fall collection too. Now we take a look at the collection from another of London’s leading design lights, Erdem.

We have been huge fans since discovering this fabulously floral driven label soon after its launch. There’s lots more Erdem oriented Blink London posts if you’d like to take a look. We have adored watching how Erdem Moralioglu has evolved his very romantic, decorative, vintage feeling take on womenswear. In this pre Autumn Winter 2016 collection the beauty quotient is increased above and beyond all of the previous gorgeousness that we have utterly admired from this label.

The lightness and the texture, the movement and the delicacy, occassionally delineated with sharp cut black elements. There is a youthful brightness but also a deep sophistication to this collection which gives us the same feel that Erdem’s previous floral heavy seasons, but without that motif being used quite so boldly.

I’m not quite sure why but these shots also make me think of Sophia Coppola’s ‘Virgin Suicides’. Maybe that’s just the grouping of the girls, the lighting, the colour level or the poses- but as that is one of my favourite films from a style perspective, that is a very good thing.

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

Erdem pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

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

Erdem pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

The addition of the clever, clean-cut tailored looks that are scattered through this dress-driven offer, really helps back up the linear sharpness too. We especially adore that brilliantly bi-coloured trench.

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

Erdem pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

Many thanks to Vogue Runway for these images.

Blink London reviews Pre Fall 2016 collections: Preen

January 20th, 2016
Preen, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

I hope that you enjoyed our look at Altuzarra. Next in our series of pre-Fall 2016 show reviews we look at a perennial favourite of ours, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

This collection brings with it the energy, bold graphic approach and splashes of colour that we adore Preen for. In addition to all of those signature elements of subtlety blended with crisp, clean strong shapes, of a vintage backdrop sharpened up with bold pattern this collection also brings with it a somehow more complex, more theatrical, more eclectic softness that I absolutely love. I want to be the Preen woman.

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

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

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Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma

January 19th, 2016

You know I am totally in love with Liberty London right? You might also know that I am a Mid Century design fan too? Well I have discovered the perfect book to blend those two passions in to one.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma was issued in paperback in December 2015 and I have just managed to get my hands on a copy (thank you ACC Editions). When I think of Liberty, of course I think of the florals, arts and crafts style, soft and pretty designs and something quite whimsically romantic. Well, this book reveals how Liberty responded to the trends driving forward design in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a wonderful surprise to see how they incorporated the mid century style so effortlessly into the Liberty lexicon. The images in this book show the designs, but also their application in many cases, giving a fashion history fanatic like me a wonderfully rounded view of Liberty during this excitingly creative period.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

It all makes perfect sense when you think of Liberty’s location at the head of Carnaby Street. How could that be the fashion hub of London’s Sixties scene without Liberty being impacted? This book shows us how Liberty has been a creative driving force throughout its history, charting it’s beginnings to give us context and a deeper understanding of the brand, and then revealing how Liberty responded to the mid Century Modern movement for both fashion and interiors. It’s a joy and I’m sure it will become one of my most regularly referenced sources of design inspiration.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

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