“Blink” Travels: Find out if you are an Edwardian or a Flapper at The Savoy

September 29th, 2014

During my amazing and quite ridiculously gorgeous stay at The Savoy I learnt so much about its history and heritage. When I spent time in The Savoy in the past it was BR (that’s Before Renovation) when the whole hotel was done up in high Deco style.

The linear and geometric, symmetry-fixated, ancient-Egypt-inspired, French-influenced, Deco-adoring Savoy bosses really went for it, smothering the whole building in the style of the moment. So much so that, in my mind, this was a hotel born in the 1920s. That belief was sealed by my love of the Strand entrance, which for me is one of the key design landmarks in London, and is pure Deco, topped off by The Savoy’s name in their iconic font, designed by Sir Howard Robertson in the 1930s and now recreated and reworked in a multitude of ways throughout the hotel.

The Savoy, London

The Savoy, London

In actual fact, the first incarnation of the Savoy was opened in 1889. It was then updated, modernised and expanded initially in 1904 and then again in the 1920s. During the intense and carefully researched renovation, each section of the hotel was returned to a look that is far more in keeping with its original scheme. This variation in decades of style is not only visible in the ground floor receptions, foyers, bars, restaurants and even the lifts, it is also faithfully extended up into the bedrooms.

Should you be fortunate enough to be booking in to this wonderful and iconic grande dame of a hotel, let me help you decide whether to choose a room in the Edwardian side (high ceilings, romantic florals, curvaceous furniture, panelled walls) or the Deco side (sharper cut shapes, silver metallic detailing, lower ceilings, stylised florals). Just take our simple quiz and keep a note of your answers. No cheating!

Question 1: Decor

left a) classic tonal striped, dark wood and soft florals? or on the right b) a graphic, linear, clean cut scheme

left a) classic tonal striped, dark wood and soft florals?  or right b) a graphic, linear, clean-cut scheme?

Question 2: Your favourite tipple

left a) a nice cup of tea? or b) something a little stronger?

left a) a nice cup of tea? or right b) something a little stronger?

Question 3: Your idea of a fun night

a) reading a good book with your friend or b) dancing your cares away?

a) reading a good book with your friend or b) dancing your cares away?

Question 4: Get ahead, get a hat

do you prefer on the left a) wide brimmed and heavily decorated or on the right b) smalland neat yet big on impact

do you prefer a) on the left, wide brimmed and heavily decorated or b) on the right, small and neat yet big on impact

Question 5: Dancing Queens

a) more expressive and artistic like the ground breaking Loie Fuller?

a) Expressive and artistic, like the ground-breaking Loie Fuller?

b) Sexy yet comedic like the utterly innovative Josephine Baker

b) Sexy yet comedic, like the utterly innovative Josephine Baker?

Question 6) Rebellion and Independence

are you more a) politically active or right b) doing shockingly inappropriate things in public?

are you a) left, more politically active and loving a good placard or b) right, rebelling by doing rather shockingly inappropriate things in public?

Question 7) Your Society Portrait

more of an a) John Singer Sargent or b) a Cecil Beaton?

would you prefer to be an a)  John Singer Sargent lady or a b) Cecil Beaton ingénue?

Question 8) Original Features

do you prefer a) the Chinoiserie detailing of the Red Lift or b) the clean lined Lalique fountain

do you prefer a) the wonderful Chinoiserie detailing of the Red Lift or b) the clean-lined, elegant Lalique fountain

9) Your Silhouette

a) more curvy or b) straight up and down

a) more curvy or b) straight up and down

10) Your Celebrity Alter Ego

a) Charlie Chaplin on the roof of the Savoy hotel with his wife Oona, who now has a beautiful river-view suite named after him

a) Charlie Chaplin with wife Oona on the roof of the Savoy hotel. Chaplin has a beautiful river-view suite named after him

b) Richard Harris, who's chic suite at The Savoy was actually his home for 11 years.

b) Richard Harris, whose chic suite at The Savoy was actually his home for 11 years (probably best to check that he didn’t leave the minibar empty…)

Now to reveal which era you should reside in…

If you chose mostly A answers you should book a room in the Edwardian side, sharing your rather elegant choice with the likes of Katherine Hepburn and Maria Callas.

If you chose mostly B answers, then you should book into a Deco-era room, sharing your carefree Charlestoning ways with Marlene Dietrich and Noel Coward.

Do leave us a comment to let us know if you are an Edwardian or a Flapper please. Quite honestly though, which ever part of the hotel your room is located in, you are assured of a truly marvellous stay. To find out more about The Savoy and all of the wonder contained within this iconic building (do you require a butler? Some chocolate handmade on the premises? An indulgent spa treatment? Perhaps a cocktail in the very same room that Josephine Baker herself performed in?), take a look here. I think it is one of the most remarkable places that London has to offer and one that is not to be missed, even if you only have time for a classy cup of tea.

For our previous post about The Savoy, take a look here. For more about our travels in general, then look here. With huge thanks  again to The Savoy’s team for taking such wonderful care of me, and also to EnVeritas for this delightful opportunity.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

September 26th, 2014
LFW, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

Loving a bit of Angelina leg! For more accessories inspiration, please do take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Ancient Greek Sandals, SS’15

September 26th, 2014
Ancient Greek Sandals, SS'15 at LFW (Blink London)

Ancient Greek Sandals, SS’15 at LFW (Blink London)

Whoa, how about these little bright beauties for your fashionable feet? Ancient Greek Sandals are adding four colourways of their much loved winged sandal style (see the originals here), reinvented as jellies. It’s their first foray beyond beautiful leathers and we LOVE them. Roll on SS’15!

For more from London Fashion Week, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Stephen Jones, SS’15

September 26th, 2014

I first came across Stephen Jones millinery at the very beginning of my fashion career, working as a general dogsbody/ assistant designer/ PA at Whistles, aged 21 and fresh from graduating. I have always been a fan of a charming chapeau and so when I saw his collection for the first time, it was love at first sight. I have been an ardent Stephen Jones fan ever since, and constantly on the look out for a good excuse to invest in one of his designs.

Spotting the Stephen Jones stand in the Designer Showrooms is always one of my LFW highlights and this time around my secret could no longer be kept and I probably scared the bejesus out of the Stephen Jones ladies with my tales of unrequited hat love. Annika Lievesley, the brands Press Manager looked stunning in her spangled new season style, and she very kindly talked me though the wedding styles, mainline looks and the Miss Jones collection.

Annika Lievesley in Stephen Jones at London Fashion Week (Blink London)

Annika Lievesley in Stephen Jones at London Fashion Week (Blink London)

She also chose a Miss Jones style for me to try on. I half joked about making a run for it, but I was wearing big heels so escape avec hat would have been nigh on impossible!

me in Stephen Jones, Miss Jones SS'15 at LFW

me in Stephen Jones, Miss Jones SS’15 at LFW

Thank you Stephen Jones ladies for humouring me, being utterly charming and for allowing me a moment of hat based joy. Unless they have taken out a restraining order I hope to be able to interview Stephen in the near future and will be sharing that with you all as soon as I can.

For more from London Fashion Week, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

September 23rd, 2014
LFW September'14 streetstyle by Blink London

LFW September’14 streetstyle by Blink London

For more great LFW streetstyle, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Rachel Entwistle, ‘Metamorphosis’

September 23rd, 2014

If you’re a Blink London regular then you will know all about our admiration for this London based jewellery label. Rachel Entwistle builds her concept of beauty around the arcane and symbolic, bringing a subtle significance to every piece in her collection. We also love her approach to her signature style. This isn’t about massive directional changes but instead embraces an evolutionary approach that develops on the themes explored in previous seasons, which to us makes so much more sense when it comes to such beautiful and collectable jewellery.

Our favourite additions for SS’15 are the beautifully delicate yet tough multi finger ring and this wonderful harness style necklace that can be worn in a multitude of ways, both of which are detailed with flint arrowhead inspired spikes.

Rachel Entwistle, SS'15 at LFW (Blink London)

Rachel Entwistle, SS’15 at LFW (Blink London)

Rachel Entwistle, SS'15 at LFW (Blink London)

Rachel Entwistle, SS’15 at LFW (Blink London)

Rachel Entwistle, SS'15 at LFW (Blink London)

Rachel Entwistle, SS’15 at LFW (Blink London)

Rachel Entwistle, SS'15 at LFW (Blink London)

Rachel Entwistle, SS’15 at LFW (Blink London)

For more on accessories, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week beauty: fade out

September 22nd, 2014
LFW, September'14 streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14 streetstyle by Blink London

For more inspirational beauty posts, just take a look here for streetstyle, brilliant tips and product reviews.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

September 19th, 2014
LFW September'14 streetstyle by Blink London

LFW September’14 streetstyle by Blink London

LFW September'14 streetstyle by Blink London

LFW September’14 streetstyle by Blink London

LFW September'14 streetstyle by Blink London

LFW September’14 streetstyle by Blink London

We LOVE her amazing pale look, especially that white mascara. For more great beauty, look here. For more inspirational streetstyle, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

September 19th, 2014
LFW, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

Take a look here for more fabulous streetstyle.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

September 19th, 2014
LFW, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

For more fabulously inspiring streetstyle, unique to Blink London, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy