“Blink” Events: Bestival’15 and the Summer of Love

September 1st, 2015

Now that we have got Wilderness, Camp Bestival and Notting Hill Carnival out of the way we can focus all of our attention on our final festival of 2015. Our grand finale festival event is always the brilliant Bestival. If you don’t have tickets I think there are a few still available if you get your skates on, and once you have those tickets the next thing on your Bestival ‘things to do’ list must surely be the preparation of your outfit.

This year’s theme is ‘Summer of Love’ and so we’ve decided to help you out with some inspiration. In our opinion, to nail this look you need the three F’s. That’s flowers, fringing and a flippin’ big smile. We’ve headed right back to ’69 which was the original Summer of Love and the year of Woodstock. We hope this helps focus your mind and looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Flowers for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, flower crowns, Blink London

Flowers for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest.

Fringing for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, flower crowns, Blink London

Fringing for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest

A huge smile for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, Blink London

A huge smile for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Streetstyle: Wilderness festival style

August 26th, 2015
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Wilderness festival 2015, festival fashion shot by Blink London

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Disclosure ‘Omen’ feat Sam Smith

August 24th, 2015

What is there to say that you don’t already know about the brilliant Disclosure and the wonderful Sam Smith? So let’s cut straight to the music and this new track called ‘Omen’ which brings these two back together again.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Streetstyle: Wilderness festival style

August 21st, 2015
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Wilderness festival 2015, festival fashion shot by Blink London

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Valentino x Celia Birtwell

August 19th, 2015

Did you see our previous post of the video about Celia Birtwell’s collaboration with Valentino? Here’s the promised second post with our exclusive interview with Celia about her work with Valentino. If you don’t know as much as you should about Celia Birtwell and her impact on the worlds of fashion and art, you can read more here on her website.

Celia Birtwell (image from the Celia Birtwell website)

Celia Birtwell (image from the Celia Birtwell website)

Blink: How did the collaboration with Valentino come about?

Celia Birtwell: One Monday morning last autumn we got a phone call from the a lady at Valentino who said the creative directors had seen my book would like to discuss the possibility of a commission or collaboration.  It was Bella, my partner and daughter in law who took the call and being early on a Monday morning and totally out of the blue she struggled to understand the request – she thought perhaps they had seen one of fabric books and wanted to order some fabric for their offices (which often happens).

Only later when we received the request via email did we understand that they had seen my retrospective book and based on the strength of the visuals they wanted to come and meet us to discuss a collaboration.  Within a couple of weeks we met the delightful Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo and the rest is history…

Blink: with which collection did it start and is the collaboration ongoing?

Celia Birtwell: MG (Maria Grazia) and PP (Pierpaolo) had a very clear idea of what they wanted from me.  They wanted to me to redesign Botticelli’s Primavera for their women’s Pre Fall 2015 collection.  Time was tight but the brief was absolutely perfect as I adore the painting and I spent fifty years painting flowers.

I was then asked to design a cosmos print, a dragon, butterflies and more florals for the AW15 collection which was shown at Paris Fashion week in March.  I’ve always drawn stars but I have avoided butterflies and never come across the need to design a dragon so I found this brief far more challenging.  The result was my “Funky Dragon” which appears on dresses, leather jackets and parkas as well as some menswear for spring 15.  It is fun and surprising to see how they use my designs in all their wonderful ways.  The craftsmanship is second to none.

I think my favourites are the Primavera florals although I have seen them a lot now so look forward to seeing the other designs come to life this autumn.

Valentino's 'Camugarden' boots and scarf. Print design by Celia Birtwell. Image by Celia Birtwell.jpeg

Valentino’s ‘Camugarden’ boots and scarf. Print design by Celia Birtwell. (Image by Celia Birtwell)

Thank you so much Celia and Bella. Here are some of our favourites of Celia’s work with Valentino, including that gorgeous “Funky Dragon”.

Celia Birtwell's work in the Valentino pre Fall 2015 collection (image with thanks to Style.com)

Celia Birtwell’s work in the Valentino pre Fall 2015 collection (image with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino AW'15 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino AW’15 collection (images with thanks to Karla Otto)

Celia's work in the Valentino SS'15 menswear collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino SS’15 menswear collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino Resort '16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino Resort ’16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino Resort '16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino Resort ’16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Thanks also to Karla Otto for some of the imagery. For more fashion pattern inspiration posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Streetstyle: Wilderness Festival style

August 18th, 2015
Wilderness festival 2015, festival fashion, style spotting, music festival, fashion blog, Blink London

Wilderness festival 2015

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Streetstyle: Wilderness Festival style

August 17th, 2015
Wilderness festival 2015, festival fashion, style spotting, music festival, fashion blog, Blink London

Wilderness festival 2015

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Lion Babe ‘Impossible’

August 17th, 2015

Yeah it’s the second time Lion Babe has been our #MusicMonday pick. You can read all about this duo here on our previous post. I am a self confessed Lion Babe obsessive. I bloomin’ love the Lion Babe EP and it’s on constant repeat at Blink Towers.

If you pop in anytime soon do watch out if ‘Impossible’ is playing as there may well be general whirling and twirling with handfuls of glitter being flung willy-nilly. Consider yourself warned…

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Flower Power at Wilderness

August 14th, 2015

In yesterday’s post we gave you the heads up on what to expect as far as our Wilderness festival style coverage was concerned. After all of that wonderfully spangly makeup, the next key element to share is the amazing variety of flower crowns. I guess these pretty fellas have been a feature of the core festi look only for the past couple of years, but in that short time the flower crown has been established as a pretty much a ‘must have’ part of the festival look. Well, you pop one of these beauties on and it’s an instant game changer from your everyday self in to festi-fabulous mode. I’d quite like to see a few more of these just randomly on folks around town. Now that would cheer everyone’s day up no end!

So to define the variations on this theme spotted at Wilderness, we’d say you had your:

  • folksy, free-range feeling naturals
  • full-on mega bouquet naturals
  • printed paper floral crowns (DIY at a lovely stall)
  • artificial, bold and bright floral crowns, clips and headbands.

Those huge and stunning floral arrangements below were being worn by the Pukka tea folks who were very gorgeously handing out cuppas to those in need.

Which floral look is your favourite? Oh and special kudos to those fellas rocking flowers too.

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival fashion trends, flower crowns

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival fashion trends, flower crowns

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival fashion trends, floral crowns

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival fashion trends, floral crowns

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival fashion trends, floral crowns

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival fashion trends, floral crowns

Flower crowns at Wilderness 2015

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Beauty: Wilderness’15 Sparkles!

August 13th, 2015

Here’s the first drop of our coverage from the wonder that is Wilderness festival. What a fabulous sunshiney time we had. Thanks to all of you who stopped your revelry for a moment so that Chloe could take your picture. You all look AMAZING!

Each year we’ve been to Wilderness we notice a slight change in the main looks being rocked, as well as the makeup and accessory choices adorning those looks. We know it’s pretty much going to be a variation on a shiny, happy, flower-crowned, sparkle-fest which is always good with us. The slight change this time as far as festival faces were concerned was that those sparkles were bigger, bolder and a bit nuttier than ever. It’s an opportunity to absolutely turn your back on what’s news in carefully crafted, but ever so boring contouring and strobing, and instead go full on for fabulous colour, stencils, twinkles and stick ons!

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival make up, beauty blog, Blink London

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival make up, beauty blog, Blink London

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival make up, beauty blog, Blink London

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival make up, beauty blog, Blink London

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015

Watch out for more from Wilderness coming up. For more beauty posts just click here.

Thanks so much to Family PR for looking after us so well.

Enjoy! Lucy