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“Blink” Accessories: Chanel gets Arty

April 16th, 2014

I understand that the inspiration behind the Chanel SS’14 RTW collection was about the impact of art on fashion and fashion as art and art as life and art as art and well, you get the general gist right? If you take the distraction of the collections ‘message’ and the gallery style show set away, then this is simply a wonderous collection that is filled with genius reworkings of the Chanel DNA (even though those wigs were mighty ugly).

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

This palette inspired print looks just divine teamed with the highly figured lace. It’s clean, bright, elegant and well crafted. It’s a perfect example of much of the collections handwriting. Well, with that in mind can someone explain to me where these, greyed off, worn out, grubby and somewhat grungy accessories fit in with that? Not a fan, Karl. Kindly make a note of my displeasure.

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Henri Matisse at Tate Modern

April 15th, 2014

Yesterday I was very lucky to be invited to the preview of this major exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern. I was very much looking forward to this as I have loved Matisse’s work since I first discovered him when I was an art student. Yes, I knew something about his work and had found wonder and inspiration in his use of bold colour and clean lines- but nothing prepared me for the room upon room of utter beauty that is this exhibition.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever collated, devoted to his paper cut-outs made between 1937 and 1954. If you are a creative of any shape or form, but especially a colourist, print designer or graphic artist, then this exhibition is a must for you as I feel utterly sure that we will see his influence, driven by this show, impacting on the fashion world in particular.

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers, detail

Two Dansers, detail

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The Heart, from the Jazz series

The Heart, from the Jazz series

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse's studio in Vence

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse’s studio in Vence

Matisse's painted paper reference set

Matisse’s painted paper reference set

The elegance of the seeming simplicity of many of these works, reduced to essential lines and expressed in clean flat planes of colour, is utterly uplifting. Although the concept of using cut-outs may make you think that these will be flat and featureless, a close look at these amazing works shows a texture and layering that adds depth and subtle definition to the compositions. Utterly enthralling.

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Acanthuses, Matisse

Acanthuses, Matisse

book cover designs 1951-2

book cover designs 1951-2

I have had to choose just a few of my favourite shots that we took yesterday, but believe me, there is so much more to be seen and inspired by. This exhibition is running until 7th September so make a plan to get there when it’s not school holidays or the weekend as I think this is going to be one of Tate Modern’s most popular exhibitions.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music Monday

April 14th, 2014

I have been playing the new Bombay Bicycle Club album on a loop ever since downloading it. ‘So Long, See you Tomorrow’ is an epic evolution of the band’s signature sound, and ‘Feel’ has to be my favourite track from the album.

I just can’t help getting a wiggle on when I hear this. It’s just so uplifting and bright. This is undeniably pop-ish in it’s hooky repeats but it is still elegant, brilliant, innovative and clever.

For more great music, just take a look here and relax yourself.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle

April 10th, 2014

 

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle

April 9th, 2014
London Fashion Week, streetstyle

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: J’adore Dior SS’14

April 8th, 2014

Dior brings the amazing flora draped set of the SS’14 show to their windows. Such a fabulous show. Such a stunning collection. And now one of the most beautiful window schemes that we’ve seen in some time.

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Here’s the video of the SS’14 show so you can appreciate the atmosphere of the show space, as well as this amazing collection. We are huge Raf Simons fans. How he combines the handwriting of Dior with his own aesthetic, plus ensuring it feels utterly innovative and current, is a design dream come true.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music Monday: The Kooks ‘Down’

April 7th, 2014

This one will go well with your first espresso of the day, or perhaps instead of your usual caffeine fix? Delivering a burst of energy with the snappy chorus, we love this addictive new track from The Kooks. ‘Down’ is released on 20th April and is from a new album that will drop later this year.

This Brit band (formed in Brighton) isn’t a regular on my personal playlist. I’ve generally found them to be a bit on the pop side for my tastes, but this track has a bit more of an R&B feel which is perhaps what has drawn me in, or maybe it’s the raw energy and the slightly grubbier edge?

For more great new (well, it was new when it was posted!) music, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Tallulah and Hope with The Luxury Collection hotels, Asia

April 4th, 2014

Tallulah and Hope‘s collection always has the gift of transporting you to sunnier climes just by slipping into one of their signature kaftans. Their newest offer is a limited edition set of four printed silk kaftans inspired by some of The Luxury Collection‘s stunning tropical resort destinations (Phuket, Koh Samui, Langkawi & Bali). Oh to be wearing a T&H kaftan in any one of these stunning resorts!

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Aranda, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Hero Aranda kaftan, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Naka Island , Phuket

Naka Island , Phuket

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

The Andaman rainforest

The Andaman rainforest, Langkawi

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman resort

These were launched on 1st April and are available exclusively online at www.tallulahandhope.com and the resort boutiques until September, from £295.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Spikes for AW’14

April 2nd, 2014

We saw this wonderful jewellery at London Fashion Week. Two very different labels from an aesthetic and materials perspective, but both backing stunning spikes for AW’14. I think this is a pretty good indication that we’ll all be rocking some spike-trimmed accessories this Autumn.

Rachel Entwistle, AW'14

Rachel Entwistle, AW’14

We are great fans of Rachel Entwistle‘s work. This beautiful bracelet and ear-cuff are detailed with spiney spikes inspired by ancient flint arrowheads, reflecting Entwistle’s fascination with the mysterious and arcane.

Then we have another Blink favourite. Oh yes, we do love a bit of Mawi bling. From the AW’14 collection we spotted these gem encrusted, highly polished and highly glamorous, ultra chunky statement rings detailed with fang like spikes and sharp lined studs detailing, just as you would expect from this wonderfully bold and colourful label.

Mawi, AW'14

Mawi, AW’14

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Monochrome 2

April 1st, 2014

More marvelous monochrome from London Fashion Week for you to be inspired by…

London Fashion Week, monochrome streetstyle

London Fashion Week, monochrome streetstyle

London Fashion Week, monochrome streetstyle

London Fashion Week, monochrome streetstyle

London Fashion Week, monochrome streetstyle

London Fashion Week, monochrome streetstyle

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

Enjoy! Lucy