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

September 16th, 2014

‘I was rich and famous but I was never free’

Teatum Jones always have a multi-layered story behind their collections, and there is usually something very dark at the heart of that story. When looking at their work just on the surface what we all see is an incredibly beautiful, expressive and innovative approach to womenswear. Scratch that surface just a little and you can start to reveal some of the twisted tales that inspire these sophisticated clothes.

For SS’15 Teatum Jones were inspired by the intricacies of Nina Simone’s life story. From the soundtrack, enhanced by a euphoric and moving gospel choir, to the hand embellished panels that reference the Methodist ministers of Simone’s childhood, to the seemingly abstract linear layout of panelling and embroidery detailing which actually references the visions Simone had of her husband’s organs outside of his body…

the gospel choir at Teatum Jones SS'15 (Blink London)

the gospel choir at Teatum Jones SS’15 (Blink London)

As always, Catherine and Rob have taken an intensive approach to realising their concept, rooted in their passion for exceptionally beautiful textiles- all of which have been specifically developed for this collection. Their signature use of jacquards has been enhanced with the application of bold perspex elements. The precious and delicate is offset and contrasted with hardy drills and twills and the unfinished yet considered use of raw edges.

Shapes are in places sculptural, and in others, close to the body, combining dense coverage as well as sheer sections and the beauty of surprisingly revealed skin.

Teatum Jones, SS'15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS’15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS'15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS’15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS'15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS’15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS'15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS’15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS'15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS’15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS'15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS’15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS'15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS’15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS'15 (Blink London)

Teatum Jones, SS’15 (Blink London)

Congratulations on yet another wonderful collection, Rob and Catherine!

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

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

September 16th, 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

For more streetstyle, look here. If you’re in to beauty, then look here. For more posts focussed on accessories, look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Lisa Tan

September 16th, 2014

This season, the accessories galleries of the LFW Designer Showrooms were quite possibly the most exciting place to be. The millinery and jewellery in particular really stood out for me. I’ll be sharing some favourites with you, and we start off with a new name to Blink London; Lisa Tan.

Lisa Tan SS'15 at LFW (Blink London)

Lisa Tan SS’15 at LFW (Blink London)

Lisa Tan SS'15 at LFW (Blink London)

Lisa Tan SS’15 at LFW (Blink London)

This London-based and London-trained, Australian designer was showing at London Fashion Week for the first time, adding to an already incredibly creative selection of millinery labels to be found in the Somerset House showrooms.

Tan’s work is whimsical and fantastical whilst retaining a level of wearability that has won her numerous awards and accolades. Everything is handmade and crafted with care, fusing tradition and innovation, like that super cute ‘Bianca’ beret that Lisa is wearing in the picture, from her AW’14 collection. Each piece is made to order so you can even add some elements that will be unique to your beautiful chapeau!

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

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

September 15th, 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 streetstyle, look here. For more coverage from London Fashion Week, then look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: September 2014

September 15th, 2014

 

LFW, September'14 at Somerset House

LFW, September’14 at Somerset House

London Fashion Week has been an amazing whirlwind since Friday. It all ends tomorrow and the fashion pack move on to Milan. We have discovered some exciting new names, seen wonderfully creative collections from established brands and also spotted some very stylish people. We’ll be sharing all of that with you right here so keep an eye out so that you don’t miss a thing.

Aside from all of the surface-level beauty and the cerebral inspiration behind every creative decision, there’s another level of the fashion industry that is urgently important and one that I was delighted to learn much more about through the special LFW film screening arranged by Orsola de Castro of an AEG produced film ‘The Next Black’, a documentary exploring the future of clothing, the question of sustainability, ethics and the role of technology in driving both the fashion industry and fashion consumption forward in a new, more functional and, well, sustainable way.

Here it is. Please clear 45 minutes in your hectic schedule, make yourself a cup of tea and take a thought-provoking look in to the future. I promise you that it will be time well spent.

 

It really is easy to make a difference. I’d prefer to make that difference while we still have a choice in the matter.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Queen Kamali gets even more Active

September 12th, 2014

If you read my post about Surviving LFW by escaping to The Savoy for some calm, quiet time, you will have spotted that when advising you to try The Savoy’s pool I suggested donning a Norma Kamali swimsuit for the occasion. Well, I figured that 1) you’re a fashion conscious individual, 2) you are rather sophisticated and 3) that you appreciate timeless yet brilliant design if you’re someone who would appreciate the joys that The Savoy has to offer.

I design a couple of swimwear collections as part of our consultancy service, and I have to say that through my years of researching the best of the best in swimwear, Kamali is pretty much Queen. She has built a decades long career around doing marvellously innovative things with jersey. In a wonderfully fatalistic fashion moment, the same day that I posted about wearing Norma Kamali to complete your restorative lengths in style, I also came across a whole new and exciting collection of Kamali styles in Selfridges. I think this must be a recent addition as I haven’t noticed it before.

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges

If you train, or if just like to look like you train, then this is the collection for you. Reminding me of Hot Gossip meets High Disco this collection features graphically go faster style ‘spliced’ inserts, either in mesh, high sheen or bright metallic silver and I want it ALL!!!!

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

And who but Norma Kamali could get away with having a maxi dress in an active collection?

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Pure perfection. Do take a look in Selfridges or at Kamali’s online shop as there’s lots more to this offer including some fabulous swimwear for you to wear during your trip to The Savoy!

For more retail news, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Beauty: Be your most sparkly self at Bestival

September 11th, 2014

We do hope that you enjoyed our introductory Bestival post. This one is dedicated to a festival beauty look that we saw lots of at Wilderness, and the sparkly festival make up trend looked wonderful at Bestival too.

I am intrigued to see whether any of this translates to real life, and I find myself hoping that it might. I think we could all do with a little more light heartedness and whimsy in our lives and what better way than a sweep of stardust and spangles? I think it also provides a wonderful contrast to all of that heavy-handed, obsessive, Kardashian-inspired, video-tutorial-driven, seriously nuts contouring business. I should think this is a sight faster to achieve too!

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Thanks to everyone who stopped to have their picture taken. Thanks also to Megan for all of the great work.

For more beauty posts, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Escape to The Savoy

September 10th, 2014

With huge thanks to my Fairy Godmother, Lisa, and the whole Savoy team I had the most extraordinary pleasure of being their blogger in residence for one night in August. I think I may well have been spoilt for life, as I’m sure has everyone who has ever crossed The Savoy’s threshold.

Blogger in Residence at The Savoy, London

Blogger in Residence at The Savoy, London

You’ll be seeing a couple of posts about my long-standing love affair with The Savoy, which started when I was a fashion student researching the 1920s, and I wanted to start with a rather timely reminder to the International Fashion Industry. Yes, I stayed in the suite just for you all. I took one for the fashion team. No, no don’t worry, it wasn’t too much of a hardship!

New York Fashion Week is well underway, which means that London Fashion Week is imminent. The fashion hoards will soon be descending on London town to search out the newest, hottest and most exciting fashion labels. You fashionistas may be tempted to stay in the newest, hippest hangouts that London town has to offer – but I entreat you to instead indulge in some wonderfully old-school glamour.

The Strand entrance toThe Savoy, London

The Strand entrance toThe Savoy, London

Not only is The Savoy pretty much next door to Somerset House, where many of the catwalk shows are held as well as being the location for the LFW exhibition, it is also a heavenly design haven where at every turn you are greeted by the most wonderful attention to detail. The hotel experienced a very thorough make-over and was reopened under Fairmont management on 10th October 2010. The renovation meticulously returned the hotel back to its former grandeur, inspired by historically correct design schemes. You step through the Strand entrance doors and are immediately immersed in a kind of accessible, welcoming luxury that is a very rare thing.

So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of why you should choose The Savoy as your home from home (for the utterly blessed) or even just a momentary escape from LFW (for the rest of us)…

First things first, The Savoy has a long standing fashion history. From being one of the first London locations where society ladies could socialise and show off their new frocks, to being the place where Guccio Gucci, founder of the Gucci fashion empire, worked as a porter in 1921 and found inspiration to launch his first luggage collection, to being the shoot location for the AW’14 Givenchy campaign.

Givenchy AW'14 campaign shot in The Savoy's Royal Suite

Givenchy AW’14 campaign shot in The Savoy’s Royal Suite

In a wonderfully circular fashion, Gucci also shot last year’s Bamboo Collection campaign video in the hotel too.

  

So, now that we have established their fashion credentials, let’s look at some of the things that The Savoy can offer you to take the edge off all your hard Fashion Week work. Ensure you keep your energy levels up with breakfast, a cup of Savoy tea or a fabulous and very special afternoon tea, which can all be enjoyed in the Thames Foyer for residents and non-residents alike. You will be treated like a member of royalty, served with utter care and discreet attention while you fiddle with your instagram or discuss the merits of the show that you’ve just seen. You can leave all of your heavy shopping bags at the cloakroom, take a deep breath and give yourself a much-needed moment from 8am through until 5.45pm.

The Savoy Traditional Champagne Afternoon Tea

The Savoy Traditional Champagne Afternoon Tea

If a cuppa isn’t quite enough to mend your weary fashion soul, then you could even hit The Savoy’s beauty and fitness spa. Pack your swimming costume (Norma Kamali obvs) and make use of the swimming pool and spa facilities (non-residents just need to buy a day pass or book a treatment at the spa).

poolside at The Savoy, London

poolside at The Savoy, London

If you’re in need of something a little more powerful, we can highly recommend the cocktails in the darkly sophisticated Beaufort Bar. There’s even one created as a tribute to Coco Chanel (Grey Goose infused with rose and jasmine, Lillet Blanc, Red Wine and Blackberry Reduction, Moët & Chandon 2004. Served in an 1890s wine glass and garnished with jasmine and rose tea spray and black sugar pearls presented in a small caviar tin, if you please). The bar is open from 5pm to 1am, so there is plenty of time for you to try out every single one of their original cocktail creations at your leisure.

this is The Encantador, created by the master cocktail creatives in the Beaufort Bar. Shot by Chris Moore.

this is The Encantador, created by the master cocktail creatives in the Beaufort Bar. Shot by Chris Moore.

So, that’s our recommendation to make your London Fashion Week even more wonderful, and all within quite literally a hop, skip and jump along the Strand from Somerset House. I will see you in the bar. I will be the one sipping a Blue Angel, inspired by Marlene Dietrich because, after all that fashion frenzy, I just vant to be alone…

With huge thanks  again to The Savoy’s team for taking such wonderful care of me, and also to EnVeritas for this incredible and unforgettable opportunity.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Marc Jacobs Dazzles

September 10th, 2014
Marc by Marc Jacobs, AW'14 at Harrods

Marc by Marc Jacobs, AW’14 at Harrods

I saw this gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag n the window of Harrods. Aside from being very want-able in its own right, it also reminded me of a remarkable innovation which was discovered/designed/invented by a man called Norman Wilkinson.

Wilkinson was an artist who also served in the navy during World War I. In response to the repeated successful attacks on British ships, Wilkinson came up with an utterly artistic and brilliantly innovative solution to protect them. That solution became known as ‘Dazzle’ which is a disruptive style of camouflage that is both effective at confusing enemy gunners and also striking in it’s bold beauty.

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

There was even a Chelsea Arts Club ball held with the dazzle pattern as it’s theme.

From the Chelsea Art Club's 1919 Dazzle Ball. Yvonne Gregory by Bertram Park

From the Chelsea Art Club’s 1919 Dazzle Ball. Yvonne Gregory by Bertram Park

I hope these images show you why we would be mentioning wartime battleships on a fashion blog. When I first learnt about this I was blown away by the utter modernity, the braveness and the creativity of this innovation. This was just under 100 years ago for goodness sake!

Well, if you didn’t know about dazzle painting before now, we hope that we have shared a little bit of exciting design knowledge with you. If you did know about it, I hope you have appreciated a little reminder of how stunning it is.

For more accessories posts, just look here. For more pattern oriented posts, look here.

Thanks to Pinterest for all of the images sourced of dazzle pattern.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Desert Island Disco-ing at Bestival 2014

September 9th, 2014

Wowsers, what a weekend! The sun shone on the Bestival fields of joy and made an amazing event even more incredible. Thanks to Megan who pitched her tent and hit the party for us. Today you get to rest and recuperate in readiness for London Fashion Week!

This year, Bestival seems to have outdone itself. Not only was the ‘Desert Island Disco’ theme stunningly embraced by the fancy-dressed crowd, Robin Hill Country Park was transformed with beautiful installations, swathes of sandy beaches and a very tropical-island-looking procession of utterly beautiful, awe-inspiring costumes.

Let’s not loose track of the fact that this is essentially a music festival though, and the line up was unbelievably exciting topped off for us by Sam Smith (smashing it again), Outkast and Chic as well as loads of brilliant DJ sets and exciting pop up events.

We’ll kick off our coverage with some shots to set the scene…

Bestival 2014 by Blink London. Yes, that is a mermaid casually hanging out by the bar...

Bestival 2014 by Blink London. Yes, that is a mermaid casually hanging out by the bar…

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bollywood at Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bollywood at Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bollywood at Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bollywood at Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

Bestival 2014 by Blink London

And last but not least, Bestival set a new world record for the largest disco ball ever, launched high into the night sky and ending the festivities in utterly magical, appropriately bonkers style!

Bestival's World Record Disco Ball

Bestival’s World Record Disco Ball

Watch out for more from Bestival in the days ahead. For more amazing events including other festivals, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy