“Blink” Music: Cooly G ‘ Wait ’til Night’

October 20th, 2014

This is the title track from Cooly G‘s second album, just dropping today. This South London, self-described “semi-pro female footballer and UK house producer” delivers a really fresh take on R&B from a strong, confident female perspective and we love it. ‘Wait til Night’ is seduction and sexuality voiced by a woman in a way that is somewhat sophisticated and yet still accessible. The video is pretty lo-fi, as is the production approach but that just enhances the authenticity. Listen and enjoy a new sound that blends parts of classic R&B with something a little more synth oriented and fresh.

For more new music, just take a look here

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” New Designers: Lily Kamper

October 17th, 2014

Although Lily Kamper only graduated from the RCA in 2012, she has already established a brand with a confidently embedded aesthetic. This jewellery label is understatedly luxurious, blending transparent and coloured resins and crystal with metal to create symbolic feeling geometric shapes. The crisply sculpted character of her signature pendants seem both utterly modern and equally somehow ancient. For us we think the best description may be ‘a hybrid of rave culture meets new age crystal healer via ancient Egyptian monoliths’. Yeah, you know that old chestnut! Oh, and we LOVE Lily’s nail art too.

Lily Kamper, SS'15 at London Fashion Week

Lily Kamper, SS’15 at London Fashion Week

As our rather diverse description suggests, Kamper’s work is unique and innovative. We at Blink London are confirmed fans. For the SS’15 collection that we saw at London Fashion Week, she has added in some new elements like this earcuff, showing us how her aesthetic translates brilliantly into finer, smaller pieces.

Lily Kamper, SS'15 at London Fashion Week

Lily Kamper, SS’15 at London Fashion Week

For more posts featuring new designers, just look here. For more on accessories, look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week

October 16th, 2014
London Fashion Week, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

London Fashion Week, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

We still have a stash of great LFW streetstyle to share with you so keep ‘em peeled for a few popping up over the next week. For more streetstyle posted already, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fashion Drawing, Tools of the Trade

October 15th, 2014

If you keep up with us on here or via our various social media accounts then you’ll know that, as part of our retail reports or within a creative consultancy project, we produce original design work. I love the days when I get to have a pencil in my hand instead of a mouse. Occasionally I share this pleasure across the team, but I must admit that I do tend to keep this job for myself!

As a fashion student I didn’t think I was particularly gifted when it came to doing the various types of fashion drawings (of which there are a few!), but over time I have developed my own style, my approach, my handwriting I guess. As I tell my design students, there is a huge difference between being a fashion designer and a fashion illustrator. Some particularly lucky folks may well be both but if you aren’t so blessed then it’s all about finding your own way to express your ideas.

Blink London's 'tools of the trade' for fashion drawing

Blink London’s ‘tools of the trade’ for fashion drawing

I thought you might like to see my tools of the trade for the fashion flats that I produce (quite literally an interpretation of a design if was, well, laid flat). I am obsessive about the pens and pencils that I use and my selection has evolved over many years of trial and error.

Blink London's 'tools of the trade' for fashion drawing

Blink London’s ‘tools of the trade’ for fashion drawing

The pencil should be HB, but more importantly it is sharpened with a scalpel so that I can create difference edges and effects with it. Next comes the fine-line pen, and this is always a Muji 0.38 rollerball. Actually this is the pen I use for everything, everyday. I must have a kajillion of them! After that I use a Letraset Promarker in Ice Grey 1 for shadowing, folds and softness. Then the whole thing is outlined in a Pentel ‘Sign’ pen which is fibre tipped and gives a dense, clean line. Oh, last but not least is the Pentel Micro Correct which is a brilliantly precise Tippex style white-out product to clean up any wobbles, marks or mistakes.

So there you have it, an insight into my pencil case, which is Isabel Marant of course… Perhaps I’ll share another insight with you soon about my obsession for a specific type of paper to draw on. Oh the excitement!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Radley’s return to the Archives for AW’14

October 15th, 2014
The Bloomsbury collection, Radley AW'14

The Bloomsbury collection, Radley AW’14

When Radley‘s press release for The Bloomsbury Collection popped up in my emails I felt compelled to share this smile-inducing set of handbags with you. I just love the colour and the structure in combination. Both rather serious and grown up and also wonderfully Sindy sweet. The design team have reworked inspiration from Radley’s own archives for these chicly refined shapes. I may have been drawn in by this version of the cross body ‘Canteen’ style which is a variation on the Holly Fulton for Radley shape that is my current personal favourite (you can see more about that here).

The Bloomsbury 'Canteen', Radley AW'14

The Bloomsbury ‘Canteen’, Radley AW’14

If you are not a particularly pink person, then the Bloomsbury collection also comes in teal and navy, orange and natural as well. The range consists of large and medium structured grab with cross body straps, a cross body canteen, an evening clutch with adjustable strap, cosmetic case and wallet. The Bloomsbury collection launched this month and you can see the full offer here.

For more accessories posts, just have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Emma Greenhill, SS’15

October 14th, 2014

I am seriously considering rocking a headscarf. I don’t mean in a rave bandana way or tied up on top charlady style or even as a head band. I’m talking a full-on Home Counties, triangle tied under the chin style headscarf. In this wet weather it’s the perfect solution to misbehaving, frizzed out, big hair. This urge is all down to the influence of one lady, and that lady is scarf aficionado and designer Emma Greenhill.

Emma Greenhill, wearing one of her wonderful scarves

Emma Greenhill, wearing one of her wonderful scarves

Scottish-born Emma Greenhill graduated from Brighton University with a degree in Fashion and Textile Design. After a longstanding career in fashion PR she has returned to her creative roots and launched her own label scarf collection.

We asked Emma to share with us some of her longest standing design influences and inspirations.

“I mix all sorts of mediums and hand paint, draw and design my scarves. I adore colour and pattern. From my nieces’ paintings to the exquisite floral wallpapers in Chatsworth House. I read loads, especially by authors from the 1920′s and 1930′s and all the characters come to life in my head and I just want to get them down on paper and bring them to life within my scarves.”

The SS’15 collection is titled ‘Yes We Have No Bananas’ and is inspired the period between the Roaring Twenties to the end of the 1940’s; a period that gave birth to the Flapper and Femme Fatale and was beautifully expressed through the writing of Evelyn Waugh, F Scott Fitzgerald, Nancy Mitford and Dorothy Parker- all of whom have been a huge influence for Greenhill.

Emma Greenhill, SS'15 collection

Emma Greenhill, SS’15 collection

Emma Greenhill, SS'15 collection

Emma Greenhill, SS’15 collection

Emma Greenhill, SS'15 collection

Emma Greenhill, SS’15 collection

Emma Greenhill, SS'15 collection

Emma Greenhill, SS’15 collection

The pure silk twill and cashmere scarves are produced in a high end factory in Como, the traditional Italian heart of printed silk production. Prices range from £55 to £250 and you can take a look at the full collection in Emma’s online store.

For more posts about accessories, look here. For more news on new designers, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Stylish Steals: & Other Stories, Beauty

October 13th, 2014

It’s about time we treated you to another ‘Stylish Steals’ post, and this is one that we have spend many hours and few quid investigating thoroughly for you. Believe me, it’s been our pleasure! This is all about the fabulous beauty products from & Other Stories. I will kick things off by sharing a pic of my own stash with you, backing up this recommendation with the fact that in the short time since this brand landed, it has now pretty much taken over my make-up bag.

 & Other Stories, makeup, Marc Jacobs, makeup bag,

My personal stash of & Other Stories makeup

Not only are these products a fabulous price, they are also incredibly high quality. The colours are all highly pigmented meaning that a little goes a long way. The formulations are innovative and easy to apply, feel great on the skin and wear well. I had so many compliments when I started using their ‘Kick Pleat Red’ cheek and lip tint that several girlfriends immediately bought into the same product.

& Other Stories, makeup, Blink London

& Other Stories beauty department

& Other Stories, beauty, makeup lipstick, Blink London

& Other Stories beauty department

The array of colours, finishes and product types is very impressive and constantly being updated. The in-store staff encourage you to try, giving you expert advice which I personally found invaluable, especially when stepping into the new and slightly scary world of eyebrow powders. At these prices you can buy that new, slightly bonkers nail polish colour without thinking about it too much. It is both playful and brilliantly chic. The perfect combo deal for any make up brand we think.

We spotted some scented candles on our last visit into the Regent Street branch and I can’t wait to get a few of those home. Just to test them for you, obviously! For more beauty posts, take a look here. If you’re into reading about more Stylish Steals, then this is the place for you to click.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: James Bay ‘When We Were on Fire’

October 13th, 2014

Today we are mixing a bit of fashion in with our Music Monday post. This is the wonderful James Bay and “When we were on Fire”, live at the Burberry Prorsum SS’15 show.

Burberry always choose really interesting new artists to play live at their catwalk shows. I think they outdid themselves this year. He’s one of Blink’s new favourites. This very gifted 23 year old has only released one EP to date, but we think he’s about to go stratospheric with his new single ‘Hold Back the River’ which is being supported by huge industry players both here and in the States.

He’s another in a small, uniquely gifted circle of young male Brit artists who are creating music with pure musicianship, heart and lots of soul. We will be keeping a close eye on any tour dates or show announcements as I bet he will be an absolute treat to see live.

For more great Music Monday posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” New Designers: Tengri

October 8th, 2014

With all new fashion ventures, success or failure is first and foremost rooted in your product. In supporting roles are your approach, your story and your ethics. In my opinion, many sustainable brands focus too much on their ethics and not enough on delivering fashion relevant, want-able, gorgeous product.

Nancy Johnston, founder of Tengri, seems to have the balance just right with her collection of  100% natural, undyed, hand-combed Mongolian yak wool knitwear that is eco-friendly and sustainable, as soft as cashmere and warmer than merino wool. I think it looks really gorgeous and I can’t wait to get my hands on some, especially in the wake of last Autumn Winter’s horrific angora scandal (you can read more about that here and here). Animal fibres are a tough ethical call in many ways. Even the humble woolly sheep often doesn’t get given the care it deserves at home or abroad.

It seems that the small scale, socially engaged, empowerment oriented Tengri offers us a very clear, open and utterly spotless source to production picture that supports all involved from start (the Mongolian yak herders) to the finish (the UK production is manned by retired industry professionals). It’s a beautiful approach and we’re delighted to share this really great fashion story with you.

Tengri AW'14 'Warrior' collection

Tengri AW’14 ‘Warrior’ collection

Tengri AW'14 'Warrior' collection

Tengri AW’14 ‘Warrior’ collection

Tengri AW'14 'Warrior' collection

Tengri AW’14 ‘Warrior’ collection

You can contact the brand and pre-order from this collection on their website.

For more new designers news, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: H&M x Alexander Wang

October 6th, 2014

On November 6th H&M will launch their latest designer collaboration. Alexander Wang x H&M Collection will hit around 250 stores worldwide and online. Be ready boys and girls.

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

“I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle,” Alexander Wang said.

With menswear and womenswear, this collection features original designs created by Wang specifically for H&M. There is plenty of his signature sporty style, and in fact much of the collection is actual performance wear which is exciting for all of us conscious gym bunnies! There’s also lots and lots of branding with the Wang name plastered all over the collection is quite a 90′s kinda feel. From what I’ve seen, I think this will be a really exciting and quite authentic feeling collaboration, but I don’t think I’ll be elbowing anyone out of the way for the swimming goggles…

“Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year,” said Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor.

Oh, and the ad campaign is pretty darn gorgeous too, featuring some big name girls (including the ever gorgeous Joan Smalls and Natasha Poly) as well as some actual athletes (soccer player Andy Carroll and kickboxer Rivaldino dos Santos).

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Exciting times! For more retail news, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy