Archive for February, 2010

London Fashion Week- Caped Crusaders

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Here’s another brilliant outerwear look for you from London Fashion Week. Quelle surprise based on the fact that these are outdoors shots, but we think they’re really exiting none the less! So after leather jackets and lovely trench coats comes the cape. Also seen on many a runway for Autumn ’10 so we were delighted to see some fashion pundits ahead of the curve.

Whether feeling smart and semi tailored or soft and unconstructed, this a brilliant solution to creating an innovative, sculptural silhouette and keep super warm at the same time!

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London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week- en:Trenched

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

In keeping with the chilly and rainy weather, the fashion pack were rocking some really fantastic trench coats and macs. We’re not competing with Christopher Bailey’s ‘The Art of the Trench’ with our mini review here. Well, maybe a little bit!

At “Blink” we love a classic injected with a new lease of life, and a certainly what’s been happening with the old standard trench coat for the past few seasons. Working lovely chino style neutral shades or forever brilliant black. In classic, strict and military feeling cuts or something much more feminine. All are perfectly fashion fabulous  in our view.

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London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week- Skin Time

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The weather certainly suited the season that was being shown this London Fashion Week. Although it should be almost Spring, the snow clouds were still hovering over our very chilly London town. This was perfect for all of the amazing Autumn Winter 2010 collections being showcased, and also gave the fashion crowd a chance to bust out their best Autumnal looks.

The material of choice seemed to be leather. The colour of choice, unsurprisingly, was beautiful black. The best leather looks combined other more textural materials to create a look with depth, or worked in softer, lighter elements for a more ladylike approach. Butter soft and softly tailored or harder edged with a rock chick attitude, it really is time to show off your skin…

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London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week, February 2010

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

For the past few days, London as been hostess to the global fashion community. Those who couldn’t make it here in person would have been avidly following Style.com and Twitter or live streaming the shows to ensure that no detail, however small, wasn’t missed.

“Blink” has been there, braving snow and rain to capture the atmosphere on your behalf. We have some great people shots for you which we’ll be posting in bite-size summaries. There’s also extra fashion insider info from us on Twitter.

Here’s a picture of the stunning main Fashion Week location, Somerset House, just to start the posting off. It looks like a mid Summer sky, but believe me, it was fffrreeezzziiinngg!

Somerset House

Somerset House

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Interviews: Steve Wallington

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

We think that our first interviewee is very inspiring starting point for this new blog feature. Steve Wallington was the founder and Creative Director of Point Blank and fashion label, Worn By. He’s worked with inspiring and creative business’s like MTV, BBC, ITV, Levis, Mother, BBH, Collette Paris and Liberty. He left last year to pursue his passion for photography and moving image in fashion and lifestyle. Steve’s also working on his plans to create an art space with a difference…

Tell us about your current design crush
I’m about to move home for the second time in a year and I’m getting very into all things Architectural & Interiors. I’m feeling especially inspired by Tom Ford’s film “A Single Man”. The detail of the man! Colin Firth’s pad was sublime and I’m inspired to try and recreate a 60’s pad in West London instead of the West Coast!?

Do you think that style is more important than function?
Yes I do think ‘style over function’… as long as it lasts!  All good design classics have longevity in function and design. Its definelty an age thing as I now want, more and more, to buy desireable objects that’ll last. I still have a pair of Comme des Garcons track pants from two decades back that I still wear!!

What project are you currently working on and how is it shaping up?
I’m currently helping to relaunch a Scandinavian Fashion brand. I’m also in post production on a Dickensian style men’s fashion/lifestyle story that I photographed and filmed with the stylist Alex Longmore.

What or who are your longest standing design influences?
Where do I start! When it comes to references that I dig out time and again to inspire, definitely Saul Bass for design, film titles and art directing the shower scene in Psycho.  Also Alexey Brodovitch for Art Direction in Design and Fashion. But I’m always being influenced by the world around me, the different cultures and countries I visit, and with the advent of the web having access to biggest historic library in the sky.

What’s currently inspiring you?
Charting the history of photography as I do research for my weekly session teaching photography at my daughter’s school and seeing those wide eyes taking it all in!

How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Good detail, well made with a twist!
My girlfriend recently bought an old fur for me from Portobello market that I used during the cold spell under a Burberry mac. I still like a symbol of individuality.

Any style secrets?
Observe the Japanese tourists dress sense. They have taken over from the Italians for style and panache.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Being creative and the ability to research and expand the mind.

Any future projects that you’d like to tell us about?
I’m in the final rounds of getting funding for a ‘culture club’ with a difference that will launch next year.

Any final words of advice?
Read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” which basically outlines success only comes through hard work & putting the hours in!

Steve Wallington

Steve Wallington

These pictures were a collaboration with the stylist, Alex Longmore. Steve wanted to create a Mens fashion story inspired by  Dickens style fashion that feels on trend for Winter/Spring this year (especially after Sherlock Holmes!). Each image is backed up with a film.

These pictures were a collaboration with the stylist, Alex Longmore. Steve wanted to create a menswear story inspired by a Dickensian mood that feels on trend for Winter and Spring. Much of the menswear used is Alexander McQueen. All of the people featured have a personal story to tell about London, which was filmed as well as captured in these amazing photographs.

This image features British actor, Lyndon Ogbourne & his cousin Luke Gamble

This is Murray Lachlan Young. He's a outspoken English poet, best known for the notorious 'Cocaine' poem'.

This image of Manilla is from a film Steve co-directed and produced with the Aids Charity Staying Alive.  The pictures showed the people and the story behind the great work each organisation does reduce the spread of Aids.

This image of Manila is from a film Steve co-directed and produced with the AIDS Charity 'Staying Alive'. The pictures show the people and story behind the great work each organization does to reduce the spread of AIDS.

MTV's 25th birthday exhibition

Steve has worked with MTV over the last 10 years, with Point Blank as the retained agency, creating some of their most iconic campaigns including this from MTV's 25th anniversary exhibition at the ICA.

Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro, photographed by Steve during his charity climb to raise money for a friend's daughter who has Cystic Fibrosis. He created an exhibition and self published a book which the Photographers Gallery & Claire De Rouen books took.

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Wardrobes- New Dandy

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Sam Morton is our next subject for a “Blink” wardrobe review, an perfect to be featured in our menswear week. Sam is studying Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts. We really like Sam’s style which is artsy, individual and very cool. Thanks for getting involved Sam!

Best buy from Autumn 2009: was a 90’s navy vintage fitted Burberry jacket with over-sized gold metal clasps. It has a military feel to it and has an interesting structure, with wider shoulders and tapering in at the bottom. It’s quite short but looks good over a baggy jumper and Dr Marten boots.

What I’m looking forward to buying for Spring 2010: is some monochrome track pants to be worn with chunky boots and a leather jacket. Chain mail style, thin knits or vests and I’ve seen a lot of exaggerated cowl neck shearling jackets that I want too. Anything with nice buttons and shoulder details.

My personal style is: relaxed tailoring. I like a good fit and cut, structure and detail but I’m not conservative in what I wear. At the moment I think monochrome and colour blocking looks good, mixed with details such as a feather or some pleating. I like mixing greys and dull browns with abstract shapes and Navajo, earthy prints.

If money was no object and practicality went out of the window, I would wear: Burberry, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen.

My current style icon is: Edward Scissor Hands, Star Trek, James Dean and Brandon Flowers.

Enjoy! Lucy

Menswear Street Style: Soft vs Smart

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

We’ve collected some great menswear shots over the past week or so, and thought we should share them with you and make this a boy’s focused week, before we go full on into London Fashion Week coverage next week.

So, here we have some great fashion moments spotted around London. The boys seem to sit in two style camps- either the super smart, crisp and refined or those who are more about texture and layering. We think both look equally brilliant. What about you?

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Soho

Soho

Soho

Soho

Soho

Soho

Corsica Studios

Corsica Studios

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

Enjoy! Lucy

Windows- H&M through the Looking Glass

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Lewis Carroll is providing inspiration across the board at the moment. Robbie Williams is channeling the white rabbit in his current video and Tim Burton’s 3D interpretation of Alice’s adventures is due for release in March (we can’t wait!). H&M have very smartly jumped on this fantasy bandwagon and through the looking glass for their current VM scheme. It feels very ‘Alice’ blended with quite a lot of Tim Walker. The scale play and bold patterns really work well together. Fairytale fantasies and a large dose of escapism feel like the perfect themes to explore for Spring 2010, and what better place to escape the daily grind and grey skies than the fabulous world of fashion?

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink wardrobes- Fine Art Style

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

This is our first foray into snooping. Not just any old snooping, and certainly not stalking. This is our new blog feature that allows us a beaky look into some very cool wardrobes. Our first victim is Tilly Shiner. She’s studying Fine Art at Central St Martins and is also a member of the “Blink” team. Thanks Tilly!

Most worn of Winter 2009: was a pair of great chunky forest green suede boots – kept my feet warm and looked fab! (charity shop present from my housemate).

Best buy of Winter 2009: was a vintage gray cape I bought in Paris (Free p Star). Grey with black and white check sleeve and collar- simple and chic!

This Spring I’m looking forward to buying: a long floral dress this spring to get some colour back in my wardrobe. I’ll also be looking out for some super feminine lacy numbers, for a bit of nymphet style!

My personal style is: usually based around contrasts- hard and soft, geeky and sexy, girly and macho! This is a great way of evening out more extravagant or unusual pieces. Charity shops are my staple diet!

If money was no object: I would wear Christopher Kane and PPQ for their lovely prints and dresses (keeping it British!). I would probably splash out on some decadent Alexander McQueen too.

My current style icon is:
Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element – weird but effortlessly cool.










Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Discoveries- Michael van der Ham

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

When retailing in Liberty last month we were, as usual, salivating over the stunning selection of new looks and beautiful presentation, but one label in particular sent our passion for fashion just a little over the normal state of excitement. There were a couple of mannequins styled in some amazingly constructed, almost patch-worked pieces that blended textiles and colour in a really fresh way. Our interest was piqued and we just had to know more. After searching down the mannequin’s back necks we saw the name ‘Michael Van der Ham‘. After a little online research we found out a bit more about this new designer.

This Dutch 24 year old is a recent graduate of Saint Martins. Van der Ham won the L’Oreal Professional Fashion Design Award for his Graduate collection in 2009, which was inspired by the dress collection created by Andy Warhol where he  dismantled designer dresses, mixed them up and reconstructed them into new dresses. He has taken this inspiration to a fabulous new level that feels perfect for the newly softened and relaxed formal mood that’s kicking off 2010.

Do head into Liberty for a closer look as our window shot really doesn’t do these styles justice.

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Michael van der Ham

Michael van der Ham


Enjoy! Lucy