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Blink Events: Anthony Burrill says ‘Clear Your Head Every Day’

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

A little while back we reported on the amazing and inspiring Anthony Burrill studio at Somerset House’s ‘Pick Me Up’ exhibition. Since then he’s been keeping us up to speed with his moves and grooves, and we were delighted to see there was a new exhibition on, entitled ‘Clear Your Head Every Day’. If, like us, you are a fan of the ‘Godfather of the graphic art scene’, we guarantee that you will enjoy this collection of work at Outline Editions on Berwick Street on show until 16th July (shake a leg and get down there sharpish so you don’t miss out).

‘Clear Your Head Every Day’ includes a collection of 30 new, small-scale limited edition prints and neon artworks created exclusively for the show, as well as collaborations with both internationally acclaimed furniture designer Michael Marriott and the sculptor Wilfrid Wood. There are live workshops taking place and the gallery space and windows have been re-designed by Burrill and Marriott for the show. If you’re in the mood to make a purchase, each piece will be for sale (prices from £30 – £300).

Burrill says, ‘Clear Your Head Every Day’ is a show very much in the spirit of an open studio following on from Pick Me Up.  Everything shown is based around a theme of positivity and as the title suggests, is about an antidote to stressful, city life.

Anthony Burrill from 'Clear Your Head Every Day'

Anthony Burrill from 'Clear Your Head Every Day'

Anthony Burrill from 'Clear Your Head Every Day'

Anthony Burrill with Wilfred Wood from 'Clear Your Head Every Day'

For more posts about inspirational graphics, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Retail: H&M’s collaborating with Versace

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Donatella has executed a complete volte-face (and what a face it is) and decided that it is now a good thing for Versace to collaborate with a high street brand.  The exclusive collection for H&M, launching mid November, will reference iconic Versace collections with lots of signature studded leather, print and pattern- oh, and some wonderful accessories too. The collection will include womenswear, menswear and a few pieces for the home too. In addition to the Autumn offer, Donatella Versace has also designed a pre-spring collection for H&M so there will be even more to look forward to if you love what’s delivered in November.

“I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching their wide audience. The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere,” says Donatella Versace.

“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the festive season,” says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.

Versace for H&M

Versace for H&M

Versace for H&M

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Inspiration: Vice Style Visionaries Part 2- Diane Pernet

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Following on from last week’s post about Gareth Pugh, we now have the next inspirational installment in the Blackberry/ Vice Style series for you…

Diane Pernet‘s impressive career spans fashion design, journalism and film-making, but she is foremost a cult fashion ‘curator’. When not in the front row at fashion week she can be found consulting and bestowing her revered judgement at various creative institutions globally. Her work on the web propelled her to the forefront of online fashion, as the driving force behind A Shaded View of Fashion. This blog, widely referred to as a ‘style bible’, is hailed as a platform giving young designers the opportunity to get the exposure they need, and its also the way that we first discovered Pernet and her unique take on the world of fashion.

Pernet was herself a fashion designer in the 80′s and edited numerous publications including Joyce, elle.com, vogueparis.com and Zoo over the years. As one of the first to champion fashion film, her own early lo-fi fashion film ventures were a landmark in the burgeoning medium of fashion film. In 2008 she founded the first ever fashion film festival, A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival which recognizes the medium as an art form in its own right and is helping earn it the credibility it deserves. In the video she speaks passionately about her love of fashion film and her film festival. Pernet also praises the work of Stefan Siegel, who launched the brilliant designer platform, ‘Not Just a Label’ hwo has created the perfect on-line environment for new designers to gain global exposure.

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: Vintage London, The Southbank Vintage Festival

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

If you are a vintage fan, then this post will leave you rather over excited. You’ve been warned!

The Southbank Centre will play host to Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s amazing Vintage festival from 29 – 31 July 2011 as part of the Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations. Wayne Hemingway, said: “Vintage at Southbank Centre will be a glamorous and cool antidote to festivals in a field, the emphasis being on head-turning style. Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day, Vintage at Southbank Centre is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and joyous creative feast.”

The Royal Festival Hall will be transformed into a multi-venue playground where, over 13 hours each day (from 12pm to 1am), pass holders can learn the dances of the decades, take in over 70 live performances, boogie along to the tunes of 150 DJs, enjoy exclusive catwalk shows and decade specific make-overs, sample Vintage food and cocktails, shop at one of world’s most exciting Vintage marketplaces (over 250 stalls!), and take to the Thames on the Love Boat!

Aside from the amazing shopping opportunities, we are super excited that on the Friday there will be performances by electronic pioneers Thomas Dolby, Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode and Heaven 17, alongside hotly tipped new act Mirrors. On Saturday you’ll have the chance to attend the only UK appearance of legendary Atlantic Records icon Percy Sledge. Sunday’s Hit Parade (31 July) will celebrate British hits from the past seven decades, re-imagined and performed by an array of guest vocalists with an orchestral backing. The evening is headlined by Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb with guest performances by Sandie Shaw! Throughout each day and evening, The Royal Festival Hall will host 8 Vintage nightclubs, immersing visitors in the dance and club scenes of seven decades of British cool. Each club venue will offer free dance lessons led by professional instructors so visitors can learn the Foxtrot, Jive, a Northern Soul backdrop or whatever gets them grooving, before trying out the moves in the Vintage clubs. With stylists and barbers on hand, ticket holders will also be able to get free decade-specific hair and beauty makeovers. The venues will not only transport visitors to the music and style of the decades, but also– via their taste buds–  to the eating and drinking habits of days gone by with authentically conceived Vintage food and cocktails served throughout the day and evening. Genius!

As part of this great gathering of all things Vintage, you will also have the chance to set sail on The Love Boat. A celebration of all things nautical, kitsch and disco, The Love Boat promises passengers a retro summer party palace as it cruises the Thames on one of the rivers oldest boats – The MV Royalty. With five different themed vintage socials a day, hosted by a selection of five-star disc jockeys and taken care of by the colourfully kitsch boat crew, you can party under a giant disco ball all whilst enjoying the spectacular views of London from the Thames. Now that’s what I can a good weekend. Get you tickets sorted and we’ll see you there!

For more inspirational “Blink” events, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Streetstyle: Maxed Out

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

We’ve been spotting some lovely maxi looks over the past couple of weeks, and decided to share some of our favourite streetsyle shots with you today. Its a direction that has become a bit of a high summer classic, but we can see some innovation in here too. The move from the maxi dress to the importance of the maxi skirt has been one well documented in all the fashion mags from the start of Spring. Building on that direction, we also love the amazing concertina pleated ‘divided skirt’ or mega flares from Topshop. Midi gets a look in too, but the reality of the streetsyle shows that it still has some way to go before it replaces the long time love that is the maxi…

Distortion, Copenhagen

South Molton Street

South Molton Street

Shoreditch High Street

Shoreditch High Street

Shoreditch High Street

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

If you’d like to see more inspirational streetstyle shots, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Inspiration: Vice Style Visionaries Part 1- Gareth Pugh

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

When we were approached to see if we’d like to post about BlackBerry and Vice Style’s Visionaries project, we were intrigued. As you all know (and hopefully love!) we only post about things that we have seen, created, collated and discovered ourselves, so it is a little departure to use our blog as a platform to profile someone else’s project. We made this exception as its this project reflects many of the things that we believe in at “Blink”, and we also think Gareth Pugh, the first subject of this project, is an absolute genius.

The Visionaries project is intended to look at both established and up-and-coming individuals who make fashion happen. Each film stars a seminal fashion visionary and a rising star of their choosing. The visionaries are the art directors, designers, stylists, photographers and editors who broke ground with their work and helped define the look of a generation. Their chosen luminaries have the potential to alter the landscape of fashion in years to come, embodying the fashion world’s predilection for innovation and subversion of the accepted blueprint.

Last decade, award-winning Fashion designer Gareth Pugh exploded onto the scene and single-handedly recaptured and reinvented the spirit of British fashion. Today his influence can be seen worldwide and his impact on the look of this generation can be described as era-defining. He got his first break designing Kylie Minogue‘s comeback costume and kitting out her entire Showgirl tour. Beyonce is his most vocal fan and has seemingly worn Pugh in more music videos than in ones she hasn’t. Lady Gaga has not only worn many of his creations on and off tour, but is a collaborator. Pugh’s muse is none other than the inimitable Daphne Guinness. He has collaborated extensively with all the major publications including Vogue, Another, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland and Arena Homme+, and shot with the likes of Mario Testino, Nick Knight, Alasdair Mclellan and Karl Lagerfeld. Pugh discusses his ongoing collaborations with fashion filmmaker Ruth Hogben, a visionary who he hails as “one person who could change the face of fashion” and the reasons he believes film is so instrumental in the fashion industry. Pugh and Hogben speak of their inspiration, skill, passion, luck and the unique personal visions behind their art and collaborations.

Enjoy, and we’ll post parts 2 and 3 very soon!

Enjoy! Lucy

Graduate Fashion Week: London College of Fashion, BA Graduates Show

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Here we are at the final post featuring last Tuesday’s London College of Fashion BA Graduate show, featuring the work of 25 designers selected from the womenswear, menswear and surface textiles degree courses. Today there are only a couple of images that we wanted to feature. I’m sure that’s probably a relief after so many image heavy posts over the past few days!

So, here we are with the show finale and the awards presentation. Firstly came the award sponsored by Barnett Lawson for ‘Best Use of Trimmings’. This was won by Charlotte Barry, and deservedly so. her collection was stunning in its balance between subtlety and sophistication while also being incredibly decorative and textural. Charlotte didn’t come forward to have her photo taken so instead we’ve swiped an image from her online portfolio.

Charlotte Barry's winning collection

Next was the Biddle Sawyer Silks award for ‘Innovative Use of Textiles’ and this was won by Stine Riis. This was a particularly proud moment for our Creative Director who was recently mentoring Stine. The collection was absolutely beautiful, although it was amongst the collections that featured real fur (sponsored by Saga who work with incredibly high ethical standards). See more about Stine’s winning collection here.

Stine Riis, winner of the 'Innovative Use of Textiles' award

Finally there was the award for the ‘Collection of the Year’, and we didn’t know which way this was going to go. There were so many exciting and innovative collections to choose from, all of which had been incredibly beautifully realized. We certainly didn’t envy the judges their job! The award went to Wun Wun Nova Chiu for her colourful, textural and energetic collection that was inspired by undiscovered Chinese cultures blended with architectural references, titled ‘Shangri-Ladida’. Read more of her inspiration behind this gorgeous collection here.

Nova Chiu accompanied by models in her winning collection

Enjoy! Lucy

Graduate Fashion Week: London College of Fashion, BA Graduates Show

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

It’s a marathon of inspiration this week. We hope that you can take the pace. Here we are at day 4 of coverage from last Tuesday’s LCF BA Graduate Fashion Show. Only one more day to go, so you’ve almost made it through! Don’t forget that you see more great work from each designer, plus far better imagery by looking here.

Kathy Lam

Kathy Lam

Kathy Lam

Kathy Lam

Sophie Redfern

Sophie Redfern

Sophie Redfern

Sophie Redfern

Harold Kensington

Harold Kensington

Harold Kensington

Jaeho Choi

Jaeho Choi

Jaeho Choi

Jaeho Choi

Angela Brandys

Angela Brandys

Angela Brandys

Enjoy! Lucy

Graduate Fashion Week: London College of Fashion, BA Graduates Show

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

So, day 3 and we still have loads of great LCF BA graduate show coverage for you. At this point I guess it would be wise to add a disclaimer: If we have mis-named any of the shows I am incredibly sorry. Just let me know who, what, where and we’ll amend it ASAP!

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Yingzhi Luo- Chi Chi

Stine Riis, winner of the Biddle Sawyer Silks award for 'Innovative use of Fabric'

Stine Riis

Stine Riis

Stine Riis

Stine Riis

Stine Riis

Yumiko Isa

Yumiko Isa

Yumiko Isa

Yumiko Isa

Yumiko Isa

Wun Wun Nova Chiu, winner of the 'Collection of the Year' award

Wun Wun Nova Chiu

Wun Wun Nova Chiu

Wun Wun Nova Chiu

Enjoy! Lucy

Graduate Fashion Week: London College of Fashion, BA Graduates Show

Monday, June 13th, 2011

We spend the night of Tuesday 7th in a really quite fabulous location in Paddington Central, marveling at the collections from the 25 selected Fashion BA students from LCF‘s womenswear, menswear and surface textiles courses. I have to say that the standard of the collections was incredibly high, incredibly innovative and really inspiring. Congratulations to all of those who showed. We managed to capture some shots from the event, but to see more (and better!) coverage of each collection all of the designer’s portfolios are available online, so just click here! We’ll be featuring a selection of designers every day for the rest of the week, so lots and lots of inspiration for you to enjoy.

The LCF show location in Paddington Central

Lien Bui

Lien Bui

Lien Bui

Lien Bui

Nano Aoshima

Nano Aoshima

Nano Aoshima

Nano Aoshima

Nano Aoshima

Brett de Jager

Brett de Jager

Brett de Jager

Brett de Jager

Charlotte Barry, who won the Barnett Lawson 'Best Use of Trimmings' award

Charlotte Barry

Charlotte Barry

Charlotte Barry

Enjoy! Lucy