Archive for July, 2011

Blink Events: Secret Garden Party, Part 3

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Its been a while since we had anything worth posting under the category of ‘Friday Fun’. Sorry about that. Well, we hope to make amends with this fabulously fluffy selection of shots to round up our Secret Garden Party reviews for this year. These festival goers seemed to have decided that SGP was the opportunity for them to embrace their inner animal. Who knew that Tony the Tiger would become a style icon? Well, all we can say is that we think they all look gggrrrreat!

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Well, that’s it for SGP, but look out for lots more festival coverage to come. If you’d like to see all the festival related posts on the “Blink” blog so far, just click here. If you’d like to take a look at all of the inspirational events we’ve covered, then click here. Enjoy!

Thanks again to the wonderful Victoria for the images. Thanks also to all of you who struck a pose for her. Until next year!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: Secret Garden Party, Part 2 aka ‘Mad Hatters’

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

More great shots from Secret Garden Party. We hope that you enjoyed yesterdays post. Its not really the kind of fest where we can then look at the shots and analyze the trends (phew, no denim cuts offs and Hunter welly combos here), but never the less we have pulled together some common threads for you. This post celebrates the most wonderful selection of headgear that we have seen since the Royal Wedding. Hats were the accessory du jour, and there were some great scarf looks too. What better way to work with your Day 3 festival hair?

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Thanks again to the lovely Victoria for some inspirational shots. If you’d like to see more posts on accessories, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: Secret Garden Party, Part 1

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

We’re knee deep into festival season and last weekend saw the most fantastic of them all take place. When I say fantastic, I mean it in the truest sense of the word. Secret Garden Party is all about escapism, an alternative reality, a fantasy festival when your imagination can really let its hair down. The theme this year was ‘Origins and Frontiers’, but as you’ll see from the shots this was by no means the only direction to take when it came to wardrobe choices. Yes, when you want to dress fancy for SGP, you really, truly do go for fancy dress.

The line up was pretty much as eclectic as the attendees sartorial tastes, but we were really excited to see Benjamin Francis Leftwich on the line up (a new “Blink” fav) as well as I am Kloot, Blondie, Leftfield and Toddla T who is our current hangover cure…

So to set the scene we decided that this first post on SGP should feature the most fantastical of those that we shot. We salute all the SGP attendees who put so much time, energy and thought into their looks. I have no idea how you all managed to do it, but I’m very glad that you did! Thanks to Victoria for the ace shots. Great work from the newest member of the “Blink” family.

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

If you’d like to see more festival coverage, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Inspiration: Vice Style Visionaries Part 3- Nick Knight

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

This is the third, and we think very possibly the most exciting of the Vice Style/ Blackberry ‘Visionaries’ series. We hope that you enjoyed our posts on Gareth Pugh and Diane Pernet from this series too.

Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director & founder of SHOWstudio.com the fashion & art internet broadcasting channel.  He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent.

As a fashion photographer, Nick Knight has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty.  His first book of photographs, skinheads, was published in 1982.  He has since produced Nicknight, a 12 year retrospective, and Flora, a series of flower pictures.  Knight’s work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery and recently The Tate Modern.  He has produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.

In the video Knight speaks incredibly inspirationally and eloquently about fashion as an art form and the creative force that is Lady Gaga, as well as the current evolution/ revolution occurring within the way the fashion industry is communication and operating. Knight also talks about his respect for and working relationship with the Fashion Director at SHOWstudio, Alex Fury. Knight and Fury have been instrumental in changing the way that fashion is being communicated, particularly through the instantaneous reportage that they produce from the shows, featured on the SHOWstudio site.

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Inspiration: Vintage adventures at Ardingly

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

You may have spotted the tweets that we took a day away from the studio on Tuesday. We braved the weather, packing wellies and waterproofs to head off down to East Sussex for Ardingly Antiques Market. As we got closer, we glimpsed blue skies through the driving rain. As we pulled into Ardingly the weather had a wondrous change of heart and the sun put his hat on. It was a blessing as much of the fair is in open fields and antiques just look that much less enticing when you are knee deep in mud…

Here are some shots of some of the things that we spotted and loved, some of which may have come home with us. We hope that you find them inspiring. We certainly did. The most exciting spot was the beautiful painting, pictured below. I thought that the subject looked familiar. As I questioned the seller, it became apparent that this was in fact, Darla-Jane Gilroy, who I did one of my work placements with when studying fashion, and who I have recently had the joy of working with at LCF. What a small world!

An Ozzie Clark spotted at Ardingly

For more vintage inspiration, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, another teaser!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

If you are yet to purchase your tickets to this amazing event, we suggest you make your mind up and get on-line quick smart! This is not one to be missed…

Actually its not a complete disaster if you don’t buy tickets, as much of the Vintage Festival is free and open to all. However, if you do want access in to the beautiful Royal Festival Hall, and all of the amazing events held within its wall, you will need to part with your cash. I promise you that it will be money well spent. From what I found out on Monday evening, when being shown around by Wayne and Jack Hemingway (its a family affair), you will be treated to some amazing adventures down memory lane. Wayne did point out that this is not just a ‘Retro Fest’ though. He wanted to achieve two main things with the Vintage Festival. The first was ‘glamour’, recalling times when it was unheard of to head out on a big night without getting dressed up for the evening ahead. The second was to deliver ‘something with meaning’ inspired by great moments in time musically and stylistically, but that also ‘looks at where we are going’.

The start of this mission was the first vintage festival at Goodwood last year, with its 50,000 attendees. This year the event has relocated to the South Bank Centre, at the request of the Royal Festival Hall who wanted this to be the jewel in the crown of their 60th anniversary celebrations. As Wayne Hemingway is beyond passionate about the design, architecture and ethos behind the RFH and the South Bank this seemed a perfect fit. The event will cover an area from the British Film Institute (who will be joining in by showing vintage films, including back to back Avengers episodes that you’ll be able to watch while wearing a free bowler hat) right along the whole of the South Bank to the London Eye. Nearly all of the restaurants and cafe’s along the way will be joining in too (Yo Sushi showing 20′s Japanese films, Skylon will become even more glamorous with a ‘Cabaret’ themed event). There will be a huge vintage market, with special early access for ticket holders (incentive enough on its own to get that ticket bought!), and we are quite intrigued by the ‘Chap Olympiad‘ to be held in Jubilee Gardens, where you will also be able to join the vintage oriented, ultra stylish Pashley bike tours.

If that hasn’t got you in a lather of vintage enthusiasm, then here are some shots to help set the scene, most of which were from last year’s event. See you there. Now, I must go and air my nylons, dust off my corsage and sharpen my eye liner pencil…

The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

Recreating the rave at The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

Wayne Hemingway

A Robin and Lucienne Day inspired interior at the Hemingway curated 'Museum of 51' in the basement of the RFH

Wayne and Jack Hemingway showing us around the museum exhibits

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

So, last night we were delighted to be invited to meet Wayne Hemingway, and his son Jack. They spent the evening showing us around the Royal Festival Hall and telling us all about the plans for the amazing Vintage Festival. Its official, we cannot wait until 29th July when this event begins. We’ll have lots more info and some great shots for you over the next few days, so keep ‘em peeled. In the mean time, take a look the Vintage Festival’s brilliant blog, or read up on the event on our earlier post. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: Roskilde Festival, Denmark part 3

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Here’s the final post covering this years Roskilde festival. A few more style shots for you to finish off this week’s blogging. Its been a great week with various members of the team spread around Europe scouting, searching and style spotting for our blog and our reports. Thanks for everyone’s contributions.

Back to the lovely Rebecca and her time in a field just outside of Copenhagen. There was both sun and showers at Roskilde festival this year so we have a mixed bag of warm weather and wrapped up looks. Here’s a few slightly more diverse style shots for you, after the focus on denim and shorts yesterday. There were some lovely variations on the floral print theme spotted when the sun was out. We also love the two final shots showing how to do festival super stylishly when the weather gets a little more challenging.

If you like these and would like to see more streetstyle shots, click here. If you’re after more festival coverage, click here. If you’d like a broader look at the events that we have covered, then just click here. Enjoy!

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: Roskilde Festival, Denmark part 2

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

So, from setting the mood with yesterday’s post to day we get to share some Roskilde style shots with you. It seems that festival style is pretty much a global look (tweaked a little to reflect the weather!).We are starting with some great denim oriented looks- and a focus on shorts. It may not be super new news, but it is still very cool.

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Enjoy and there will be more to come tomorrow!

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Events: Roskilde Festival, Denmark part 1

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Our wonderful intern, Rebecca, was at Roskilde festival, held in a field about 40 minutes drive outside of Copenhagen. Here’s her account of the event, and we have some great style shots to follow tomorrow…

The festival is pretty commercially focused, and this year’s line up featured some really big names with Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Strokes and Portishead all making appearances, but its primary focus is still on showcasing new, smaller names. Portishead played an amazing set on ‘the Orange stage’. This stage is the biggest at the festival with a capacity of 60,000 people. This stage has been designed to represent the logo of Roskilde festival, and was actually originally the Rolling Stones’ tour tent- a nice bit of recycling by the Roskilde team! Another great concert was the Charles Bradley gig, which was on one of the smaller stages. The band created a really relaxed and harmonious atmosphere which was really cool after some of the more hectic shows. Overall, the crowd was very mixed, with a slight majority of indie/rock fans, a fair amount of hip hop fans as well as a rapidly growing segment of electro/house fans.

The atmosphere at Roskilde was, as always, very relaxed, friendly and fun. It is, in many ways, a continuation of the hippie traditions and mindsets that founded the festival 41 years ago, and all profits go to charitable causes with a promise from the organizers that it will all be allocated before next year’s festival. The tree like, wooden constructions on some of the pictures were made by architecture students. They were really beautiful and great to hang around and sit on. The festival organizers work really hard to create an atmosphere that feels really calm and safe, with a big emphasis on encouraging the festival-goers to avoid drugs, go easy on drink and instead focus on the brilliant music.

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

For more great festival posts, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy