Archive for October, 2011

Blink Reports: November ’11 Print

Monday, October 31st, 2011

We haven’t shared any of our reports with you for some time, so we thought it was well overdue for us to tout our wares to you. We’re starting our week long self indulgence with a little look at our ‘Print’ report. This is a preview from one of our five category specific reports. The other reports look at ‘Knit’, ‘Denim’, ‘Jersey’ and ‘Soft Wovens’. These all contain over 130 detailed images of whats looking good on the high street right now, plus a dash of vintage and some inspirational streetstyle. We also add pantone referenced colour palettes to every report bar ‘Denim’. This all combines to ensure that you’re perfectly updated, informed and inspired.

If you’d like to learn more about our reports have a look here. If you are interested in seeing the real deal in glorious technicolour hard copy, why not contact us or your nearest agent? Have a look here for all contact details.

 

Enjoy! Lucy

Streetstyle: Vintage East

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

We sent Hannah, our intrepid intern, to East London to search out some Winter streetstyle for us. She came back with some wonderful shots, so thank you to y’all for stopping to have your photo taken. There was a really clear overarching theme to the majority of the shots, aside from great outerwear to fend off the chill, which was a vintage feel. I know that this isn’t in any way new news, but the looks are gorgeous regardless. From a wholly adopted era specific statement to snatched elements of a moment in time, this is a guaranteed way to look unique and innovative.

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

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Inspiration: Giovanni Martins with Emma Griffiths

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Shortly after his graduation from LCF, we featured Giovanni Martins‘ fabulous fashion film, ‘Manifesto’. Click here to see that post, and click here to see another featuring some of his photography. In this post we are delighted to share with you his next major fashion film called ‘Gwenllian’, exclusively for Emma Griffiths.
Giovanni says:
‘In this film i wanted to explore more of the details and graphical aspect of Emma Griffiths’ collection, consisting of double layered silk dresses and laser cut leather applications. The film is a journey into her collection, and travels between female sensuality, usage of fabric and intricate handwork.’

E.G EMMA GRIFFITHS is a luxury fashion label with Welsh roots. Griffiths has taken elements of her ancestry to create a collection that reflect the traditions of love in Welsh History. For centuries the Celtic Welsh knot of the Love Spoon has been a Welsh expression of love. The men would carve the love spoon into never-ending patterns as a symbol of his love for her. The different patterns would hold meanings for each woman; the pattern used in this collection is symbolic of the strength of love. The E.G signature leggings carry warrior undertones of sculptured leather paneling, and taut lacing. The 18ct gold plated shields that adorn the leather breast plates and leggings, were designed in collaboration with world renowned Fine Jeweler Gisele Ganne.
Upon graduation from Westminster University, Griffiths continued her training with world renowned designer Alexander McQueen, and Zowie Brooch of Boudicca. Emma’s individual work has gained coverage by Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Drapers amongst many.

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week: Teatum Jones SS’12 Collection

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

We’re delighted to be able to post a stunning video from one of our favourite London based brands, Teatum Jones. Its another that was previously exclusive to Vogue, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to share it with you now.

We asked Catherine and Rob shared with us their highlights from this years’ London and Paris Fashion Weeks:

This was our first ‘On Schedule’ Presentation during LFW and the brand’s first fashion film too!  Like anything that we venture into, this meant that every detail surrounding the event and the creation of the film, had to be meticulously designed, thought out and executed.
We really grew the collection for SS’12 and expanded the areas that have shown signs of growth for us in particular in the Middle East and US markets. It created A LOT of hard work from our amazing team to bring the whole collection together, but then nothing that isn’t worth working seven days a week for isn’t going to be hard work!
There was a real buzz and excitiement surrounding the Presentation and with all the positive feedback and reviews we’ve had since we’re are filled with so many ideas for AW’13… really cannot wait to get stuck into designing next season’s collection and LFW event!

The SS’12 collection considers the supposed perfection of 1950′s American suberbia, while subtly blending in the edgyness of  lost or crushed dreams and the frantic urge to escape. Teatum and Jones translated this story in to a collection of hybrid shapes, subtly confusing silhouettes and delicate transparencies. The collection really is a stunning feat of care, construction and consideration. Prints are meticulously matched across panels and inserts- even in to pocket linings. Complexly combined textiles are amazingly colour matched in a selection of sophisticated frosted pastel shades. The interiors are finished to an almost couture level of beauty too.  This is a label that is operating to the supreme level that reflects where they hope their brand will sit in the global market, which is deeply impressive considering that they are a really quite new label who are still working hard to break into the general fashion consciousness.

We are convinced that this is the break through season for Teatum Jones as they have secured orders from our favourite London fashion store, Liberty, as well as from other prestigious stores in Vancouver and New York as well as across Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

 

If you’d like to read more about Teatum Jones, click here to see our other posts. If you’d like to read more about London Fashion Week, click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Backstage: Lanvin, SS’12

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

We just had to share this backstage video with you. Not only is it a gorgeous insight into what happens just before the models take to the Lanvin catwalk, there are also some lovely moments with Alber Elbaz who we hugely heart. You get to see some of the clothes actually moving which adds to the experience of this very kinetic collection. We really love the snake inspired pattern and the urgency of the slashed and split designs, expressing a new take on a somehow speedy or sporty aesthetic.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the show too, care of the wonderful Style.com

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week: Damaris are “Packing Heat”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

At LFW we were fortunate enough to be invited to see this amazing movie which has been created by director, Johnny Green, to showcase the wonderful SS’12 collection for Damaris. Featuring the absolutely stunning Liberty Ross, this movie has some truly explosive moments. Not only is the lingerie utterly enticing, this video is a visual treat. Up until now, this video was exclusive to Vogue, so we are delighted to be the next in line to share it with you.

Damaris have created a really stunning new season collection that features updated variations of their signature peek-a-boo knickers, as well as introducing some amazingly sculptural shapes. The innovative eye popping brights are tempered by sophisticated, classic black options. Combinations of lace, satin, dense and sheer with linear and layering detailing all adds up to a really exciting take on how modern lingerie should look.

Damaris, still from 'Packing Heat', featuring the SS'12 collection

Damaris, still from 'Packing Heat', featuring the SS'12 collection

Thanks to Sarah-Jane Nolan, for sending us the video and for posing for this picture, wearing the wonderful lace ‘ears’ created for the Damaris team to wear at London Fashion Week by milliner, Jess Collett.

Sarah-Jane Nolan, Damaris

If you’d like to see more about London fashion Week, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

AW’11: New Season Coating

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

We’ve been collecting shots of great coats for the past month, but were distracted from sharing them with you due to all of the amazing LFW coverage we had to post. The high end stores of Mount Street, Bond Street, South Molton Street and Sloane Street have been spotlighting the most amazing outerwear, encouraging us to let go of all Indian Summer hopes and embrace the fact that Winter is coming, whether we like it or not.

This post focuses on all of the wonderfully shaggy shearling, textural and paneled looks we’ve been spotting. So whether you’re after a simple sheepskin number, or feeling for a variation on the traditional wool coat (well, actually its all wool of various sorts I suppose…), there are some really inspiring styles out there. Here are some of our favourite spots for you, and we may well have some other outerwear options to follow later in the week.

Alberta Ferretti

Browns

Dolce and Gabbana

Louis Vuitton

Reiss

Roberto Cavalli

Sonia Rykiel

If you’d like to see more about ‘Outerwear’ just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week: Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

To complete our LFW coverage, we have a post of our favourite spots from the Vauxhall Fashion Scout event. The purpose of this event is to shine a spotlight on new labels who have been selected by a panel of industry experts. The event featured several platforms to present all of this talent, from a static exhibition to an ever changing presentation space as well as catwalk shows. It was a vibrant and exciting collection of new talent and innovation. We particularly liked the work of these designers and graduates, and we think they all have a very strong chance of being the next big things to emerge into the incredibly influential British fashion scene.

First up, we have Malene Oddershede Bach whose texture and print oriented collection was incredibly impactful without being gimmicky. The collection featured strong colourblocking teamed with graphic shapes, all worked back to matching statement shoes, created in collaboration with a designer who creates shoes for Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness.

Malene Oddershede Bach

Malene Oddershede Bach

Anna Smit is an RCA MA graduate whose collection featured her preoccupations with pattern, new materials and silhouette. This incredibly cleverly constructed set of garments felt accomplished and really innovative.

Anna Smit

We were very impressed with Kingston University‘s presentation, and in particular with the work of Han Gu and Stephanie Nieuwenhuyse. Two very different approaches, but both equally striking, relevant and exciting.

Han Gu, Kingston University graduate

Han Gu, Kingston University graduate

Stephanie Nieuwenhuyse, Kingston University graduate

Stephanie Nieuwenhuyse, Kingston University graduate

Designers Duncan Shaw and Belinda Yick have joined forces to launch new label, MASC. Their chic and minimalist approach looked incredibly professional and quietly innovative. We loved the origami feel detailing which worked incredibly well with the clean and refined silhouettes.

MASC

MASC

Patrick Li, a Brighton University BA and Royal College Of Art MA graduate created a subtly stunning collection that contrasts soft and hard in soft stoney shades, blending dense and sheer textiles with an expert hand.

Patrick Li

The Ume-Romann collection was presented as part of the Graduate Showcase. This designer, from De Montfort university, had created a shot of rock star worthy glamour with incredibly decorative looks created with ultra fine chain mail embellishment.

Umeromaan

Umeromaan

Thanks to Hannah for some of these shots and for her hard work at VFS on our behalf. Good luck to all of the designers featured and we look forward to seeing great things in the season’s ahead.

If you’d like to see more on our new designer discoveries, click here. If you’re interested in our London Fashion Week coverage, click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week: New Labels we Love

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

We always spend a good part of our time at London Fashion Week scouring the show at Somerset House, looking for new names to be inspired by as well as checking out labels that we have discovered during previous LFW events. Here’s a selection of some of our favourites from this September’s event. Some names you may be familiar with, and some may be new discoveries for you too.

Starting with Teatum Jones, who we met and fell for during February’s LFW. Click here to have a look at the interview we did with them, and we’re hoping to have more from the new collection to share with you too. Their gorgeously lush, pastel toned collection was underscored by a darker theme of harsh realities, broken dreams and a desire to escape. The textiles that they used, as well as couture level construction, was incredibly impressive from this young brand.

Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones of Teatum Jones, with the SS'12 collection

Next we have AVHASHBY, which is one of the collections by Anne Valerie Hash, launched in July 2010. The SS’12 collection feels light and breezy, girly without straying into saccharine, urban appropriate without being at all hard edged. Another French design obsession developing? Very possibly…

AVHASHBY, SS'12 collection

AVHASHBY, SS'12 collection

The Bora Aksu show received a wonderfully positive response- not only for the collection itself but for the fact that his incredible signature hosiery will, for the first time, be available for sale via the Bora Aksu website. The collection is an intricate layered and texturally sophisticated offer featuring corset inspired detailing. The nude toned dresses extended into bolder pink shades which then deepened into shadowy shades to end the show. Very beautiful in an ethereal yet strong and bold way.

Bora Aksu, SS'12

Bora Aksu, SS'12

Taking a far more mainstream approach, but no less desireable, was the new RTW collection from J Brand which was shown as part of the Rainbow Wave presentation at Somerset House. Led by Creative Director, Donald Oliver (ex Calvin Klein, Vera Wang and Gap), this new offer from the brilliant New York based denim brand was a really pleasant surprise. Aiming at the sector of the market currently dominated by the likes of Carven and Rag & Bone, this is about something extra special yet everyday. The super soft stretch leathers, Italian knits and sumptuous silks all worked through a soft neutral and pastel tinted palette. This is your casual/ off duty wardrobe but at its very best. We want it all now!

J Brand RTW, SS'12

J Brand RTW, SS'12

There are some more new names to come tomorrow, from the Vauxhall Fashion Scout event. If you’d like to see more of our London Fashion Week coverage, click here. If you’d like to see our posts on new designers that we have discovered, click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Feeling Flat

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

I know we said we had posted all of the streetstyle, but then we spotted these great shoes and didn’t want to deprive you of this insight.

So, you will have spotted some amazing towering heels in all of the other London Fashion Week posts. Just to show an even and balanced view, we have decided to share some of these super smart flatties with you too. Building on the androgynous direction, capturing the crepe soled, brother creeper revival as well as saying hello again to those tried and trusted DM‘s- the flat shoe was not only a great style choice, but also a very sensible option when the rest of the fash pack was teetering over Somerset House‘s cobbles and praying for the moment they could slip off their Loubi’s and slip on some corn plasters…

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

outside the Louise Grey show, LFW

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

ouside the Mark Fast show, LFW

outside the Meadham Kirchhoff show, LFW

outside the Topshop Unique show, LFW

outside the Topshop Unique show, LFW

For the rest of our London Fashion Week coverage, just click here. If you’d like to see all of our accessories-centric posts, then click here. Enjoy!

Thanks again to Asta for the great shots, and thanks to all of you for stopping for us to take your picture.

Enjoy! Lucy