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“Blink” Beauty: Stay Strong

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

We’ve been looking at our streetstyle shots over the past few months and thinking about the details that we tend to home in on- the great bag, the clever shoe choice, all of those amazing accessories that make an outfit. It struck us that there is one very important area that we have failed to spotlight sufficiently. Well, this post is our first effort at addressing that. Yes, it’s all about ‘Beauty’ sweet cheeks. We’re going to try and throw some new inspiration in to the mix and share with you what we have been spotting looking good when we’re out and about.

Our first group of shots is all about the strong lip. Often teamed with a heavily lined eye for a somewhat vintage look, worked with a heavy brow for a more 80’s mood, or just standing out on a clean, pale face for maximum impact.

off of Brick Lane, East London

off of Brick Lane, East London

off of Brick Lane, East London

Bliss Moore, 140 Characters exhibition

We have to share a close up with you on Bliss’ amazing nails too…

Bliss Moore

So, this is the first of many posts on ‘Beauty’, we hope! Enjoy!

“Blink” Retail: H&M collaborates with Marni

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Just when you’ve gotten over the drama of buying your Versace for H&M pieces, we have H&M’s next amazing collaborative collection to announce.

H&M announce the next collaboration is to be with the wonderful luxury Italian, print focused, brilliantly creative and somewhat esoteric brand, Marni. The Spring collection for women, men and the home will be available from 8th March, 2012 in around 260 stores worldwide and online. The collection will feature many Marni signature prints and feature the ‘essence of Marni’.

Marni founder and Creative Director,  Consuelo Castiglioni says “I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements”.

“We all love the collection here at H&M and we believe that our customers will too. Marni has such a modern touch with everything they do, mixing prints and accessories in a playful but chic way. It’s fantastic to see how Consuelo Castiglioni coordinates her designs, matching new combinations of print and colour, with such incredible craftsmanship behind every piece. The collection will arrive in stores at just the perfect time, as a lovely statement for spring“. Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor H&M.

Marni’s collection for H&M has all the freedom and experimentation for which the label is renowned, with all-over prints in strong colours all intended to be worn together in layers that both match and clash. For women, the colours are vivid and the prints are bold, be they African inspired or simpler colour blocks. The silhouettes are all Marni staples, with full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped trousers and jacquard knit, and fabrics range from silk to crisp cotton poplin. To finish the complete look the collection also includes jewellery, shoes, bags and scarves. For men, the colours and fabrics are softened for a relaxed take on menswear staples that is truly Marni. The use of print is subtle, often as a lining or as a contrast detail for shirts, the silhouette a modern and relaxed take on masculine classics.

Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni with Margareta van den Bosch of H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

If you’d like to read more of our posts about H&M, just click here. If you’re interested in all of our retail focused posts, then click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Graphics: Final Favourites, part 3

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

So, here’s the final farewell to our lovely “Graphics” report, care of our resident graphics whizz, Christian. He’s selected his favourite images from the Winter report and has shared with us the reasons why he’s chosen these particular shots. We’re always really inspired by brilliant fashion graphics and the huge amount of amazing and ever changing street art in London, so we’re pretty sure this is not the end of great graphic inspiration on the blog, so no need to panic folks!

Markus Lupfer. A lot of hand cut typography seems to be around at the moment, which can only be a good thing.

Luna and Curious. I like the look of Victorian styled advertising art.

Hanbury Street. COPYEM copying some Barbara Kruger typography.

Scream Gallery. This reminds me of a FAILE piece and I love FAILE.

Redchurch Street. A take on the Richard Avedon Beatles posters, the originals are the best though. Who fancies buying me a set?

Golbourne Road. RIP Amy. Nice work by Don

Fendi. Loving the handprinted, cubism look offered up by Fendi, very well done.

Ardingly Antique Fair. Looks like I'll be at the next Ardingly to see if these signs are still for sale...

Kingsland Road. Great design by one of my favourites, Parra. Great stuff.

Thanks Chris. If you’d like to see more posts on the graphics theme, just click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Graphics: Final Favourites, part 2

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

We found lots of great message oriented imagery to fill this final ‘Graphics’ report, so thought we should share some of the best of the best with you. There are still a few message T’s out there, but nothing like the previous resurgence of Hamnett inspired, 80’s throwbacks seen in the Summer. Here we look at a combination of fashion graphics and street art. Some are pure promotion, but in quite a clever way. Some are declarations of allegiance. Others are a call to action, and some are just, well, just for the hell of it I guess. Regardless of whether you feel inspired by the message, we hope that you feel inspired by the graphics.

Brick Lane, East London

COS, Knightsbridge

Hanbury Street, East London


Sister by Sibling, LFW

Spital Street, East London

Urban Outfitters

If you’d like to see more of our posts about ‘Graphics’, just click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Graphics: Final Favourites, part 1

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

So, we’re just working on pulling together the final issue of our quarterly ‘Graphics’ report. Its been one of our favourites to create, but we’re having to focus our energies on other new reports and this one sadly has to bite the dust. We will be adding a little pop of graphics inspiration into our monthly ‘Jersey’ report instead, so all is not lost.

In honour of the final issue, we’re dedicating this week’s posts to our favorite shots from the Winter’11 report. We’re starting with this genius image, shot in Shoreditch. It sums up much of what is great about British street art with its graphic impact, humour, intelligence and spontaneity. If you know who is responsible, please do let us know. More great imagery to come over the next few days.

If you’d like to see more ‘Graphics’, then just click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Knits: Cream of the Crop

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Its a woolly fashion world right now and if your a knit lover, then you’re spoilt for choice. We’re into a colourful, pattern-tastic Fairisle as much as the next fashion addict, but what really makes our heart melt this Winter is all the amazing variations on the Aran style knit. Its all about cream and ivory shades in stunning, hand knit looking textural effects. So, if you’re after a super soft and swingy sweater or your feeling more for a slouchy, boyfriend style silhouette, there are so many great choices out there. So, we suggest you make like a sheep and follow the herd for a cozy fashion solution this winter.

Urban Outfitters



New Look


Massimo Dutti

Miss Sixty



For more knit inspiration, just click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Inspiration: Time to Shine!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

According to fashion retailers, it’s most definitely party season. Now, you may not feel much in the mood to celebrate, what with Euro zone melt downs and the cost of living spiraling out of control- but there is one thing that fashion does very well and that thing is to encourage escapism. Oh boy, if we ever needed a touch of escapism its right about now! So, we say slip on some sequins and channel your inner disco ball. It won’t save Greece, but it will dazzle you into a party mood for the night.

We thought last Winter was a max out on sequins, sparkle and embellishment, but this Winter has raised the spangle quotient even higher. Take your pick from silver and gold, bold brights a la Dolce or more subtle darks inspired perhaps by Marc Jacobs. If your in the mood for a show stopping frock or a more minimalist approach, there are so many fabulous options out there, for every budget to choose from. Here are our top picks from this month’s deliveries. Enjoy!

Dolce and Gabbana

French Connection


House of Fraser

Ralph and Russo







“Blink” Print: Spot On

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

You know things must be tough out there when the mid season sales seem to start before the season has even got under way, and the stores are rolling out Christmas windows before we’ve even had Halloween. At times like this, its a comfort to have elements in your collection that are ‘safe bets’. As a shopper, these will provide you with a bit of an extended fashion moment, so no need to panic that you’ll be over it before you’ve got some wear out of your purchase. One of the ‘safe bets’ that we absolutely love is the spotted print look. We were tired of seeing a sea of stripes (another super safe commercial option) and so this has provided us with a much needed distraction. Working from the catwalk interpretations from inspirational brands like Stella McCartney, right down the fashion food chain to the good old high street. If you’re not dotty about a simple polka dot, you can swap in stellar stars or why not go kitsch and quirky, replacing your spots with mini motifs like hearts or even animals?







Oxford Circus

If you’d like to see more pattern inspiration, just click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Events: H&M and Versace, The NYC Launch

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

H&M went all out for the New York launch of the Versace collaboration. A special venue was constructed just for the show, and the diminutive Purple One, aka Prince, polished his cuban heels in readiness for entertaining a star spangled crowd. The retail collection, inspired by iconic archive styles, was joined on the runway by some special pieces created just for this exclusive runway show. Uma Thurman, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson and Selma Blair were among the guests who joined Donatella Versace and the H&M team to celebrate this long awaited launch. Top models such as Abbey Lee, Daphne G, Natasha Poly, Sean O’pry and Lindsay Wixson rocked the collection on the gold paved catwalk, sporting leather head scarves and rock and roll style smoky eyed make up.

“It was the perfect evening, so glamorous and special. I loved celebrating the launch of Versace for H&M here in New York, an iconic city in which to showcase this iconic collection. Now I cannot wait for it to finally reach stores and be available to the world”, says Donatella Versace.

This collection goes on sale at around 300 stores worldwide and online on November 17, so get sharpening your elbows in preparation. You can read more about the ideas behind this collaboration in our previous post, which also contains some more delicious shots from the range.

“Blink” Inspiration: SS’12 Tribal Gathering

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Following on from our post yesterday, featuring our African discoveries from Ardingly Antique Fair, here are some shots showing what the Designer’s have done with this direction, as shown in their SS’12 catwalk collections. All images have been swiped from the wonderous, our first stop for show coverage every season.

Donna Karan, SS'12

Holly Fulton, SS'12

Donna Karan, SS'12

Burberry Prorsum, SS'12

Proenza Schouler, SS'12

Bottega Veneta, SS'12

Topshop Unique, SS'12

Burberry Prorsum, SS'12

Burberry Prorsum, SS'12