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“Blink” Workshops: Book your place on our next Blogging and Social Media workshop

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

We’ve just published the September and October dates for our ‘Introduction to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop .

September’s 2 part, evening workshop: Tuesday 15th and Tuesday 22nd September, both 6pm until 9pm

October’s 2 part, evening workshop: Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 20th October, both 6pm until 9pm

Places are limited so don’t hesitate to secure your spot! Email me on info@blinklondon.com

Blink London's 'Intro to Blogging and Social Media' workshop, learn about blogging, social media, London based blogging class, fashion blogging, lifestyle blogging, beauty blogging

Blink London’s ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop

This is being held at Parlour which is a very cool and very comfortable location ensuring that the learning experience is as pain-free as possible, especially if you indulge in a couple of cocktails…

You can see all about the workshop right here, as well as read some testimonials from very happy previous attendees.

“Blink” Music: Lianne La Havas at Glastonbury 2015, ‘Unstoppable’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

For those of us who didn’t actually make it to Worthy Farm this year, there’s loads of coverage available to be enjoyed online in the comfort of your own home, smelling fresh, no mud in sight…

This is one of our highlights from that coverage. This is the marvellous Lianne La Havas performing ‘Unstoppable’ in the BBC’s Glastonbury Music Teepee. The poise, the elegance, the soul, the heartbreaking, effortless beauty of her voice. Okay, I admit to having a bit of a girl crush going on…

This track is from Lianne’s new album ‘Blood’ which drops at the end of July. You can pre-order it right now. I am so excited to hear more of her new work. She left us hanging for too long after her stellar debut ‘Lost and Found’ which came out in 2011- and which I might add still sounds as fresh now as it did then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzX0YV18Lak

For more great Blink musical moments, take a look here.

“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Here’s part three of our NYFW coverage. this could possibly be the final instalment before we get consumed by LFW excitement, kicking off tomorrow. Well, actually it really starts for us tonight with LCF’s MA catwalk show so expect to see lots from that across all of our SM.

Right, back to the subject in hand, and that is the wearable brilliance that we spotted at Opening Ceremony. The culotte is staying put for Autumn ’15 so invest in a pair ASAP. These wide, cropped ‘is-it-a-skirt-or-is-it-trousers’ really creates a new proportion, especially as seen here in a firm fabrication. We love how the skirts mirror the same proportion too, looking especially fresh with those longer top layers. The midriff seems to have been retired for Autumn, and replaced by the far more forgiving ankle!

The mixed textures and colours look chicly relaxed, accessible yet very sophisticatedly stylish. For a brand that sometimes looks a little, how can we put it, well faddy frankly, this is a collection that looks desirable, considered, elegant and yet still with a youthful edge.

Opening Ceremony, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

 

Now on to something really quite polar opposite. In fact we think Rodarte is pretty much the closest any US label gets to looking British- and that is a huge compliment! The Mulleavy sisters create collections with creative abandon, engaging with textiles and embellishment to create a fresh narrative every season. Their look is deeply energetic, experimental and very challenging. The AW’15 collection is all of that and more.

At times it feels a little beyond beautiful. By that we mean that they seem to have taken the ‘more is more’ Iris Apfel approach to some looks, but there are also some wonderfully bonkers creations that feel challenging but still possible. This is modern sexy, deeply empowered and very, very cool. Rodarte have taken that 70’s inspiration that’s still so hot and opted for a later period look when we were cusping on the 80’s, lace tights were a great idea and disco dancing was our exercise of choice, second only to Jane Fonda’s Workout.

Rodarte, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

I cannot wait to see what London has to offer! For more inspirational events, including show coverage, just click here.

“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

NYFW is pretty much done and the fashion world is about to descend on London for our turn. They will be leaving behind snow drifts for London’s blue skies (fingers crossed the weather holds!). They will also be leaving behind what has been a pretty safe set of looks for AW’15. Of course there have been some wonderful sparks of creativity, and those are what we are focussing on. New York is known for delivering wearable, commercial and easily adoptable collections, but there is an art in this that shouldn’t be overlooked (* although the London shows are obviously far more exciting, innovative, fabulous, brilliant). Here’s our second instalment of what we feel are the highlights of the shows seen so far.

Kicking things off with Marc by Marc Jacobs, currently creatively headed up by Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier so I think this can pretty much be considered a Brit label actually. Continuing to embrace their graphic, high contrast handwriting that delivers fresh takes on well known youthful silhouettes. The glossy and textural black patent feels rather late 60’s, early 70’s. In fact this collection seems to have a touch of the ‘Jane Fonda as activist’ about it, blended with a big dollop of 90’s too.

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier (image with thanks to style.com)

Next we look at Phillip Lim, which certainly falls into the category of commerciality- but it’s perfectly combined with just enough innovation for this to feel desirable and fresh. I look at this collection and think about how easily I could incorporate these into my wardrobe (in my dreams), but there’s something very admirable about working with that level of accessibility and yet not delivering something ‘meh’.

Leather is still hot, but looking fresh when layered with more textural elements. Actually it’s this mood for layering that features across many of the NYC shows and we really love how this takes the notion of minimalism and a linear silhouette to a more complex level.

There are some highly recognisable silhouettes here too (the MA1 pops up repeatedly across shows). There’s also a new ‘outline’ shining out- the softly rounded shoulder line, seen here in a highly wearable way.

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

There’s more to come from NYC so keep ’em peeled. If you’d like to read about more inspiration events in the meantime. take a look here.

NB (* I am obviously highly biased)

“Blink” Music: Citadel, the new East London festival is announced!

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
New East London festival, Citadel, headliners announced!

New East London festival, Citadel, headliners announced!

Hot off the presses we are so excited to be sharing this news with you all. Wilderness, Communion, Superfly, Soundcrash & Time Out present Citadel, a brand new festival to be held in Victoria Park, East London, and two of our absolute favourites are headlining!

Ben Howard said: “We’re so excited about this one – great to have Bombay Bicycle Club along-side us and we’re booking some of our personal favourites to join us on the bill. Going to be a special day.”

Jamie MacColl, lead guitarist of Bombay Bicycle Club said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting a day of brilliant music (and hopefully sunshine!) with our friend Ben Howard.”

Blink London said: “We will be there mob-handed and with bells on. Whoop whoop!”

For loads more of info on tickets, the line up and all that jazz, just look here on the Citadel website, or find them across social media.

“Blink” Events: House of Hackney SS’15 at The Communications Store’s SS’15 Press Day

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The first time that I walked into the House of Hackney shop, I nearly fainted from an overwhelming sense of joy. Okay, that may be a slight overstatement but there was definitely a minute where I couldn’t catch my breath (you can read more about that first visit here). If you haven’t been in then get yourself to Shoreditch High Street and prepare yourself for a highly patterned, highly fabulous retail experience.

The shot here is of a mini version of the House of Hackney experience via The Communications Store‘s press day. The SS’15 collection was displayed along with a couple of their interiors pieces, just to help set the scene.

House of Hackney SS'15, at The Communications Store press day

House of Hackney SS’15, at The Communications Store press day

The new collection features some brilliant new print designs shown as standalone statements as well as in some wonderful combinations. From skins to florals and botanical inspired leaves, the scale and colourways are as bold and vivid as we have come to expect and love from this genius British brand.

To top it all off, and to pull the whole mood together were these stunningly 70’s platforms. Get buckled up on to my feet now you beauties.

House of Hackney SS'15, at The Communications Store press day

House of Hackney SS’15, at The Communications Store press day

For more inspirational events, including more highlights from TCS’s press day, just click here.

“Blink” Events: Markus Lupfer at The Communications Store’s SS’15 Press Day

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Markus Lupfer‘s collections of spangled knitwear always brings a smile to our face. In fact he is responsible for my favourite knitted look from this Autumn (you can see it here). For SS’15, in addition to those signature styles, the collection has gorgeously grown and diversified. Just check out this amazing rainbow of SS’15 styles that we shot at The Communications Store press day.

Markus Lupfer SS'15 at The Communications Store Press day

Markus Lupfer SS’15 at The Communications Store Press day

As well as all of the woven styles, extending on from the AW’14 additions to the collection including some super cute dresses, we have also fallen head over heels for these bonkers shoes. Its kinda Miu Miu on a particularly psychedelic day.

Markus Lupfer SS'15 at The Communications Store Press day

Markus Lupfer SS’15 at The Communications Store Press day

Markus Lupfer SS'15 at The Communications Store Press day

Markus Lupfer SS’15 at The Communications Store Press day

Oh Markus, you are indeed driving us (coco) nuts with your brilliantly cheery collection.

For more inspirational events, including more highlights from TCS’s press day, just click here.

“Blink” Music: London Grammar, Wilderness’14

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Today’s #MusicMonday is dedicated to last night’s stellar Wilderness festival headline performance from London Grammar. We all hung on in there through the rain and thunder storms to witness them close the festival in style. Well, the wait wasn’t so bad as it featured Chet Faker, Sam Smith and Jessie Ware so please don’t feel at all sorry for us!

Haunting, spine tingling and utterly beautiful, enhanced by the light of the full moon shining down from behind those rain clouds, London Grammar were a quite wonderful end to this epic festival weekend. Thank you Wilderness.

London Grammar, Wilderness festival 2014

London Grammar, Wilderness festival 2014

London Grammar, Wilderness festival 2014

London Grammar, Wilderness festival 2014

 

For more Music posts, take a look here.

“Blink” Music: For the Love of Burt and Wilderness

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Today’s #MusicMonday is a little different to the usual tracks we pick to share with you. Today’s is the next step in our build up to Wilderness festival which kicks off on Friday. This year’s headline act is the legendary Burt Bacharach, and Wilderness has teamed up with Mahogany Sessions to create a series of videos set in the stunning Cornbury Park festival location, each one featuring a different artist or group with their version of a BB classic.

Here we have videos from We Were Evergreen (a Blink fav) and Sivu

Whoop whoop. WE CANNOT WAIT!!!!! For more Wilderness news, check out their website. For more events news, look here, and for more music, then just click here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnIhT4TfGwk&list=UUG36u-k09zdIPQh5EEdVgTA

“Blink” New Designers: LCF BA14 Design and Technology Graduate, Qian Yang

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

On from our introductory post, we now start to get into the nitty gritty of some of our favourite collections from the London College of Fashion graduates.

This exhibition was specifically focused on presenting the work of the accessories students, but actually this stunning collection of jewellery could also be considered mini sculpture I suppose. Thoroughly innovative and perfectly executed by Qian Yang.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Qian Yang

For more new designers, take a look here.