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“Blink” Colour: We’re blushing

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

It’s a little while since we shared some pure colour inspiration with you, but we have something particularly beautiful to make up for it. From vintage shots to fresh from NYFW catwalks we have a thing for this rosey, blushy selection of colours. It has been recurring across our Pinterest feed for a while, popping up in various levels, on various fabrications, for Spring/Summer and for Autumn/Winter.

To dig a little deeper than the ‘it’s pretty and we like it’ statement, this looks like the natural progression for all of those nude/make-up shades we have all been in love with for a few seasons. Team that colour level with the strong Seventies vibe. Blend those influences with the broader feeling for redefining feminism/femininity in a wonderfully fresh and modern way. The result, we think, is this sophisticatedly female colour level.

Pantone, we salute you and your choice of marsala as the shade for 2015. Although for us the name’ marsala’ doesn’t quite give this family of reddy, peachy, fleshy tints the sensual name it deserves. For us, we think ‘nipple’ would be a better name. Or maybe ‘well snogged lip’. Or how about ‘first flush of passion’? You get our drift? These colours are damn well sexy!

Colour Inspiration: nipple, freckle, blush... Pantone colours, fashion trends, colour inspiration, fashion colour trends, SS16 catwalk, vintage fashion

Colour Inspiration: nipple, freckle, blush…                                                                             Pantone shades 16-1332 TPX, 17-1540, 17-1516, 19-1656, 19-1245, 19-1325

Thanks to Pinterest and Vogue Runway for the images on our mood board. Top row, left to right: Lyn Devon Spring 2016, Marios Schwab Resort SS15, Marni Pre-Spring 2016, Madame Grès ca. 1967, See by Chloé Spring 2016. Mid row, left to right: Rodarte SS16, The Row Resort 2014, Derek Lam 10 Crosby Resort 2016, Rodebjer spring/summer 2016. Bottom row, left to right: Tibi AW15, Paris Fashion Week WWD streetstyle, streetstyle, vintage.

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“Blink” Lifestyle: Anthropologie finds inspiration in Africa

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

If I could move in to the home decor department of Anthropologie, I would without a second thought. When I was invited to preview their Spring collection, I was clearly happy to accept.

This season the design team took a trip to Africa, bringing back inspiration from traditional wax pattern textiles and then transposing that on to ceramics, incorporating hand painted effects on to bold scale planters, blending in repurposed industrial elements, sand and sun faded chalky pales along with spicy brights, as well as bringing in the talents of Kit Kemp to create an exclusive collection of killim style rugs.

Anthropologie Spring'15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring’15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring'15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring’15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring'15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring’15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring'15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring’15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring'15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring’15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring'15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring’15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring'15 home collection

Anthropologie Spring’15 home collection

This collection is available right now from Anthropologie, in-store and online. For more lifestyle posts, just take a look here.

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: White part 2- structured

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

We also feel strongly for white in a dense, solid, calm, defined, repetitive, constructed way across every aesthetic area of our lives, our surroundings, our clothes, our makeup and our belongings. We especially like this approach to white for Autumn Winter.

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Many thanks to Pinterest for the images.

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: White part 1- softly

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Blink London 2015 predictions: white, softly

Blink London 2015 predictions: white, softly

Blink London 2015 predictions: white, softly

Blink London 2015 predictions: white, softly

Blink London 2015 prediction: soft white

We feel strongly for white in a veiled, soft, blurred, milky, chalky, featherlight, misty, romantic, haunting, sheer way across every aesthetic area of our lives, our surroundings, our clothes, our makeup and our scents.

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Many thanks to Pinterest for the images.

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: A Golden Year

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

We have all been indulging in metallics for a few seasons now, and that will continue. If you are anything like us at Blink Towers, a little sparkle goes a long way (but a lot is always the best choice). Silver is the metallic fall-back position as it can almost be considered a neutral. We also like a holographic feeling, rainbow tinted finish. However, for 2015 it’s all about a golden glow. From full on bright fools gold to paler, softer or duller antique shades. Embracing rose gold, bronze and copper for the warmest, prettiest and perhaps even the more sophisticated side of this story.

We will wear it and live in it, be surrounded by it and bask in it. Yes, 2015 will indeed be a golden year.

image with thanks to Pinterest, golden balloons

image with thanks to Pinterest

A Golden Year: How we will wear it. Images with thanks to Pinterest

A Golden Year: How we will wear it. Images with thanks to Pinterest

A Golden Year: How we will live with it. Images with thanks to Pinterest

A Golden Year: How we will live with it. Images with thanks to Pinterest

We hope that you found yesterday’s prediction thought-provoking. There will be more over the weeks ahead so keep looking.

“Blink” Inspiration: Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Pantone colour of the year 2015 'Marsala'

Pantone colour of the year 2015 ‘Marsala’

So the colour experts at Pantone have decided that 2015 is all about this bronzy, reddish kinda tone that they have named ‘Marsala’. This is a decision made by a group of colour specialists from all sorts of industries and disciplines. They whittle down the 2000+ colours to just one each year and then make this pronouncement.

As a member of the fashion industry who uses colour constantly, and usually via Pantone standards, I must admit that this always bemuses me slightly. Colour is about so much more than just the shade itself so I’m not quite sure of the significance of this. I think far more important would be if they teamed this up with a statement about matte versus metallic, dense or sheer, textural or flat, in combination with…

Well, I guess that’s what we shall see as the seasonal development progresses. So, what do you think? To ‘marsala’ or not to ‘marsala’?

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“Blink” Events: Ralph Lauren at Abbey Road Studios

Friday, June 13th, 2014

“My Spring 2014 Collection celebrates a simple purity of clean lines and structure, with a nod to the bold spirit and playfulness of swinging London in the late 60s” – Ralph Lauren.

And with that in mind, what better location could there be to showcase the Ralph Lauren SS14 collection than the iconic Abbey Road studios? Made famous by The Beatles’ eponymous album (and the cover shot making that zebra crossing a superstar!), made the perfect backdrop for the event, while 60’s inspired band Zeno and The Stoics provided the music.

Lauren showed two separate collections. In the first, and the one that we have chosen to feature,  there is a bold 60’s vibe in the monochrome, mod menswear-inspired looks. Pinstripes, windowpane checks and optical prints look graphically cool and feel, well, very London! The second collection was more colourful and a little softer in silhouette, but still channeling a swinging 60’s Carnaby Street feeling.

image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren

image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren

image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren
image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren
image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren

image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren

image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren

image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren

image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren

image credit: Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren

Ralph, we are delighted to be your inspiration source after all, London is the centre of the fashion universe!

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“Blink” Streetstyle: Sports Graphic

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
London Fashion Week, streetstyle

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

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“Blink” Streetstyle: More Monochrome

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
London Fashion Week, streetstyle

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

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“Blink” Events: Henri Matisse at Tate Modern

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Yesterday I was very lucky to be invited to the preview of this major exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern. I was very much looking forward to this as I have loved Matisse’s work since I first discovered him when I was an art student. Yes, I knew something about his work and had found wonder and inspiration in his use of bold colour and clean lines- but nothing prepared me for the room upon room of utter beauty that is this exhibition.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever collated, devoted to his paper cut-outs made between 1937 and 1954. If you are a creative of any shape or form, but especially a colourist, print designer or graphic artist, then this exhibition is a must for you as I feel utterly sure that we will see his influence, driven by this show, impacting on the fashion world in particular.

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers, detail

Two Dansers, detail

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The Heart, from the Jazz series

The Heart, from the Jazz series

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse's studio in Vence

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse’s studio in Vence

Matisse's painted paper reference set

Matisse’s painted paper reference set

The elegance of the seeming simplicity of many of these works, reduced to essential lines and expressed in clean flat planes of colour, is utterly uplifting. Although the concept of using cut-outs may make you think that these will be flat and featureless, a close look at these amazing works shows a texture and layering that adds depth and subtle definition to the compositions. Utterly enthralling.

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Acanthuses, Matisse

Acanthuses, Matisse

book cover designs 1951-2

book cover designs 1951-2

I have had to choose just a few of my favourite shots that we took yesterday, but believe me, there is so much more to be seen and inspired by. This exhibition is running until 7th September so make a plan to get there when it’s not school holidays or the weekend as I think this is going to be one of Tate Modern’s most popular exhibitions.

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