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Liberty and the Art of Pattern at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

This is our second post about this great exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, but you know we love Liberty London ever so much so we thought it deserved two posts! As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, the exhibition ends with a focus on two of Liberty’s most impactful and influential pattern designers, Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell. This design duo (and sisters) designed for the brand between 1961 and 1977, helping Liberty to re-establish it’s aesthetic in a way that was both respectful of its past but also relevant for the fast paced change in London’s fashion scene.

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

They worked from fragments of designs discovered in Liberty archive, developing new variations on established themes as well as creating brand new designs. Many of the designs we consider heartland Liberty were actually created by this duo in this period of intensive creativity. This section of the exhibition shares a look at Collier and Campbell’s sketchbooks and their original artwork which is an utter inspiration.

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

I even discovered that Liberty had created ceramics and tiles too!

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

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Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

Monday, February 15th, 2016

It’s all about flowers just now after hitting this exhibition all about Liberty at the Fashion and Textile Museum as well as Painting the Modern Garden at the Royal Academy. I’ll share more about the RA’s show soon, but first I want to tell you all about this wonderful exhibition and this wonderful space in Bermondsey. If you are in to fashion and textiles, and you haven’t yet discovered this gem I strongly suggest you hotfoot it down to the Fashion and Textiles Museum ASAP!

Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

If you read my review of Anna Buruma’s book about Liberty London you’ll already be very much in the mood for taking a trip down Liberty’s memory lane. This exhibition not only takes you through some of Liberty’s biggest fashion moments, it also charts some of the history of how this amazing retailer developed it’s very particular design style and how that fitted in to the fashion world as a whole. It’s no secret that we adore Liberty London, and this exhibition affirmed that love even further.

Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty at Fashion and Textiles Museum

The exhibition looks at how Liberty textiles were included in craft revivals, like this stunningly smocked child’s outfit from the Seventies, as well as tracing it’s history through all of the fashion decades pretty much since Liberty’s first day of trading out of that iconic store. There is so much to be inspired by here, taking you through all of the key silhouettes from each fashion period as well as showing how Liberty and their fabulous florals dovetail in to each era. Those floral designs are really central to spotlighting the evolution of what we identify as Liberty’s DNA today. Such creativity and also a surprising amount of diversity- but all really identifiably Liberty.

an original 1930s artwork, Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

an original 1930s artwork. Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum

1940's frocks, Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

1940’s frocks. Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum

1940's frocks, Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum

There are even contemporary looks too, showing how international designer names have incorporated Liberty into their own looks, and there’s some new prints fresh from the Liberty design team too.

Vivienne Westwood SS13. Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Vivienne Westwood SS13. Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum

The final section in the exhibition is a separate room dedicated to ‘The Art of Pattern’ and the work of Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell. These sisters were instrumental in taking the Liberty aesthetic forward during the 60’s and 70’s, creating many of the most recognisable Liberty patterns. We’ll share some more with you in a post tomorrow so keep an eye out for it.

 

Blink London reviews Pre Fall 2016 collections: Erdem

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

I hope that you enjoyed our Preen show review yesterday. Don’t forget to check out the review post of the Altuzarra pre Fall collection too. Now we take a look at the collection from another of London’s leading design lights, Erdem.

We have been huge fans since discovering this fabulously floral driven label soon after its launch. There’s lots more Erdem oriented Blink London posts if you’d like to take a look. We have adored watching how Erdem Moralioglu has evolved his very romantic, decorative, vintage feeling take on womenswear. In this pre Autumn Winter 2016 collection the beauty quotient is increased above and beyond all of the previous gorgeousness that we have utterly admired from this label.

The lightness and the texture, the movement and the delicacy, occassionally delineated with sharp cut black elements. There is a youthful brightness but also a deep sophistication to this collection which gives us the same feel that Erdem’s previous floral heavy seasons, but without that motif being used quite so boldly.

I’m not quite sure why but these shots also make me think of Sophia Coppola’s ‘Virgin Suicides’. Maybe that’s just the grouping of the girls, the lighting, the colour level or the poses- but as that is one of my favourite films from a style perspective, that is a very good thing.

Erdem, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

Erdem pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

Erdem, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

Erdem pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

The addition of the clever, clean-cut tailored looks that are scattered through this dress-driven offer, really helps back up the linear sharpness too. We especially adore that brilliantly bi-coloured trench.

Erdem, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

Erdem pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

Many thanks to Vogue Runway for these images.

Blink London reviews Pre Fall 2016 collections: Preen

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Preen, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

I hope that you enjoyed our look at Altuzarra. Next in our series of pre-Fall 2016 show reviews we look at a perennial favourite of ours, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

This collection brings with it the energy, bold graphic approach and splashes of colour that we adore Preen for. In addition to all of those signature elements of subtlety blended with crisp, clean strong shapes, of a vintage backdrop sharpened up with bold pattern this collection also brings with it a somehow more complex, more theatrical, more eclectic softness that I absolutely love. I want to be the Preen woman.

Preen, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

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Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

You know I am totally in love with Liberty London right? You might also know that I am a Mid Century design fan too? Well I have discovered the perfect book to blend those two passions in to one.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma was issued in paperback in December 2015 and I have just managed to get my hands on a copy (thank you ACC Editions). When I think of Liberty, of course I think of the florals, arts and crafts style, soft and pretty designs and something quite whimsically romantic. Well, this book reveals how Liberty responded to the trends driving forward design in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a wonderful surprise to see how they incorporated the mid century style so effortlessly into the Liberty lexicon. The images in this book show the designs, but also their application in many cases, giving a fashion history fanatic like me a wonderfully rounded view of Liberty during this excitingly creative period.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

It all makes perfect sense when you think of Liberty’s location at the head of Carnaby Street. How could that be the fashion hub of London’s Sixties scene without Liberty being impacted? This book shows us how Liberty has been a creative driving force throughout its history, charting it’s beginnings to give us context and a deeper understanding of the brand, and then revealing how Liberty responded to the mid Century Modern movement for both fashion and interiors. It’s a joy and I’m sure it will become one of my most regularly referenced sources of design inspiration.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

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Liberty London launches The Chesham Cabinet Collection

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Liberty London's Chesham Cabinet Collection, Arthur Liberty

Liberty London’s Chesham Cabinet Collection, Arthur Liberty

The other week we were delighted to be invited to Liberty Interiors new collection launch. The Chesham Cabinet Collection has been inspired by some of the world’s finest ‘cabinet houses’ and dolls houses.

Queen Mary's Dolls House, Windsor Castle

Queen Mary’s Dolls House, Windsor Castle

We met with some of the Liberty London designers who told us how they were so inspired by the scale play and intense detailing, craft and workmanship found in these amazing dolls houses. They translated that inspiration in to a stunning collection of new interiors textiles designs translated across velvets, linen, wallpaper and even Scottish made, luxurious woollen blankets.

It was wonderful to see the mini room sets created by the Liberty team, but my absolute highlight was being able to see the original, hand-painted artworks for these designs, painstakingly created by Liberty’s textile designers. No computerised design work here!

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection. Close up

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Thanks so much to the Liberty Interiors team who were so generous with their time. Wonderful to be able to see the whole creative journey behind these stunning new designs, and wonderful to see how such a recognisable heritage brand continues to innovate.

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“Blink” Inspiration: Valentino x Celia Birtwell

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Did you see our previous post of the video about Celia Birtwell’s collaboration with Valentino? Here’s the promised second post with our exclusive interview with Celia about her work with Valentino. If you don’t know as much as you should about Celia Birtwell and her impact on the worlds of fashion and art, you can read more here on her website.

Celia Birtwell (image from the Celia Birtwell website)

Celia Birtwell (image from the Celia Birtwell website)

Blink: How did the collaboration with Valentino come about?

Celia Birtwell: One Monday morning last autumn we got a phone call from the a lady at Valentino who said the creative directors had seen my book would like to discuss the possibility of a commission or collaboration.  It was Bella, my partner and daughter in law who took the call and being early on a Monday morning and totally out of the blue she struggled to understand the request – she thought perhaps they had seen one of fabric books and wanted to order some fabric for their offices (which often happens).

Only later when we received the request via email did we understand that they had seen my retrospective book and based on the strength of the visuals they wanted to come and meet us to discuss a collaboration.  Within a couple of weeks we met the delightful Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo and the rest is history…

Blink: with which collection did it start and is the collaboration ongoing?

Celia Birtwell: MG (Maria Grazia) and PP (Pierpaolo) had a very clear idea of what they wanted from me.  They wanted to me to redesign Botticelli’s Primavera for their women’s Pre Fall 2015 collection.  Time was tight but the brief was absolutely perfect as I adore the painting and I spent fifty years painting flowers.

I was then asked to design a cosmos print, a dragon, butterflies and more florals for the AW15 collection which was shown at Paris Fashion week in March.  I’ve always drawn stars but I have avoided butterflies and never come across the need to design a dragon so I found this brief far more challenging.  The result was my “Funky Dragon” which appears on dresses, leather jackets and parkas as well as some menswear for spring 15.  It is fun and surprising to see how they use my designs in all their wonderful ways.  The craftsmanship is second to none.

I think my favourites are the Primavera florals although I have seen them a lot now so look forward to seeing the other designs come to life this autumn.

Valentino's 'Camugarden' boots and scarf. Print design by Celia Birtwell. Image by Celia Birtwell.jpeg

Valentino’s ‘Camugarden’ boots and scarf. Print design by Celia Birtwell. (Image by Celia Birtwell)

Thank you so much Celia and Bella. Here are some of our favourites of Celia’s work with Valentino, including that gorgeous “Funky Dragon”.

Celia Birtwell's work in the Valentino pre Fall 2015 collection (image with thanks to Style.com)

Celia Birtwell’s work in the Valentino pre Fall 2015 collection (image with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino AW'15 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino AW’15 collection (images with thanks to Karla Otto)

Celia's work in the Valentino SS'15 menswear collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino SS’15 menswear collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino Resort '16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino Resort ’16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino Resort '16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino Resort ’16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Thanks also to Karla Otto for some of the imagery. For more fashion pattern inspiration posts, take a look here.

“Blink” Pattern Inspiration: Celia Birtwell x Valentino

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

As a preview to a post that is coming up very soon, we wanted to share this lovely video with you. One of my longest standing fashion love affairs has been with the work of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell. And if you’re an avid Blink London blog reader, you’ll know that I have a newer, and seasonally increasing fashion passion for Valentino (check our post about the recent Valentino couture collection). Imagine my excitement when I discovered that Valentino was working with Celia to create the print and pattern for their pre-Fall 2015 collection!

The collaboration has continued and Celia’s work can be seen in the Valentino collections right up to SS’16 menswear as well as Resort ’16 womenswear. Watch out for more on this on the blog in the upcoming week.

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, AW’15

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Gorgeous show. Gorgeous soundtrack. Thanks Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for delivering beautiful, innovative and inventive womenswear that is also completely wearable. A particularly British skill we think.

Transposing the traditional geometry of blanket style tartans on to soft fluidity looked texturally fresh. Blending this, floral motifs and delicate lace with the shearling, dense wools and colour blocking created wonderful levels of contrast, tactility and structure. Softness and strength, isn’t that a key part of what femininity is about?

Preen, AW'15 (images with thanks to Style.com)

Preen, AW’15 (images with thanks to Style.com)

Preen, AW'15 (images with thanks to Style.com)

Preen, AW’15 (images with thanks to Style.com)

Preen, AW'15 (images with thanks to Style.com)

Preen, AW’15 (images with thanks to Style.com)

Preen, AW'15 (images with thanks to Style.com)

Preen, AW’15 (images with thanks to Style.com)

This girl feels windswept from the moors, fresh faced and a somehow historical. There’s something definitely Arts and Crafts, William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh springing to mind, or is that just me still obsessing over my Weiner Werkstatte forecast?

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, February 2015

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
LFW streetstyle, by Blink London

LFW streetstyle, by Blink London

LFW streetstyle, by Blink London

LFW streetstyle, by Blink London

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