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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

For more show reviews and inspiration, just click here.

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.

For more interiors inspiration, just look here.

“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” 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” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
LFW September'14 streetstyle by Blink London

LFW September’14 streetstyle by Blink London

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“Blink” Accessories: Marc Jacobs Dazzles

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Marc by Marc Jacobs, AW'14 at Harrods

Marc by Marc Jacobs, AW’14 at Harrods

I saw this gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag n the window of Harrods. Aside from being very want-able in its own right, it also reminded me of a remarkable innovation which was discovered/designed/invented by a man called Norman Wilkinson.

Wilkinson was an artist who also served in the navy during World War I. In response to the repeated successful attacks on British ships, Wilkinson came up with an utterly artistic and brilliantly innovative solution to protect them. That solution became known as ‘Dazzle’ which is a disruptive style of camouflage that is both effective at confusing enemy gunners and also striking in it’s bold beauty.

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

There was even a Chelsea Arts Club ball held with the dazzle pattern as it’s theme.

From the Chelsea Art Club's 1919 Dazzle Ball. Yvonne Gregory by Bertram Park

From the Chelsea Art Club’s 1919 Dazzle Ball. Yvonne Gregory by Bertram Park

I hope these images show you why we would be mentioning wartime battleships on a fashion blog. When I first learnt about this I was blown away by the utter modernity, the braveness and the creativity of this innovation. This was just under 100 years ago for goodness sake!

Well, if you didn’t know about dazzle painting before now, we hope that we have shared a little bit of exciting design knowledge with you. If you did know about it, I hope you have appreciated a little reminder of how stunning it is.

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Thanks to Pinterest for all of the images sourced of dazzle pattern.