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“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” 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” Stylish Steals: ASOS Summer Sale Score!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Who doesn’t love a bargain? ASOS is pretty much bargain central, whether it’s sale time or not and so is a regular haunt for me and the rest of the Blink London team. Whenever ASOS send one of their well placed marketing emails we are suckers every time. The last time we were totally distracted from the work in hand was when we got the email telling us that ASOS was on sale. Great news after their devastating warehouse fire. Well what more could we do than support them by placing an order or two?

This beauty just arrived, in perfect time to be tried on and then added to my pile of holiday packing. The pretty ‘Aztec Scarf Print Beach Dress’ was just what I needed to complete my holiday wardrobe and at £7.50 in the sale (down from an already reasonable £25) it’s even more gorgeous! I’ll be throwing it on over my bikini and then adding my  beaded belt to add a little more shape. Sorted.

ASOS Aztec Scarf Print Beach Dress

ASOS Aztec Scarf Print Beach Dress

ASOS Aztec Scarf Print Beach Dress

ASOS Aztec Scarf Print Beach DressSummer 

For more retail news, just have a look here.

“Blink” Retail: Tallulah and Hope with The Luxury Collection hotels, Asia

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Tallulah and Hope‘s collection always has the gift of transporting you to sunnier climes just by slipping into one of their signature kaftans. Their newest offer is a limited edition set of four printed silk kaftans inspired by some of The Luxury Collection‘s stunning tropical resort destinations (Phuket, Koh Samui, Langkawi & Bali). Oh to be wearing a T&H kaftan in any one of these stunning resorts!

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Aranda, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Hero Aranda kaftan, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Naka Island , Phuket

Naka Island , Phuket

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

The Andaman rainforest

The Andaman rainforest, Langkawi

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman resort

These were launched on 1st April and are available exclusively online at www.tallulahandhope.com and the resort boutiques until September, from £295.

For more retail news, just take a look here.

“Blink” Pattern: Moncler M

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A little while back I tweeted an editorial shot from Elle magazine, featuring a stunning look from Moncler M. This is a collaborative collection featuring the amazing work of Mary Katrantzou, blended with the handwriting of style and function driven brand, Moncler. The resulting hybrid styles feature the best of both; smothered in amazing signature Mary K prints and styled in a way that embraces her aesthetic but also incorporated Moncler’s performance materials and construction. We spotted this in the Sloane Street Moncler store window, and wanted to share the genius with you. I wonder if I can get away with this look just stepping out in town?

Moncler M

Moncler M

Here are some more images from the collection, swiped with thanks from Dover Street Market Ginza’s website. The collection doesn’t seem to be available in the Dover Street London store, but is in the Sloane Street Moncler store and can be found online at Matches too.

Moncler M

Moncler M

For more pattern inspiration, take a look here.

“Blink” Retail: New Collection from Tallulah and Hope

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Tallulah and Hope since the label launched in 2010. You can read up on the founders and their inspiration behind the collection here.

Well, we are several collections down the line now and T&H has gone from strength to strength, swiftly finding a place in many very stylish women’s wardrobes. They have diversified the range, adding lots of new shapes as well as introducing swimwear, yet most importantly they have retained their original vision and built upon their unique handwriting.
Their newest collection launches on the Tallulah and Hope website on 1st August, but the collection is already available in-store at Selfridges London, Fenwick Bond Street, Boutique 1 Dubai as well as Harvey Nichols Riyadh.

We asked Zoe and Lisa about the inspiration behind this collection and they told us “This season we have taken a graphic approach to recurrent themes in our work – water and light, creating bold, directional stripes that have a strong nautical feel.”.

Classic Long kaftan Skybirds, Tallulah and Hope

Classic Long kaftan Skybirds, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Long Shadow, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Long Shadow, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Splash, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Splash, Tallulah and Hope

 

Thalia Short Deck Stripe, Tallulah and Hope

Thalia Short Deck Stripe, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Bathing Belle, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Bathing Belle, Tallulah and Hope

Now I want to be back on holiday!

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“Blink” Streetstyle: Field Day, 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013
Solange Knowles at Field Day festival

Solange Knowles at Field Day festival

For more streetstyle, have a look here.

“Blink” Retail: Print This

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We’ve seen an explosion of print driven looks, from clashing combinations through to digital trickery, but what we have here is a wonderful top to toe singular look which blends the current print crush with the desire to be dressed in your jim jams all day long. Sleep chic, snoozy sophistication?

Clements Ribeiro

Clements Ribeiro

H&M Concious Collection

H&M Concious Collection

Joseph

Joseph

COS

COS

Max & Co

Max & Co

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

For more retail trends, just have a look here.

“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week, February ’13

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
London Fashion Week men's streetstyle, February '13

London Fashion Week men's streetstyle, February '13

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“Blink” Retail: Joseph x Peter Pilotto

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

So it seems I have one more thing in common with Joseph than I realized. Not only are we both innately chic, super stylish and cutting edge (ahem, well if I believe it hard enough it might come true…), we both also have a huge pash on Peter Pilotto. I haven’t covered the front of “Blink” Towers in a blown up version of the current season PP print like Joseph has, but I’m just more subtle with my crushes I guess.

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

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