Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

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

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Thanks to TCS for the invitation. It was great to get up close and personal with so many wonderful brands. We want to share with you some shots of our favourite finds from the event, kicking off with the beauty that is the Erdem  SS’15 collection.

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

The shades and this beautiful notebook were a lovely addition to Erdem’s offer, but  for me the highlight has to be this wonderful dress. I need someone to propose to me immediately because I think this could be my ideal wedding dress.

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

When looking up links for this piece, we came across this lovely short preview film for the pre-Spring collection.

Watch out for more to come from the TCS event. For other events that we’ve posted about, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Allen Jones RA at the RA

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

On 13th November the Royal Academy of Arts with open their first major Allen Jones exhibition since 1995. Jones is a ground-breaking and highly respected artist who was a key member of the British Pop art movement. To celebrate his career the RA will be showing over 80 works, including paintings, sculpture and his iconic furniture works from the late 60s. There will also be some new works created especially for this exhibition, which is particularly exciting.

One of the most recognisable and recurrent themes in Jones’ work is his fascination with the female form, often expressed in a highly erotic, glamorous, seductive and idealised way. His approach is part hyper-real, part graphic poster art, part cinematic. The forms across all elements of his work are clean, rhythmic and elegant, even when translated into the controversially sexual pieces like ‘Hat Stand’ (1969), ‘Table’ (1969) and ‘Chair’ (1969).

Allen Jones RA First Step, 1966 Oil on canvas, 92 x 92 cm LONDON, COLLECTION ALLEN JONES © Allen Jones Image courtesy of the artist

Allen Jones RA
First Step, 1966
Oil on canvas, 92 x 92 cm
LONDON, COLLECTION ALLEN JONES
© Allen Jones
Image courtesy of the artist

Allen Jones RA Stand In, 1991/2 Oil on plywood and fibreglass, 185 x 185 x 63 cm Banbury, Private Collection Image courtesy of the artist © Allen Jones

Allen Jones RA
Stand In, 1991/2
Oil on plywood and fibreglass, 185 x 185 x 63 cm
Banbury, Private Collection
Image courtesy of the artist
© Allen Jones

Allen Jones RA Hat Stand, 1969 Mixed media, 191 x 108 x 40 cm Private collection, London     Image courtesy the artist /  © Allen Jones

Allen Jones RA
Hat Stand, 1969
Mixed media, 191 x 108 x 40 cm
Private collection, London
Image courtesy the artist / © Allen Jones

The exhibition will offer a thorough view of the journey that Allen Jones has taken as an artist, from his earliest work from the beginning of the 60’s, right through to recent works including a portrait of Kate Moss.

 

Exhibition details:

Opens: Thursday 13 November 2014 until Sunday 25 January 2015, 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm), and on Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)

Admission: £11.50 full price (£10 without Gift Aid donation); concessions available; children under 16 andFriends of the RA go free.

Tickets are available daily at the RA or online at www.royalacademy.org.uk.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: LCF x Kering

Friday, October 31st, 2014

On Wednesday evening I was invited to a very exciting event at LCF. This was the inaugural talk to announce, explain and celebrate the groundbreaking partnership between Kering (previously known as PPR) and the London College of Fashion/ Centre for Sustainable Fashion. This is a game-changer, and one that we have been waiting for within the fashion industry. It also has the potential to reach far beyond the fashion industry and influence global business, lifestyles, consumer behaviours and the way we integrate sustainable practices into our daily lives. That is how exciting this is.

As Kering Chairman and CEO, François-Henri Pinault put it at the event, this is a “social and economic imperative” and “we have no choice but to act”.

I learnt a huge amount about the great work that Kering is undertaking across every facet of its business, and here’s the video that we saw on Wednesday night for you to gain an insight into their very thorough and innovative approach too.

I will share more with you about this event and the partnership over the next week so keep an eye out for the upcoming posts. In the meantime, huge congratulations to Professor Frances Corner, Head of LCF and to Professor Dilys Williams, Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion. This is the result of their hard work and dedication to starting a necessary revolution that requires every single one of us to participate. I’m in. Are you?

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Delpozo SS’15

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

One of my favourite fashion moments is when I come across a look that I love and it’s from a label that I don’t know. This is just what happened with Delpozo and their SS’15 show. I’m thinking that if this label is news to me, then it might be news to some of you too.

Delpozo is actually a Spanish label with a long and illustrious history founded in the 70’s by Jesús del Pozo. After his death in 2011, Josep Font stepped in as the brand’s new Creative Director. Since then he has established a new fashion fan base, a new aesthetic and new international success for Delpozo.  The SS’15 collection is innovatively beautiful, exploring form and density, decoration and minimalism. I think that you can see Font’s interest in architecture in the beautifully sculptural shapes. There is also an undeniably Spanish feel to this Madrid based label which feels similar in form to vintage Balenciaga and perhaps a little reflective of Miro and Gaudi too.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the SS’15 collection, with thanks to Style.com. We think that the blend of textiles, silhouette, embellishment and colour is deliciously fresh and exciting.

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

For more fashion inspiration, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fashion Drawing, Tools of the Trade

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

If you keep up with us on here or via our various social media accounts then you’ll know that, as part of our retail reports or within a creative consultancy project, we produce original design work. I love the days when I get to have a pencil in my hand instead of a mouse. Occasionally I share this pleasure across the team, but I must admit that I do tend to keep this job for myself!

As a fashion student I didn’t think I was particularly gifted when it came to doing the various types of fashion drawings (of which there are a few!), but over time I have developed my own style, my approach, my handwriting I guess. As I tell my design students, there is a huge difference between being a fashion designer and a fashion illustrator. Some particularly lucky folks may well be both but if you aren’t so blessed then it’s all about finding your own way to express your ideas.

Blink London's 'tools of the trade' for fashion drawing

Blink London’s ‘tools of the trade’ for fashion drawing

I thought you might like to see my tools of the trade for the fashion flats that I produce (quite literally an interpretation of a design if was, well, laid flat). I am obsessive about the pens and pencils that I use and my selection has evolved over many years of trial and error.

Blink London's 'tools of the trade' for fashion drawing

Blink London’s ‘tools of the trade’ for fashion drawing

The pencil should be HB, but more importantly it is sharpened with a scalpel so that I can create difference edges and effects with it. Next comes the fine-line pen, and this is always a Muji 0.38 rollerball. Actually this is the pen I use for everything, everyday. I must have a kajillion of them! After that I use a Letraset Promarker in Ice Grey 1 for shadowing, folds and softness. Then the whole thing is outlined in a Pentel ‘Sign’ pen which is fibre tipped and gives a dense, clean line. Oh, last but not least is the Pentel Micro Correct which is a brilliantly precise Tippex style white-out product to clean up any wobbles, marks or mistakes.

So there you have it, an insight into my pencil case, which is Isabel Marant of course… Perhaps I’ll share another insight with you soon about my obsession for a specific type of paper to draw on. Oh the excitement!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Guy Bourdin at Somerset House

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Charles Jourdan, Spring 1979 © Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Spring 1979 © Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin: Image-Maker

27 November 2014 – 15 March 2015

Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London

 

I’ve booked my tickets already. I’m a huge Guy Bourdin fan and as this is the UK’s biggest ever exhibition of his work, including previously unseen material, this is on my ‘unmissable’ list. In fact, I’ve booked it on my birthday as a gift to myself! Thank you Somerset House.

If you don’t know the name, you will for sure recognise the images or be familiar with his style of composition, lighting and colour which has been replicated so many times by photographers and stylists who have been influenced by Bourdin’s groundbreaking, avant-garde and rigorous approach.

Guy Bourdin really sums up late 20th century fashion photography and advertising imagery. He was responsible for big label campaigns from footwear to beauty. Bourdin’s approach was that the total image came first, never compromising his style, and yet still showcasing the product in a very subtle, effective way.

The highly coloured, intense, glossy, slightly surreal and very sexy shots that are his signature style broke ground for innovative, creative photographers. The exhibition includes previously unseen films, paintings and working drawings casting new light on Bourdin’s very thorough approached his work. What an exciting opportunity.

Charles Jourdan, Autumn 1970 © Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Autumn 1970 © Guy Bourdin

Vogue Paris, May 1970 © Guy Bourdin

Vogue Paris, May 1970 © Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Spring 1976 © Guy Bourdin

Charles Jourdan, Spring 1976 © Guy Bourdin

Book your tickets now on Somerset House’s website.

For more inspirational events, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Markus Lupfer for my inner Crazy Cat Lady

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Markus Lupfer at Liberty

Markus Lupfer at Liberty

Okay, I suppose saying my ‘inner’ crazy cat lady is little incorrect. If you follow Blink London on Instagram then you’ll know I’m out and proud as cat crazy about my boy, Bobby. With that in mind, I do think that Markus Lupfer has created this knitted and embellished look just for me. Maybe a ‘catsuit’ more than a ‘tracksuit’?

For more retail news, why not look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: JPG at the Barbican

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Book tickets for this exhibition RIGHT NOW! It finishes on 25th August and if you miss this, you will have missed out on something truly wonderful. I would go as far as to say that the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican is the best fashion exhibition that I have ever witnessed.

Yeah, we all know JPG and his kilts and his peroxide do and his funny accent, but do you really understand the genius of his collections? Have you ever had the chance to look very closely at the intense detail hand stitched into one of his Couture creations? No? Then we insist that you must and the Barbican is really the only place to do so.

The show presents some of his major inspirational themes by bringing together looks from a variety of collections (he first showed in the 70’s), featuring variations on the Virgin, the Breton Striped sailor, the Punk and of course the corset amongst many of other looks. Be prepared for the partly animated mannequins which are quite a fright, including one of JPG himself. There’s also a few of his iconic stage and film costumes, some famous fashion photography including some by Pierre et Gilles who I will forever associate with the forever youthful fashion pixie that is the inimitable JPG.

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican.One of Madonna's iconic corsets

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican. One of Madonna’s iconic corsets

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican. Yeah, Louis Vuitton, JPG did the super mohawk first!

Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican. Yeah, Louis Vuitton, JPG did the super mohawk first!

Stephen Jones hat design for JPG

Stephen Jones hat design for JPG

This exhibition really highlighted to me just how many fashion moments were first created by Jean Paul Gaultier, and then later emulated by other fashion labels. He is truly a ground breaking innovator with a magical gift for turning fantasy into a wonderfully beautiful reality.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Dries van Noten ‘Inspirations’ at Les Arts Decoratif, Paris

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Last week we hopped onto the Eurostar for a whistle-stop day trip to Paris. Firstly let me say how much I love that train. However many times I use it, it remains a thing of magic to get on in one country and emerge in a whole new one. Secondly let me share with you the even more deeply felt joy we felt when we hit the Dries van Noten exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs.

You may have already noticed via the blog, our instagram and twitter that we are huge DvN fans. This only served to enhance that. The love affair all started when I first came across his collection in my first fashion industry job at Whistles. Whistles were one of the first UK retailers to buy his collection and I was so entranced by the aesthetic and attention to detail that I immediately wrote to Andries himself, asking for a job. I may not have even made it to an interview but I did receive a very charming letter from him in return, explaining that they were a very small team and not recruiting just now. I bet they are not such a small team now, and that success is very well deserved. Enough of the love-in, lets share some of the images form the exhibition with you.

Dries van Noten 'Inspirations', the entrance

Dries van Noten ‘Inspirations’, the entrance

This exhibition catalogues a huge array of DvN’s collections, blended with his inspiration from art to archival fashion pieces. These are displayed together in wonderful 3D moodboard like arrangements, showing how his aesthetic journey takes place, as well as blending in work from iconic labels taken from Les Arts Decoratif expansive fashion archive. The exhibition is quite dark, drawing you in to the spotlit cases, but the environment is far from stark with huge blown out versions of Dries van Noten signature florals blooming from the walls and across the floors.

Dries van Noten at Les Arts Decoratifs

Dries van Noten at Les Arts Decoratifs

Dries van Noten at Les Arts Decoratifs

Dries van Noten at Les Arts Decoratifs

Dries van Noten at Les Arts Decoratifs

Dries van Noten at Les Arts Decoratifs

Dries van Noten vintage fashion floral inspiration

Dries van Noten vintage fashion floral inspiration

Dries van Noten, left, and right is vintage Balenciaga

Dries van Noten, left, and right is vintage Balenciaga

Gold inspiration including vintage Chanel and Thierry Mugler

Gold inspiration including vintage Chanel and Thierry Mugler

Dries van Noten at Les Arts Decoratifs

Dries van Noten at Les Arts Decoratifs

Dries van Noten, 'Handmade' film by Karel de Cock

Dries van Noten, ‘Handmade’ film by Karel de Cock

Dries van Noten menswear inspiration

Dries van Noten menswear inspiration

If you love fashion, textiles and art this is a must see exhibition. It was due to end on 31st August but appears to have been extended until November so there are no excuses!

For more fashion inspiration, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fall’14 Couture, Giambattista Valli

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Haute Couture is the absolute creme de la creme of the fashion world. This is the rarefied and ultra exclusive Planet Couture where only the super rich live wafting through a breeze scented with privilege (and stacks of cash). Aside from the immense price tags, this is also the place where the magic is created by the amazingly skilled ‘petites mains’, white coated mistresses of the Couture Ateliers who turn the most fantastic of designer fantasies into reality.

Historically this has been above and beyond fashion as we know it but in the last decade there has been some exciting and innovative changes that mean this is more and more relevant to what is happening to fashion as a whole. Perhaps this is fuelled by the fact that there is more young money, or perhaps it’s due to the fact that many of the couture labels are  headed up by exciting new blood.

The only Couture collection we’ll be featuring is this undeniably fresh and innovative collection from Giambattista Valli. We shared his Resort’15 collection with you too. With an utterly youthful abandon to the combination of satin pyjama shirts with cloud like ombre tinted full skirts, topped off with those carelessly chic head scarves, this feels like couture fit for a party loving, up all night, wayward debutant. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this designer was a fan of Roman Holiday.

The softer elements are perfectly offset with the graphic black and white which shows how a brilliant creative mind can turn simple stripes into a thing of utter grace and beauty. Volume comes in various guises, from petal style corsage embellishment in layers upon layers, to intricate silhouette manipulation and then those gob-smackingly gorgeous trailing tiered skirts.

Giambattista Valli, AW'14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW’14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW'14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW’14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW'14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW’14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW'14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW’14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW'14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW’14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW'14 Couture

Giambattista Valli, AW’14 Couture

All images with huge thanks to the wonderful Style.com. For more inspiration, just have a look here.

 

 

Enjoy! Lucy