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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.

For more inspirational posts, look here. If you’re after a look at the events we’ve featured, look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Reports: April’14 ‘Soft Woven’ sketches

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Blink 'Soft Woven' design work, April'14

Blink 'Soft Woven' design work, April'14

Here’s a sneak peek at what our clients will be seeing as part of the ‘Soft Wovens’ new issue which will be winging its way around the globe in the next couple of days (with any luck and a following wind!). We added original design work to each of our product reports a little while back and this really has proven to be a hit with our subscribers, as well as with me. After researching and gathering information for weeks it is a wonderful thing to able to creatively express all of that in these designs. Also, I don’t ever need too much encouragement to get my pencil and pens out to get sketching!

If you like the look of these and would like to learn more about our reports, why not contact your nearest agent? We look forward to working with you.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: When do we get our ‘taste’

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I came across a baby picture of me the other day, and it struck a cord, reminding me of a dress in Topshop that I’ve been obsessing over and repeatedly trying on, hoping that it may suddenly suit me if I keep giving it a go. That Toppers frock is scarily similar to the checked smock dress my two year old self is wearing.

Lucy Williams, fashion blogger, already rocking a strong look at a young age...

Lucy Williams, fashion blogger, already rocking a strong look at a young age...

Topshop gingham check smock dress

Topshop gingham check smock dress

It made me wonder at what age we start to absorb the aesthetic influences that will form our adult tastes and inform the many choices that are driven by our ‘style’. I’m wondering how many other pictures I’ll find that show me wearing things that are frighteningly close to recent fashion based obsessions!

When I come to think about my home, many of my style choices are quite specifically reflective of my grandparent’s 30′s home filled with mid century kitsch. I don’t know if its anything to do with the fact that it was also the location of some of my earliest and happiest childhood memories. Come to think of it, my rather over developed soft spot for sequins was most probably formed there too as my Grandmother was a very glamorous lady with a wardrobe bursting with shimmer and sparkle.

I have obviously seen other things that I have loved and been inspired by through the years since my pre-school days, but these have been additions to a baseline of taste already formed, rather than replacing those urges. Well, I don’t have any huge Freudian revelations to round this post off. It was just a ponder really as to how our creative brain works, and I think that it seems we develop deep-seated beliefs far earlier than I may have guessed. Unless it’s just me that’s trying to still dress as my two year old self??? Oh gosh, maybe it is just me. Where did I leave my therapist’s number?

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Christopher Raeburn, AW’14

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Even though Christopher Raeburn works in a conscious and sustainable manner, what you’ll notice first about his collection is the sporty, utilitarian, innovative vibe before you can tell that there is anything re-purposed or driven by his ethical approach. For me, that’s the secret to creating the perfect collection; one that responds to the increasing need for sustainable behaviors, yet doesn’t compromise its aesthetic to do so.

My favourite piece from the AW’14 collection shown at London Fashion Week, was this amazing coat. Made from reconstructing a Siberian sheepskin coat, each variation on this is utterly unique and from a limited run, handcrafted with meticulous care in Raeburn’s East London studio.

Christopher Raeburn, AW'14 collection

Christopher Raeburn, AW'14 collection

Christopher Raeburn, AW'14 collection. Remade Siberian sheepskin coat

Christopher Raeburn, AW'14 collection. Remade Siberian sheepskin coat

For more from London Fashion Week, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fringe Benefits

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It really isn’t that long since we had the last fringe trimmed moment. Well, it seems we’re not ready to forgo our fringe benefits this Spring. I for one am delighted as I’ve been forced to grow out my actual fringe by my very forceful hairdresser, Oliver Woods. I will indulge my fringe love by enjoying these beauties…

Gucci

Gucci

Valentino

Valentino

Prada

Prada

Guess

Guess

Sarah Ryan, Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Sarah Ryan, Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Pucci

Pucci

Valentino

Valentino

For more trend inspiration, take a look here. For more accessories, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fabric for Fashion, The Complete Guide

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Fabric for Fashion, The Complete Guide

Fabric for Fashion, The Complete Guide

Some time back we rather excitedly shared with you the launch for the first edition of this book and it’s accompanying swatch guide (take a look here). Well, Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston, the authors, have responded to the success of that first set of books with an updated version, incorporating a broader look at the world of fashion textiles, called Fabric for Fashion, The Complete Guide.

Amanda told us “The second edition of Fabric For Fashion has been extended with a new two chapter section on man-made fibres, and includes many new fashion images and specially commissioned visuals.
We wanted to continue the ethos of the first edition by tracing the historical, socio-geographic significance, and sustainability considerations of the fibre and fabric journeys that are the very substance of our Fashion products. Fabric for Fashion The Complete Guide aims to be a user-friendly and easily referenced guide to textile information, contextualized with consideration to how designers source, and work with fabric.”

As I spend more time working with fashion students I feel more and more strongly that they need as much support as possible with understanding textiles, after all this is the foundation of their creativity. Johnston and Hallett, through their many years working in fashion education as well as creative members of the fashion industry, have really understood this need and responded to it by delivering an exciting, informative and utterly essential reference book for anyone who is engaged with textiles or fashion on any level, from fashion journalists to design students or creatives in the industry. £28.00 very well spent.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Dior, pre-fall 2014

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Back to our pre fall show posts. Did you enjoy the Preen, Nina Ricci, Chloe and Phillip Lim reviews? Gosh, as fast as we can post show reviews, we can’t quite keep up with the fashion world as Paris is now knee deep in the Couture collections. Before we know it we’ll be in the midst of the main Autumn Winter ’14 shows too. What a whirl of wonderfulness!

Anyway, before we are thoroughly distracted let’s get a few more pre-season reviews in for you, and next on our agenda is Dior. I am totally in love with what Simons has done with Dior. He was a perfect choice to bring the house back in to the spotlight (and in the spotlight for all the right reasons). I really enjoy how you can see his style as well as appreciate what Dior stands for.

As is to be expected, the pre-season show is quite experimental and a little more fun feeling than the full blown collections. Continuing on the graphic, colour blocking theme, we really love the clean lines of this look, building on what we have come to expect from this label based on the evolution of the past few season’s aesthetic. There is something a little more playful here too. I for one didn’t expect to see an MA1 jacket inspired look from Dior! Innovative proportions are supported by a combination of structured and fluid textiles, and enhanced with a strong hand with boldly contrasting colours.

I’m not totally convinced by those orthopedic looking neck bands though…

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

All show shots are from Style.com with huge respect and thanks. For more inspiration, just have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: 3.1 Phillip Lim, pre-fall 2014

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Next in our pre-fall ’14 show reviews is the wonderful Phillip Lim. This designer rarely puts a design foot wrong as far as we are concerned. I know that most would think of Alexander Wang as the heart of the sportswear inspired luxe scene, but I think a far more interesting, multi-layered and innovative take on this look can always be found with the wonderful Mr Lim.

In this collection we see that sporty inspiration, but it also has an almost pop-arty vibe too with the angular slashed and reconstructed shapes. Actually I think there’s a bit of a 30′s feeling here too with some of the silhouettes and proportions. I know it sounds rather mixed up but the resulting collection feels really fresh, bold and innovative. Again we are seeing a graphic mood taking centre stage, and again we are seeing a combination of stunning textiles, surface textures and innovative finishes. I really love the metallics in this offer, as well as the slightly ‘off’ colours.

3.1 Phillip Lim, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

3.1 Phillip Lim, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

3.1 Phillip Lim, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

3.1 Phillip Lim, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

3.1 Phillip Lim, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

3.1 Phillip Lim, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Huge thanks to Style.com for all of the show images used in the pre-fall show review posts. For more inspirational posts, why not take a peek here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Chloe, pre-fall 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Here’s the next in our series of show reviews from the pre-fall ’14 shows. We’ve selected our favourites to share with you, and next on the list is Chloe. I know that the general opinion may be that this is just Celine lite, but I think that this is actually a very beautiful collection in its own right.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Clare Waight Keller’s work at Pringle, but I think she has found her creative home with this long established French label. Her pared down approach is reflected in the graphic minimalism, but upon a closer look you will see there are wonderfully textural, soft and complex areas. As a self-confessed textiles nut, this type of subtly crafted, surface interest is an absolute delight, and I really love how that contrasts with the more graphically stark elements.

This is pretty yet bold, and continues the theme we have seen in the Preen and Nina Ricci collections that we have reviewed already. There is a new take on femininity that the designers are being inspired by. No more are we interested in fay, wan, wispy creatures. This woman is strong, determined and powerful in a perfectly feminine way. Welcome to your new wardobe, Miss Modern.

Chloe, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Chloe, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Chloe, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Chloe, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Chloe, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Chloe, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Chloe, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Chloe, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

All of the images are from Style.com, with huge thanks. For more inspiration including show reviews, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Our next pre-fall review post, following on from our look at Preen, is dedicated to the joy of Nina Ricci. I think that this is a label that doesn’t command the column inches that it deserves. I am going to take a very small step towards resolving this oversight.

This Parisian label was founded by Madame Ricci in 1932, and her desire was to create beautiful, wearable, elegant clothes but she never craved fashion’s spotlight. Perhaps it is this desire to deliver quietly perfect collections that still impacts on the fashion industry’s view of this brand? Peter Copping, a British designer, has been the artistic director since 2010. He moved to Ricci after 12 years at Louis Vuitton where he was working with Marc Jacobs. Now I have uncovered that fact, I can see something of the Louis Vuitton look in his collections at Nina Ricci. These are impeccable, ultra refined and super chic clothes for a the modern variation on the original Ricci customer.

There are sporty touches, something of a New Yorky feel to the knits and slightly slouchy attitude, but this is very much a Parisian look at heart. In recent years, the French Madame has transformed from the ultra upright and primly pristine classic archetype, and I think that this collection perfectly reflects who that Parisian icon has evolved into. There are 31 looks in this pre-collection, and there are a few diverse colours, pattern, texture and silhouettes combined in there. It may not all flow that smoothly from one look to the next (shocking pink all of a sudden?), but overall this is a stunning and exciting preview to the Autumn collection.

Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

Nina Ricci, pre-fall 2014. Images with thanks to Style.com

All images have been swiped from Style.com with deep respect and thanks. For more inspiration, why not take a look here?

Enjoy! Lucy