Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

“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

“Blink” Inspiration: Professor Dilys Williams

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Here’s a small video with a very big message. Professor Dilys Williams is the founder and guiding force behind the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, working tirelessly with her amazing team to change our behaviours from right inside the heart of the fashion industry. If you would like to know what Sustainable and Ethical fashion is in a nutshell, watch this brief interview with Dilys on London Live.

http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/ethical-fashion

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Join the Land Army

Friday, July 18th, 2014

There has always been something utterly charming, inspirational and brilliant to me in the images of the ‘Land Girls’ from the First and Second World Wars. Women were mobilized as a home front fighting force, stepping into the shoes of those young men who has all been sent to fight for our freedom. Through this, women were working in roles that they had previously been excluded from, they were empowered, they showed their metal and they also got to wear the pants for a change.

I am no historian or political feminist, but even I can see how life changing this was, in addition to all of the more obvious changes wrought by wartime. Through this role reversal women also had to adopt more masculine clothes, driven by the use of uniforms and utter practicality. The women of the Land Army made this look their own, and I for one find it timelessly inspiring and have referred back to this repeatedly over my years as a fashion forecaster.

When researching a design project for a client recently, these images (mostly from WW2) came up again and have helped me to set the tone for an exciting new collection (that I may share with you sometime soon if I’m allowed!).

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

The Land Army, image via Pinterest with huge thanks. Blink London

For more inspirational insights, just have a look here.

 

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort’15, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Another fabulous collection from Brit label, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Yeah, we admit to be heavily fan-girling right now, and we are not ashamed! This is a label that particularly rings our bell and seems to bring the ding dong of fashion joy season upon season.

Pushing their ‘sports luxe meets graphic meets futuristic femininity’ style forward in a sleek evolution season upon season, Preen have yet again worked their magic in a way that is certainly recognizable as their specific handwriting. Yes this resort collection doesn’t thrust very far forward from previous collections, but we love it never the less- AND we get Preen’s take on swimwear to lust after too.

I love the way that this label handles colour, but I might be tempted to say that my favourite elements of this collection are those in the second set of looks with that stunning work around proportions in a very tight, almost colour-free way,

Preen, Resort'15. Images with thanks to style.com

Preen, Resort’15. Images with thanks to style.com

Preen, Resort'15. Images with thanks to style.com

Preen, Resort’15. Images with thanks to style.com

Preen, Resort'15. Images with thanks to style.com

Preen, Resort’15. Images with thanks to style.com

All images with huge thanks to the wonderous style.com

For more inspirational posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort ’15, Louis Vuitton

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Oh, Nicolas, how you are spoiling us! I was especially looking forward to this show. It’s always an exciting time when a new designer steps in to take over at a big label, and the combination doesn’t get much bigger or better than Nicolas Ghesquiere joining Louis Vuitton. As a long time Marc Jacobs acolyte, I was a little torn, but then I have long admired the complex and rather cerebral work of Ghesquiere too.

What a treat this NG/LV combination is proving to be. This was a show that actually felt very much related to the work of Jacobs so perhaps these two design kings have more in common about their aesthetic than I previously realised. There was stunning pattern clash, something of a Miu Miu-ish retro meets futuristic brilliance, all wrapped up in that wonderful ‘fashion ugly’ feeling. This is quirky, innovative and yet somehow recognisable too. This is luxury but in the way an artist would express it. Beautiful in an utterly fresh way.

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015 

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

All images with huge thanks to the wonderous style.com

For more inspirational posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort’15, Peter Pilotto

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The Peter Pilotto boys delivered a collection that showed new depth and elegance while still embracing the signature print handwriting that we so strongly associate with this label. The previously rather regimented pattern look as been developed into a more organic look for this collection and we really love the pace change. The proportion play is evident here too, with some wonderful pattern matched, head to toe looks really challenging our perception of how to work layering. I particularly love the longer-line tunic/ dresses over trousers. It feels a little 60′s Space Age and also a bit 80′s Glam.

The whole collection is vibrant and really exciting, flowing from style to style in a way that really showed the evolution of their ideas. Here are our favourites, but hit up Style.com for the whole thing.

Peter Pilotto, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Peter Pilotto, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Peter Pilotto, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Peter Pilotto, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

All images with huge thanks to the wonderous style.com

For more inspirational posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort’15, Veronique Branquinho

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Referring back to that ‘ugly fashion’ feeling we bought up in our ACNE review, this collection from Veronique Branquinho certainly has the same kinda vibe. Maybe it’s the model’s stark look, the proportions of those uncompromising silhouettes, plus that particular shade of blue (there was other colours in the show but we just loved these looks the best). The overall feel, for us, has a touch of the 70′s about it which is never a bad thing in Blink’s book.

Veronique Branquinho, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Veronique Branquinho, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Veronique Branquinho, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Veronique Branquinho, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Veronique Branquinho, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Veronique Branquinho, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Veronique Branquinho, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Veronique Branquinho, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Plus that textural pattern, created with hundreds of Bic pens apparently, also brought to mind the wonderful work of Louis Bourgeois that looks created in the same way.

Louise Bourgeois, swiped from Pinterest

Louise Bourgeois, swiped from Pinterest

All images with huge thanks to the wonderous style.com

For more inspirational posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort’15, Erdem

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Ah, Erdem, how we love you. This is a designer who arrived on the fashion scene seemingly fully formed with a rather vintage feel about his handwriting, not through the silhouettes specifically, but somehow more thorough the innocent and refined feel that these clothes impart to the wearer.

As the label’s look seemed so firmly stated, orienting so much around those stunning floral motifs, it’s always been exciting to see how Erdem drives that forward season upon season. Resort’15 continues the rather dramatic step forward shown in the Autumn Winter ’14 collection, with this wonderful label delivering a far more graphic and kinda ‘mod’ direction that feels a little more in line with Preen or Peter Pilotto than what we have come to expect historically from Erdem.

The pieces are exquisite, blending lean and clean lines with ruffled, textural elements, signature lace and high contrast colour along with his unique approach to pattern.

Erdem, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Erdem, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Erdem, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Erdem, Resort’15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

All images with huge thanks to the wonderous style.com

For more inspirational posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy