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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” 2015 Predictions: White part 2- structured

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

Blink London 2015 prediction: structured white

We also feel strongly for white in a dense, solid, calm, defined, repetitive, constructed way across every aesthetic area of our lives, our surroundings, our clothes, our makeup and our belongings. We especially like this approach to white for Autumn Winter.

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Many thanks to Pinterest for the images.

“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.

“Blink” Retail: SS’14 Press Days: Wallis

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

This time last week we were in the midst of a flurry of Press day activity. It’s great to gain a deeper insight, not only into the season ahead, but also into the way each brand wants to present themselves and express their personality. At a multi-brand presentation like the Arcadia one, this is especially interesting. I hit the event expecting just to be excited by Toppers (more of that to come), and to see what Miss S were saying(more of that to come too), but in fact the brand that made the biggest impression was Wallis who were showing their W collection.

It was a small but perfectly formed selection spread across two rails, expressing just a couple of trend stories in a clear and precise way. I am not their target audience, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating that they have created something really quite special for their particular customer. Chic, refined, fashion relevant and beautifully designed. Here’s some of my favourites from this collection…

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

There’ll be more Press Day highlights to come and if you’d like to catch up on more retail news, click here.

“Blink” Reports: May’13 Jersey Design Inspiration

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

So, we hope that you loved yesterday’s insight into our knitwear and soft wovens retail reports. Well, today you get a chance to get a peak inside our jersey report with an exclusive look at the original design work that we create for our subscribers.

"Blink" Jersey report, May'13

"Blink" Jersey report, May'13

"Blink" Jersey report, May'13

"Blink" Jersey report, May'13

For more on our reports, just click here. If you’d like to get a proper look and find out about subscribing, why not contact us or your nearest agent?

“Blink” Reports: May’13 Soft Woven Design Inspiration

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

We hope that you liked our knitwear design inspiration. Next is an insight into the original design work that can be found in our Soft Wovens report. If you’re not familiar with that term, ‘soft wovens’ are essentially formal or dressy styles in woven materials that are softly structured, but not as constructed as tailoring would be. So now you know!

"Blink" Soft Wovens report, May'13

"Blink" Soft Wovens report, May'13

"Blink" Soft Wovens report, May'13

"Blink" Soft Wovens report, May'13

If you’d like to see more of our reports, why not contact us or your nearest agent? You can also have a look here for a deeper insight into what we offer.

“Blink” Reports: A Valentine’s Offer

Monday, February 11th, 2013
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Happy Valentine's Day! (image of these gorgeous Westwood shoes with thanks to Pinterest)

What says “I love you” more than a 20% discount on our fabulous retail reports? Not much, as far as we’re concerned. If you’d like to take us up on this brilliant offer, just contact your nearest agent or drop us a line directly. If you’d like to read more about our brilliantly inspirational and informative reports, just have a look here.

“Blink” Retail: Sssshhhhhh at Selfridges

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this campaign from Selfridges. This gorgeous and genius store is offering you an escape from the crazy, high volume, constant stream of information and over stimulation that we experience every waking moment. From the ‘Quiet Shop’ and ‘headspace pods‘ to brilliantly ‘silenced’ product, Selfridges embraces ‘No Noise’.

I particularly like the non branded products created exclusively for this campaign, including such iconic everyday items as Heinz ketchup and baked beans, as well as the store’s shopping bag and right through to ultra-desirable product like unbranded creme de la mer and an exclusive collection from Acne. Very clever stuff, but in a very quiet way. We like that you make us stop and think, and then subtly encouraged us to stop stopping and start shopping…

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Acne as part of Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Acne as part of Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

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“Blink” Treats: Hello Boys…

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

So, as today is my birthday I have decided to treat myself and all of you lovely people to a little bit of star gazing. I’m sharing my favourite eye candy with you.

Yes, it’s indulgent and not really very fashion related, but hey, who’s complaining? Let’s hear it for the boys, all swiped from our “Blink” Pinterest board very inventively called ‘Good Looking’!

Robert Redford

Robert Redford

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

David Beckham

David Beckham

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

Elvis

Elvis

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

Robert Newman

Robert Newman

Don’t say we never treat you. Now go and enjoy the rest of your day with love from us at “Blink”!

“Blink” Retail: Pitfield

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

I’ve been meaning to track down the ‘Pitfield’ store for an age, so I’m delighted to say that I have now finally made it, and done most of my Christmas shopping there to boot!

East London locals, interior designer Shaun Clarkson and textile designer Paul Brewster have created a really rather unique store/ curiosity shop that reflects their eclectic, vintage inspired tastes as well as being an exhibition space, a florists and a cafe too! The perfect ‘one stop shop’ if you ask me. Brewster has work with designers such as Versace, Gianfranco Ferre and Diane von Furstenberg and most of us have probably been in a signature Shaun Clarkson‐designed environment, be it the Harvey Nichols bar, the bar at the Oxo Tower or the Dukes Hotel Bar, so they were both extremely well equiped to create a really fantastic store with a really compelling selection of product.
Pitfield plays host to a constantly rotating exhibition of local London designers, craftspeople and artists sitting alongside well‐established international brands, design classics, re‐invented items, vintage pieces and Clarkson’s and Brewster’s own designs.
The cafe is a gorgeous compliment to the store, plus if you like the chair you’re sitting on to eat your freshly baked cake, then you can most likely buy it!

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

Pitfield, East London

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