Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort ’15, ACNE

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We hope that you liked our opening Resort’15 post yesterday, and today we move on from Giambattista Valli to look at ACNE. A very different label, and very different approach. Here we certainly still see the focus on extreme proportions and a linear, graphic minimalism but we also see a label that is embracing the desire for fashion that is, well, ugly.

This isn’t an insult. It’s actually something that the brilliant peeps at SHOWstudio have been looking at. Prada does it very well, as Miuccia explains ‘Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. Maybe because it is newer,’ and you may not get it now, but as usual with Prada’s cutting edge looks, you will get it in a season or two.

So, anyhow, back to the goods and here are our favourite looks from the ACNE Resort ’15 show. Watch out for those 3D patch pockets from Burberry too.

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

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

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

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

All images with huge thanks to the wonderous style.com

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort ’15, Giambattista Valli

Monday, June 16th, 2014

We are only at the half way mark for 2014, but the fashion world is way ahead into 2015 already. The Resort ’15 collections are being shown, giving us an insight into what’s ahead. We are going to share with you our personal highlights over the next week. To kick things off here’s a quick trend summary for you, created through looking at all shows and spotting some correlations in treatments, silhouettes, atmosphere etc.

The graphic minimalist direction is still going strong, and it is getting bolder and more complex. Silhouettes are sculptural and the over-sized has become even more so as we see proportions being tested even further. Colour blocking and pattern combinations deliver a bold graphic punch, and that head to toe pattern trend is becoming a seriously important story. Surface texture ensured that these clean and linear silhouettes are not too flat or 2D with some stunning textile manipulations, frills, ruffles and tiers. These are created out of both super soft and firmly constructed fabrications delivering some wonderfully diverse and exciting effects. There is still a sports style feeling, but in a very subtle and slightly utilitarian way, and the ultra chic debutante mood is gaining momentum, but she is utterly and excitingly reinvented.

So, to kick this Resort’15 review off, we have the amazing Giambattista Valli. This Paris based, Italian designer is a new favourite of the Blink team, and this Resort collection is bound to recruit you to his fan base too. We love the atmosphere, the modernist feeling as well as the way it’s been shot.

Giambattista Valli, Resort'15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

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

Giambattista Valli, Resort'15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

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

Giambattista Valli, Resort'15 from Blink London (images with thanks to style.com)

Giambattista Valli, 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: Fashion Knitwear by Jenny Udale

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Fashion Knitwear by Jenny Udale

Fashion Knitwear by Jenny Udale

If you are a fashion fan, fashion student or a working designer, then this is a great resource for you. Not only is ‘Fashion Knitwear’ a beautiful book, filled with gorgeous imagery and design illustrations, it also an education in the art of knitting within the fashion world.

Designer, author and lecturer, Jenny Udale, profiles some of the most influential and innovative designers, giving us insight into their inspiration and approach to the knit elements of their collections. Without getting mired in technicalities, Udale gives us insight into the way the craft of knit is constantly developing, moving forward and being applied in new and exciting ways.

Leutton Postle featured in 'Fashion Knitwear' by Jenny Udale

Leutton Postle featured in ‘Fashion Knitwear’ by Jenny Udale

Missoni featured in 'Fashion Knitwear' by Jenny Udale

Missoni featured in ‘Fashion Knitwear’ by Jenny Udale

Sonia Rykiel featured in 'Fashion Knitwear' by Jenny Udale

Sonia Rykiel featured in ‘Fashion Knitwear’ by Jenny Udale

With design names that you’ll be familiar with as well as some newer or less known names, this is a really lovely celebration of a very specific discipline within the fashion world. You can find out more and even buy a copy right here. A great addition to my fashion library.

If you’d like to read about more fashion inspiration, just look here.

 

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: The Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Installation image of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014   Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Installation image of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

On Friday night the Blink team hit the V&A for their really very civilized late opening (DJ’s, lights and projections, booze). We were there with tickets to see ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion’ exhibition clutched in our sweaty little hands. No-one puts on an a fashion exhibition quite as well as the V&A so we had high hopes and oh those high hopes were not only met but exceeded.

I have a general sense of the founding and evolution of the Italian fashion industry, but this exhibition delivers on an insightful and educational level as well as being utterly stunning in both subject and setting, revealing the origins of Italy’s fashion week which was actually staged in Florence in the early 50′s and then taking through the key stages in Italian fashion right up to today.

Installation image of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014   Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Installation image of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Fashion show in Sala Bianca,1955  Photo by G.M. Fadigati, © Giorgini Archive, Florence

Fashion show in Sala Bianca,1955 Photo by G.M. Fadigati, © Giorgini Archive, Florence

Installation image of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014   Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Installation image of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Pucci beach styles from the 60's

Pucci beach styles from the 60′s

In the first rooms of the exhibition, which focus on the earliest years, there are names that we had never come across before, but the skill, detailing, design and construction leaves you wondering why these are not names that we know as well as Gucci, Prada and Dolce. As the exhibition progresses into the 60′s you can see how Italian fashion really crystallized it’s reputation as a fashion world leader through film with original costumes given context by footage from the movies that they featured in.

Elizabeth Taylor wears Bulgari jewellery at the masked ball, Hotel Ca'Rezzonico, Venice 1967

Elizabeth Taylor wears Bulgari jewellery at the masked ball, Hotel Ca’Rezzonico, Venice 1967

The names featured become more recognizable as we hit the 80′s and see designs featured from Pucci, Gucci, Valentino, Armani, and even Benetton (remember when they were cool, and their amazing campaigns?).

Krizia, 1981

Krizia, 1981

In the final room we get right up to date with pieces from the last decade, featuring names that show how Italian fashion has stood the test of time by embracing what makes it unique- the creativity, the craftsmanship and the passion.

Installation image of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014   Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Installation image of The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Before you leave the exhibition there is a great video with interviews with some of the key contributors to Italian Fashion today (how lovely does Angela Missoni seem!) discussing the future of Italian fashion which is not to be missed. Oh, and then there’s the gift shop…

V&A bookshop

V&A bookshop

If you’re looking to invest in some books about Italian fashion, then this is a one stop shop. As a fashion book collector, I was in seventh heaven. We thoroughly recommend you hit this exhibition (and gift shop) before it closes on 27th July. Book ahead here or risk disappointment as this is proving a popular one.

For more on inspirational events that the Blink team have attended, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Moschino vs James Galanos

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Moschino vs James Galanos

Moschino vs James Galanos

I shot the left image just the other day, in the window of the Moschino store. A few days later I was cruising around Pinterest and spotted the right hand image. “Ooh” I thought “that reminds me of that Moschino frock, but look, it’s from the 1960′s!”. Yes they are very close indeed. Fashion does regularly eat itself and looks do get regurgitated (sorry if you’re eating your breakfast…).

Probably the more interesting part of this for me is that I have never previously heard of James Galanos. I don’t profess to be a fashion history expert, but I do know a fair bit so it’s really unusual to come across a previously unknown name that appears to have such a glowing fashion history. He’s even on Voguepedia! Galanos set up his label at the beginning of the 50′s in LA and the first collection was a huge success. He then opened a studio in New York where he was discovered by Neiman Marcus who stated that his creations would soon “set the world on fire.” His clothes were made with incredibly high attention to detail which even rivaled the standards of the couturiers in Paris. His label became the one to wear for both New York style gurus like Diana Vreeland, as well as Hollywood stars like Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. Galanos  only retired in 1998, “Most people get 15 minutes,” he said “I had 50 years.”

James Galanos

James Galanos

James Galanos worn by Gloria Vanderbilt - April 1961 - Hollywood, California - Photo by Gordon Parks for LIFE Magazine

James Galanos worn by Gloria Vanderbilt – April 1961 – Hollywood, California – Photo by Gordon Parks for LIFE Magazine

James Galanos, 1967

James Galanos, 1967

Samantha Jones in a polka-dot coat by James Galanos, photo by Bob Stone, 1972

Samantha Jones in a polka-dot coat by James Galanos, photo by Bob Stone, 1972

For more fashion inspiration from Blink London, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“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