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“Blink” Retail: Leather + Studs = Fashion Joy!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

So, we have already featured lots of great black leather and leather inspired looks this morning. This afternoon, we look at another leather based look, and this one takes things a little tougher…

The favourite option for instantly updating the leather jacket seems to be smothering it in a generous scattering of studs. The more the better! Looking like a great way to drive the now core Biker style forward, but we have also been loving studs on denim and plaid shirts, denim shorts, camo jackets and of course, accessories.

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge

Primark

Primark

Topshop

Topshop

Warehouse

Warehouse

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“Blink” Travels: Brooklyn Tins at Merci, Paris

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

The home and interiors sections at Merci is as inspiring for me as the fashion floors. This visit, Merci was showcasing some stunning trompe l’oeil style wallpaper that I fell hard for. Following on from the gorgeous Piet Hein Eek designed ‘Scrapwood’ wallpaper, the same company, NLXL, have collaborated with Merci to create a beautiful new line of wallpapers called ‘Brooklyn Tins’. This delivers the look of those stunning New York vintage interiors without the seriously hard work of cladding your walls with those embossed plates- if you can even find a source for them. I’m not completely sure this paper will work on my Victorian conversion, but if you inhabit a more spacious, well, space, then get thee Paris quick smart!

NLXL 'Brooklyn Tins' for Merci

NLXL 'Brooklyn Tins' for Merci

NLXL 'Brooklyn Tins' for Merci

NLXL 'Brooklyn Tins' for Merci

For more on our travels, just click here.

“Blink”Inspiration: Marc Jacobs, Resort ’13

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Moving on to the wonder that is Marc Jacobs. The Resort ’13 collection was apparently inspired by Cindy Sherman‘s ‘Clown’ series, and you can really see that in the colour level, proportions and styling, as well as in the way this has been shot. Feeling quite graphically ‘dressing up box’ or costume-like, the bold proportions and energetic textile, pattern and gaudy colour combinations create a really optimistic feeling. I’m sure the execution is so beautiful in real life that any hint of the comic or even dare we say, ugly, would be overwhelmed.

Thanks again to Style.com for the show images.

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

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“Blink” Interviews: Li Edelkoort on Technology

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

We hope that you enjoyed part 1 of our interview with Li Edelkoort. After discovering where Li finds inspiration, we turned to the subject of technology…

“Blink”: the way that we work at “Blink” is very different to how I was working as a designer and forecaster at the start of my career, and that is mainly due to new technology and the internet. How has technology impacted on the way that you work?

Li Edelkoort: access to the internet has hugely deepened the research factor. I really like it. For me it’s like walking along. You come across an image, which leads to a film, which then leads you on to a whole new subject. It is full of amazing traps and diversions.

It may save huge amounts of time, but it can also be very annoying because you just can’t stop!

 

It has also added wonderful new ways of working with our clients, and created new opportunities for us to share information and communicate our ideas. Last year we launched the Trend Tablet. Our aim was to make it a social website, like the Wikipedia of trends where everyone has the opportunity to contribute information. This free site is a place where you can see what the team are interested in and being influenced by, gaining an early insight into emerging trends, watching them evolve and grow. Trend Tablet has also linked in to Pinterest where we have set up some boards reflecting things that we are currently considering and discussing. Anyone can contribute to these boards by emailing us their images, adding to the social aspect of this part of our business.

design & photo by kathy klein

"In Circle(s)" design & photo by Kathy Klein, from 'Collages' on the Trend Tablet site, and also featured on the Pinterest board 'In Circles'

For our post about Trend Tablet, just click here. For more interview posts, click here.

“Blink” Remembers: Vidal Sassoon

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

We were very sad to hear yesterday about the passing of a huge creative talent, Mr Vidal Sassoon. For me, he was the first ‘Designer’ hairdresser that I knew about, with his line of deliciously scented shampoos that I hounded my Mum for in the 80’s, believing they would impart some associated hair fabulousness to me. Well, they didn’t quite turn me into Mia Farrow, but it was the start of a long term love for Vidal Sassoon and his genius.

Here are a few iconic shots of the man and his work.

Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon, Mary Quant

Vidal Sassoon and Mary Quant

an iconic Vidal Sassoon bob

an iconic Vidal Sassoon bob

Vidal Sassoon, Mia Farrow

Vidal Sassoon with Mia Farrow

Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon

“Blink” Retail: Bonjour Iro!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Over the past few season’s I’ve become pretty preoccupied with the new wave of French fashion brands. Its been wonderful to watch an emergence of a whole new level of labels dedicated to a youthful and sexy section of the womenswear market, coming from a fashion destination that is traditionally very staid, high end and rarefied.

My French fancy was first piqued by Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant. Since then a whole host of fashion labels have emerged from Paris to make a striking impact on the fashion world. One of these new(ish) labels that just seems to me to be getting hotter and hotter, is Iro.

This Paris based brand was launched by brothers Laurent and Arik Bitton in 2004, who brought a feel from their music industry background to label. There is a certain ‘rock and roll’ essence to the men’s and women’s collections, via a hefty dose of French fashion sense. It’s cool and a little ‘street’, but in a very chic way.  If you’re in Paris do visit the flagship store on Rue St Sulpice, but you certainly don’t have to travel that far to shop this collection as it’s on ASOS, in Selfridges, Matches, Fenwick and Urban Outfitters.

Iro, Iro SS'12 campaign

SS'12 Iro campaign image

Iro, Iro SS'12 collection

Iro, SS'12

Iro, Iro SS'12 collection

Iro SS'12

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“Blink” Retail: Fashion Prozac, part 2

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The other collection that has caught my eye from all of the great Resort and early Spring drops, is the fabulously fluorescent Christopher Kane collection. Loving his work with J Brand too. This is another collection that fills me with joy, just like the Stella looks we shared with you a little earlier. I think it’s to do with the energy packed in to the pattern and colour combinations. The shapes are graphically simple, allowing the focal point to the be the surface detail, be that the eye popping solid shades or the wonderful rainbow hued print and pattern. The high sheen silver additions add a whole new level of excitement too.

Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection

Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection

Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection

Christopher Kane Resort 2012 collection

Thanks to Style.com for the images.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Fashion Prozac, part 1

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

There are two collections out there right now that, for me, are just like rays of fashion sunshine. Let me share them with you one by one, just to stretch the uplifting effects out a bit.

Firstly lets look at Stella‘s amazing resort collection. I do also love what’s to come when the Spring proper collection drops in fully, but until that point my fantasy shopping list is stuffed with these influential and inspirational looks. Loving the reflected style of the print. Adoring the colour and pattern combinations. I want to actually disappear into that palm fringed scene, but in lieu of that, slipping one of these looks on would do very nicely.

Stella McCartney's Resort 2012 collection

Stella McCartney's Resort 2012 collection

Stella McCartney's Resort 2012 collection

Stella McCartney's Resort 2012 collection

Thanks to Style.com for the images. Watch out for part two of this post.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Pre Fall ’12: Carven

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

So, NYFW kicks off today and there are a few shows we’re really looking forward to seeing. One of my new favourite labels is french brand, Carven, so I’m particularly excited to see what they’ll be showing for A/W ’12. If their pre Fall offer was anything to go by, then we’re in for more 60’s naivety of the Alexa Chung variety. Here are our fav looks from the pre fall collection, via Style.com.

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

“Blink” SS’12: Rochas rocks our world

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I have to say that Rochas isn’t one of the first names that springs to mind when I’m thinking of my favourite labels, or even when I think of the more influential names in the fashion industry. When I spotted this SS’12 show in a couple of the magazine show round ups, I was intrigued and wanted to see more. It was like a wonderfully welcome breath of fresh air during one of my many days spent trawling the show coverage, trying to divine what I’m feeling will evolve into SS’13’s key trends.

Rochas’ artistic director, Marco Zanini described this collection “Like a journey through the vortex of cinema.” Well, if you fall into this particular vortex, you’ll emerge like a Hitchcock heroine who has collided with a large dose of B movie quirkiness. ‘New Look’ silhouettes, refined and classic textile choices, a pastel infused palette and a bonkers floral print were all perfectly accessorised with beehive hairdos and cool, cats eye shades. Well, Mr Zanini, you have a new fan. If I could, I would be a Rochas girl for every day of Spring Summer 2012…

All of the images are from the amazing Style.com. Click here to see their full coverage of this gorgeous show.

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Enjoy! Lucy