Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

“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

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort’15, Rochas

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Rochas is a fashion house with a long and illustrious history. Their reputation is for tasteful and quietly fashionable clothes, worn by sophisticated and elegant women. Well, those elegant ladies can certainly still shop here, but they will be embracing a modern take on the Rochas handwriting. This is the second collection from the houses new Artistic Director, Alessandro Dell’Aqua and we think it is the perfect blend of futuristic and vintage. Welcome to the new age of elegance.

Those sculptural shapes and the brave use of ultra bright colour set against chic nude shades is a huge success in our opinion, feeling both couture and freshly youthful.

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

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

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

Rochas, 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, Burberry

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Next on our Resort ’15 agenda is Burberry. The inter-season collections always seem to rely heavily on the brand’s iconic styles, and then there’s none of the catwalk hoopla that the seasonal shows have. At times, that may have lead me to only give the Resort and pre-Autumn collections a cursory look. Well, this collection definitely drew my attention. Diverse, creative and full of innovation, this is a stunning collection that both reinforces the label’s character but also expresses Bailey’s utterly artistic approach. Do have a look at the LCM show from yesterday to see that artistic streak in absolutely full flow.

Here are our highlights from the womenswear collection, and we again see gorgeous textural textile manipulations, scale-play and clean lines- but with a good helping of a delicate femininity too.

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

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

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

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

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

Burberry, 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, 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

For more inspirational posts, just take a look here.

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