Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

“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

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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

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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

“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

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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