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“Blink” Inspiration: Preen, pre-fall 2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

During late December and through January, there has been a steady flow of new looks being shown by many of the most influential labels and designers. These are the pre-Autumn collections, giving us an insight into what we can expect to be seeing more of in the full Autumn Winter collections which will be shown in February. The pre-collections are a rich source of wonderful innovation- even though these looks drop instore at a time when you’re really not quiet emotionally ready to let go of the season you’re enjoying (have a look here for my rant on fashion’s bad timing).

We are going to share some highlights with you from a few of our favourite pre-collections, starting off with Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. A long-standing favourite of ours, and we’ve featured their collections before, so take a look here if you’d like some more background about this label.

This pre-collection is still heavily focused on their strong graphic approach, but their print signature, which usually takes centre stage, is perhaps slightly over-shadowed by the brilliant focus on gorgeous, intense textile combinations. There’s a sporty modernity here too, with some styles referencing classic sportswear shapes, but above all it’s so very feminine but with a wonderfully strength, ensuring that the sometimes quite youthful silhouettes don’t feel at all childish. All show images are from Style.com, with huge thanks.

Preen, pre fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Preen, pre fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Preen, pre fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Preen, pre fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Preen, pre fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Preen, pre fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

We love the Preen website which offers a peek into their world, their inspiration, the music they’re listening to- and through which we also discovered that they have introduced a ‘Mini Preen’ collection. Oh, how gorgeous, but argh, yet another Preen collection for us to look at and think “if only”, as if the mainline wasn’t temptation enough!

the 'Mini Preen' collection shoot. Image from Preen's website

the 'Mini Preen' collection shoot. Image from Preen's website

For more inspirational posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“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.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: A Special Offer to see Trend Union, SS15 presentation

Friday, November 8th, 2013

We are excited to be able to share with you a very special and unique offer. As Blink London is all about information, inspiration and innovation, what could be better than helping you to tap into the expertise of one of the world’s most foremost trend forecasters, Li Edelkoort, and experience one of the most influential and impactful trend events in the fashion calendar? You have probably already read about my absolute adoration of Li, Trend Union and her undeniable gift for divining new fashion and lifestyle trends before they have even fully formed in the general consciousness. If you haven’t yet caught up on my previous posts dedicated to her genius, take a look here.

After that rather effusive intro, you can be sure that there is something rather exciting to follow…

Trend Union SS'15 'Gathering'

Trend Union SS'15 'Gathering'

GATHERING, the Spring / Summer 2015 seasonal trend presentation will take place in the afternoon of the 28th November 2013. This is an event that we look forward to so much, giving the industry a surge of insight and inspiration every six months. If you are interested in forward trends or fashion forecasting then this is an unmissable opportunity and we are very grateful to KM Associates to be able to offer a limited number of Blink readers a special discount on the standard price of £290 plus VAT = £348

BOOKING: contact Geoff@kmauk.com or phone 01923 469009 as soon as you can so that you don’t miss out on this unique offer, and be sure to mention “Blink London”.

Li Edelkoort 'Fetishism in Fashion'

Li Edelkoort 'Fetishism in Fashion'

In the morning of the 28th November 2013, KM Associates will also be hosting the Fetishism in Fashion seminar. Speakers include Lidewij Edelkoort herself, as well as Philip Fimmano, one of her closest creative partners. If you’d like to know more about this incredible exhibition just take a look here.
Standard price tickets are £ 70 plus VAT = £84 includes 183 page Fetishism in Fashion book. But we are delighted to be able to share with you a special Blink readers offer of £25 plus VAT = £30, but this does not include the book. The book can be bought separately on the day for £35, no VAT.

BOOKING: To reserve your places or for more info contact: natalie@kmauk.com or phone: 01923 469509 mentioning “Blink London”.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: SOLIDWOOL at BoB

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Another revisit of the brands we discovered at the Best of Britannia show a couple of weeks back. Hope you enjoyed our post about FAN and Jessica de Lotz. Today we look at SOLIDWOOL.

I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a chair addict. There have been times that my home has looked like some sort of chair showroom. I am working through it and have managed to move on a few fine examples and so we’re down to an acceptable level, but I still indulge my chair love through Pinterest and experience regular chair envy when anywhere graced by a particularly desirable example. That chair envy certainly popped up when I passed the SOLIDWOOL stand.

SOLIDWOOL

SOLIDWOOL

This small but perfectly formed stand showcased a pair of rather fine chairs that have a subtly mid Century feel about them. That in itself was enough to stop me. I then started chatting with one of the founders of SOLIDWOOL and discovered that the chairs were the very beautiful vehicle for a new material that they have developed. SOLIDWOOL is essentially a sustainable and eco friendly version of fibreglass, and therefore could be formed into pretty much any shape that fibreglass is used for. I’m so pleased that they chose such a beautiful chair to start with.

The material is made from wool which is sourced from the Highland sheep farming industry, and in so doing they have created a fresh opportunity for a product that has fallen out of commercial favour and is now almost considered a waste product, which is such a shame for a British based, brilliantly renewable resource. (Well, for anyone of you who follow my Twitter feed you may have seen my PETA inspired rant about the poor treatment of British sheep so I hope that the farmers who supply this resource are shearing their flocks with more care and respect so that we can feel as good about this material as we’d like to…). The fleece is then combined with a high bio content resin, and along with some brilliantly inspired jiggery-pokery (lets not give away all of their secrets!) you have a stunning new material that is both functional and also beautifully showcasing the texture and softly tonal colours of the natural fleece.

All of the production happens in and around Buckfastleigh in Devon, with SOLIDWOOL collaborating with local craftsmen to produce the wooden and metal elements of the chair.

SOLIDWOOL

SOLIDWOOL

This chair is called the Hembury and is available to order at about £450.00 £395.00. I don’t think that’s too steep for a product that is sustainably created, beautifully designed, supporting many diverse British industries and I think is also potentially a design classic. If this concept has inspired you and your brain is now racing with all sorts of other brilliant uses for this amazing new material, then the SOLIDWOOL team are also open to discussing collaborations.

For more lifestyle posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Vintage Ardingly

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Yesterday was Ardingly Antiques Fair. You may have read some of our previous posts about this wonderful event. We were so fortunate to have been bathed in post storm sunshine, although the wellies and the thermal vest were welcome editions to my rather scruffy, dragged-myself-out-of-bed-at-6am outfit.

You never quite know what you’re going to find but we went there with a hopeful list and a tape measure. As it was, I came home with a rather random yet wonderful selection of inspirational and useful/ useless bits and bobs. Last time we were there it seemed to be all about 30′s Deco teamed with a good dose of chalk painted furniture and a strong scattering of reindeer skins (now to be seen in most self respecting homes and interiors stores I might add). This time around there seemed to be a focus on body and soul. By that I mean there were some really wonderful metal medical cabinets, anatomy and organ oriented educational posters and figurines, offset with a rather large number of religious artifacts, from plaster statuettes to fonts and lecterns. Now, when you see your local style emporium touting those as the latest ‘must haves’, remember that you read it here first!

Here’s some shots of some of the lovely stalls and arrangements that particularly caught our eyes. I hope you find some inspiration in them because we certainly have.

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

Ardingly

For more inspiration, just take a gander here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Jessica de Lotz at BoB

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A couple of weeks back we headed over to the Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell. Aside from being a gorgeous space, it was the location for the second Best of Britannia exhibition. This event is an opportunity for brands founded and made in Britain to celebrate their creativity, individuality, achievements and brilliance. From cars, through iconic furniture brands to unique accessories this is a showcase of ingenuity and clarity of vision. Perhaps you recall our post about last year’s event, about the brilliant Blodwen?

Best of Britannia, 2013

Best of Britannia, 2013

We’d like to kick off our highlights from this event with a look at Jessica de Lotz jewellery collection. The stand looked like a mini version of our favourite kind of shop; one that’s filled with beautifully quirky selection of creative treasures and evocative ephemera. The scene was particularly set by the stuffed squirrel seated on his own throne on the counter, stuffed by de Lotz herself!

Jessica de Lotz at Best of Britannia

Jessica de Lotz at Best of Britannia

Jessica de Lotz at Best of Britannia

Jessica de Lotz at Best of Britannia

Jessica de Lotz at Best of Britannia

Jessica de Lotz at Best of Britannia

Jessica de Lotz collection of jewellery is made from silver or silver plated with rose of yellow gold, or solid gold for those after the ultimate indulgence. All pieces are handmade in her Clerkenwell studio. De Lotz aesthetic is informed by her passion for flea market and antique fair discoveries, with recent collections being inspired by antique wax seals and a collection of vintage love letters found in France. Every single piece seems filled with its own history, careworn by years of love and marked with heartfelt significance and symbolism. Here are some of our favourites from these collections, and if you’d like to see more have a look at Jessica de Lotz’ website.

Fortnums 19th Century seal chain earrings, Jessica de Lotz

Fortnums 19th Century seal chain earrings, Jessica de Lotz

Fortnums 19th century seal Friendship ring, Jessica de Lotz

Fortnums 19th century seal Friendship ring, Jessica de Lotz

Handcuff necklace, Jessica de Lotz

Handcuff necklace, Jessica de Lotz

Rose heart hoop earrings, Jessica de Lotz

Rose heart hoop earrings, Jessica de Lotz

For more on accessories, have a look here, and keep an eye out for more from Best of Britannia…

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Classic Car Boot Sale

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Did you make it to the Classic Car Boot Sale on the Southbank on Saturday after us tempting you along with our post last week? I do hope so, as it was a small but perfectly formed affair that would have delighted any vintage car lovers, any vintage clothes lovers, and vintage music lovers, any vintage ‘stuff’ lovers, anyone who likes food, alcohol and a bargain. All of you then? Yes, we thought so! Congrats to the Hemingway Designs/ Vintage team for pulling off another pearler.

Here’s a few highlights which I hope manage to capture some of the atmosphere…

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

Oh, and as a final word, apologies to anyone that I flashed when attempting to slip into that 50′s frock without the use of a changing room…

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Altered Perspectives, from Paris to New York

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

This post is about a story of discovery. You know, being a designer, forecaster, blogger, nosey parker I’m constantly semi-aware of visual prompts around me. You never quite know what they may mean or represent, but you know you like them because they ring a little bell in your heart.  It may sound prosaic, but it’s true. As I tell my students, inspiration is everywhere so you need to be ready to catch it. Like being a manic butterfly catcher with a net constantly poised, but in fact it’s far less exhausting than that, and involving far more time on Pinterest than is perhaps healthy.

One of these journeys of discovery started during my trip to Paris in September. Did you read about our lovely hotel in yesterday’s post? When on my pilgrimage to the Isabel Marant shop in Le Marais, I spotted these plates in the window of The Collection. They are the work of Little Owl, who are Amsterdam based creative duo Bruce Wayland and Marcello De Simone. Under the title ‘Altered Perspectives’, these artists have worked with vintage plates sourced from markets in France, Belgium and Holland, combining them with painted canvas. Each plate is perfectly unique, with the silhouette and original pattern all impacting on how they are reworked and reinvented.

'Altered Perspectives' by Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland

'Altered Perspectives' by Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland

'Altered Perspectives' by Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland

'Altered Perspectives' by Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland

'Altered Perspectives' by Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland

'Altered Perspectives' by Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland

'Altered Perspectives' by Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland

'Altered Perspectives' by Marcello De Simone and Bruce Wayland

In and of themselves, these are just beautiful and bursting with inspiration. However, as this is about a journey, I’ll share the next step with you. I was cruising around Pinterest and came across this image pinned by the super stylish Garance Dore, and it resonated with me and I felt it reflected the same feeling of combined materials, hidden imagery, transformed artwork.

'Without a Doubt Part 2' Oliver Jeffers

'Without a Doubt Part 2' Oliver Jeffers

This then lead me into a bit of googling about the artist, Oliver Jeffers and I found out that most of this New York based, Northern Irish artist’s work is in the creation of wonderfully innovative picture books, and this video is a great introduction to him and his work.

At this point, you might be thinking “Well, what’s this got to do with fashion?” To what I may answer “What are you asking me for?”. Seriously though, interpretation is in the eye of the creative and there is no single, definitive answer. As a designer this inspiration source could lead to multiple interpretations of semi coated materials, dip dyed or colour blocked looks, combinations of traditional with modern, pattern upon pattern, layered styling and, and, and, and this is why I love research!

For more posts about inspiration, take a look here and start your own journey.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Mirjana-Mira Maodus

Friday, October 11th, 2013

We spotted these on a recent trip to Paris, as we dashed around Le Marais, trying to avoid the lashing rain. Even during a rain-soaked sprint, something inspirational cannot escape our eagle eye skills and stop us in our tracks. These paintings were in a small gallery/ art shop just around the corner from Merci (favourite shop blah blah in the world blah blah love that place blah blah). They remind me of what’s been happening in fashion print and pattern recently, combining something graphic and linear with something that is painterly and subtly textural. I also absolutely love the colour combinations.

Maodus

Maodus

Maodus

Maodus

Maodus

Maodus

From what I have managed to discover, the artist is Mirjana-Mira Maodus. That’s about all I have found out, as I haven’t been able to track down any sort of biography. If you know any more about this artist, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

For more inspirational posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Tate Britain gets LOUD!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Most day’s I wish I was still 25, but on Saturday 21st September, I will be wishing especially hard, and it’s all Tate Britain‘s fault…

That’s because the 21st is when the Tate kicks off BP Saturdays: LOUD Tate. It’s a free annual art and music event curated by by young creatives, especially for 15 – 25 year olds. The day will feature live performances, workshops and film screenings throughout the gallery inspired by Tate Britain’s new chronological approach to their displays, alongside the idea of contrast between the past and present. Live acts include Clean Bandit, Hackney Colliery Band, and Amplify Dot. Okay, as much as I love Clean Bandit and Amplify Dot, I’m most excited about Hackney Colliery Band. These guys present their latest modern brass, techno and hip hop covers by bringing the tradition of a marching band straight into the 21st century. How amazingly bonkers does that sound?

Hackney Colliery Band will perform at BP Saturdays: LOUD Tate

Hackney Colliery Band will perform at BP Saturdays: LOUD Tate

There’s the chance to work with fashion bloggers, putting together your own unique look in response to fashion within Tate collection and have your style photographed. Artist Lauren Baker’s interactive workshop will transform John Everett Millais’ Ophelia (a personal favourite) into a 3D art installation by altering her last moments using a glittering range of materials from gems to bones. Stylistix perform a series of random freestyling encounters and tutorials where you can pick up tips from one of London’s foremost dance acts. And all of that is just the tip of the Tate’s iceberg! Oh, and did I mention that this is all free?

If you want to know more, information and listings can be found here. You can also follow #loudtate on Twitter @tatecollectives, Tumblr Facebook and Instagram

Enjoy! Lucy