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Fashion Forecasting from Blink London: Resilience

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Yesterday on the blog we focussed our forecasting view on altruism. Today we have a new forecast focus…Resilience, fashion forecasting, 2016 fashion trends, Blink London, fashion blog

resilience

rɪˈzɪlɪəns

noun

the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. The capability to recover size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress. An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

Resilience is a good quality to foster in yourself, perfect to deal with the stresses of life in general when you look closely at the definition. It’s that elasticity element that is key here. Resilience is not a rigid, hard thing. As a designer in the fashion industry I know first hand about resilience. It’s quite a tough call having to present your ideas to scrutiny by committee. You have to be flexible, open-minded and of course brave, but above all you must be resilient as you’ll have to get up in front of that same committee time after time.

From a brand perspective, resilience equals longevity, and again that flexibility is key. Take the stresses and pressure of a changing environment, competition and customer and allow those things to help shape you, strengthen you, keep you on your toes, clarify your beliefs and character. Fluidity, openness, responsiveness all sit perfectly well within our view of resilience.

From a product view, resilience is a must. We don’t mean that everything must be tough and strong. Who wants a silk blouse that feels like a pair of jeans? Resilience is about creating product that will work through more than just a passing fashion fad. Considerate design, a view to your brands values and the reality of wear should all combine to create product that is fit for purpose, and perhaps even has that ‘after purpose’ re-purposing or ‘afterlife’ concept planned in too.

We hope that you are enjoying our fresh take on forecasting for this season, feeling the picture we are starting to build. There will be another piece added to this puzzle tomorrow. In the meantime, for more forecasting posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink London reviews Pre Fall 2016 collections

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The fashion industry is a constantly forward-moving entity, permanently shaping the future in the image defined by a select set of highly creative minds. That sounds pretty heavy right? Well, it is heavy from the perspective that this is a global business that is worth a huge amount of money to many, many people. In direct contrast, this is light as a thought, fleeting as a feeling, as fluid as satin. This is the stuff of dreams turned in to reality. Fashion’s influencers delve deep in to their psyches to divine how we’ll be feeling in the year ahead and how we will want to express that in the most visible way possible- through the way we dress. These are some of the reasons why I never, ever, ever tire of this amazing industry.

Now I can be sure that my fashion passion is absolutely continually fuelled as the inter-season collections are becoming more and more significant and diverse. Even though this has been the case for several annual fashion circuits, I am still usually caught by surprise when the pre Autumn collections pop up on Vogue Runway. Well, it’s just happened again but this time I was more prepared, readier to do a little bit of time travel into next July and August. Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing my highlights from these recent pre-Fall 2016 collections with you.

Kicking things off, here’s my one favourite look from Bottega Veneta.

Bottega Veneta pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

Bottega Veneta pre-Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue

I chose this single image from their collection as it sums up many of the things that are looking strongest across many of the pre-Fall collections:

  • maxi length
  • still a 70’s feeling
  • large scale geometric colour blocking
  • lots of shades of red
  • a softly smart feeling

Watch out for more posts featuring our choices from some of the key collections. For more inspiration in the meantime, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Fashion Forecasting for the year ahead…

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

So, as 2015 draws to a close, our thoughts turn to the year ahead. We have already seen what fashion’s biggest labels think we should be wearing for Spring Summer 2016, as well as a little preview of Autumn Winter 2016 through the pre-collections which have just been shown. Elle.com shared insight in to what inspired some designer’s Spring 2016 collections which is lovely to look at against what actually hit the catwalks. The fashion forecasting houses are way past 2016 already of course, as are most fashion designers, but before we shoot too far in to the future there are some very interesting changes afoot in the world of fashion which we have been pondering…

Missoni pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Missoni pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Where is Raf going and what is going to happen at Dior? How long can Gucci sustain their new geeky chic direction and what else does new creative director, Alessandro Michele, got up his sleeve? How will Balenciaga‘s appointment of Demna Gvasalia, formerly of Vetements, impact on the brand’s aesthetic? Will we all be 3D printing our own clothes any time soon? How will the high street compete with the growth and diversification of the online shopping experience?

Gucci pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Gucci pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

And perhaps most importantly of all, what on earth will the Kardashians do next to in order to keep hold of our undivided attention? Well, I think their impact on the global psyche was very well reflected in the utter fashion mayhem caused by the H&M x Balmain collaboration. Crikey, that Olivier Rousteing knows how to work his celebrity smothered intagram account with supreme skill, featuring his Kardashian/West/Jenner bezzies on a regular basis. Not that long ago the general high street fashion shopping populous would most probably been totes unaware of Balmain as a brand, and now they are knocking each other to the ground for this collab collection in a mosh pit style frenzy!

Kendall Jenner modelling Balmain x H&M. Image swiped from Pinterest with thanks

Kendall Jenner modelling Balmain x H&M. Image swiped from Pinterest with thanks

Well this leads us on to another interesting question. Who on earth can follow up that H&M collaboration? The joy of these collabs is not lost on me. I am a proud repeat wearer of several bits bought from the Stella collab, the Marant collab and the Margiela collab (although no one was injured in my purchasing of those items). I came across this interesting article putting some odds on potential designers who may or may not be under official H&M consideration. Who will you put your money on?

For more fashion inspiration to get your brains swirling just like ours, look here. If you’re after shopping news in particular, then you should look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Liberty London launches The Chesham Cabinet Collection

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Liberty London's Chesham Cabinet Collection, Arthur Liberty

Liberty London’s Chesham Cabinet Collection, Arthur Liberty

The other week we were delighted to be invited to Liberty Interiors new collection launch. The Chesham Cabinet Collection has been inspired by some of the world’s finest ‘cabinet houses’ and dolls houses.

Queen Mary's Dolls House, Windsor Castle

Queen Mary’s Dolls House, Windsor Castle

We met with some of the Liberty London designers who told us how they were so inspired by the scale play and intense detailing, craft and workmanship found in these amazing dolls houses. They translated that inspiration in to a stunning collection of new interiors textiles designs translated across velvets, linen, wallpaper and even Scottish made, luxurious woollen blankets.

It was wonderful to see the mini room sets created by the Liberty team, but my absolute highlight was being able to see the original, hand-painted artworks for these designs, painstakingly created by Liberty’s textile designers. No computerised design work here!

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection. Close up

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Thanks so much to the Liberty Interiors team who were so generous with their time. Wonderful to be able to see the whole creative journey behind these stunning new designs, and wonderful to see how such a recognisable heritage brand continues to innovate.

For more interiors inspiration, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

‘The History of Modern Fashion’ on Blink London’s Christmas Wish List

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
The History of Modern Fashion by Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl, published by Laurence King

The History of Modern Fashion by Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl, published by Laurence King

Did you catch our review of David Downton’s newest book? If you are still after more Christmas gift inspiration for the fashion obsessive in your life, then this is the perfect addition to your shopping list. ‘The History of Modern Fashion’ is another recently published title from Laurence King, and so you have every chance that your giftee won’t already own it!

Now this is a beautiful book visually, gorgeously glossy and reassuringly hefty, with wonderfully inspirational images on every page, making it an engaging coffee table number- but if your fashion friend is serious about their chosen subject this is sure to satisfy their enquiring mind. Starting with the period that the authors call ‘The Dawn of Modern Clothing’ between 1850 to 1890, this book then takes you on a thoroughly researched and deeply informative journey, decade by decade, right up to the 2000’s.

'The History of Modern Fashion', the 1920s

‘The History of Modern Fashion’, the 1920s

'The History of Modern Fashion', the 1960s

‘The History of Modern Fashion’, the 1960s

'The History of Modern Fashion', the 1990s

‘The History of Modern Fashion’, the 1990s

As a fashion history geek, I can honestly say that I haven’t come across such a thorough and yet accessible look at this subject in a very long time. Fabulous work Daniel James Cole (History of Fashion teacher at FIT and New York University) and Nancy Deihl (Director of the MA program in Costume Studies at New York University).

For more Christmas gift ideas, and more besides, take a look at our ‘retail’ category.

Enjoy! Lucy

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Alexander Calder at Tate Modern, mid century art, London, art exhibition, Tate, fashion blog, Blink London

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

On Monday I was invited to preview the Alexander Calder exhibition at Tate Modern. It’s hectic at Blink Towers, what with launching Bella Illustrations and a couple of very exciting design projects we’re working on (top secret!) but nothing was going to stop me from catching this show. I am a mid century design nut, and as such this is a key exhibition to see- as is the Eames exhibition at the Barbican which we’re hitting up later today. So, pretty much I am in mid century inspiration heaven right now!

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern, mid century art, London, art exhibition, Tate, fashion blog, Blink London

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

This exhibition is wonderfully spacious. Not just in a literal way because I doubt these rooms will rarely be this empty, but more kind of emotionally… That’s because calder’s work is so spaciously airy, both occupying space but also working so wonderfully with empty space in between the elements of his work. I have always adored the mobiles that Calder created, but there is so much more to his work too. It was a joy to discover his simplistic, bent wire forms as well as those works that feel like 3D paintings, emerging from a wall mounted canvas.

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern, mid century art, London, art exhibition, Tate, fashion blog, Blink London

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern, mid century art, London, art exhibition, Tate, fashion blog, Blink London

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern

The forms are fluid yet strong, bold and simplistic but also wonderfully complex in the way that they change as you move around them and they move in space too, as shown by my rather wobbly, speeded up view of this kinetic sculpture moving very subtly in the ambient breeze within the gallery. The shadows of these works are as much part of this exhibition as the work itself, adding a further impression on the gallery walls and floors. As you move through the exhibition, starting with those groups of work that I knew less and moving towards the Calder signature style that I know best, so I knew that the mobiles were coming up, but nothing could quite prepare me for their beauty. My oh my oh my…

Firstly there’s the scale to consider, and even though these are utterly light and delicate some of the mobiles are actually quite large. Next is the fact that the elements on the mobiles are hand painted or hand crafted so there is a subtle level of texture that you can see as these move in the light. Then there the fact that these have been suspended with such care, grace and balance. Something that at first sight is rather simple perhaps become utterly enchanting. I decided to post videos of these two large mobiles to try and share with you the movement, subtle though it is in these clips, as that is what this work is all about. Calder called them ‘preforming sculpture’ and this is descriptive perfection.

This exhibition is open from today until 3rd April next year so you have no excuses! Book yourself a ticket ASAP. All the details can be found on the Tate’s website.  For more inspirational events featured on the Blink London blog, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

David Downton ‘Portraits of the World’s Most Stylish Women’ on Blink London’s Christmas Wish List

Friday, November 6th, 2015
David Downton 'Portraits of the Wold's Most Stylish Women', published by Laurence King

David Downton ‘Portraits of the Wold’s Most Stylish Women’, published by Laurence King

Are you already compiling your Christmas gift shopping list? We are here to help, well only if you are shopping exclusively for fashionable, style conscious people with exquisitely good taste!

The first item on our list is this wonderful new book, ‘Portraits of the World’s Most Stylish Women’, featuring the work of world renowned, intensely gifted fashion illustrator and portraitist David Downton. Through over 170 drawings collection from over 16 years worth of work, Downton shares with us his portraits of some of the world’s most iconic and stylish women. Interspersed with the images are some wonderful insights from Downton.

Even if the person you are planning to gift this book to already has an extensive collection of fashion books (like me), I feel sure they’ll find space for this gorgeously, glossy number (like me!). Not only will they appreciate the book itself, they will surely also consider you even more fabulously stylish than ever before as the genius that bought them this!

David Downton 'Portraits of the Wold's Most Stylish Women', published by Laurence King

David Downton ‘Portraits of the Wold’s Most Stylish Women’, published by Laurence King

David Downton 'Portraits of the Wold's Most Stylish Women', published by Laurence King

David Downton ‘Portraits of the Wold’s Most Stylish Women’, published by Laurence King

Watch out for what’s next on our gifting list! Happy shopping!

Enjoy! Lucy

Petite Meller is a special Blink #MusicMonday

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Petite Meller, image swiped from her Bandcamp page with thanks, french music, new music, music blog, Blink London

Petite Meller, image swiped from her Bandcamp page with thanks

Today we feature not one but two videos in a #MusicMonday feature that is a bit of a departure from the Blink London norm. This time I must admit that the music is secondary to the artist as far as our decision to feature Petite Meller, a wee French style sensation.

I’m in love with Petite Meller’s style; and what a cute, nutty and fabulous style it is! Her videos look like a Tim Walker shoot come to life. From her makeup and styling to the crazy, weird dance routines. Her gangly silhouette teamed with those ‘naive meets pop art’ outfits adds a strange kind of childishness to her look- but then her stance, attitudes and expressions feel rather ‘knowing’. And oh those pink cheeks!

She is a shot of sunshine to both your eyes and your ears. To make sure that you can see just why we are so engaged by her, here are Petite’s two latest releases, Baby Love and Barbaric.

Are you in love too now after watching those two videos? For more of our musical posts, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Fashion Trend Analysis, SS’16: shoulder focus

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Another summary from the Spring Summer 2016 catwalk shows. Hope you liked our previous  post looking at all of the gorgeous frills and ruffles. This time we look at silhouette and the new focus area is the shoulder line. This was a shape change adopted by a hugely diverse selection of designers across all four fashion capitals. That is a perfect indication that this will be something that will have a major impact on all levels of fashion, even though it is a pretty directional shape change.

SS'16 Trend Analysis- shoulder focus by Blink London, Creative Consultancy, fashion trends, fashion forecasting, fashion blog, Lucy Williams

SS’16 Trend Analysis- Shoulder Focus by Blink London

It’s all about the sloped, curvaceous, dropped shoulder which takes the eye almost from neckline to elbow in one sweeping line. This immediately made me think of a very early Victorian silhouette, and I think this image swiped from Pinterest indicates it really beautifully.

The Victorian soft shoulder silhouette, image from Pinterest with thanks, fashion inspiration, vintage fashion, fashion trends, fashion blog, Blink London

The Victorian soft shoulder silhouette, image from Pinterest with thanks

It’s lovely to see fashion delving further back in history for inspiration as we’ve recently been pretty preoccupied with eras that I have actually lived through (depressing!), and I do love a good bit of fashion history.

We’ll be dropping a couple more of these summaries soon, giving you an insight in to the work we do for our international fashion industry clients. The SS’16 show images have been swiped from Vogue, with huge thanks.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: SS’16 Trend Analysis, Frills

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

This is the first in a series of posts where we share with you our insights into some of the biggest prevailing trends from the SS’16 shows. We have looked closely at every show from New York, London, Milan and now Paris (still going with Chanel happening today at the Grand Palais). As a fashion forecaster you look for repetitive themes in colour, mood, reference points, fabrications, colour, pattern, atmosphere, silhouette, detailing. From that we try to divine what we can anticipate as being the strongest looks to expect to be adopted by the fashion industry as a whole, from top to bottom. Here is a unique insight in to what we have identified, showing you information that would usually be reserved for our fashion industry clients. You lucky fashionista you!

We are starting with a spotlight on frills and ruffles. Mostly these are light, full of movement, feminine and delicate, feeling exuberant and airy, as seen at Dries, Erdem and Gucci. In other looks we see this form taking a more sculptural feel where the frills and ruffles have been shaped from more structured, firm materials creating a strong and striking silhouette, still feminine but with a bolder, more determined attitude, like we have seen from Delpozo or Lanvin.

SS'16 Trend Analysis- Frills by Blink London, Creative Consultancy, fashion trends, fashion forecasting, fashion blog, Lucy Williams

SS’16 Trend Analysis- Frills by Blink London, Creative Consultancy

Images with huge thanks to the show coverage on Vogue. For more on fashion inspiration, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy