Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: Heidi Klein choose the One Piece

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Thanks to the Heidi Klein team for contributing their prediction for 2015:

“Our predictions for 2015 are that One Piece’s are going to be big. Whether it’s a classic chic style or a nautical striped number, the One Piece will make you feel gorgeous whilst away on travels.”

Here are some of their key one piece styles from the current Heidi Klein collection…

CORELLI eyelet one piece, from Heidi Klein

CORELLI eyelet one piece, from Heidi Klein

HONFLEUR bandeau one piece, from Heidi Klein

HONFLEUR bandeau one piece, from Heidi Klein

Tanzania Ubar One piece, from Heidi Klein

Tanzania Ubar One piece, from Heidi Klein

More predictions for 2015 to come so do keep looking.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Linley’s new future classics

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Following on from yesterday’s prediction post about all things golden, we felt it was the perfect time to share with you this truly stunning new piece from Linley. We were invited to get to know more about this wonderful British business, founded by David Linley and best known for working with heritage inspired, stunningly crafted, marquetry detailed wood furniture. In fact there is so much more to this brand.

I has honoured to meet the heads of the design and development team who showed me some incredibly surprising and utterly stunning new look pieces that were specifically created to be shown at Masterpiece. These are indeed absolutely masterpieces, and our favourite is this Silhouette Chair.

Linley's Silhouette Chair

Linley’s Silhouette Chair

Linley's Silhouette chair

Linley’s Silhouette chair

Linley's Silhouette chair

Linley’s Silhouette chair

Created from a stunningly ergonomically shaped, single sheet of copper that has been hand hammered by craftsmen who usually work on restoring and rebuilding the panelling on classic cars. That is then wrapped in the softest, neutrally toned analine leather. This almost floats on the hand finished walnut frame which is finished with an angular copper stretcher, reflecting and mirroring the beautifully undulating seat panel.

The overall feel is both modern and somewhat mid century, and also utterly innovative. This is what craft means to us and this is how companies founded on traditional techniques will keep those deeply gifted and painstakingly trained craftspeople in business, pushing those traditional techniques in new directions, working with new materials and delivering innovative design. To celebrate the intense and amazing processes that went into this product, here are some ‘in the making’ shots to show that copper seat panel being constructed.

Linley's Silhouette chair 'in the making'

Linley’s Silhouette chair ‘in the making’

Linley's Silhouette chair 'in the making'

Linley’s Silhouette chair ‘in the making’

Linley's Silhouette chair 'in the making'

Linley’s Silhouette chair ‘in the making’

Thanks so much to all of the Linley team who gave me so much of their time. It was an utterly inspiring experience.

For more lifestyle posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: A Golden Year

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

We have all been indulging in metallics for a few seasons now, and that will continue. If you are anything like us at Blink Towers, a little sparkle goes a long way (but a lot is always the best choice). Silver is the metallic fall-back position as it can almost be considered a neutral. We also like a holographic feeling, rainbow tinted finish. However, for 2015 it’s all about a golden glow. From full on bright fools gold to paler, softer or duller antique shades. Embracing rose gold, bronze and copper for the warmest, prettiest and perhaps even the more sophisticated side of this story.

We will wear it and live in it, be surrounded by it and bask in it. Yes, 2015 will indeed be a golden year.

image with thanks to Pinterest, golden balloons

image with thanks to Pinterest

A Golden Year: How we will wear it. Images with thanks to Pinterest

A Golden Year: How we will wear it. Images with thanks to Pinterest

A Golden Year: How we will live with it. Images with thanks to Pinterest

A Golden Year: How we will live with it. Images with thanks to Pinterest

We hope that you found yesterday’s prediction thought-provoking. There will be more over the weeks ahead so keep looking.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: The Fashion Afterlife

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

As we promised you this morning, we are kicking off the year with some predictions for the year ahead. Some will be big, far reaching statements and others will be small and very focussed but no less significant.

I’m starting with a theme that we have been looking at and discussing for quite some time. We are calling it ‘The Fashion Afterlife’.  We hope that you all embracing the trend towards mending rather than binning your garments. There are many brands, mostly better-end menswear outwear, sportswear or footwear labels, that offer customers a repair or refurnish service. I hope to see more of this in 2015. How great would it be to see Topshop hosting ‘Make Do and Mend’ sewing circles with skilled menders teaching how to darn, patch or mend your Toppers favourites?

Image with thanks to Pinterest. Make do and mend with elbow patches on your knitwear.

Image with thanks to Pinterest

We have to slow down this rabid consumption somehow, and wouldn’t you have a higher regard and a bit more love for those old jeans if you’d invested some time in searching out just the right patch to cover up that tear you made when spinning out post tequila slammer? We need to build that stronger relationship with our clothes to make us cherish them, care for them and ultimately wear them for longer so we are each buying less frequently and certainly never again turning a tee into a duster because the hem fell down.

Image with thanks to Pinterest. A patched and mended collar

Image with thanks to Pinterest

As part of their utterly integrated approach to being a thoroughly sustainable brand, Patagonia have teamed up with IFIXIT to create some easy to follow instructions on how to mend some of their key products. On the Patagonia website, they also have a great page to ‘help make sure that your gear has a long, interesting life. as they put it. It would be wonderful in 2015 to see more brands, great and small, take on this approach to increasing product durability and longevity without negatively affecting aesthetics. It is more than possible.

But what about when your product is beyond the healing powers of needle and thread? How will you give your old faithful an ethical and sustainable end-of-life experience? Well, we think that this is where the real newness comes in. Your first stop is obviously to take unwanted garments to your local charity shop. However, if you are letting it go because it’s beyond all hope of resuscitation, then that’s not an option. Back to Patagonia again, who offer a recycling service for their products that have reached this stage in their lifecycle. Just brilliant.

Image with thanks to Pinterest. Mended, patched and darned denim jeans

Image with thanks to Pinterest

How amazing would it be to buy a product that comes with an end of life plan already built in? What if brands worked in a really in-depth, sustainable way that encompassed the whole of the products lifecycle, from fibre to even beyond its final gasp of wearability. What if your product came with a promise to provide you with access to information on how to best care for it, protect it and mend it above and beyond those graphic symbols that show you how to wash a thing like Patagonia do? What if you could have the option of returning it to the manufacturer who would then deconstruct it and recycle or re-use all of the elements because they are making future product using the same trims or fibre composition? Or perhaps they have partnered with a company that makes something completely else but that needs your old garments to recycle and remake back into a cup or a bottle or part of a shoe?

We believe that this whole lifecycle and afterlife will be considered and planned in, accessible and soon enough, normal for all of us to engage with. What an exciting prospect for 2015. One thing is sure, if you demand it then it will happen sooner and as far as those that know are concerned, sooner is the only option…

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Atterley Road’s #ARWOMAN

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Do you follow us on Instagram? No? Then do it now! You have missed the brilliant Atterley Road campaign which is being linked together with the Instagram hashtag #ARWOMAN. The #ARWOMAN is someone who is inspirational, innovative, a bit different to the crowd. She is empowering and empowered.

I chose the wonderful Dilys Williams, founder of The Centre for Sustainable Fashion. One recent project has seen Dilys has worked with Kering to bring them in to partnership with London College of Fashion. The aim is to highlight sustainable practices across the college, ensuring that the next generation of fashion industry leaders will seamlessly integrate this critical issue into their own practices when they graduate. You can read more about that here. An absolutely worthy #ARWOMAN nominee I think you’ll agree.

I have to say, although Dilys was an obvious choice, I am privileged to say that I am actually surrounded by amazing women who could all qualify for the #ARWOMAN hashtag. As this is a week of posts dedicated to healthy living, you may be wondering how this fits in. Without any doubt, to live a posetive and happy life, you must be surrounded by positive and happy people. And that, dear reader, is what these amazing women do for me on a daily basis.

You are an #ARWOMAN, Atterley Road, inspirational women

You are an #ARWOMAN

To all of you wonderful ladies who have all lifted me up, inspired me and empowered me by example, I say thank you. Some of you are only now with me in my heart, but your positive influence on my life will never be forgotten. You are all the #ARWOMAN.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Erdem at The Communications Store’s SS’15 Press Day

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Thanks to TCS for the invitation. It was great to get up close and personal with so many wonderful brands. We want to share with you some shots of our favourite finds from the event, kicking off with the beauty that is the Erdem  SS’15 collection.

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

The shades and this beautiful notebook were a lovely addition to Erdem’s offer, but  for me the highlight has to be this wonderful dress. I need someone to propose to me immediately because I think this could be my ideal wedding dress.

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

Erdem SS'15

Erdem SS’15

When looking up links for this piece, we came across this lovely short preview film for the pre-Spring collection.

Watch out for more to come from the TCS event. For other events that we’ve posted about, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Allen Jones RA at the RA

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

On 13th November the Royal Academy of Arts with open their first major Allen Jones exhibition since 1995. Jones is a ground-breaking and highly respected artist who was a key member of the British Pop art movement. To celebrate his career the RA will be showing over 80 works, including paintings, sculpture and his iconic furniture works from the late 60s. There will also be some new works created especially for this exhibition, which is particularly exciting.

One of the most recognisable and recurrent themes in Jones’ work is his fascination with the female form, often expressed in a highly erotic, glamorous, seductive and idealised way. His approach is part hyper-real, part graphic poster art, part cinematic. The forms across all elements of his work are clean, rhythmic and elegant, even when translated into the controversially sexual pieces like ‘Hat Stand’ (1969), ‘Table’ (1969) and ‘Chair’ (1969).

Allen Jones RA First Step, 1966 Oil on canvas, 92 x 92 cm LONDON, COLLECTION ALLEN JONES © Allen Jones Image courtesy of the artist

Allen Jones RA
First Step, 1966
Oil on canvas, 92 x 92 cm
LONDON, COLLECTION ALLEN JONES
© Allen Jones
Image courtesy of the artist

Allen Jones RA Stand In, 1991/2 Oil on plywood and fibreglass, 185 x 185 x 63 cm Banbury, Private Collection Image courtesy of the artist © Allen Jones

Allen Jones RA
Stand In, 1991/2
Oil on plywood and fibreglass, 185 x 185 x 63 cm
Banbury, Private Collection
Image courtesy of the artist
© Allen Jones

Allen Jones RA Hat Stand, 1969 Mixed media, 191 x 108 x 40 cm Private collection, London     Image courtesy the artist /  © Allen Jones

Allen Jones RA
Hat Stand, 1969
Mixed media, 191 x 108 x 40 cm
Private collection, London
Image courtesy the artist / © Allen Jones

The exhibition will offer a thorough view of the journey that Allen Jones has taken as an artist, from his earliest work from the beginning of the 60’s, right through to recent works including a portrait of Kate Moss.

 

Exhibition details:

Opens: Thursday 13 November 2014 until Sunday 25 January 2015, 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm), and on Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)

Admission: £11.50 full price (£10 without Gift Aid donation); concessions available; children under 16 andFriends of the RA go free.

Tickets are available daily at the RA or online at www.royalacademy.org.uk.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: LCF x Kering

Friday, October 31st, 2014

On Wednesday evening I was invited to a very exciting event at LCF. This was the inaugural talk to announce, explain and celebrate the groundbreaking partnership between Kering (previously known as PPR) and the London College of Fashion/ Centre for Sustainable Fashion. This is a game-changer, and one that we have been waiting for within the fashion industry. It also has the potential to reach far beyond the fashion industry and influence global business, lifestyles, consumer behaviours and the way we integrate sustainable practices into our daily lives. That is how exciting this is.

As Kering Chairman and CEO, François-Henri Pinault put it at the event, this is a “social and economic imperative” and “we have no choice but to act”.

I learnt a huge amount about the great work that Kering is undertaking across every facet of its business, and here’s the video that we saw on Wednesday night for you to gain an insight into their very thorough and innovative approach too.

I will share more with you about this event and the partnership over the next week so keep an eye out for the upcoming posts. In the meantime, huge congratulations to Professor Frances Corner, Head of LCF and to Professor Dilys Williams, Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion. This is the result of their hard work and dedication to starting a necessary revolution that requires every single one of us to participate. I’m in. Are you?

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Delpozo SS’15

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

One of my favourite fashion moments is when I come across a look that I love and it’s from a label that I don’t know. This is just what happened with Delpozo and their SS’15 show. I’m thinking that if this label is news to me, then it might be news to some of you too.

Delpozo is actually a Spanish label with a long and illustrious history founded in the 70’s by Jesús del Pozo. After his death in 2011, Josep Font stepped in as the brand’s new Creative Director. Since then he has established a new fashion fan base, a new aesthetic and new international success for Delpozo.  The SS’15 collection is innovatively beautiful, exploring form and density, decoration and minimalism. I think that you can see Font’s interest in architecture in the beautifully sculptural shapes. There is also an undeniably Spanish feel to this Madrid based label which feels similar in form to vintage Balenciaga and perhaps a little reflective of Miro and Gaudi too.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the SS’15 collection, with thanks to Style.com. We think that the blend of textiles, silhouette, embellishment and colour is deliciously fresh and exciting.

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS'15 (images from style.com)

Delpozo SS’15 (images from style.com)

For more fashion inspiration, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fashion Drawing, Tools of the Trade

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

If you keep up with us on here or via our various social media accounts then you’ll know that, as part of our retail reports or within a creative consultancy project, we produce original design work. I love the days when I get to have a pencil in my hand instead of a mouse. Occasionally I share this pleasure across the team, but I must admit that I do tend to keep this job for myself!

As a fashion student I didn’t think I was particularly gifted when it came to doing the various types of fashion drawings (of which there are a few!), but over time I have developed my own style, my approach, my handwriting I guess. As I tell my design students, there is a huge difference between being a fashion designer and a fashion illustrator. Some particularly lucky folks may well be both but if you aren’t so blessed then it’s all about finding your own way to express your ideas.

Blink London's 'tools of the trade' for fashion drawing

Blink London’s ‘tools of the trade’ for fashion drawing

I thought you might like to see my tools of the trade for the fashion flats that I produce (quite literally an interpretation of a design if was, well, laid flat). I am obsessive about the pens and pencils that I use and my selection has evolved over many years of trial and error.

Blink London's 'tools of the trade' for fashion drawing

Blink London’s ‘tools of the trade’ for fashion drawing

The pencil should be HB, but more importantly it is sharpened with a scalpel so that I can create difference edges and effects with it. Next comes the fine-line pen, and this is always a Muji 0.38 rollerball. Actually this is the pen I use for everything, everyday. I must have a kajillion of them! After that I use a Letraset Promarker in Ice Grey 1 for shadowing, folds and softness. Then the whole thing is outlined in a Pentel ‘Sign’ pen which is fibre tipped and gives a dense, clean line. Oh, last but not least is the Pentel Micro Correct which is a brilliantly precise Tippex style white-out product to clean up any wobbles, marks or mistakes.

So there you have it, an insight into my pencil case, which is Isabel Marant of course… Perhaps I’ll share another insight with you soon about my obsession for a specific type of paper to draw on. Oh the excitement!

Enjoy! Lucy