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“Blink” Accessories: Chanel gets Arty

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

I understand that the inspiration behind the Chanel SS’14 RTW collection was about the impact of art on fashion and fashion as art and art as life and art as art and well, you get the general gist right? If you take the distraction of the collections ‘message’ and the gallery style show set away, then this is simply a wonderous collection that is filled with genius reworkings of the Chanel DNA (even though those wigs were mighty ugly).

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

This palette inspired print looks just divine teamed with the highly figured lace. It’s clean, bright, elegant and well crafted. It’s a perfect example of much of the collections handwriting. Well, with that in mind can someone explain to me where these, greyed off, worn out, grubby and somewhat grungy accessories fit in with that? Not a fan, Karl. Kindly make a note of my displeasure.

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

Chanel, SS'14

Chanel, SS’14

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: J’adore Dior SS’14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Dior brings the amazing flora draped set of the SS’14 show to their windows. Such a fabulous show. Such a stunning collection. And now one of the most beautiful window schemes that we’ve seen in some time.

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Here’s the video of the SS’14 show so you can appreciate the atmosphere of the show space, as well as this amazing collection. We are huge Raf Simons fans. How he combines the handwriting of Dior with his own aesthetic, plus ensuring it feels utterly innovative and current, is a design dream come true.

For more retail news, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Tallulah and Hope with The Luxury Collection hotels, Asia

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Tallulah and Hope‘s collection always has the gift of transporting you to sunnier climes just by slipping into one of their signature kaftans. Their newest offer is a limited edition set of four printed silk kaftans inspired by some of The Luxury Collection‘s stunning tropical resort destinations (Phuket, Koh Samui, Langkawi & Bali). Oh to be wearing a T&H kaftan in any one of these stunning resorts!

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Aranda, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Hero Aranda kaftan, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Naka Island , Phuket

Naka Island , Phuket

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

The Andaman rainforest

The Andaman rainforest, Langkawi

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman resort

These were launched on 1st April and are available exclusively online at www.tallulahandhope.com and the resort boutiques until September, from £295.

For more retail news, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Dries van Noten in Paris

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I’m having a Dries van Noten moment. Or perhaps it’s that Dries is having a moment. Either way, this is true fashion love. The pre-collection and the first few Spring ’14 deliveries have been an absolute feast for the fashion senses. Oh for a magic porridge pot of cash to enable me to indulge in this crush of mine. Actually ‘crush’ makes this seem to be something quite light and sweet. In fact the Dries van Noten collection is far more cerebral than that, working above and beyond fashion in the same way that Margiela or Marni do.

During our recent Paris expedition, we stopped at the Dries Quai Malaquais store. What a treasure trove of Belgian beauty. This shot is from one of the gorgeous window displays. ‘Wow’ is about all I can say about this incredible confection.

Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten

For more from our travels, take a look here. For more retail news, then look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Colette’s Surprise

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Colette's surprise

Colette's surprise

Have you €20 to spend willy nilly? Well, if you’re shopping  in Colette the answer is probably yes. We spotted this genius marketing ploy set up right by the front door, just to tempt you on the way out should you still have any cash left on your person after perusing this high fashion mecca.

What better way to firstly, part your customers from a few more euros, and secondly shift all sorts of random dead stock.

I must admit to picking up a couple and giving them a good shake to see if they seemed worth the investment. To be honest, they were quite light and didn’t have the enticing level of expensive rattle that I was hoping for. I mean, you could spend €20 and end up choosing a bag full of stale midget gems (or the French equivalent). So, if any of you jet set fashionistas who have actually been drawn in to grabbing one of these bags, I’d love to know what you got. Trick or treat?

For more retail news, just have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Burberry, Spring’14

Friday, March 21st, 2014

It’s one thing to see a show on Style.com or even to catch the live stream, but it’s quite another to get up close and personal. The SS’14 Burberry collection is a great case in point. Truly loved the show, but oh my have you seen the absolute artistry in the textiles and embellishment, the construction and the finishes? Breathtaking.

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Mawi Sample Sale Alert!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

An important date for your fashion diaries. I’m a huge MAWI fan, have a look here for our previous posts about this wonderful brand. Who can resist a bit of quality glitz and glitter? This is the perfect opportunity to indulge and snaffle a bargain or three. See you there.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: When do we get our ‘taste’

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I came across a baby picture of me the other day, and it struck a cord, reminding me of a dress in Topshop that I’ve been obsessing over and repeatedly trying on, hoping that it may suddenly suit me if I keep giving it a go. That Toppers frock is scarily similar to the checked smock dress my two year old self is wearing.

Lucy Williams, fashion blogger, already rocking a strong look at a young age...

Lucy Williams, fashion blogger, already rocking a strong look at a young age...

Topshop gingham check smock dress

Topshop gingham check smock dress

It made me wonder at what age we start to absorb the aesthetic influences that will form our adult tastes and inform the many choices that are driven by our ‘style’. I’m wondering how many other pictures I’ll find that show me wearing things that are frighteningly close to recent fashion based obsessions!

When I come to think about my home, many of my style choices are quite specifically reflective of my grandparent’s 30′s home filled with mid century kitsch. I don’t know if its anything to do with the fact that it was also the location of some of my earliest and happiest childhood memories. Come to think of it, my rather over developed soft spot for sequins was most probably formed there too as my Grandmother was a very glamorous lady with a wardrobe bursting with shimmer and sparkle.

I have obviously seen other things that I have loved and been inspired by through the years since my pre-school days, but these have been additions to a baseline of taste already formed, rather than replacing those urges. Well, I don’t have any huge Freudian revelations to round this post off. It was just a ponder really as to how our creative brain works, and I think that it seems we develop deep-seated beliefs far earlier than I may have guessed. Unless it’s just me that’s trying to still dress as my two year old self??? Oh gosh, maybe it is just me. Where did I leave my therapist’s number?

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Escape with Heidi Klein

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Hands up who needs a holiday? All the hands in Blink Towers are now pointing skywards… It’s that time of year when we all yearn to be laying down somewhere sun-baked, away from the ‘Is it? Isn’t it?’ Spring weather. Well, in mental prep for that here’s some highlights form the new Heidi Klein collection. The Spring Summer ’14 offer is inspired by a selection of desirable destinations, each bringing with it a different mood, look and detail for you to be tempted by. From Seville to Rio to Jaipur, this is a veritable global tour of glamourous swimwear and beach cover-ups.

We asked Heidi about the inspiration behind this collection, and she told us this:

“My inspiration for each collection comes from the customers themselves, what they want, what they don’t want, etc.  Our customers in the 2 stores are our best focus groups and so we always listen to them. I also take inspiration from my holidays with family and friends, and also from the gorgeous places I have yet to visit.  There are such exquisite destinations around the world, and each of us has our own favourites that we return to time after time.  I try to bring those places alive with each story in the collection.”

Caicos swimsuit from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Caicos swimsuit from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Saint Maxime bikini from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Saint Maxime bikini from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Jumby Bay bikini from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Jumby Bay bikini from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Persia dress from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Persia dress from Heidi Klein, SS'14

If you’d like to immerse yourself further in the fantasy holiday life of the Heidi Klein woman, pop your shades on, grab a Pina Colada and watch this beautiful video shot by Jonathan Glynn-Smith featuring the very beautiful model, LeCall.

You can shop this collection instore at Heidi Klein, on their website or at Avenue 32.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Fringe Benefits

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It really isn’t that long since we had the last fringe trimmed moment. Well, it seems we’re not ready to forgo our fringe benefits this Spring. I for one am delighted as I’ve been forced to grow out my actual fringe by my very forceful hairdresser, Oliver Woods. I will indulge my fringe love by enjoying these beauties…

Gucci

Gucci

Valentino

Valentino

Prada

Prada

Guess

Guess

Sarah Ryan, Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Sarah Ryan, Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Pucci

Pucci

Valentino

Valentino

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Enjoy! Lucy