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“Blink” Inspiration: Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

There are very few books that truly give you an insight into the fashion design process. Most fashion books are rather glossy, highly photoshopped, coffee table numbers but ‘Fashion Design Research‘ is a truly useful tool for students who are embarking on a fashion design education. Congratulations to Ezinma Mbonu for delivering a thorough, deeply considered and practically supportive book, clearly explaining how to approach the search for inspiration. Yes, there is a process, a plan, key tools and methods.

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

I also love this book because I teach at LCF on fashion forecasting and fashion design in industry, with a big emphasis on the critical importance of research. It’s wonderful to have a book dedicated to this, backing up the fact that inspiration needs to be searched for, tracked down and pursued. We designer’s don’t just wake up one morning with the whole of the season ahead neatly explained in a dream! Most of us spend an inordinate amount of time at a desk in a studio, so stepping outside of the daily grind through solid researching techniques is super important.

Any student who refers to the protocols outlined in this book will be setting themselves up with a brilliant foundation of researching practices that will serve them incredibly well once they start working at any level of the fashion industry. There are insightful images showing how designers use sketchbooks, develop colour palettes, incorporate vintage inspiration, work with textiles and put together their portfolios, alongside case studies from people like the designers Erdem and Anne Valerie Hash.

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

Fashion Design Research by Ezinma Mbonu, published by Laurence King

Ezinma is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion course at UCA Epsom, as well as having previously founded her own label so this book is coming from a highly experienced and informed academic perspective.

“Innovative design is the result of strong investigative research undertakings. The intention of this book is to unpack the research process by focussing on the core elements that you will need to engage with as a fashion student to ensure that you develop your ideas creatively and thoroughly.”- Ezinma Mbonu

For more fashion inspiration, why not have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Kwabs ‘Pray for Love’

Monday, September 8th, 2014

To keep us in the Bestival mood after a wonderous weekend on the Isle of Wight we’ve chosen this track from one of our favourite artists who performed there.

This is Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong, known as Kwabs. This Ghanaian-born, London based, former jazz music student at the Royal Academy of Music, has created a sound that is both synth oriented and based in gifted musicality. His voice is deep, full and confidently strong yet smooth. I may have made him sound like a coffee or a good red wine but when you listen to this track, I hope you’ll understand what I mean!

‘Pray for Love’ dropped in April this year, following ‘Right or Wrong’ which I thought was going to be a tough act to follow but this track absolutely does it, building on the beauty of the previous releases and helping to crystallise Kwabs spot as a gifted new name to watch out for.

For more great music posts, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Arts: The Gift of Inscriptus

Friday, December 6th, 2013

I love a good bit of typography. I get quite excited by clever graphics, incorporating a sexy font (yes there is such a thing) working in perfect tandem with the words that it is being utilized to express. In fact I have a couple of Pinterest boards dedicated to these very things. I think it’s something in my gene pool as my brothers are both super creative and one is in fact a very well respected typographer. That typographer brother of mine bought me a rather fabulous graphic design oriented and typography related birthday gift, that also rather cleverly incorporates my love of classic hip hop.

'Damn it feels good' by Anthony Elder

'Damn it feels good' by Anthony Elder

This is the work of graphic designer and ‘letterer’, Anthony Elder. Under the name ‘Inscriptus’ he is creating stunningly hand-calligraphed works of art featuring classic rap lyrics. I absolutely love the surprise of the beautifully curlicued lettering to express words that you would more naturally associate with grillz, blunts, bling, shoutyness and booty shaking. As each piece is hand drawn, each one is an absolute one off. I’m already considering purchase number two from this young, Brooklyn based artist…

the work of Anthony Elder

the work of Anthony Elder

the work of Anthony Elder

the work of Anthony Elder

For more arts based posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: SS’14 Press Days- Topshop

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I hope that you enjoyed our little look at Wallis’ W collection yesterday. Now we take a look at our favourtes from Topshop. This was a couple of rails that were virtually vibrating with energy as bold pattern, embellishment, bright colour upon colour and lots of shine were hung up side by side by side. It was as overwhelming as it was exciting.

Even though bright shades were the strongest statement, my favourite item and one that’s on my Spring shopping list (I hope it makes it to the shop floor!) is this stunning peachy pink, trench style coat. Perfect proportions, luxe feeling fabric and cool detailing. And brilliant when styled with the fuzzy pastel pink pencil skirt hung next to it.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Sports inspired looks are still very topical, and this wasn’t the only sweat that we saw across the press days but it was the prettiest and also the blingiest. Love the clean, slickly sporty finish of the backpack and this clutch bag. Oh, and those go faster striped, sporty wedges are quite fantastic too.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

I really like the matching tops and bottoms sets. Cut in graphically simplistic shapes from firm fabrics at Toppers, ensuring that the focus is on the stunning patterns. We saw these from several labels, but these were amongst the boldest.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Finally, to add to the riot of super bright colour and eye popping shine, Toppers were also showing a collection of gorgeously bold, bright and brilliant jewellery. Statement necklaces have rarely before made quite such a, well, statement!

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

For more retail news, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Customised

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Highlighted by the fabulous, denim focused windows in Selfridges right now (celebrating their relaunched, restyled and brilliantly refreshed denim department. Want Primark denim without the overcrowded, panic-fest that is the Primark store? Selfridges have added it to their Denim Studio!) it seems we are all into a bit of customization. I think this is very well timed as fashion harks back to the 80’s when we were all madly patching, bleaching, tie dying and slashing our clothes.

Here are some high street highlights of retailers embracing this look on our behalf, and very kindly taking all the hard work on themselves, featuring some of the great, customized looks from Selfridges.

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Browns Focus

Browns Focus

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Forever 21

Forever 21

For more inspiration, do click here and be inspired!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Forever 21 and Charlotte Brontë

Friday, June 7th, 2013
Forever 21

Forever 21

Who knew that Forever 21 had the heart of a poet and philosopher? A rather lovely quote from Miss Charlotte Bronte on a very cute Summer look. I’m quite sure that Bronte never envisioned her words ending up being represented in this way, but we like it never the less. Wise words indeed…

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Love at Liberty

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Liberty London steps up to the challenge of delivering a Valentine’s campaign without making us all fall into a diabetic coma. Even though these posters are surrounding the chocolate shop, they smash it with these super cute and extra cool, song title based graphics. Liberty, if I could I would wine and dine you and then propose to you. Uhm, but you are a shop so I shall just love you by shopping with you and stuff like that…

Liberty celebrates Valentines Day

Liberty celebrates Valentines Day

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

Liberty London

For more fabulous VM inspiration, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Post Test

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Moschino is the Cat’s Whiskers!

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

There are some great Christmas windows out there right now. Topping our favourites list is Liberty‘s steam train themed scheme and the sparkle-tastic Selfridges windows. We do love a bauble, but I must admit that my absolute favourite current fashion windows are not terribly Christmassy at all. We spotted this genius display in the Moschino windows yesterday. Okay, I could very well be totally swayed by this window because it features a huge cat, but I do truly think it’s the whole wonderful Tim Walker-esque fantasy approach that is perfect for this quirky and creative brand, and so utterly charming.

Madame, you’re interested as dressing as a sunshine yellow budgerigar? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Moschino, Conduit Street

Moschino, Conduit Street

For more store windows featured on the “Blink” blog, click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Knitwear: Deep Pile

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Something we’ve been watching with great interest is the development of a key new key texture in knits. It’s all about deep pile, super furry knitwear right now.

I love the look of an angora rich or mohair-tastic jumper, but once I slip it on I just cannot stand the fluff everywhere, so this is a look I’ll be approaching with caution. If you are less sensitive than me, you have lots and lots of long haired looks to choose from. However, if you are prone to fluff induced sneezing, then the revival of  velvety soft, chenille style knits make a cozy alternative.

Here’s some of our favourites that we’ve spotted at retail in London over the past few weeks…

Chanel A/W '12

Chanel A/W '12

Fendi A/W '12

Fendi A/W '12

H&M A/W '12

H&M A/W '12

Mulberry A/W '12

Mulberry A/W '12

River Island A/W '12

River Island A/W '12

Sonia Rykiel A/W '12

Sonia Rykiel A/W '12

For more hot knitwear posts, just click here.

 

Enjoy! Lucy