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Liberty and the Art of Pattern at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

February 16th, 2016

This is our second post about this great exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, but you know we love Liberty London ever so much so we thought it deserved two posts! As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, the exhibition ends with a focus on two of Liberty’s most impactful and influential pattern designers, Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell. This design duo (and sisters) designed for the brand between 1961 and 1977, helping Liberty to re-establish it’s aesthetic in a way that was both respectful of its past but also relevant for the fast paced change in London’s fashion scene.

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

They worked from fragments of designs discovered in Liberty archive, developing new variations on established themes as well as creating brand new designs. Many of the designs we consider heartland Liberty were actually created by this duo in this period of intensive creativity. This section of the exhibition shares a look at Collier and Campbell’s sketchbooks and their original artwork which is an utter inspiration.

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

I even discovered that Liberty had created ceramics and tiles too!

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion, The Art of Pattern at Fashion and Textiles Museum

For more from inspirational exhibitions and events, take a look here.

Beyonce ‘Formation’ is our #MusicMonday

February 15th, 2016

Get in formation beeaatttccchhh. Oh yeah, I like that! Beyonce slays yet again. Brilliant track, brilliant message, brilliant styling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTUDy59K9hQ

For more of our Music Monday posts, look here.

Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

February 15th, 2016

It’s all about flowers just now after hitting this exhibition all about Liberty at the Fashion and Textile Museum as well as Painting the Modern Garden at the Royal Academy. I’ll share more about the RA’s show soon, but first I want to tell you all about this wonderful exhibition and this wonderful space in Bermondsey. If you are in to fashion and textiles, and you haven’t yet discovered this gem I strongly suggest you hotfoot it down to the Fashion and Textiles Museum ASAP!

Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

If you read my review of Anna Buruma’s book about Liberty London you’ll already be very much in the mood for taking a trip down Liberty’s memory lane. This exhibition not only takes you through some of Liberty’s biggest fashion moments, it also charts some of the history of how this amazing retailer developed it’s very particular design style and how that fitted in to the fashion world as a whole. It’s no secret that we adore Liberty London, and this exhibition affirmed that love even further.

Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty at Fashion and Textiles Museum

The exhibition looks at how Liberty textiles were included in craft revivals, like this stunningly smocked child’s outfit from the Seventies, as well as tracing it’s history through all of the fashion decades pretty much since Liberty’s first day of trading out of that iconic store. There is so much to be inspired by here, taking you through all of the key silhouettes from each fashion period as well as showing how Liberty and their fabulous florals dovetail in to each era. Those floral designs are really central to spotlighting the evolution of what we identify as Liberty’s DNA today. Such creativity and also a surprising amount of diversity- but all really identifiably Liberty.

an original 1930s artwork, Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

an original 1930s artwork. Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum

1940's frocks, Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

1940’s frocks. Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum

1940's frocks, Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum

There are even contemporary looks too, showing how international designer names have incorporated Liberty into their own looks, and there’s some new prints fresh from the Liberty design team too.

Vivienne Westwood SS13. Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum, Liberty London, vintage Liberty, Liberty florals, fashion exhibition, fashion blog, Blink London

Vivienne Westwood SS13. Liberty in Fashion at Fashion and Textiles Museum

The final section in the exhibition is a separate room dedicated to ‘The Art of Pattern’ and the work of Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell. These sisters were instrumental in taking the Liberty aesthetic forward during the 60’s and 70’s, creating many of the most recognisable Liberty patterns. We’ll share some more with you in a post tomorrow so keep an eye out for it.

 

Blink Catching Up: Fair Fashion

February 10th, 2016

Ferry journey from Istanbul

Apologies for the lack of a Music Monday or any other posts yet this week but I have been on a rather exciting last minute journey and just got back very late last night.

You may have spotted this image on my Instagram account on Sunday. It’s the ferry out of Istanbul taking me across to Mudanya on the long journey from London to Bursa. I was on my way to meet a really exciting collection of manufacturers and mills to kick off a wonderful new Blink London Consultancy project. I’ll share more with you as it develops (and if I’m allowed).

There are several areas in Turkey where textile and garment manufacturing happens, and has been happening for centuries, and Bursa is one of those. I love working with Turkey as a fashion manufacturing resource because the way that this country’s fashion manufacturing has evolved means that there are inherent sustainable practices. You will very often find that the garments you are having made in Turkey are being constructed from fabric that has been woven or knitted in very close proximity to the garment production plant, and often that fabric has been created from Turkish yarn too. This means that already your garments have incurred as few miles as possible before being shipped to it’s final destination. That is always going to be good news.

I met with a mill that has been awarded more eco certificates than any other in Turkey to date (and to Swiss standards, not Turkish ones), and in fact is becoming a vegan factory. Yup, you heard that right. This is a factory who is working towards eliminating any animal created fibres that cause that animal to be killed during that fibres harvesting. They are also supporting ethical and cruelty-free fibre producers when they are buying wool, and working at the forefront of recycled synthetics. I am so very impressed.

So here’s to a long and exciting relationship blossoming from here, and to me sharing more really positive fashion industry news with you from my new project!

Valentino’s snake circlets and our hair adornment obsession

February 4th, 2016

Here’s our second indulgence in some Blink Towers team high-fiving. Hope you didn’t mind yesterday’s too much. So let me take you back to our fixation  on hair adornment. We looked at minimalist hardware vs sparkle explosions. We also featured some fashion fabulous tiaras and flowers. Well look at what cropped up in the Valentino Couture collection. Yes, it’s another post of adoration to the brilliance that is Valentino, and this time focussing on the snakey circlets slithering around their models’ heads.

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

As with our post featuring the Chanel Couture show eyeliner, this isn’t necessarily something to pop on to complete your look on a daily basis, but on the other hand maybe it is just the added fashion excitement that your weekly big shop needs?

Images from Vogue Runway, with huge thanks.

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Chanel Couture 2016 and our eyeliner obsession

February 3rd, 2016

This is where we have a moment of self-congratulation. A brief smug second. A little sigh of satisfaction that we are on the right fashion track. I hope you can take it because this is a two parter of self-satisfaction, just to get it out of the way!

Do you recall our post about my eyeliner obsession? If you didn’t read it before, you can catch up right here. Well look what popped up at the Chanel Couture show? Seems Karl and I have more in common than our love of cats…

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

It’s not one we’d recommend for your everyday, bombing around town, getting your chores done look. In fact it’s not one we can image suggesting an appropriate occasion for- but what it does do is cement the need for some eyeliner up-skilling. And I know just who to ask…

Images from Vogue Runway, with huge thanks.

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Radley supports the British Heart Foundation

February 3rd, 2016

Could there be any chicer way than this to display your support for the British Heart Foundation?

Radley supports British Heart Foundation with the limited edition 'Sweetheart' range, Valentines day, fashion handbag, National Heart Month, fashion blog, Blink London

Radley supports British Heart Foundation with the limited edition ‘Sweetheart’ range

Radley have launched their ‘Sweetheart’ collection, a limited edition cross body bag and matching coin purse in perfect time for both National Heart Month (February) and of course Valentine’s Day! All profits from the sale of these two styles will be donated to BHF by Radley, so you can proudly wear your heart not quite on your sleeve, but you know what I mean.

There are over 7 million people in the UK currently living with heart and circulatory disease, and I’m one of them so obviously I think this is fabulous for oh so many reasons!

Natalie Bolton, Design Director at Radley comments “We are delighted to be partnering with the British Heart Foundation, designing these fun limited edition products that will raise funds to support its essential ongoing research in the fight against heart disease.”

James Hails, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the BHF, adds: “We’re delighted to be working with Radley again for 2016. As a charity we are reliant on the support of organisations like Radley to help us raise essential funds to continue our vital research. The designs are fantastic and we hope people will wear them with pride knowing they are helping millions of people.”

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Daughter ‘Numbers’ is Blink London’s Music Monday

February 1st, 2016

Perfectly suiting today’s moody weather, our #MusicMonday choice is Daughter‘s ‘Numbers’, taken from their just released new album ‘Not to Disappear‘. Daughter has a sound that is so unique, so very deeply emotive that it is utterly unmistakable. Much of that is due to the hauntingly lilting, breathy vocals from Elena Tonra, but it is also how Tonra’s vocal style is set against the complex and emotive musical backdrop created by bandmates Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella. The slightly tortured, echo-filled sound that this three piece creates is kind of filmic in it’s vastness, but if that film was of your strangest dreams.

I never, ever tire of Daughter’s music and every time I hear it, there’s something more to be noticed, a fresh subtlety to be uncovered, and the new album delivers that across every single track. If you are new to the delights of this British band, then ‘Numbers’ is a wonderful introduction to their sound. There’s wonder in the darkness and heartbreak of Daughter’s signature style that actually takes me right back to 80’s Brit indie bands like This Mortal Coil. There is an absolute beauty in the lush darkness of Daughter that we adore. Can’t have the light without it right?

Fore more great music posts, take a look here.

Valentino’s Spring 2016 campaign, shot by the legendary Steve McCurry

January 29th, 2016

 

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Apologies for the low res images but my only recourse was screen-shooting these from the Valentino website– but I HAD to share them with you. These are from Valentino’s breathtakingly beautiful Spring Summer 2016 campaign, shot in Kenya. The collection was inspired by Africa and so this location is obviously the perfect way to highlight that- but what is more special even that the location is their choice of photographer, Steve McCurry.

I don’t believe that McCurry has ever taken on a fashion campaign before, but my goodness he was the perfect choice for this one. McCurry, who is best known for his ‘Afghan Girl’ National Geographic cover, has been working as an editorial photographer for over thirty years, travelling the world and capturing iconic images of people from diverse, deeply challenged, difficult environments, always managing to show us the subtle and striking beauty of his subjects and their surroundings.

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog
This has been taken from an article in WWD by Bridget Foley:

In describing Valentino’s African excursion, McCurry speaks not dispassionately, but with the specificity of an artist-clinician with a task at hand, while the designers invoke the language of pure idealism. “With this collection and campaign we wanted to speak about a different culture,” Chiuri says, noting that the European notions of beauty are rooted in classical Greek ideals. “We really believe that [cross-cultural understanding] improves our cultures…and with fashion it is possible to open eyes to learn something.”

Valentino, we yet again salute you. For more fashion inspiration, just click here.

Blink London reviews Pre Fall 2016 collections: No21

January 28th, 2016

Actually, the name of this label is so much more entrancing when spoken in its mother tongue… Numero Ventuno. That’s No21 to those of us sadly lacking in Italian language skills (yup, that’s me). Out of all the pre AW’16 collections I have to say that this one was perhaps the biggest surprise and now is top of my favourites list.

It feels modern and yet elegantly vintage. Kind of debutantish- but if she had a really naughty streak and a kind of careless nonchalance. You know those girls who may have had very little sleep and are all dry shampoo and pale skin, but still look utterly fabulous? Well, that’s the No21 girl as far as this collection is concerned. I think it’s that combination of plaids with lace, the frills and bows, that slightly longer mini length, the socks with the strappy shoes…

It’s beautiful and sweet, but with a dark undertone to it which is utter perfection.

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, images with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

No21 pre AW 2016, pre Fall 2016, image with thanks to Vogue, fashion trends, fashion show review, fashion blog, Blink London, Lucy Williams

No21 pre AW 2016, image with thanks to Vogue Runway

All images with thanks to Vogue Runway.

Did you catch our review of the Erdem pre Fall 2016 collection too? And from there you’ll find our other show reviews too.