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“Blink” Colour: We’re blushing

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

It’s a little while since we shared some pure colour inspiration with you, but we have something particularly beautiful to make up for it. From vintage shots to fresh from NYFW catwalks we have a thing for this rosey, blushy selection of colours. It has been recurring across our Pinterest feed for a while, popping up in various levels, on various fabrications, for Spring/Summer and for Autumn/Winter.

To dig a little deeper than the ‘it’s pretty and we like it’ statement, this looks like the natural progression for all of those nude/make-up shades we have all been in love with for a few seasons. Team that colour level with the strong Seventies vibe. Blend those influences with the broader feeling for redefining feminism/femininity in a wonderfully fresh and modern way. The result, we think, is this sophisticatedly female colour level.

Pantone, we salute you and your choice of marsala as the shade for 2015. Although for us the name’ marsala’ doesn’t quite give this family of reddy, peachy, fleshy tints the sensual name it deserves. For us, we think ‘nipple’ would be a better name. Or maybe ‘well snogged lip’. Or how about ‘first flush of passion’? You get our drift? These colours are damn well sexy!

Colour Inspiration: nipple, freckle, blush... Pantone colours, fashion trends, colour inspiration, fashion colour trends, SS16 catwalk, vintage fashion

Colour Inspiration: nipple, freckle, blush…                                                                             Pantone shades 16-1332 TPX, 17-1540, 17-1516, 19-1656, 19-1245, 19-1325

Thanks to Pinterest and Vogue Runway for the images on our mood board. Top row, left to right: Lyn Devon Spring 2016, Marios Schwab Resort SS15, Marni Pre-Spring 2016, Madame Grès ca. 1967, See by Chloé Spring 2016. Mid row, left to right: Rodarte SS16, The Row Resort 2014, Derek Lam 10 Crosby Resort 2016, Rodebjer spring/summer 2016. Bottom row, left to right: Tibi AW15, Paris Fashion Week WWD streetstyle, streetstyle, vintage.

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“Blink” Events: Henri Matisse at Tate Modern

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Yesterday I was very lucky to be invited to the preview of this major exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern. I was very much looking forward to this as I have loved Matisse’s work since I first discovered him when I was an art student. Yes, I knew something about his work and had found wonder and inspiration in his use of bold colour and clean lines- but nothing prepared me for the room upon room of utter beauty that is this exhibition.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever collated, devoted to his paper cut-outs made between 1937 and 1954. If you are a creative of any shape or form, but especially a colourist, print designer or graphic artist, then this exhibition is a must for you as I feel utterly sure that we will see his influence, driven by this show, impacting on the fashion world in particular.

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers 1937-8

Two Dansers, detail

Two Dansers, detail

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The original and print of The Lagoon from the Jazz series, 1947

The Heart, from the Jazz series

The Heart, from the Jazz series

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse's studio in Vence

Sections of the composition that covered the walls of Matisse’s studio in Vence

Matisse's painted paper reference set

Matisse’s painted paper reference set

The elegance of the seeming simplicity of many of these works, reduced to essential lines and expressed in clean flat planes of colour, is utterly uplifting. Although the concept of using cut-outs may make you think that these will be flat and featureless, a close look at these amazing works shows a texture and layering that adds depth and subtle definition to the compositions. Utterly enthralling.

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Blue Nudes and bronze sculptures

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Matisse design work for the Dominican Chapel of Rosary in Vence. Commenced in 1947

Acanthuses, Matisse

Acanthuses, Matisse

book cover designs 1951-2

book cover designs 1951-2

I have had to choose just a few of my favourite shots that we took yesterday, but believe me, there is so much more to be seen and inspired by. This exhibition is running until 7th September so make a plan to get there when it’s not school holidays or the weekend as I think this is going to be one of Tate Modern’s most popular exhibitions.

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“Blink” Colour Palettes: Go Green at Merci

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Merci, Paris
Merci, Paris

This was the display as you entered the fashion section of Merci in Paris. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that they are backing green. Interestingly, these are all Merci’s own label products and they are really diversifying that offer. We’ve featured this influential store’s deliciously coloured displays before too, just click here.

This time round, this collection of luscious greens seems just perfect for the first official days of Spring. We recreated this shot as a palette using Pantone colour standards, featuring (from left to right) spring green pantone 17-5633 TPX, aquatic green 15-5519 TPX, Veronica Lake 18-4930 TPX, teale 19-4826 TPX and lagoon 17-5421 TPX.

For more colour inspiration, just have a look here.

“Blink” Colour Palettes: Feeling Blue

Monday, January 20th, 2014

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a colour palette with you. Terribly sorry about that. I’m remedying that right now with this ode to blue. Well, it is supposedly #BlueMonday today, but for us that’s not a sad thing. We’re currently experiencing a blue obsession. The shade of the moment for us is this bruised, greyed off blue that has a hint of purple tinted shadows about it, but is actually almost a neutral. Here are some images to help you understand what that seemingly random selection of descriptives actually means for us…

left: ACNE SS'13. middle: Madame Gres gown, 1938. right: Cheng Lian 'Girl with Silk Headscarf

left: ACNE SS'13. middle: Madame Gres gown, 1938. right: Cheng Lian 'Girl with Silk Headscarf

left: Florence Lopez interior from AD Spain, January'14. right: streetstyle shot

left: Florence Lopez interior from AD Spain, January'14. right: streetstyle shot

left: Marc Jacobs SS'14. right: Blugirl, SS'14

left: Marc Jacobs SS'14. right: Blugirl, SS'14

Stiffkey Blue by Farrow and Ball

Stiffkey Blue by Farrow and Ball

 

left: McQueen headdress. right: deep water

left: McQueen headdress. right: deep water

All of these images have been gathered from our Pinterest boards, with thanks to all of the original sources. For more colour inspiration, have a look here.

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle at Somerset House

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
LFW Streetstyle, September '13. "Blink London"

LFW Streetstyle, September '13. "Blink London"

LFW Streetstyle, September '13. "Blink London"

LFW Streetstyle, September '13. "Blink London"

For more from London Fashion Week, take a look here. For more streetstyle, have a look here. If you’re mad about accessories, then this is where you should click.

“Blink” Arts: Tate Britain presents Caulfield and Hume

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Tate Britain is having a bit of a do over. It may look like it’s closed while the builders do their thing renovating the oldest part of the Tate, but in fact it is very much open. You just need to find the side entrance (head left via the rather gorgeous courtyard cafe). Once inside you will be rewarded with some stunning, world class, art presented in a really lovely building that is a bit of a work of art itself.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

I was there on Monday to see the preview of the Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume exhibitions, both of which are now open until 1st September. I headed to the Caulfield exhibition first as I was excited to see the original of one of my favourite paintings discovered many moons ago at Art College. I was amazed at the scale of Caulfield’s work (well, especially as I’d only ever seen it postcard size!). The combination of graphic, linear, flat expanses of painted colour along with inserted sections of photo-realistic imagery is really quite inspiring. Caulfield painted from the 60’s to the 80’s and his approach was incredibly innovative and has since been much imitated. Here’s a couple of shots from the exhibition, but I’ll follow with a colour palette post tomorrow as his colour use is just so inspiring.

Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain

Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain

Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain

Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain

Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain

Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain

From Caulfield I moved on to the Gary Hume exhibition. I am ashamed to say that I really only knew his work as a sculptor before seeing this exhibition, and have I been missing out! These gloss painted, subtly textured, grandly scaled, abstractly graphic images feel really vibrant, exciting and sometimes quite challenging. It sits well with the graphic nature of the Caulfield exhibition, but the mood and approach is very different. You actually enter the exhibition through a work of art as the doors are painted to reflect Hume’s early 90’s work based on hospital doors.

As with Caulfield, the colour use is utterly inspirational, so I’ll drop you a few fabulous images in this post, but I’ll follow up tomorrow with a colour palette post.

Gary Hume at Tate Britain

Gary Hume at Tate Britain

Gary Hume at Tate Britain

Gary Hume at Tate Britain (featuring a reflection of me!)

Gary Hume at Tate Britain

Gary Hume at Tate Britain

Many thanks to the Tate for our invitation to the press preview.

If you’d like to see more on the Arts, just click here.

“Blink” Reports: Introducing Menswear

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

We’re very excited about our new monthly report title. Yes. we have entered the world of menswear!

By popular demand, we have added a monthly retail report featuring over 150 images per month, covering all aspects of trend-driven men’s fashion from ultra formal to super casual, plus all the accompanying key accessories too. The majority of our business is still very much womenswear focused, but this really adds a new level of interest, excitement and diversity to the information that we are collating, reviewing and analyzing.

Here’s a snapshot of the most recent colour review that we published, from the May’13 report. We really love this pink toned palette for menswear. It’s actually really pretty close the the prevailing colour trend in this month’s womenswear too.

"Blink" menswear report, May'13, colour analysis

"Blink" menswear report, May'13, colour analysis

For more on our reporting service, have a look here. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy, why not contact us, or your nearest agent?

“Blink” Events: Premiere Vision

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

by intern, Natalie Wood

Having attended the textiles trade fair, Premiere Vision last week there was a definite richness to both the forecasted palette and to the fabrics on show for A/W 13/14.

The three trend stories this season were: Adventure, Feeling and Time

Adventure takes inspiration from the city; this exploration of urban landscapes sees active wear and fashion combined. The story has a utilitarian message, with fabrics being coated and reversible. Textiles are both techno and traditional, for example, dark brushed wools under brightly coloured netting.

Skylines and landscapes are a strong print story; both photographic and abstract. Photographic collages were featured too. City grids and mapping offered pattern inspiration, with repeating squares and rectangles. Pattern also looked to the natural world for inspiration. Mineral graphics were a strong theme, even being overprinted onto matte sequins.

Mottled greens and mustard yellows give a distinctly alpine feel, with vintage travel inspired graphics and prints. More formal weighty tweeds and herringbones also help to give the story a retro-sporty edge.

Feeling is a seductive and romantic story with a dark edge. Blurred graphics and dark base colours create an impact against a softer palette. Black accents to patterns were key; with floral prints appearing abstract and on darker backgrounds. Faded and worn looking prints created a sense of age to fabrics; lace was also used to the same effect.

Metallic sheens could be found on fluid, semi-sheer jerseys, copper being a particularly key colour. ‘Rustling’ was used as a key word; layering and crepe fabrics created noise with movement. Velvets and pile fabrics were both plain and with a burnt-out effect. The inclusion of these fabrics gave a sense of luxury to the story. Denims were dark but with dyed coloured accents; streaks of purple, green and blue on an indigo jean or a dark denim jean with a contrasting red reverse, seen on the cuff. Knits were soft and at times brushed, giving the fabric an airy and light appearance despite often being deceptively weighty.

Time is opulent and bold. Taking inspiration from history, this story combines the centuries to create a rich, regal theme. Darkened ores and blacks are the main components of this colour palette. With many fabrics being self-coloured, the story has a monochromatic feel.

Denims were inky black – many coated or with a lacquer effect. Some jacquards were also coated in a similar way. Slashes, blistering and quilting offered texture to these solid dark coloured textiles. Prints had a definite baroque feel, taking inspiration from Coats of Arms or other noble insignia. Patterns were reminiscent of shields, almost like chain mail. Small self-coloured chateau geometries provided texture. Dark coloured furs were highlighted with brighter colours such as green, russet and purple,

Many knits were overprinted or had metallic strands woven in, copper-green or gold. Metallic accents were particularly prominent within the story, being used on patterns, woven within textiles or embossed on top.

PV Colour direction, A/W '13/14

PV Colour direction, A/W '13/14

Mist (pantone 14-4206 TPX), turkish delight (15-1821 TPX), bluebell (14-4112 TPX), butter (12-0722 TPX), lavender (16-3931 TPX), papaya (16-1640 TPX) and petrol (18-4432 TPX).

PV Colour direction, A/W '13/14

PV Colour direction, A/W '13/14

Aloe vera (17-5122 TPX), pale lilac (14-3904 TPX), ochre (14-0846 TPX), pansy (18-3224 TPX), scarlettina (18-1760 TPX), orangina (16-1343 TPX), copper brown (18-1242 TPX) and super hero blue (18-4148 TPX).

PV Colour direction, A/W '13/14

PV Colour direction, A/W '13/14

Teal (19-4826 TPX), dark forest (19-5320 TPX), mystic violet (19-3730 TPX), dark oxblood (19-1650 TPX), and lyrical wood (19-0405 TPX).

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“Blink” Colour: All White

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Our second post of the week on colour (click here to see yesterday’s post on brights) and we take a look at what’s happening with white. Alright, you colour purists, it may not be considered an actual colour, but as far as we are concerned it is and that’s that.

It’s the perfect foil for this season’s key broderie anglais and lace looks. We’ve spotted a surge in perfect white cotton shirts too.

Twenty 8 Twelve

Zara

Browns

Reiss

Twenty 8 Twelve

Dover Street Market

DvF

Louis Vuitton

Miu Miu

For more on colour, click here. For more retail news, click here.

“Blink” Colour: Brights

Monday, April 16th, 2012

We’re launching into a few days of looking at what’s going on with colour on the high street this month. Kicking off with brights, as it’s a Monday morning and you might need livening up a little! We’re loving the  growth and continuing importance of bold, optimistic and eye popping bright shades, in plain solids as well as some really innovative pattern.

Harrods

H&M

Liberty

Maje

Mary Katrantzou

Matches

River Island

Whistles

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