Posts Tagged ‘colour palette’

“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.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Menswear: Agi and Sam, SS’14

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

We really like what Brit duo, Agi and Sam, are about. The humour, light heartedness, bold colour and pattern is a joy to behold. Their work is being shared with a wider audience just now via their collaboration with Topman (cue bonkers owl headed mannequins in the Oxford Circus window…). We spotted their SS’14 collection at the Hospital Club‘s exhibition for London Collections: Men. This small rail of product just really stood out for us. I really love the colour combinations of chalky and pale with sharp and vibrant shades, working really well on the mixed textures of the different textiles.

Agi and Sam, SS'14

Agi and Sam, SS'14

Agi and Sam, SS'14

Agi and Sam, SS'14

We’ve pulled together a pantone referenced palette inspired by this shot. Provence green (pantone 14-5711 TPX), golden delicious (13-0220 TPX), alum (15-4309 TPX), cold pink (13-3804 TPX), antique rose (15-1512 TPX) and flaming orange (17-1462 TPX). Just gorgeous, and feeling really fresh for menswear.

For more menswear posts, just click here. For more colour palettes, have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Colour: SS’13, Copenhagen Fashion Week

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

It’s been some time since we posted a colour palette. Sorry about that oversight. We’ve just had so many other exciting things to share with you. Well, we are back on the colour case after a little while analyzing what we were inspired by at Copenhagen Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2013. Copenhagen provides a great early look at new season trends, with a very commercial outlook. It also served to get our appetites whetted for London. I am now officially getting excited about LFW. Bring it on!

Right, back to the key colour that we spotted at CFW. There was a lot of rusty, russet, sepia, saffron tinted neutrals, some of which bled out to softened nude tonal shades. This core palette was uplifted by some really punchy limey greens and acidic yellow tones, showing that last season’s neons still have a place, but as a highlight, updating a far softer, neutral collection of colours.

Custommade, Copenhagen Fashion Week, SS'13

Custommade, Copenhagen Fashion Week, SS'13

SS'13 colour direction

SS'13 colour direction

To reflect this gorgeous rail of Custommade‘s SS’13 collection we have used pearl (pantone 17-2601 TPX), caramel (16-1317 TPX), freckle (17-1424 TPX), peach fuzz (16-1529 TPX), ripe apricot (14-1318 TPX), buff (12-0704 TPX), almost pink (13-3801 TPX), sharp lemon (13-0648 TPX) and pollen (12-0721 TPX).

For more colour palette posts, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Colour Palettes: Monochrome

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

In uncertain economic times, there are some looks that are more fail safe than others. Now, reliability doesn’t have to equal boring or predictable. Going black and white is one of the most timeless and commercially viable looks season in and season out, and we might add, working particularly well in the face of all the colour out there right now.

We spotted these monochrome looks in the window of Gucci last week. How gorgeous are these pieces. Boring? Far from it. I love the print and texture combinations on the simplistic and sleek silhouettes.

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

And if these tuxe/ sports inspired pants are a little out of your budget, what about these beauties from Zara?

Zara

For more posts on colour, click here. For more retail news, click here. If you’re after store windows for great VM inspiration, click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Colour: Perfectly Pastel

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Pastels were the preserve of polite middle England for some time. Championed by the most directional of brands on the SS’12 catwalks we saw this colour level returned to the spotlight from it’s crimplene resting place.

From ‘almost’ colours to fuller sorbet shades, this is impacting right across the fashion map from casual looks right through to event dressing. Here are some of our favourite pastel looks spotted at retail over the past week.

DvF

Feathers

Sandro

H&M

Sandro

Feathers

Mulberry

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

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Colour Palettes: Spring Sorbets from Prada

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

We spotted these looks from Prada‘s pre-Spring collection in their Bond Street windows just the other day. How gorgeous that colour palette? Well, its so gorgeous we had to have a go at pantone matching it for you. Our first colour palette post for some time, but worth the wait, wouldn’t you agree?

Prada

Prada

from left: papaya (pantone 16-1640 TPX), pollen (12-0721 TPX), honeydew (15-1245 TPX), cold blue (15-4008 TPX) and lagoon (17-5421 TPX).

We then spotted the same gorgeous cardigan on the amazing Lana del Rey in the forth issue of Wonderland magazine. Looking good, Lana.

Lana del Rey in Wonderland magazine

For more inspirational colour palete posts, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” reports- ‘Soft Wovens’

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Today we welcome you to the wonderful world of ‘Soft Wovens’. This is an increasingly important category, playing host to most of this season’s hottest styles. This has been the story since around this time last year when we saw a surge in interest in soft, light weight, diaphanous maxi’s, the pussy bow blouse and 70′s inspired evening jumpsuits. This Autumn Winter this category plays host to all of the brilliant midi skirts, from full and swishy to hobbling pencils.This is also where you find all of the brilliant shirt variations, translated into silky base cloths and worked in colour blocked beauty. Want to know what has happened to the perfect T shirt? Well, it’s now to be found in the ‘Soft Wovens’ department, made of a refined woven base cloth instead of jersey.

So, from that summary, we’re sure that you are either, as a retailer, dedicating lots of creativity and floor space to this section of your range, and as a shopper, we’re pretty confident that you are buying into this department on a regular basis. It’s an easy report to fill every month at the moment, with a constant influx of inspirational creativity hitting the high street. Have a look at a few of the pages from the last report that we published, but please do note that these are just the tip of the report iceberg as there were over 45 pages in this report in total, all packed with fantastic product shots, colour palettes, streetstyle and even a little vintage.

If you’d like to see more on this report, or the others in our offer, why not sneak a peek at the full portfolio by clicking here, or contact us or your nearest agent to see the whole of each report in their impressive printed form. You can find all the relevant contact details by clicking here. Enjoy!

 

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Reports: ‘Jersey’

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

So, we started our week of showcasing our reports yesterday with the ‘Print’ report and so here we are on to our next title which is ‘Jersey’. I think this is what the Americans call ‘Cut and Sew’. Am I right in thinking that? Anyways, this is one of the reports where you get super hot season’s where lots of topical stuff is being done in jersey, and then you get periods where its all about underpinnings, simplistic shapes and more subtle innovation. We’ve been going through a couple of seasons now where the spotlight has firmly been on knitwear and soft wovens. This means that we have to work extra hard to ensure all of you jersey designers, buyers and manufacturers out there still have lots of inspiration and information about what to do with jersey, because it’s still a key element to most brands and collections.

Enjoy this wee peak inside the covers of the last report that we published, and remember that these are only a selection from the over 40 pages that made up the complete report. If you’d like to see more and find out about all of our services, then just click here to find the contact details for your nearest agent and for us directly if you’d prefer. Enjoy!

 

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Reports: November ’11 Print

Monday, October 31st, 2011

We haven’t shared any of our reports with you for some time, so we thought it was well overdue for us to tout our wares to you. We’re starting our week long self indulgence with a little look at our ‘Print’ report. This is a preview from one of our five category specific reports. The other reports look at ‘Knit’, ‘Denim’, ‘Jersey’ and ‘Soft Wovens’. These all contain over 130 detailed images of whats looking good on the high street right now, plus a dash of vintage and some inspirational streetstyle. We also add pantone referenced colour palettes to every report bar ‘Denim’. This all combines to ensure that you’re perfectly updated, informed and inspired.

If you’d like to learn more about our reports have a look here. If you are interested in seeing the real deal in glorious technicolour hard copy, why not contact us or your nearest agent? Have a look here for all contact details.

 

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Travels: ‘Merci’ for Colour Inspiration

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

So, as we mentioned in yesterday’s post, the colour statement in ‘Merci’ was just gorgeous. There own label offer consisted of stunningly simple, ultra soft Indian cotton and slubby, easy jersey pieces all in a beautiful tonal palette of red, pink and coral tones. There were flashes of neutral and khaki too, but the overall impression was of this gorgeous, almost sunset feeling collection of colours. The silhouettes were all really simplistic, perfect for their theme of ‘Urban Picnic’ which seemed all about indulging in a relaxed beach holiday vibe right in the middle of the city, from cotton poplin triangle bikinis, ruched cotton mini dresses, throw on T shirt dresses and easy fit kaftan style tunics.

We hope that these shots inspire you as much as the face to face experience inspired us. We have tried our best to express the colours through pantones, but nothing quite compares to the varied base cloths, textures and finishes of the originals.

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

The pantone colours that we have selected to express ‘Merci’s offer are pearl (pantone 17-2601 TPX), freckle (17-1424 TPX), rouge (19-1557 TPX), burgundy (19-1726 TPX), tomato (17-1558 TPX) and apricot (13-1013 TPX).

For more inspirational colour palettes, just click here. Enjoy!

Enjoy! Lucy