Blink Travels: ‘Merci’ for Colour Inspiration

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).

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London Fashion Week, Streetstyle: Slip into Neutral

Here’s some more streetstyle shots for you from London Fashion Week at Somerset House.

Every action has a reaction, and in the case of fashion colour, the desire for brights is balanced by a passion for neutrals. The return to camel toned, warm and luxurious shades has been super topical since the Autumn last year, and it has not gone away. The 70’s mood has created the perfect environment for camel to live on, and in the company of such retro shades as mustard, ochre and rust. At London Fashion Week, we style spotted a little of that palette, but more so we noticed a very soft, subtle and pale neutral direction. Honey, sand, caramel and creamy shades looked chic and ultra wearable. We really love them mixed with pastels too.

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

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Blink Inspiration: Spring into Colour

We spotted this rail of fashion joy when out retailing. I won’t reveal where I cheekily shot this as I want to be able to go in the store again!

The Celine collection is massively influential from a silhouette, textile and mood perspective. We also absolutely love the colour of this early Spring drop. Its was like a ray of Spring sunshine on a very grey London day. Enjoy!

Celine, early Spring '11

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Colour Palette- Neutral meets Bright

I was passing by the lovely Hanina Gallery on Westbourne Grove a little while back when I spotted this painting. I just loved its energy and the combination of texture and colour. I’ve been stashing it on the back burner awaiting an opportune moment to share it with you. Its been a while since we featured an inspirational colour palette, so I decided now was the time to get this post out there.

I think its a great colour, pattern and mood inspiration for Autumn 2011. As we’re working on that season for clients this month, this has been front of mind for us. I think its the way that the artist has combined such rich neurals with those eye popping brights. But it doesn’t jar at all. It shows how you can be bold and brave, even while embracing the all important neutrals.

We have started with saturated black, followed with carbon (pantone 18-3905 TPX), noisette (18-1612 TPX), plaster (14-1310 TPX) and ivory (11-0104 TPX) to cover off the neutrals and soft tinted shades. Then add in rust (18-1250 TPX), tomato (17-1558 TPX), dark turquoise (16-4834 TPX) and cobalt (18-4148 TPX) to cater to those flashes of saturated colour.

a beautiful painting spotted in the window of the Hanina Gallery

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Blink Travels: Danish Design School

It was Fashion Week in Copenhagen again, but the weather clearly doesn’t care about the fashion crowd and their carefully created looks at all. It has been heavily raining on Copenhagen’s stylish streets. Nevertheless, people are still dressing up and the shows are carrying on regardless.

Asta went to the Danish Design School‘s show in the old meatpacking district. There were 14 students showcasing their collections. As with any design school the quality levels and aesthetics were very mixed. We spotted a few looks that we loved and wanted to share them with you.

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Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Events- Camp Bestival, Part 2: Style

So, following yesterday’s ‘scene setting’ Camp Bestival post we now have some style insight for you.

In between the fairytale themed fancy dressing up, we managed to spot some great looks at Camp Bestival. It was a mixture of festival standards- great denim shorts, pretty pattern and we were particularly impressed with the boys who pushed the boat out too (mostly embracing their inner rock star or ladylike side!). Its an excuse to cut loose and go for bright colour, eclectic layers, theatrical make up and something a little more extreme than your everyday. If only your Monday to Friday wardrobe looked like this, wouldn’t the office be a far more inspirational and exciting place to be?

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Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Colour Palettes: Softly, Softly

Sorry, its been ages since we gave you a colour palette! The inspiration was long over due, so I was delighted when we spotted this young lady in Notting Hill. I love her slightly juvenile, vintage feeling look. Looking smart, ladylike and all about making a good first impression in a ‘first day at work’ kind of way.

I love the pearly tinted grays, soft black and fresh white combination. I’m not convinced that the shoes completely work though so I’ve left the tan off of our palette. Starting on the left with carbon (pantone 18-3905 TPX), then into cold pink (13-3804 TPX), optic white, pale silver (14-4102 TPX) and iceberg (17-4111 TPX).

Enjoy and click here for more on colour.

Notting Hill

Inspiration: Summer in a vase

I know this is slightly off of our usual subject matter, but we just loved these flowers so much that we had to share them with you. We were passing our friend’s florists, ‘Scarlet and Violet’, the other day when we spotted these amazing ranunculus (our favourite flower). Even though we were a little late for a meeting we just had to stop and grab a bunch. The colour was just incredible and irresistible. It was like a vase full of little chicks or bursts of sunshine. Perfect to try and cheat a summer feeling even though the weather isn’t quite playing along.

Thanks Vic!

Pattern: Go Wild in technicolour!

So, we posted about the natural variations on this theme last week, but then we were struck by the amount of hyper-colour skin looks that we had in our stash. These are a little punky, a little pop art and a lot of fabulousness. It takes a little more chutzpah to rock these super colourful looks, compared to the naturally neutral variations on the theme, but the impact is worth the effort.

Go wild in the city this Summer with one of these amazing prints worked back with globally inspired jewelery and simple khakis. You’ll look ggggrrrrrreat!

Click here for more on pattern. These prints, and many others, are featured in the June “Print” report. If you’d like to see this and check out the rest of our amazing reports, contact your nearest agent.

Roberto Cavalli

Miss Sixty

H&M

Joseph

Harvey Nichols