“Blink” Retail: Arcadia Press Day AW’14- Topshop and Topman

Here’s the final installment of our Arcadia Press event highlights. Topshop is a guaranteed inspirational stop off, but I think Topman is fast catching up in the style stakes. Exciting news for all you fashionable boys.

So, starting with Toppers, here are a few of my favourites from the collection on show. It was hard to put a finger on exactly where they were heading for Autumn as there was a very diverse selection on show, so I decided just to plump for some pieces that I thought look interesting and innovative. I love this coat, taking inspiration from the baseball/ Varsity jacket but taking the look forward into new proportions. These badge emblazoned jeans are gorgeous and quite similar to a pair from Mother that I’ve had my eye on. Finally that sparkly sporty number- by way of Tom Ford, by way of Geoffrey Beene as seen in this previous post.

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

The most exciting items on the Topman rail were those from the AW’14 Topman Design collection. Really lovely use of contrasting textures, surface effects and traditional, muted tones contrasted with bold colour. I will be having a look at a few of these myself come Autumn! Loving these heavy duty, super functional looking trainers/ hiking boots too. Great colour.

Topman, AW'14

Topman, AW’14

Topman, AW'14

Topman, AW’14

Here’s the show for you so you can appreciate the full Topman Design collection.

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“Blink” New Designers: Jena.Theo, London Fashion Week

We do love a new label, and although Jena.Theo is not strictly brand new (they won the Fashion Fringe award in 2009), they had escaped our attention until this February’s LFW show at Somerset House. Founded by Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, who met at the London College of Fashion in 2002, Jena.Theo is the result of their combined creative skills and experience in design and buying, as well as their diverse backgrounds blending British and Greek influences.

What first attracted us to their AW’14 collection was the brilliantly bold pattern combinations and the diversity from denim through to structured, dramatic dresses. Much of the pattern is due to O.Two, aka James Carey, a graphic artist/ illustrator who joined the team in 2011. Romy, the Jena.Theo studio assistant, showed us through the collection which actually comprises of three parts- Pre, RTW and Denim. The pre-collection featured gorgeous tropical, brightly coloured pattern that was reflected in the mainline RTW, which diversified into wonderful metallic finishes, graphic lines and more structured base cloths. The denim offer works with the rest of the pieces, but is a separate and complete entity showcasing clever cutting, great finishes and cool graduated colour effects.

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW'14, LFW

Jena.Theo AW’14, LFW

Already internationally stocked in prestigious stores Jena.Theo has made an impression on the fashion world, and we think this collection may be the one to bring this creative and innovative label into the general fashion crowd’s consciousness. I’ll be slipping into some of their AW’14 pieces as soon as they drop into Wolf and Badger or pop up at ASOS and Young British Designers.

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“Blink” Retail: Forever 21 and Charlotte Brontë

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…

“Blink” Retail: H&M’s Dragon Tattoo Collection

We’re huge fans of Stieg Larsson’s books and can’t wait for the film (mainly due to the undeniable charms of Mr Daniel Craig), and when we received the press release from H&M about their collection inspired by Lisbeth Salander’s punk/ Goth/ Rock chick look, we were more than a little excited.

This collection landed in stores yesterday, 14th December, with slightly less fanfare than the Versace hook up, but we’re quite pleased about that too- less elbow sharpening required… Trish Summerville, the costume designer of the film “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, designed this collection, so it has a great pedigree. Check out the video. Enjoy!

“Blink” reports- ‘Denim’

Thanks goodness it’s Friday. And to add to your reasons to be joyful, we have not one but two posts for you today. I know! We’ll start with ‘Denim’ just to round up our posts on our category specific reports for the week. You’ve already been treated to jersey, knit, soft wovens and print. You may have noticed that the format is pretty much the same through the reports, but it isn’t identical. Each report subject has its idiosyncratic moments, just to ensure that particular product type or subject is presented at its absolute best.

The ‘Denim’ report definitely has its own approach. There are no colour palettes in here, but we do run a few pages that highlight particular stories within the denim and casual wovens category, whether its about colour, pattern, treatments or trims. There are lots of close ups and cut outs though this report ensuring that you see all of the detail that goes in to making a style particular to a brand, and inspiring you to come up with new approaches to your own denim personality.

As with the other reports we have previewed this week, we have a few key pages from the report for you in this post. In total, this particular edition ran at over 45 pages, so there’s lots more for you to see. If you’re interested in checking this out, or seeing the full editions of any of our reports, why not have a look here for our contact details, or those of your nearest agent. Enjoy!

Blink Events: Roskilde Festival, Denmark part 2

So, from setting the mood with yesterday’s post to day we get to share some Roskilde style shots with you. It seems that festival style is pretty much a global look (tweaked a little to reflect the weather!).We are starting with some great denim oriented looks- and a focus on shorts. It may not be super new news, but it is still very cool.

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Roskilde festival, Denmark

Enjoy and there will be more to come tomorrow!

Blink Events: Distortion, Copenhagen

So, day three of the coverage from Distortion and its the last hit of festival streetstyle for now.

Its about great knits today, and a smattering of leather and denim too- well, it wouldn’t be a festival without some cool denim now would it? It is refreshing that the denim isn’t purely about cut offs. The knits are textural and quirky, with a touch of vintage chic- the poncho is both fashionable and functional in Copenhagen this Summer it seems, working very well with a key Copenhagen accessory- the bicycle!

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

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