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We’re Back, We’re Backless

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

If you’re following Blink London on insta then you’ll know I am holidaying in Bali right now. More to come on that- but what my hols also means is that I have had a minute to get stuck back in to my badly ignored blog. No excuses, but things have been pretty darn fabulously hectic at Blink Towers for the past few months. I have not been practicing what I preach about making sure you set aside a regular time slot to keep your blog posts rolling and for that I am sorry (not sorry cos there’s been amazing stuff afoot!).

Well, taking an evening out from my holiday to indulge in my passion for fashion, beauty and lifestyle, at my trusty laptop, cocktail by my side, surf crashing just beyond the open french doors is no great hardship- and I promise to keep the flow of news, excitement, information and inspiration flowing again!

I am getting my blogging groove back on with a focus on beautiful back views, and not just for the wonderfully appropriate post title opportunity. As a designer I have found myself taking more interest in back details of garments than the fronts recently, and more specifically split, slashed and open, plunging backs. I wanted to share some great inspirational images with you, all swiped from Pinterest with hugest love, thanks and appreciation.

The open back has been getting lost of catwalk love in recent shows, is a great streetstyle looks (backwards shirts are part of this too) as well as spotted in exquisite vintage styles. Here are some of my favourites for you to enjoy, and for more just hit up Blink London on Pinterest.

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Streetstyle from Pinterest and TheyAllHateUs

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Rochas Resort 2017, from Pinterest

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Dior model Kouka at Paris fashion show, February 1962 swiped from Pinterest

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Balenciaga, swiped from Pinterest

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thesartorialist.com, swiped from Pinterest

B.H. Wragge, Norman Parkinson, vintage Vogue, Vogue 1965,  Pinterest

B.H. Wragge, photo by Norman Parkinson for Vogue 1965, swiped from Pinterest

For more fashion inspiration, just take a look here.

Fashion Forecasting for the year ahead…

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

So, as 2015 draws to a close, our thoughts turn to the year ahead. We have already seen what fashion’s biggest labels think we should be wearing for Spring Summer 2016, as well as a little preview of Autumn Winter 2016 through the pre-collections which have just been shown. Elle.com shared insight in to what inspired some designer’s Spring 2016 collections which is lovely to look at against what actually hit the catwalks. The fashion forecasting houses are way past 2016 already of course, as are most fashion designers, but before we shoot too far in to the future there are some very interesting changes afoot in the world of fashion which we have been pondering…

Missoni pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Missoni pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Where is Raf going and what is going to happen at Dior? How long can Gucci sustain their new geeky chic direction and what else does new creative director, Alessandro Michele, got up his sleeve? How will Balenciaga‘s appointment of Demna Gvasalia, formerly of Vetements, impact on the brand’s aesthetic? Will we all be 3D printing our own clothes any time soon? How will the high street compete with the growth and diversification of the online shopping experience?

Gucci pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Gucci pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

And perhaps most importantly of all, what on earth will the Kardashians do next to in order to keep hold of our undivided attention? Well, I think their impact on the global psyche was very well reflected in the utter fashion mayhem caused by the H&M x Balmain collaboration. Crikey, that Olivier Rousteing knows how to work his celebrity smothered intagram account with supreme skill, featuring his Kardashian/West/Jenner bezzies on a regular basis. Not that long ago the general high street fashion shopping populous would most probably been totes unaware of Balmain as a brand, and now they are knocking each other to the ground for this collab collection in a mosh pit style frenzy!

Kendall Jenner modelling Balmain x H&M. Image swiped from Pinterest with thanks

Kendall Jenner modelling Balmain x H&M. Image swiped from Pinterest with thanks

Well this leads us on to another interesting question. Who on earth can follow up that H&M collaboration? The joy of these collabs is not lost on me. I am a proud repeat wearer of several bits bought from the Stella collab, the Marant collab and the Margiela collab (although no one was injured in my purchasing of those items). I came across this interesting article putting some odds on potential designers who may or may not be under official H&M consideration. Who will you put your money on?

For more fashion inspiration to get your brains swirling just like ours, look here. If you’re after shopping news in particular, then you should look here.

Bella Illustrations, the newest addition to the Blink London family

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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Bella Illustrations

We have a new baby! Not a literal, actual being type human baby. We have a new Blink London business baby! Please welcome our brand new brand, Bella Illustrations. When you are looking at something rather lovely, feel free to say “Oh yes, that reminds me of those fabulous Bella Illustrations fashion drawings.” and as your friends look enquiringly at you, congratulate yourself on having the inside track on this new source for original and limited edition fashion artwork.

I must give my family kudos for inspiring me to launch Bella Illustrations because as a fashion designer, these are just the tools of my trade, but they assure me that these are things of beauty that deserve to be shared. Over the past 20 years I have been working out my best way of expressing my design ideas, and this is the result. These are drawn with absolute love, dedication and passion for the fashion world and my place in it. My favourite work days are my drawing days and so to have a legitimate excuse to have more drawing days is an absolute dream come true!

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Bella Illustrations, original artwork

I’m offering some one off, unique, original fashion drawings that are mostly monochrome but detailed with skin tone to help the silhouette of the designs shine out. These above and below are on the Bella Illustrations Etsy shop right now, in our ‘Three Looks’ series.

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Bella Illustrations, original artwork

I’m also creating some limited edition drawings which are inspired by vintage fashion looks. These are drawn up and then printed on to heavy cartridge paper. I then hand colour these with watercolours so actually each one is still quite unique- and there are only ever 5 of each drawing produced.

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Bella Illustrations, limited edition fashion drawing

This one, with the embroidered bodice and full tulle skirt, is inspired by a 1950’s Balenciaga design. And the look below is also from the 1950’s but is a Dior design. The next may well be a 1970’s suit although I’m also being tempted by something far more historical like a 1920’s flapper dress or a heavily detailed Victorian frock…

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Bella Illustrations, limited edition fashion drawing

Oh, and are you wondering about the name ‘Bella Illustrations’? Yes, I am Lucy to all of you and to everyone in my life- aside from to my family. Bella is a family nickname, given to me by by big brother. As this is a far more personal aspect of my business it felt natural to give it a far more personal name. I do hope that you like it.

Please take a look at my Etsy shop to see more of what I’m doing. It’s the only place online where you can buy my work. There will be more one offs and limited editions being added regularly, so keep an eye on things. I’m also creating some custom fashion drawings to order too (yay, more excuses to draw!!!). If you’d like to see more from Bella Illustrations, including some ‘artwork in process’ images, follow Bella Illustrations on Instagram too.

A Bigger Splash with Dior and AnOther Magazine, the premiere

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Tonight in London there will be a rather exciting ‘fashion moment’ occurring. It’s not your usual catwalk however. This is the premiere of what promises to be a rather fabulously stylish new movie. 

A Bigger Splash directed by Luca Guadignino will be premiered at the Curzon Mayfair, and is hosted by Dior and AnOther Magazine. This is a remake of the super chic 60s French thriller ‘La Piscine’ which starred Alain Delon, Jane Birkin and Romy Schneider. I think it’s fair to say that based on that cast you know that the original must have been a visually stunning movie.

La Piscine film poster, found on Pinterest, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin, fashion inspiration

La Piscine film poster, found on Pinterest

Well this time around Guadignino has brought together Tilda Swinton (looking incredible in Dior, hence their part in hosting the premiere), Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Belgian actor, Matthias Schoenaerts. Here’s the trailer, and you can read more about the movie here on AnOther Magazine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akAvbD8uc8g

We hope to have some great shots from the star-studded premiere tomorrow. In the meantime, for more events posts, take a look here.

“Blink” Inspiration: Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture Collection

Friday, July 10th, 2015

We have discovered a new level of fashion joy. Have you seen the Giambattista Valli couture collection? It is beyond luxurious. I think that between Valli and Dior, the whole lexicon of luxury fashion is being redefined. Fendi and Lagerfeld can bugger off into the history books with their all fur disgrace along with the old fashioned ideas of luxe that fur represents. Giambattista Valli reminds us with this collection that true luxury, and true couture is all about the craft, skill and diversity created by those legion of ultra talented ‘petit mains’ teamed with a geniusly innovative designer.

Building on those vast skirted looks from the AW’14 couture collection Valli again plays with acres of airy tulle in sweeping skirts, but this time in tandem with puff ball style surges of volume at empire line or hip. There is a strong feeling of 60’s cocktail hour with fancy pants layered over with matching tunic or coats, enhanced with the high contrast monochromes of flashes of acid trip brights. The 60’s vibe is reaffirmed with those huge rounded shades, studded with massive, square-cut crystals. Oh, and what about those vast earings? Giambattista, we are utterly in love!

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli himself, AW'15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Giambattista Valli himself, AW’15 Couture collection. Images with thanks to Style.com

Huge thanks to Style.com for being such an amazing fashion resource. For more fashion inspiration, just click here.

“Blink” Inspiration: The Making of a Dior Couture Dress

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

There are no words I can add. Just watch and be awed by the beauty of Dior Couture.

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: All Tied Up

Friday, January 30th, 2015

When we’ve been out and about doing our retail research, there has been an un-ignorable addition to the accessories offer right across the fashion map. I think it’s safe to say that we will all be tying one on for Spring Summer. Yes, folks we are talking about the return of the silk scarf. I know that we have posted about this a couple of times before, here about the Jason Wu silk squares for St Regis, and here about Emma Greenhill’s sumptuous silk scarves, but there is still more to be shared with you on this very important topic!

Here are some shots that we have grabbed when out around town over the last few weeks. I think you’ll agree that this is pretty strong evidence that silk scarves have got the accessories department all wrapped up… (sorry couldn’t resist!). There are a multitude of ways to rock your scarf too. If you aren’t quite convinced that a full on headscarf is for you, then why not try a more subtle cuff tie or a shoe with a scarf inspired tie (both by Dior)?

Scarves: big fashion news for Spring Summer 2015

Scarves: big fashion news for Spring Summer 2015

Across the top, from left to right we have Louis Vuitton, Kenzo and Chanel. In the mid row we have Dior and Dolce and Gabbana. In the bottom row is Miu Miu, Dior and Fendi.

For more accessories posts, just take a look here.

“Blink” Retail: J’adore Dior SS’14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Dior brings the amazing flora draped set of the SS’14 show to their windows. Such a fabulous show. Such a stunning collection. And now one of the most beautiful window schemes that we’ve seen in some time.

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Here’s the video of the SS’14 show so you can appreciate the atmosphere of the show space, as well as this amazing collection. We are huge Raf Simons fans. How he combines the handwriting of Dior with his own aesthetic, plus ensuring it feels utterly innovative and current, is a design dream come true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn5wgf2CaH0

For more retail news, just take a look here.

“Blink” Inspiration: Dior, pre-fall 2014

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Back to our pre fall show posts. Did you enjoy the Preen, Nina Ricci, Chloe and Phillip Lim reviews? Gosh, as fast as we can post show reviews, we can’t quite keep up with the fashion world as Paris is now knee deep in the Couture collections. Before we know it we’ll be in the midst of the main Autumn Winter ’14 shows too. What a whirl of wonderfulness!

Anyway, before we are thoroughly distracted let’s get a few more pre-season reviews in for you, and next on our agenda is Dior. I am totally in love with what Simons has done with Dior. He was a perfect choice to bring the house back in to the spotlight (and in the spotlight for all the right reasons). I really enjoy how you can see his style as well as appreciate what Dior stands for.

As is to be expected, the pre-season show is quite experimental and a little more fun feeling than the full blown collections. Continuing on the graphic, colour blocking theme, we really love the clean lines of this look, building on what we have come to expect from this label based on the evolution of the past few season’s aesthetic. There is something a little more playful here too. I for one didn’t expect to see an MA1 jacket inspired look from Dior! Innovative proportions are supported by a combination of structured and fluid textiles, and enhanced with a strong hand with boldly contrasting colours.

I’m not totally convinced by those orthopedic looking neck bands though…

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

Dior, pre-fall '14. Images with thanks to Style.com

All show shots are from Style.com with huge respect and thanks. For more inspiration, just have a look here.

“Blink” Inspiration: Grace x Raf = Dior SS’13?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Cruising through Pinterest, as I’m pretty guaranteed to do instead of actually walking away from my computer between projects or tasks, I spotted this gorgeous shot of Grace Kelly. It did remind me very much of a look that I love from a rather brilliant Spring Summer ’13 collection.

So, do we think Raf Simons is a Grace Kelly fan? I’m certainly a Raf Simons fan.

Grace Kelly, on the left. Raf Simons' Dior Collection for SS'13, on the right

Grace Kelly, on the left. Raf Simons' Dior Collection for SS'13, on the right

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