Posts Tagged ‘Dresses’

“Blink” Inspiration: When do we get our ‘taste’

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I came across a baby picture of me the other day, and it struck a cord, reminding me of a dress in Topshop that I’ve been obsessing over and repeatedly trying on, hoping that it may suddenly suit me if I keep giving it a go. That Toppers frock is scarily similar to the checked smock dress my two year old self is wearing.

Lucy Williams, fashion blogger, already rocking a strong look at a young age...

Lucy Williams, fashion blogger, already rocking a strong look at a young age...

Topshop gingham check smock dress

Topshop gingham check smock dress

It made me wonder at what age we start to absorb the aesthetic influences that will form our adult tastes and inform the many choices that are driven by our ‘style’. I’m wondering how many other pictures I’ll find that show me wearing things that are frighteningly close to recent fashion based obsessions!

When I come to think about my home, many of my style choices are quite specifically reflective of my grandparent’s 30’s home filled with mid century kitsch. I don’t know if its anything to do with the fact that it was also the location of some of my earliest and happiest childhood memories. Come to think of it, my rather over developed soft spot for sequins was most probably formed there too as my Grandmother was a very glamorous lady with a wardrobe bursting with shimmer and sparkle.

I have obviously seen other things that I have loved and been inspired by through the years since my pre-school days, but these have been additions to a baseline of taste already formed, rather than replacing those urges. Well, I don’t have any huge Freudian revelations to round this post off. It was just a ponder really as to how our creative brain works, and I think that it seems we develop deep-seated beliefs far earlier than I may have guessed. Unless it’s just me that’s trying to still dress as my two year old self??? Oh gosh, maybe it is just me. Where did I leave my therapist’s number?

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Streetstyle: Bond Street

Friday, November 1st, 2013
Bond Street, streetstyle

Bond Street, streetstyle

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Three Dimensional

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Thanks goodness these don’t require those dodgy cinema specs to appreciate their 3D beauty. Fashion has embraced texture for Summer 2013. This is about grand scale, brave and beautiful detailing that borders on the sculptural. This is a modern approach to femeninity, celebrating strength and boldness. These looks are like saying “Yeah, I’m a lady, and what of it?” whilst planting your hands firmly on your hips.

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten

Selfridges

Selfridges

Selfridges

Selfridges

 

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Sofia Bahlner

Sofia Bahlner

Sofia Bahlner

Sofia Bahlner

For more amazing inspiration, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
streetstyle. London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Atsuko Kudo

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

In amongst all of the wonderful frocks in the V&A‘s ‘Ball Gowns’ exhibition, I came across one that was just so surprising and beautiful- and it was from a designer who’s name I didn’t know. It’s always a treat to discover a new label that’s inspirational and innovative, so we wanted to share that excitement with you. And this time that excitement has a very sexy edge indeed.

The designer in question is Atsuko Kudo. The dress that we fell in love with at the V&A is a lace printed, latex number. It is fascinating in it’s fit and texture. Kudo is a leading light in the world of latex dressing, winning multiple fetish and lingerie awards. This Tokyo born, London based designer works exclusively in this very specific material, crafting stunning, sexy and empowering looks for the boudoir and beyond.

Atsuko Kudo at the V&A

Atsuko Kudo at the V&A

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Peter Pilotto, SS’12

Friday, April 20th, 2012

You may have spotted a tweet from me earlier in the week about this collection. After spotting it in Selfridges and Dover Street Market, the dresses from the Peter Pilotto SS’12 collection are now somewhat of an obsession. They made a huge impact on the catwalk, but up close and personal, these are absolutely incredible. The construction, detailing, use of print, finish and silhouettes are amazing. Absolutely inspirational.

Peter Pilotto, SS'12

Peter Pilotto, SS'12

Peter Pilotto, SS'12

Peter Pilotto, SS'12

Peter Pilotto, SS'12

Thanks to Style.com for the images. If you’d like to see more inspirational posts, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Sunshine from Sonia Rykiel

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Yesterday was our first working day of the year and we braved the torrential rains and the gusting wind in order to start our retail research for the next set of reports. It was not the kind of weather that encourages you to think ‘Spring’ thoughts, so I was delighted when I came across the ray of sunshine that was the Sonia Rykiel store window display. Three looks in gorgeous daffodil yellow to inject some much needed Vitamin D into our system. An instant shot of Spring hope for you.

Sonia Rykiel, Spring '12

Sonia Rykiel, Spring '12

Sonia Rykiel, Spring '12

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Enjoy! Lucy

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: LBD’s

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

As it’s party season, we’re being utterly spoilt by some stunning frocks out on the high street right now. The classic choice is, of course, the little black dress, and here are some of our favourites. From high end to mass market, this has got to be the fashion equivalent of a ‘sure thing’. These don’t look faddy, but they are all fashion relevant. Tempting enough to make you feel like you would really be missing out if you didn’t make a purchase, but with the longevity to be one of those things you could pull out of your wardrobe for season’s to come without feeling too out of step with the fashion moment.

Zara

All Saints

Prada

Warehouse

Reiss

River Island

BCBG. OK, we know this isn't a dress but still...

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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” Backstage: Lanvin, SS’12

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

We just had to share this backstage video with you. Not only is it a gorgeous insight into what happens just before the models take to the Lanvin catwalk, there are also some lovely moments with Alber Elbaz who we hugely heart. You get to see some of the clothes actually moving which adds to the experience of this very kinetic collection. We really love the snake inspired pattern and the urgency of the slashed and split designs, expressing a new take on a somehow speedy or sporty aesthetic.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the show too, care of the wonderful Style.com

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Enjoy! Lucy