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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.
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.
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!
We hope that you enjoyed yesterday’s post. Here’s some more inspirational show shots for you from Copenhagen Fashion Week, where the designers were showcasing their Spring Summer 2012 collections. These images are from the ‘CPH Visions + terminal II‘ showcase where the best contemporary womenswear brands focusing on Scandinavian design, feminine fashion and up-and-coming designers are shown as a group. The venue was a stunning building within Copenhagen’s historical ‘meatpacking’ district, Øksnehallen. Amongst those showing was Nuit Comme Oui, who we featured previously on the blog in one of our interviews. Just click here if you’d like to read it.
While most of us were working away as usual in sunny London, our lovely “Blink” family member, Asta, headed home to Copenhagen. The timing was perfect as her visit coincided with Copenhagen Fashion Week. After London (obviously!) and Paris, Copenhagen has to be our next favourite fashion inspiration location within Europe so we are delighted to be able to feature this on the blog and share it with you all.
Here is Asta’s summary of the biggest news from the event which was for Spring Summer 2012:
“The maxi-dress is quite predictably still a strong look and so is the platform shoe, but what I particularly noticed from this week is a lot of pastel colours in light see-through materials, mixed with bold accessories: big and shiny but simple, clean lines with lots of gold and silver. Accessories are either very small or they’re very big. The in-between thing doesn’t feel right at all. I also noticed quite a few sporty touches too, like trainers and sporty jersey fabrics but mixed with silk, knit and print. The round, binocular sunglasses are still a hit. There was a lot of metallic gold fabric and a strong presence snakeskin effects- all with an underlying feeling of the 90’s. I also spotted lots of bright colored, tie-die style prints, and a lot of ‘mullet’ dresses that had a short front but a long back, just as we’ve been seeing coming through in London this Summer.”
Here’s the first hit of shows coverage for you, featuring Benedikte Utzon‘s SS’12 collection, and there will be more tomorrow- followed by some great streetstyle shots towards the end of the week.
Its Friday, so we thought we’d treat you to two reports today. Consider it our gift to you, to say ‘Have an inspirational Friday!’
So, the penultimate in our week’s worth of showcasing the “Blink” reports is ‘Soft Wovens’. Its one of the more recent additions to the monthly portfolio of reports and its doing very well.
If you’re not familiar with this category of product, ‘Soft Wovens’ is a fashion industry term for wovens that are lighter and finer, less structured or constructed than tailored pieces. Its a growing and diversifying area of the market, and probably the most fashion topical for the past couple of seasons. Do have a look at the gallery below. This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as this report goes. After these few introductory pages there are up to 35 more which are packed with great detailed product shots. Enjoy!
As we mentioned in our London Fashion Week Overview, we were delighted to catch up with Henry and Felicity Brown again. This was for two very good reasons really. Firstly is that we were really excited to see where the Felicity had decided to take the collection. The SS’11 show was fabulous so it was really exciting to see how she had developed the collection on from there. The second reason is that they are two of the nicest people that we have come across within the fashion industry.
If you’d like more background on Felicity, do have a read of the interview with her that we posted a little while ago. It details what she was being inspired by when creating this AW’11 collection, so its great to see the results and have taken the journey with her full circle. Felicity Brown reinterprets her unique take on deconstruction for the AW’11 collection, incorporating inspiration from cubism and tribal markings, along with elements of striped back theatrical costume. Voluminous layer upon layer of raw edged textiles are balanced with strictly boned corsets laced up with cotton ribbons. Each piece is a work of art realized through her incredible artisanal approach.
Along with the dresses sits Felicity’s T shirt label, No 23, which this season integrates back to the dress collection through the use of the same colour palette and pattern inspiration. If you’d like something from Felicity Brown’s collection to wear everyday, the T shirts are the perfect option and we have our eye on several!
Thanks to Felicity for spending so much time with us explaining her working practices and her design vision. Thanks to Henry for sending over these amazing images of the new collection.
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So, the next in our week’s worth of showcasing the “Blink” reports is our ‘Soft Wovens’ report. Its the most recent addition to the monthly portfolio and its doing very well. We spotted that there was a whole, very topical and directional section of the fashion scene that we just weren’t reporting on clearly enough so we decided that the addition of the ‘Soft Wovens’ report would really round out our offer.
If you’re not familiar with this category of product, ‘Soft Wovens’ is a fashion industry term for wovens that are lighter and finer, less structured or constructed than tailored pieces. They are more delicate and more formal than the styles that would be featured in the ‘Denim +’ report and do have a more occassionwear bent, but are not exclusively for ‘posh’. Have I sufficiently cleared that up for you? Hope so! Actually, perhaps I should just leave it to the report itself to explain what its all about. Do have a peruse of the gallery below. This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as this report goes. After these few introductory pages there are up to 35 more which are packed with great detailed product shots.
For more on the reports, do click here to see our dedicated page, updated once per month with the latest issues.
We were out and about in town yesterday, feeling a bit schizophrenic with the sale stock looking so, well, old I suppose and the new season collections looking oh so freshly tempting. It makes such sense to snap up some amazing sale bargains- especially considering that its still the depths of Winter and will probably remain frigidly cold for at least the next three months, but all I really wanted was new season gorgeousness, along with the promise of sunshine and blue skies that it holds.
Liberty was the best for us as far as showcasing new season collections. We fell in love with the Stella McCartney resort/ early Spring collection all over again (the first time being when we drooled over the show shots on Style.com). The simplicity of silhouette, the structure, the delicious combination of texture and pattern- specifically the stunning, grand scale floral prints and the boldly blue, broderie anglais style lace. Here are a few shots for you, to share the joy and bring you a little ray of Spring sunshine.