“Blink” Streetstyle: Wilderness festival

Wilderness festival

Wilderness festival

What a gorgeous family and yes, that is a tail on their son. A dinosaur tail if you please. It seems these tails are the new, big festival thing with all sorts of variations seem on all sorts of people (sadly not just children!). I cannot explain it, aside from maybe being the natural progression from the trend for donning a pair of animal ears?

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Blink Events: Field Day, The Finale

So, here’s our final hit of coverage from Field Day. Its the last lot of streetstyle from the event and encompasses some expected looks (denim shorts) but worked in some fresh and innovative ways. We also saw real attention to detail with brilliant accessories just adding that wonderful ‘edge’ that we are always looking for with our streetstyle coverage. There were some surprisingly elegant looks too, which feel really interesting. So, over to the images and enough ponderings from us. What do you think? Be sure to drop us a comment and tell us what you love the most from this weeks imagery.

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

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Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, Part 4 aka ‘Shop ’til you Drop’

Here we are on the fourth day of our coverage from the Vintage Festival, and we still have more to come! We think this is testament to the incredible diversity of events and quality of the experience created by Wayne Hemingway and the Vintage Festival team. Today we look at the amazing shopping at the event, which was mainly focused on fantastic vintage fashion, but there was also vintage homewares and furniture, brilliant art and a selection of big names who fit in with the mood,  like Cath Kidston and Benefit.

Within the Royal Festival Hall itself was a selection of more ‘high end’ vintage stalls. Our favourite was Fraubraun. We were told that this business developed out of the founder’s passion for collecting beautiful vintage womenswear. Stephanie Braun has an incredibly well honed sense of what will suit each one of her potential customers and within moments had selected two dresses for our Creative Director to slip into. Both fitted like a dream. You are then encouraged to step into the pop up photographic studio and take your own photo. Even if you aren’t quite ready to make a purchase, what a lovely experience. We have a couple of those shots below, so you’ll get a rare look at the face behind “Blink”.

Beyond the Royal Festival Hall was a wonderful market style set up, with some of the best quality vintage that we have seen in some time. As antique fair aficionado’s this was a kind of heaven. We first came across Stark, Wingate and Brown whose stall featured some brilliant graphic art. We spotted James Brown, who we have previously interviewed, and also Mr Wingate who we profiled for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s website. Beyond this was stall upon stall of wonderful vintage. It was impossible not to part with some cash, but thank goodness we didn’t succumb to the Danish teak mid century desk we spotted…

Wayne, sorry I didn’t make it for that dance you promised me in the disco, but I was exhausted from all of the day’s excitements and had to take myself home (with all my shopping) for a well earned rest!

St Bride Foundation's Letterpress stall

St Bride Foundation's Letterpress stall

Wingate and Brown of Stark, Wingate and Brown

Stark, Wingate and Brown

Stylish stallholders at the Vintage Festival

Wonderful vintage in the marketplace

Wonderful vintage in the marketplace

Inspirational homewares in the marketplace

Our Founder and Creative Directer in one of Fraubraun's vintage dresses

Our Founder and Creative Directer in one of Fraubraun's vintage dresses

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, Part 3- more Vintage Streetstyle

We decided to split the Vintage Festival streetstyle coverage into two day’s worth of posts as we didn’t want to blow your brains with one massive dose of inspirational information! We hope that you enjoyed yesterday’s post. Here’s the second drop for you, and then there is lots more inspiration from the amazing event to come for the rest of the week.

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Tally Ho! Cycle Tour girls at The Vintage Festival

The Tally Ho! Cycle Tour girls at The Vintage Festival

The Tally Ho! Cycle Tour girls at The Vintage Festival

The Tally Ho! Cycle Tour girls at The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

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Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, part 2- Vintage Streetsyle

So, after setting the scene in yesterday’s post, we move on to the amazing looks spotted at the wondrous Vintage Festival. There were so many amazing and inspirational looks to choose from, and I have never seen so much fabulous vintage rocked in such an incredible way. The strongest look for the girls was the full skirted, flirty 50’s frock. We also loved the elegant late 40’s tea dresses, whose midi length looks so right now. We were hoping to see some strong 60’s, 70’s and 80’s referenced looks too, but these were really quite thin on the ground. Perhaps too close to ‘real fashion’ for the true vintage enthusiast to embrace?

Here is the first hit of shots for you, and there will be more to follow on tomorrow. We hope that you are as inspired by them as we were by the whole event. Thanks again to all of the people involved in making this such an incredible experience.

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

Thanks to our lovely intern, Siwan, who contributed some great shots, and thanks to all of you who struck a pose for us. You all looked incredible.

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, part 1

What a weekend! We started off with the Vintage Festival, looking rather retro fabulous on London’s Southbank, and ended up with a wet wipe wash in a Dorset field, but that’s a whole nother story…

Back to the stunning Southbank Centre and the absolutely amazing Vintage Festival. We have been priming you with teasers for this over the past few weeks. We truly hope that you took our advise and got yourselves down there. I have to say that I haven’t experienced anything quite like it. How civilized to have a festival within a beautiful building and only a short bus journey from home at that. We arrived for the pre-launch Press walk about and we were stunned at how brilliantly Wayne and his team had executed their vision. We spoke briefly to Wayne Hemingway who said that he was a little exhausted but incredibly happy with how it was going.

As the crowds streamed in the Royal Festival Hall really came to life as dancing got underway, the wonderful vintage clothing was riffled through, the 60’s Art College experience was, well, experienced, the make up artists and hairdressers helped to add even more authenticity to the really very impressive retro looks sported by some very committed vintage fans in attendance. This was a truly incredible and unique experience, and I hope that the team get to repeat it next year. As a vintage fan, I have never seen so much amazing product available to buy in one location, I’ve never experienced the different era’s of music in quite that way in such close proximity, I’ve never seen so many well turned out vintage enthusiasts, and I’ve never before had a cup of tea with a Pearly Queen. For all of that I thank Wayne and his incredibly dedicated team.

We hope that this first post helps to set the scene and then we have some more detailed looks at what we loved, as well as having some great style shots to inspire you.

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

'Bad Art Salon' at the Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Foyles showcase some vintage classics at the Vintage Festival

Charity Shop DJ at the Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Jiving in the Torch Club

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Blink Events: Secret Garden Party, Part 3

Its been a while since we had anything worth posting under the category of ‘Friday Fun’. Sorry about that. Well, we hope to make amends with this fabulously fluffy selection of shots to round up our Secret Garden Party reviews for this year. These festival goers seemed to have decided that SGP was the opportunity for them to embrace their inner animal. Who knew that Tony the Tiger would become a style icon? Well, all we can say is that we think they all look gggrrrreat!

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Well, that’s it for SGP, but look out for lots more festival coverage to come. If you’d like to see all the festival related posts on the “Blink” blog so far, just click here. If you’d like to take a look at all of the inspirational events we’ve covered, then click here. Enjoy!

Thanks again to the wonderful Victoria for the images. Thanks also to all of you who struck a pose for her. Until next year!

Blink Events: Secret Garden Party, Part 2 aka ‘Mad Hatters’

More great shots from Secret Garden Party. We hope that you enjoyed yesterdays post. Its not really the kind of fest where we can then look at the shots and analyze the trends (phew, no denim cuts offs and Hunter welly combos here), but never the less we have pulled together some common threads for you. This post celebrates the most wonderful selection of headgear that we have seen since the Royal Wedding. Hats were the accessory du jour, and there were some great scarf looks too. What better way to work with your Day 3 festival hair?

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Thanks again to the lovely Victoria for some inspirational shots. If you’d like to see more posts on accessories, just click here. Enjoy!

Blink Events: Secret Garden Party, Part 1

We’re knee deep into festival season and last weekend saw the most fantastic of them all take place. When I say fantastic, I mean it in the truest sense of the word. Secret Garden Party is all about escapism, an alternative reality, a fantasy festival when your imagination can really let its hair down. The theme this year was ‘Origins and Frontiers’, but as you’ll see from the shots this was by no means the only direction to take when it came to wardrobe choices. Yes, when you want to dress fancy for SGP, you really, truly do go for fancy dress.

The line up was pretty much as eclectic as the attendees sartorial tastes, but we were really excited to see Benjamin Francis Leftwich on the line up (a new “Blink” fav) as well as I am Kloot, Blondie, Leftfield and Toddla T who is our current hangover cure…

So to set the scene we decided that this first post on SGP should feature the most fantastical of those that we shot. We salute all the SGP attendees who put so much time, energy and thought into their looks. I have no idea how you all managed to do it, but I’m very glad that you did! Thanks to Victoria for the ace shots. Great work from the newest member of the “Blink” family.

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

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Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, another teaser!

If you are yet to purchase your tickets to this amazing event, we suggest you make your mind up and get on-line quick smart! This is not one to be missed…

Actually its not a complete disaster if you don’t buy tickets, as much of the Vintage Festival is free and open to all. However, if you do want access in to the beautiful Royal Festival Hall, and all of the amazing events held within its wall, you will need to part with your cash. I promise you that it will be money well spent. From what I found out on Monday evening, when being shown around by Wayne and Jack Hemingway (its a family affair), you will be treated to some amazing adventures down memory lane. Wayne did point out that this is not just a ‘Retro Fest’ though. He wanted to achieve two main things with the Vintage Festival. The first was ‘glamour’, recalling times when it was unheard of to head out on a big night without getting dressed up for the evening ahead. The second was to deliver ‘something with meaning’ inspired by great moments in time musically and stylistically, but that also ‘looks at where we are going’.

The start of this mission was the first vintage festival at Goodwood last year, with its 50,000 attendees. This year the event has relocated to the South Bank Centre, at the request of the Royal Festival Hall who wanted this to be the jewel in the crown of their 60th anniversary celebrations. As Wayne Hemingway is beyond passionate about the design, architecture and ethos behind the RFH and the South Bank this seemed a perfect fit. The event will cover an area from the British Film Institute (who will be joining in by showing vintage films, including back to back Avengers episodes that you’ll be able to watch while wearing a free bowler hat) right along the whole of the South Bank to the London Eye. Nearly all of the restaurants and cafe’s along the way will be joining in too (Yo Sushi showing 20’s Japanese films, Skylon will become even more glamorous with a ‘Cabaret’ themed event). There will be a huge vintage market, with special early access for ticket holders (incentive enough on its own to get that ticket bought!), and we are quite intrigued by the ‘Chap Olympiad‘ to be held in Jubilee Gardens, where you will also be able to join the vintage oriented, ultra stylish Pashley bike tours.

If that hasn’t got you in a lather of vintage enthusiasm, then here are some shots to help set the scene, most of which were from last year’s event. See you there. Now, I must go and air my nylons, dust off my corsage and sharpen my eye liner pencil…

The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

Recreating the rave at The Vintage Festival, Goodwood 2010

Wayne Hemingway

A Robin and Lucienne Day inspired interior at the Hemingway curated 'Museum of 51' in the basement of the RFH

Wayne and Jack Hemingway showing us around the museum exhibits