Blink Travels: Cutler and Gross arrives in Toronto

Exciting times for one of my favourite British brands, Cutler and Gross. They are slowly but surely taking over the world and I was lucky enough to be in Toronto as they were about to open their newest outpost. I met the team as they were frantically unpacking the latest shipment of stock, including some wonderful archive styles. The cash desk was yet to arrive and the finishing touches were being put to their very own mini version of the ‘Museum’ room. Although the store has been designed by Toronto based ‘Fishtnk‘, it still maintains the Cutler and Gross signature look, including the picture wall of famous faces wearing C & G frames. The store is perfectly located in Yorkville, which is broadly speaking Toronto’s Knightsbridge, again reflecting the London flagship beautifully.

The doors open today (good luck Golta and team!) just in time for the world’s film industry and hottest movie stars to descend upon the city for the  Toronto International Film Festival.

You can read up on what Cutler and Gross have been up to in London here, and learn about Marie, their wonderful Design Director, here. Enjoy!

Cutler and Gross, Toronto

Cutler and Gross, Toronto

Cutler and Gross, Toronto

the 'Museum' room at Cutler and Gross, Toronto

the 'Museum' room at Cutler and Gross, Toronto

Blink Reports: Autumn ’11 ‘Accessories’

As you may have spotted on our frenzied tweets, August was a hectic month on the reports front. This was the first month when we had 8 reports to issue- and all with masses more pages than ever before… There was a collective sigh of relief when we finally sent the completed artwork to the printers, and smiles of glee when the finished reports arrived back looking incredibly impressive.

This was a mega month because we had the quarterly reports to create as well as the usual monthly ones. In celebration of that fact, we treated you to selected highlights from the ‘Graphics’ report yesterday, and today we have some pages from the ‘Accessories’ report for you. The total report runs at over 55 pages, featuring over 300 inspirational images.

If you’d like to see the full report offer, why not contact us or your nearest agent? Enjoy!

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

If you’d like to catch up on all of our previous Field Day posts, just click here. For all festival posts, click here. If you’re after streetstyle in general then, this is place for you to click. Enjoy!

Blink Retail: Cutler and Gross launches ‘Museum’ and ‘Bespoke Service’

I was delighted to be invited to the launch of the latest project from Cutler and Gross. Its a brand that is very close to my heart after spending a short time working for this dynamic duo, so its wonderful to keep up to date on how this brilliant British brand is going from strength to strength with a global expansion underway. Cutler and Gross may well be spreading its wings around the world but the CEO, Majid Mohammadi, told me that he is absolutely committed to maintaining their incredible quality levels, wonderful brand values and inherent exclusivity. With that in mind, the team have launched a wonderful new service in their Knightsbridge flagship store.

Above this small but perfectly formed jewel box of a store, in a space that was formerly the workshop, Cutler and Gross have created a showcase for an additional four thousand carefully selected styles from their archive, the oldest of which date back to 1969, so if you can’t find quite what you need on the shop floor below, its highly likely that the team will be able to locate a frame that is absolutely perfect for you from this stunningly displayed collection. This is an ‘appointment only’ opportunity but one that will transform your view of buying a new pair of specs forever. In the privacy and glamour of this glossy, mirrored space you will be given the expert help of an experienced and knowledgeable eyewear consultant to assist you in selecting the most prefect frame shape, in any colour and lens shade combination.

If you are really, really fussy and can’t find exactly what you are after from this immense selection, why not indulge your ultimate ocular fantasies and go bespoke? Cutler and Gross are also offering to create unique ‘One Off’ frames, specifically designed for the client to their exact specifications of shape, colour and finish. Gosh, where would you begin! What an incredible opportunity.

The glamorous new 'Museum' space at Cutler and Gross

The glamorous new 'Museum' space at Cutler and Gross

The 'Bespoke Service' Mirror Room at Cutler and Gross

To secure you appointment in the ‘Museum’ space just email themuseum@cutlerandgross.com. If you’d like to learn more about Cutler and Gross, why not read our interview with Marie Wilkinson, the Creative Director.

Thanks again to Majid, Marie, Sophie, Salvatore and the team for all of the time that you gave me.  Good luck with the new venture!

Events- Camp Bestival, Part 2: Style

So, following yesterday’s ‘scene setting’ Camp Bestival post we now have some style insight for you.

In between the fairytale themed fancy dressing up, we managed to spot some great looks at Camp Bestival. It was a mixture of festival standards- great denim shorts, pretty pattern and we were particularly impressed with the boys who pushed the boat out too (mostly embracing their inner rock star or ladylike side!). Its an excuse to cut loose and go for bright colour, eclectic layers, theatrical make up and something a little more extreme than your everyday. If only your Monday to Friday wardrobe looked like this, wouldn’t the office be a far more inspirational and exciting place to be?

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Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Events- 1234 Festival, Shoreditch

On Saturday 24th a few of our coolest “Blinkettes” headed down to the 1234 festival in Shoreditch. This fringe festival played host to over 40 bands and DJ collectives across four stages so there was plenty of choice in this years line up which features names like Rolo Tomassi, Dum Dum Girls, These New Puritans and Kids on Bridges– as well as inimitable Peter Hook. We think it was well worth the £20 ticket price to have this kind of festival feeling right on our doorstep.

As anticipated from the location, it was a brilliant place to style spot, with the achingly cool East London crowd rocking their best ‘laissez faire’ looks (we know you were all secretly planning your outfits for days, but don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone). There was lots of 90’s grunge- high waisted denim cut offs with DM’s and dark lipstick. Very Alice Dellal/ Courtney Love. We also spotted a few vintage romantics- bowler hats, ankle sock, boots and vintage ‘dress up’. Last but not least, the usual festival classics- that timeless Boho rock chick in floaty dresses with biker boots, antique jewelery, tousled locks and pouch bags.

Here’s a few of our favourite shots for you, and there’s more to follow over the next couple of days! Thanks to Amy and Jessica for the great work.

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1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

Colour- High Contrast

Its a look that we have featured previously, in various seasons. Its a sure fire winner from a style and a commercial perspective- so whether you are a fashion lover of a fashion brand, this is one for you.

The joy of black and white. Its a timeless combination that’s sure fire stylishly spot on. We have been stashing these streetstyle shots for the last few weeks. Its shows the variety of looks that work within this palette, from wonderfully historical to super flirty, stopping off at graphically sporty along the way.

Click here for more posts on colour. If you are inspired by our colour palette posts, we’d love you to see the pantone referenced colour palettes that are featured in our monthly reports. Why not contact your nearest agent and ask to have a look at some of the recent issues?

Camberwell on the left and Old Street tube on the right

Soho on the left and Saint Martins graduate show on the right

Saint Martins graduate show

Blink Events- The XX at Somerset House

Last night we were all gathered in the courtyard of Somerset House to see the genius XX as part of the ‘Summer Series’ of gigs. Temper Trap had rave reviews for their gig the night before and on the nights ahead the venue plays host to Gil Scott-Heron, Florence and the Machine and Soul II Soul, amongst others.

Before for the gig last night, the clouds gathered and a smattering of rain fell. Somerset House looks beautiful under any circumstances, but my hairdo does not. Up came the brollies and the festival ‘whatever the weather’ spirit kicked in. This was my first time seeing these guys live and I was not disappointed. The moody lighting and amazing sound was enhanced by the beauty of the location as the rain thankfully faded away.

The hauntingly melodious voice of female vocalist, Romy Madley-Croft, made me think of Tracey Thorn from Everything but the Girl. I think this trip down an 80’s Memory Lane was also bought on by the male vocalist, Oliver Sim, whose slinky moves and guitar stance was like a smoothed out version of Joe Strummer, mixed in with bit of earnest late 80’s indie. These two both on guitar, along with Jamie Smith on keyboards and drums, created a stunningly atmospheric sound.

Hopefully we might have some coverage from the Florence gig for you too, and some great festival stuff to come.

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The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX gig at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House

The XX at Somerset House

Accessories: On the Sunny Side

Its been a glorious couple of weeks and so Londoners have been donning a stunning selection of sunnies to complete their Summery outfits. The newest look seems to to be a Chanel influenced rounded style, but the classic Ray Ban Aviator or Wayfarer is still a good option. Here are some streetstyle shots that we have collected over the past sunny weeks around town featuring some great shady action. We’ve also dropped in a couple of stylish spec wearers too, just because they looked too cool to be left out! Enjoy…

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Carnaby Street

Oxford Street

Soho

Soho

Soho

Shoreditch

Broadway Market

Blink Events- First Thursdays

The first Thursday of every month the galleries of East London’s Vyner Street open their doors for an evening of browsing, mooching and possibly even purchasing!  We hadn’t been over this way since December so thought it was a good opportunity to get back and see whats going on.

From around 5pm until late you can wander around and enjoy a diverse selection of art across the multitude of galleries set conveniently side by side in what has been coined London’s Contemporary Art District.  The galleries on Vyner Street are all showing young, innovative, international artists. The small street gradually filled up with a stylishly, arty crowd as the evening wore on.  Beside the attraction of the cultural fix, it’s a good place to hang out over a cheap beer with friends.
The next First Thursday will be on the 3rd of June. By then we should have lots of sunshine so it could be a great way to spend a warm summer evening. We’ll see you there…

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