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“Blink” Retail: Print This

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We’ve seen an explosion of print driven looks, from clashing combinations through to digital trickery, but what we have here is a wonderful top to toe singular look which blends the current print crush with the desire to be dressed in your jim jams all day long. Sleep chic, snoozy sophistication?

Clements Ribeiro

Clements Ribeiro

H&M Concious Collection

H&M Concious Collection

Joseph

Joseph

COS

COS

Max & Co

Max & Co

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

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“Blink” Retails: Fashion Confusion at Gucci

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

If you’re anything like me right now, you are wearing so many layers that it’s a struggle to move about. It is rather chilly in London, and when it’s not frosty bright, it’s grey and chucking it down, cats and dogs style. The most sensible course of action is to stay indoors with the heating turned up and a hot toddy on the go (purely for medicinal purposes, obviously). Well, you’d think in reflection of the time of year, store windows would be filled with wooly jumpers, warm coats, hats and scarves. Oh, we’ll allow them the odd sequin too as it is now officially the Christmas party season.

It seems that’s not the case for Gucci. We spotted this look last week on Sloane Street. Yes folks, those are posh flip flop style sandals under that strappy maxi dress. It makes my extremities go goose bumpy and gets my head very confused to see this in November. Please fashion, can we just slow down a tad?

Gucci, Sloane Street

Gucci, Sloane Street

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“Blink” Retail: Paper on Sloane Street

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

We were out on the hunt for new season stock yesterday, amongst all the sale rails and final mark down banners. One place that was blissfully free of discount promotions was Sloane Street. There were some really lovely new season windows to be inspired by. Chanel‘s was particularly beautiful. However, there were a couple of windows with no ‘real’ product in that really looked the most interesting. Gucci and Louis Vuitton had both filled their windows with beautiful paper sculptures of their pieces. Both minimal and impactful. Gucci goes for a window filling, huge scale version of two iconic handbags. LV delicately sculpts a pair of paper shoes as well as creating layers of beautifully folded paper shirts and blouses.

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Louis Vuitton paper shoes and broderie collar blouses

Louis Vuitton paper shoes and broderie collar blouses

Louis Vuitton crisply folded paper shirts

Louis Vuitton crisply folded paper shirts

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“Blink” Print: Spot On

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

You know things must be tough out there when the mid season sales seem to start before the season has even got under way, and the stores are rolling out Christmas windows before we’ve even had Halloween. At times like this, its a comfort to have elements in your collection that are ‘safe bets’. As a shopper, these will provide you with a bit of an extended fashion moment, so no need to panic that you’ll be over it before you’ve got some wear out of your purchase. One of the ‘safe bets’ that we absolutely love is the spotted print look. We were tired of seeing a sea of stripes (another super safe commercial option) and so this has provided us with a much needed distraction. Working from the catwalk interpretations from inspirational brands like Stella McCartney, right down the fashion food chain to the good old high street. If you’re not dotty about a simple polka dot, you can swap in stellar stars or why not go kitsch and quirky, replacing your spots with mini motifs like hearts or even animals?

Chanel

Gucci

Topshop

Gucci

Whistles

Topshop

Oxford Circus

If you’d like to see more pattern inspiration, just click here. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Androgynous aka Boyish Birds

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

It’s been a popular stylist’s theme in the heavy hitting fashion magazines for some time, as well as featuring on Dolce and Gabanna‘s catwalk for AW’11, but I have to say, aside from the brothel creeper, crepe sole shoes that we were reporting on last Summer, this London Fashion Week was the first time we have seen the boyish look adopted so fully in ‘real life’.

Slightly cropped tailored pants, crisp shirts, boyish sweaters, loafers or Chelsea boots, school boy jackets and the occasional satchel create a youthful and engagingly naive feel. Add a kitten heeled winkle picker and suddenly it feels 60’s Mod scooter girl. There was a more grown up edge to this too, as seen on Anna Dello Russo who seemed to be channeling a bit of Bianca Jagger/ Gucci in the hands of Tom Ford.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

Anna Dello Russo at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

Well, if you like this post, why not check out the rest of our London Fashion Week coverage by clicking here. Enjoy!

Blink Details: The Tippet Point

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Apologies for the slightly rubbish title, but it does have a little merit in both referencing one of our favourite books by Malcolm Gladwell and also seeming to pretty well sum up today’s subject matter…

Your Autumn look will be utterly incomplete without the addition of a fluffy tippet or a furry stole. The look has been taken up across the fashion retail map and we have bargain to bank-breaking options for you. We particularly love the super brightly coloured variations on this theme… and as always with fur, we say go fake please as fashion is no reason for pain beyond that caused by dancing too long in your stillys.

Ermanno Scervino

Feathers

Gucci

Gucci

Joseph

Matthew Williamson

Oasis

Roberto Cavalli

Topshop

London College of Fashion MA Graduates: We Spotlight Giovanni Martins

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Here is the third in our four part series from the LCF‘s MA Graduate show. The ‘Fashion Photography’ students showed a really wonderfully diverse approach to the art of fashion photography. Some of the projects looked like glossy magazine editorial, others looked like works of fine art. And then there was the work of Giovanni Martins. We were struck by the incredibly accomplished feel to the video that he presented at Victoria House. It felt really exciting, energetic and really very striking. Thanks Giovanni, for the following insight into your vision…

CONTEXT

I started out with a BA in  ‘Lifestyle & Design’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam where I completed 2 years, but as I wanted to pursue a Fashion photography career I started searching for other courses that would help me to achieve my goal. I found this in the MA in ‘Fashion Photography’ at the London College of Fashion. Looking at some of their successful alumni, I decided that this would be a course that could help me to realize my dreams.

My time at LCF was a big experiment, working with new techniques, people and fashion. I actually gained a deeper and better understanding of my work, and even more important, how to communicate my vision and my narrative through visual storytelling.

THE FINAL PROJECT

My final major project consisted of another experiment. I have a deep interest of mixing media, combined with the rise of fashion film, so I decided to try to take this medium to a new level. I searched for a technique that I wanted to explore and gain a deeper understanding in, and I found that in ‘Bullet Time Animation’.

In short, this technique consists of an array of 50 photo cameras, which are all synced up together, and are able to take images simultaneously. I worked with the amazing guys at Lumasol, who specialize in 360 degree photography. In post production, layering and morphing these images together, results in a full frozen in time and space 360 degree view (in film) of the model. This technique is perhaps best known part in creating some of the key visual effects in ‘The Matrix’ movie trilogy.

When commencing work on this project, I started to research the Surrealist movement, as the surrealists were at the creative cutting edge in their time as well, trying to utilize new techniques in order to visualize their film based storytelling. I ended up with a 5 minute Fashion photography related moving editorial, inspired by ‘Le Manifeste du Surrealisme’ (1924 Andre Breton) as well as other diverse surrealist movies, such as ‘Blood of a Poet’ and ‘Un Chien d’andalou’.

Styling included avant garde couture pieces from designers such as Iris van Herpen (Dutch Design award winner) as well as Jan Taminiau, Una Burke, Emma Griffiths and ‘wearable works of art’ from Bibi van der Velden’s latest collection called ‘Sphere’.

The film, called ‘Manifesto’ received amazing feedback and is up for selection at some exciting film festivals, which i can reveal more about in a while…

What would your dream job be?

An internationally renowned high end fashion photographer working with Tom Ford, Lanvin, Gucci

Who or what has proven to be your longest standing inspiration?

Viktor & Rolf hands down.

These 2 dutch designers set the fashion world up side down with their elaborate catwalk presentations and perfectly executed mind-blowing concepts. Every show is a major inspiration for me, and would love to shoot their designs!

If not fashion photography and video art (is that even the right term for what you do?), what other creative discipline would you have chosen?

As mixed media is all a big blur, I think I would stay in the same disciplines, blurring boundaries of photography, film, animation and graphic design.

Can you see your skill set and style being utilized within the fashion market?

Currently I have some interesting projects running, so be on the lookout you might see my name pop up in place you would, and also would never expect!

What is the most exciting thing that you learnt on your MA?

Not so much in terms of ‘learning’ rather than that my Masters really functioned well as a catalyst in order to push my boundaries and take me and my work to the next level.

What three words best sum up your aesthetic?

Avant-garde, sexy, chic

ALEX MULLINS BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

GOTTA LOVE FIERCE BLACK GIRLS BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

MARNI FOR REAL MAGAZINE, BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

UNDEFINED GUCCI BY GIOVANNI MARTINS

Thanks so much to Giovanni for the time that he gave us, and do click here for interviews with other creatives who we find inspiring. Enjoy!