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“Blink” Accessories: Mawi’s AW’15 statement pieces

Friday, September 11th, 2015

And when we say ‘statement pieces’ we mean it in the most direct way possible! When we saw East London label, Mawi‘s AW’15 collection at February’s London Fashion Week, their new knits and structured bags were causing quite a commotion.

Mawi's AW'15 collection. The 'Dealer' bag, accessories, British brand

Mawi’s AW’15 collection. The ‘Dealer’ bag

Fast forward a little and Madonna was shot with the ‘Dealer’ bag in her sticky mits. That’s when it was clear that Mawi were on to a good thing. Unsurprisingly some of the styles have completely sold out, but some of the other variations on this theme could still be yours. You just need to decide if you’re a Dealer or a Thief…

Mawi's AW'15 collection. The 'Thief' bag and sweater, accessories,Fashion trends, British brand

Mawi’s AW’15 collection. The ‘Thief’ bag and sweater

Can’t wait to see what they’re following this up with at next week’s LFW! Just click here from more accessories news.

“Blink” Accessories: #RadleyAW15 Press Day

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Radley AW'15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15

Radley AW’15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15

Did you read our previous posts about Radley? Here’s a look at their revamp of archive styles for 2014, and here’s a post about their most recent collaboration with the wonderful Holly Fulton. You might have gathered from those posts, and more besides, that Radley have been experiencing somewhat of a reinvention, a refocus and a refresh. Well, that innovative mood has all come to fruition with the AW’15 collection that really shows a cohesive, exciting, cleaned up and modernised take on what Radley stands for as a great British leather goods brand.

The Press day was styled up to reflect their very artistic approach to the AW’15 offer, with product gathered by colour or pattern. Loving those massive spray paint props. But all the clever dressing aside, this is a collection of really lovely, highly desirable bags.

The 'Keats Grove'. Radley AW'15 Press day, #RadleyAW15, Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

The ‘Keats Grove’. Radley AW’15 Press day, #RadleyAW15

The 'Keats Grove'. Radley AW'15 Press day, #RadleyAW15, Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

The ‘Keats Grove’. Radley AW’15 Press day, #RadleyAW15. Image from Radley with thanks

The ‘Keats Grove’ collection was inspired by the poet, Keats. The envelope style front pocket was inspired by the hundreds of love letters that Keats wrote to his wife. What a beautiful sentiment behind this beautiful bag.

Radley AW'15 Press day, #RadleyAW15

Radley AW’15 Press day, #RadleyAW15

The azalea pink is a fabulously saturated shade for AW’15, and this offer includes the splatter patterned bag (bottom row, centre) which will a limited edition style just for sale at retail.

'Portobello' polka dot bags. Radley AW'15 Press day, #RadleyAW15, Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

‘Portobello’ polka dot bags. Radley AW’15 Press day, #RadleyAW15

If you like something more patterned, then how about these bold, graphic and timeless dotty bags, inspired by a house painted with polka dots just off of Portobello Road in West London.

The Liberty print collection. Radley AW'15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15, Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

The Liberty print collection. Radley AW’15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15

If pattern is your thing, then how about these beauties trimmed in a William Morris designed, floral patterned, Liberty Art Fabric. We love that this is a combination of British design upon British heritage upon a British brand.

Radley AW'15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15 including our favourite, the 'Whitechapel', Blink London fashion blog, accessories, handbags

Radley AW’15 Press Day, #RadleyAW15 including our favourite, the ‘Whitechapel’

Last but not least, here’s a look at the more classically coloured black bags from the AW’15 offer. A girl always needs a selection of great black bags, so while colour and pattern are all good and can lift an outfit, a brilliant black leather bag is a wonderful no-brainer too. Within this offer, I fell for the ‘Whitechapel’ (in close-up on the right).

This is a hand held style, which in itself feels fresh as I’ve been wearing a cross-body bag for an age now. I suddenly felt more grown up just holding this bag. It is inspired by a traditional doctor’s bag and as such hinges open with a frame style construction which means that this bag will stay pretty sharp, smart and elegant- which is always good in my book as I have a natural tendency to look like a scruffy teen most days (I am very much not a teenager in any sense by the way).

Thanks Radley, and congrats on delivering a great new look that enhances your heritage and handwriting whilst still feeling modern and innovative. If you’d like to read more about accessories, then just click here.

“Blink” Accessories: more about Larissa Hadjio

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Larissa Hadjio's NY Trunk Show Invitation #SincerelyTommy #Brooklyn #BlinkLondon

Larissa Hadjio’s NY Trunk Show Invitation

If you loved the Larissa Hadjio accessories that we showed you in yesterday’s post, and if you are based in the US of A, then we have some exciting news for you. Larissa is holding a series of trunk shows in May, starting at Sincerely, Tommy in Brooklyn, and then she moves on to San Francisco, LA and Miami.

Larissa Hadjio #Accessoriesdesigner

Larissa Hadjio

You will have the opportunity to meet Larissa herself and to see the beauty of her collection up close and in detail, from our favourite four legged friend, the ‘Snowy’ clutch to her larger items like the drawstring ‘Fefe’ bags, trimmed with goat hair. What a great opportunity to meet an innovative and exciting new name on the British fashion design scene, and a great chance to update your accessories look too!

Larissa Hadjio accessories

Larissa Hadjio accessories

Fez satchels, Larissa Hadjio

Fez satchels, Larissa Hadjio

Fefe Drawstring shoulder bag, Larissa Hadjio

Fefe Drawstring shoulder bag, Larissa Hadjio

Larissa Hadjio 'Snowy' bags

Larissa Hadjio ‘Snowy’ bags

Larissa, come back soon and let us know when there might be a London trunk show too!

For more great accessories posts, take a look here.

“Blink” Accessories: Larissa Hadjio, AW’15

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Larissa Hadjio, AW'15 collection

We have featured Larissa Hadjio previously on the Blink London blog (read up here). I am a huge fan of her approach to designing and producing accessories. Her work perfectly balances humour, creativity and craftsmanship. We always look forward to seeing the new collection additions shown at London Fashion Week, and the AW’15 presentation was quite the treat.

Alongside the stunning vanity style case (oh to be sophisticated enough to own one of these!) that we have coveted for several seasons, were a few brilliant new additions. Stand outs for me were the brilliant ‘Paw’ bag, crafted from ultra soft leather and detailed with golden studs.

Larissa Hadjio AW'15 Paw bag, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW’15 Paw bag, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW'15 Paw bag, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW’15 Paw bag, LFW. Looking gorgeous in white too.

We also fell for the sweetly simplistic ‘Snowy’ and ‘Copper’ clutch bags which are small but perfectly formed, standing on four little feet. The white version, ‘Snowy’ is geniusly 3D printed in acrylic. ‘Copper’ is hand-beaten and hand-crafted in, surprise, copper! So you get the same structured look but interpreted in two very different materials, created in two very different ways.

Larissa Hadjio AW'15 Snowy and Copper box bags, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW’15 Snowy and Copper box bags, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW'15 Snowy box bag, LFW

Larissa Hadjio AW’15 Snowy box bag, LFW

For more fashion accessories, just click here. For lots from London Fashion Week, then this is where you should click.

“Blink” Accessories: Michaux x Liberty

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Cycling gets a whole lot more stylish this Spring, all thanks to these gorgeous Michaux accessories, detailed with some classic Liberty London floral prints.

London based, cycling accessories brand Michaux, is all about practicality married with style. The brand is named for the 1895 New York based Michaux Cycle Club; one of the first organisations in the world allowing women to cycle in public and whose female members were figureheads for a new era of freedom both on and off their bikes. We do like a good back story, and this one also contexts their design ethos, especially with this beautiful Limited Edition range of bags, handmade in England using prints by Britain’s favourite print-house, Liberty London.

Michaux have re-worked their best selling Lightning Rucksack and favourite every-day Shadow saddle bag, as well as a rather clever Basket Bag, building in lots of beautiful Liberty florals and giving them a wonderfully Spring ready feel, but still incorporating lots of practical and safety conscious features. Fashion, form and function in perfect harmony.

Michaux's Liberty London detailed Shadow saddle bag, shown on a Sven Cycles handmade biycycle

Michaux’s Liberty London detailed Shadow saddle bag, shown on a Sven Cycles handmade biycycle

Michaux's Liberty London detailed Shadow saddle bag, shown on a Sven Cycles handmade biycycle

Michaux’s Liberty London detailed Shadow saddle bag

Michaux's Liberty London detailed Lightning Rucksack

Michaux’s Liberty London detailed Lightning Rucksack

Michaux's Liberty London detailed Lightning Rucksack

Michaux’s Liberty London detailed basket bag

I wonder if I can get away with these even without a bike? While I ponder that, don’t hang about as these have only been made in limited numbers. You can buy them here on Michaux’s website.

For more accessories posts, just take a look here.

“Blink” London Fashion Week: streetstyle

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
LFW, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September'14. Streetstyle by Blink London

LFW, September’14. Streetstyle by Blink London

For more from London Fashion Week, look here.

“Blink” Accessories: Marc Jacobs Dazzles

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Marc by Marc Jacobs, AW'14 at Harrods

Marc by Marc Jacobs, AW’14 at Harrods

I saw this gorgeous Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag n the window of Harrods. Aside from being very want-able in its own right, it also reminded me of a remarkable innovation which was discovered/designed/invented by a man called Norman Wilkinson.

Wilkinson was an artist who also served in the navy during World War I. In response to the repeated successful attacks on British ships, Wilkinson came up with an utterly artistic and brilliantly innovative solution to protect them. That solution became known as ‘Dazzle’ which is a disruptive style of camouflage that is both effective at confusing enemy gunners and also striking in it’s bold beauty.

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

a WWI dazzle painted ship

There was even a Chelsea Arts Club ball held with the dazzle pattern as it’s theme.

From the Chelsea Art Club's 1919 Dazzle Ball. Yvonne Gregory by Bertram Park

From the Chelsea Art Club’s 1919 Dazzle Ball. Yvonne Gregory by Bertram Park

I hope these images show you why we would be mentioning wartime battleships on a fashion blog. When I first learnt about this I was blown away by the utter modernity, the braveness and the creativity of this innovation. This was just under 100 years ago for goodness sake!

Well, if you didn’t know about dazzle painting before now, we hope that we have shared a little bit of exciting design knowledge with you. If you did know about it, I hope you have appreciated a little reminder of how stunning it is.

For more accessories posts, just look here. For more pattern oriented posts, look here.

Thanks to Pinterest for all of the images sourced of dazzle pattern.

“Blink” Streetstyle: Copenhagen Fashion Week

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Copenhagen Fashion Week, August'14 by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, August’14 by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, August'14 by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, August’14 by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, August'14 by Blink London

Copenhagen Fashion Week, August’14 by Blink London

For more streetstylelook here. If you want to see more posts about accessorieslook here.

“Blink” Accessories: Holly Fulton for Radley, part 2

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Did you fall in love with the first Holly Fulton/ Radley collection as much as we did? You can look here if you need to catch up on that collaboration if you missed out at the time. Almost a year on and Radley have today launched the second collaborative collection. This time around Fulton’s graphic style has been translated into a beautifully blue toned collection which adds even more linear appeal to these colour blocked and embossed leather bags, each of which comes with a matched coin purse and mirror inside.

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW'14

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW’14

The irresistible ‘Scottie’ is back and it’s joined by some brand new shapes. I think my favourite is ‘The Canteen’, or maybe ‘The Envelope’, or perhaps even ‘The Shopper’. So hard to choose!

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW'14. 'The Scottie'

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW’14. ‘The Scottie’

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW'14. 'The Canteen'

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW’14. ‘The Canteen’

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW'14. 'The Envelope'

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW’14. ‘The Envelope’

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW'14. 'The Shopper'

Holly Fulton for Radley, AW’14. ‘The Shopper’

You can buy these beauties in Radley stores across the UK or at their online shop.

For more great posts about Accessories, just look here.

“Blink” Accessories: Hands-free handbags at Wilderness

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Me and my bum bag, Wilderness festival 2014

Me and my bum bag, Wilderness festival 2014

When Gilly, our Design Director, saw my outfit for Wilderness festival she look aghast. I thought I had been very practical in choosing a bumbag for our Wilderness weekend away, but apparently she felt this was a style step too far. That’s the thing about the humble bumbag; it’s a love or hate thing. I think it’s quite clear which side of that fence Gilly sits on.

I have to tell you I think this was the best accessories purchase that I have made in a long time. Let me tell you why…

1) It’s a bit gold

2) It’s got some animal skin print on it

3) I could throw my hands in the air like I just don’t care whenever I liked

4) I could have a drink in one hand and a pie/cake/camera/glowstick in the other, and my bag was still safely and neatly stashed.

5) minimal handbag movement when dancing

6) there was room for all of my festival essentials (tissues, hand sanitiser, finger torches, lippy, glitter, more tissues…)

7) it was a tenner in the River Island sale

8) If it’s good enough for Karl, it’s good enough for me. This goatskin ‘waist bag’ from Chanel would set you back £1,170.00 though.

the Chanel 'waist bag'

the Chanel ‘waist bag’

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