Blink Retail: Go Swedish

We are very excited about this next H&M designer hook up. Actually, it may not be the highest profile but it seems the most fitting- and more exciting for it. Launching on 20th April, H&M will be going back to its Swedish roots and offering three wooden soled, ultra stylish clog style shoes from the cult shoe label Swedish Hasbeens. These will be exclusively made for H&M, and will incorporate the handcrafted methods and eco smart materials Swedish Hasbeens are known for.

Its so great to see a Swedish giant supporting a fellow Swedish brand, as well as getting behind a traditional Swedish style- that also just happens to work perfectly with the hot 70’s mood that’s forefront on the trends list this Spring Summer. Swedish Hasbeens eco credentials also work really well with the efforts that H&M make to be a more sustainable and responsible fashion brand. All round, we think that this is a very good look!

“I love the genuine feeling you get from Hasbeens, from the wood and the leather, and also how they take something traditional and Swedish and make it contemporary and modern. These Hasbeens for H&M fit perfectly with the ’70s bohemian look that’s so important this coming season,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design.

“We believe very strongly in making better shoes for a better world. We want to make fashion more fun, creative and friendly to both the environment and people. And we have loved designing for H&M! It’s a fantastic opportunity to spread the idea of Hasbeens and make these shoes available to more people around the globe,” says Emy Blixt, founder and designer of Swedish Hasbeens.

We are huge fans of Swedish Hasbeens and cannot wait to be clip clopping about in a pair of these super cute clogs. The only challenge is which to choose… Well, maybe at H&M prices, you can justify not choosing but deciding that all three styles are essential! Enjoy!

Ann-Sofie Johansson of H&M with Emily Blixt of Swedish Hasbeens

Swedish Hasbeens for H&M

Swedish Hasbeens for H&M. This style also comes in cream.

Swedish Hasbeens for H&M. This style also comes in black or tan too.

Streetstyle: Black and Blue

We spotted this stylish young lady on Regent Street when out retailing last week. She was on a moments break from her job in H&M when we cornered her and asked if we could take her photo. We just loved the proportions and mood of her look, combining great high waisted, snow washed denim shorts with a cropped biker and a lovely softly sheer blouse.  There’s a touch of androgyny combined with a fragility- and who doesn’t love blue and black mixed together? We hope that you like her look too.

Click here for more streetstyle shots. Enjoy!

Blink Inspiration: Utterly Frilling!

and another possible title was ‘The Hips don’t Lie!’ but we didn’t want Shakira getting litigious on our derrieres..

So, this month at retail, from high end to high street, we saw a flurry of frills, mainly focused around the hips creating a wonderfully curvaceous and voluminous silhouette. Some of the frills slipped from the hips to the hemline, and some others rose up to encompass the whole body. There were various techniques being deployed to create these tiers of fashion joy- from fur and feathers to more classic ruffles. Whether sculptural or soft, this is look we love.

Ashley Isham, Spring '11 collection

Ermanno Scervino

Harvey Nichols

H&M

Lu Flux

Shao Yen, On/Off London Fashion Week

New Season style: in-Cape-able to resist!

So, we are into September and its officially Autumn. We have long been considering what to invest in come the new season deliveries, and its now time to start making those dreams a reality. I must admit that a cape wasn’t necessarily on my list of ‘must haves’, but I’m being seduced by all of the variations on this theme popping up from all angles.

Here are some shots from a really broad selection of brands, showing variations on the cape theme. Which is your favourite?

Louis Vuitton

H&M

Daks

Reiss

Pattern: Computer Generated Genius

We are really enjoying the new wave of prints that seems to embrace both the deliciously textural, painterly prints that are out there and the sharper, almost computer generated looks have been building up too. Its a creative new take on traditional geometrics and one that makes quite an impact. Scale is still super important, with bigger being better. There is blurred softness, depth with levels of shade and tone on some designs which seem to be quite artistically hand drawn, but as seen by the way art is embracing the computer (did you see the beautiful work Hockney created on his ipad?) its so hard to tell what has been created with traditional techniques and what is the result of cleverly using technology…

Here are some of our favourites extracted from the June ‘Print’ report. If you’d like to see more, why not contact your nearest agent?

Click here to see more on print and pattern.

Carnaby Street

Swear, Carnaby Street

H&M

Christopher Raeburn

Pattern: Go Wild in technicolour!

So, we posted about the natural variations on this theme last week, but then we were struck by the amount of hyper-colour skin looks that we had in our stash. These are a little punky, a little pop art and a lot of fabulousness. It takes a little more chutzpah to rock these super colourful looks, compared to the naturally neutral variations on the theme, but the impact is worth the effort.

Go wild in the city this Summer with one of these amazing prints worked back with globally inspired jewelery and simple khakis. You’ll look ggggrrrrrreat!

Click here for more on pattern. These prints, and many others, are featured in the June “Print” report. If you’d like to see this and check out the rest of our amazing reports, contact your nearest agent.

Roberto Cavalli

Miss Sixty

H&M

Joseph

Harvey Nichols

Windows- H&M through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll is providing inspiration across the board at the moment. Robbie Williams is channeling the white rabbit in his current video and Tim Burton’s 3D interpretation of Alice’s adventures is due for release in March (we can’t wait!). H&M have very smartly jumped on this fantasy bandwagon and through the looking glass for their current VM scheme. It feels very ‘Alice’ blended with quite a lot of Tim Walker. The scale play and bold patterns really work well together. Fairytale fantasies and a large dose of escapism feel like the perfect themes to explore for Spring 2010, and what better place to escape the daily grind and grey skies than the fabulous world of fashion?

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

H&M channels Alice in Wonderland

New Direction- Corset is!

The catwalks have been full of it and we have seen many Lady GaGa-a-likes strutting around town in not much more than a leotard, so underwear as outerwear is firmly back on the fashion map. The basque or corset has followed the ‘body’ by making the break into the high street arena as these shots show. Its about body con, its very 80s a la Madonna, its sexy but somehow not smutty- which we think has much to do with the vintage vibe of the styling. The beautifully detailed Sonia Rykiel collection for H&M has had a strong hand in bringing this look into the collective consciousness.

Unleash your inner Betty Page and embrace lace for a look that we think has legs into 2010 and beyond…

H&M

H&M

Topshop

Topshop

Sonia Rykiel for H&M

Sonia Rykiel for H&M

Accessories- Chic Chapeaux

As we were putting together the Winter ‘Accessories’ report, we noticed a building trend for beautiful hats. They have a formal, vintage feel about them reflecting the more ‘dressed up’ and tailored feel that’s coming through. These hats are certainly not “with jeans”. This is about a sharper silhouette balanced with considered, refined detailing. This is an exciting indicator of a real sea change in fashion and styling.

Click here for more on ‘Accessories’. If you’d like to see the full accessories report, please contact your nearest agent.

H&M

H&M

Selfridges

Selfridges

Fenwicks

Fenwicks

Zara

Zara

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

Details- Hot Hosiery

Blend unpredictable summer weather with high rise hemlines and add a need to move on from plain leggings. This is the perfect recipe to drive out innovation in hosiery. You can forget about the fail-safe fall back of opaques this Autumn.

We love these socks, especially when they are long and teamed with heels for a sexy preppy combo. Laddered and ripped tights emerged as a cool street style look over the last few months, and we love the extreme version shown below (shot on a very hot day so whats with the fur hat???). Lacey looks take this in a more delicate, vintage direction.

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Brick Lane

Brick Lane

H & M

H & M

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

COS

COS

Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

Chanel

Chanel