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“Blink” Retail: Isabel Marant pour H&M

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Yes, we were whipped into a fashion frenzy and joined the scrum at H&M this morning as well as getting RSI trying repeatedly (excessively and yet unsuccessfully) to get onto the website. I have to say that I succumbed to the excitement and experienced a fashion buzz, the like of which I have not felt for a very long time. Make no mistake, this was an EVENT. Yes, I did mean to shout that… Probably still a bit pumped…

I am a die hard, Isabel Marant fan. I wish I had the shopping budget to match my passionate dedication to the label, but as I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice, even the Etoile line has hoicked up in price season on season. Therefore this was a collaboration with super-duper levels of excitement and expectation around it (well, the Margiela collection was incredibly so close to the labels true handwriting the bar had been set high).

I hit the men’s section for the coats and sweats as well as shopping the womenswear collection, and made purchases from both. I can vouch for the fact that this is a collection that completely embraces the things that we love about Marant’s work. The dresses are 100% silk and designed with consideration to the use of print, precious trims and silhouette (very much the Isabel Marant cut). The coat that I bought is 100% wool in really lovely dense felted finish, and lined in a warmly quilted finish. Actually for me this is cozier and a better fit than the P coat I tried on from her mainline, own label collection.

All in all, congratulations to H&M for another brilliantly executed hook up, true to the collaborating designer’s aesthetic. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, even if my bank account is feeling a little pain…

Isabel Marant pour H&M

Isabel Marant pour H&M

Isabel Marant pour H&M

Isabel Marant pour H&M

Isabel Marant pour H&M

Isabel Marant pour H&M

Isabel Marant pour H&M

Isabel Marant pour H&M

I’m now going for a lay down in a darkened room. For more retail news, just take a look here. And breathe…

“Blink” Retail: Isabel Marant x H&M= Fashion wishes coming true!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Wwwwhhhhhhooooooaaaaaaaaaa. My fashion prayers have been answered! It’s a tough fashion life when you have champagne taste but a beer budget (oh the glamour of running your own business!). Well, it was a tough call until H&M introduced their genius fashion collaborations.

The designer who’s collection I, season after season, lust after the most is that of Isabel Marant. Can you imagine how excited I was this morning to wake up to an email from H&M announcing that its autumn collaboration is this very Parisian designer! With her effortless, urban yet boho chic style, Isabel Marant has single handedly changed our perception of French fashion as well as created trends imitated by the whole fashion high street.

Put 14th November in your diary with multiple reminders, alarms and extra post it notes just to be sure, as this is the launch date for this collection in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection features clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. Isabel Marant will also, for the first time, create a collection for men.

Isabel Marant for H&M

Isabel Marant for H&M

“I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality” says Isabel Marant.


“Blink” style: What to wear for Spring Summer 2012!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

So, here we are in 2012. Happy New Year!

It may well be gale force winds out there today, but we are fully committed to wearing the new Spring looks. To be honest, they may be proceeded by some thermals and then a little concealed under a really big coat, but the key thing is that we’ll be wearing them! In our dream shopping basket for Spring’12, these are the looks we would be investing in. Care of the wonderful, we’ve trawled the shows and come up with our most adored looks to share with you, from Giles, Stella, Isabel, Clements Ribeiro, Louis Vuitton and Burberry. In reality, we’ll be buying maybe one or two posh bits, and the rest will be created through the magic of the brilliant British high street…


Clements Ribeiro


Isabel Marant

Louis Vuitton

Stella McCartney

Blink Travels: Bonjour ‘Merci’

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Another billet doux to ‘Merci’ for being the inspirational centre of the retail universe as far as we are concerned. If you haven’t read or heard about ‘Merci’ before, do have a look at our previous posts. Every time we pop in, its a brand new experience as the themes, layout, focal points and product all switch- but overall the mood is still the same- beautifully designed yet functional products for you and your environment, with a touch of humour and lots of personality.

This time, the theme of the store was ‘Urban Picnic’ and this translated as lots of gorgeous tonally dyed, soft Indian cotton and slubby jersey own label womenswear, from bikini’s through to slouchy T-shirt dresses, mixed with easy accessories so that you could be perfectly outfitted when using all of the innovative outdoor cooking and eating products on sale, creating a beachy, holiday vibe right in your own garden or your Parisian townhouse balcony if needed. More of that in our post tomorrow on the gorgeous colours we saw on this visit…

The charitable ethos of this store draws you in, but the product and the creative vibe is what keep you coming back, and back, for more. Every corner you turn is filled with the most beautiful things. We hope these pictures help to share our experience with you.

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Isabel Marant at Merci, Paris

The Cinema Cafe, Merci, Paris

For more posts about our inspirational travels, just click here. Enjoy!

Blink Discoveries: Virginie Castaway, Paris

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Its been about six months since I was last exploring Paris. It really felt a little too long and I was so excited to be going back. The room at my favourite hotel, Mama Shelter, was booked and I scored a deal on Eurostar. All was looking sweet until I went to get more euros and realized the exchange rate would make Paris as expensive as Tokyo. Where did I leave my thermos flask and Tupperware lunch box…?

The good thing about my extended absence was that I really noticed a change when wondering around my favourite retail haunts. There is a buoyancy, an energy and a wonderful creativity that is lacking a little in other fashion centres. As we dipped in and out of the intertwining streets of Le Marais, we came across a new store on rue Debelleyme, with an intriguing new name- Virginie Castaway.

Virginie’s Paris based business was born in 2006, after she spent some time in Australia soaking up the sunshine and beach-life. The collection is really lovely, sitting alongside Etoile Isabel Marant and Athe Vanessa Bruno, with a dash of Maje perhaps, in both an aesthetic and price sense. There’s a sporty, sexy feel with a touch of vintage detailing- something that innovative French brands are delivering brilliantly right now. It seems to be the new Parisian handwriting, and its really pretty irrésistible!

We found this video of the AW’10 collection online, and also swiped some shots from the Virginie Castaway website- which does have an online shop. There’s a cool Virginie Castaway blog for keeping up to date with brand news too.

in the Marais store

Virginie Castaway SS'11 collection, from the Virginie Castaway website

Virginie Castaway SS'11 collection, from the Virginie Castaway website