“Blink” Retail: Feeling Cape-able

If you buy one thing to update your autumn wardrobe, make it a cape. I’m planning one in to my LFW look. There’s so many great ones to choose from, and something for every budget too, from mega statement capes and those that are just a nod to capeness.

Here’s some of our favourites spotted out and about in London over the past couple of weeks…

Topshop

Topshop

Valentino

Valentino

Missoni

Missoni

Moschino

Moschino

Joseph

Joseph

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

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“Blink” Retail: Print This

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

For more retail trends, just have a look here.

“Blink” New Designers: Trager Delaney

It seems I may be a season or so in discovering this new London based womenswear label. But better late than never I suppose! After coming across Trager Delaney at London Fashion Week it seemed as if I suddenly kept spotting this label everywhere (a huge window display at Joseph, an article in Vogue, product in Matches). This pair have made quite an impact on the British fashion scene.

Dane, Kim Trager and Brit, Lowell Delaney met while studying fashion at St Martins. After interning at prestigious labels like Celine, Sonia Rykiel and Haider Ackermann they have brought together their respective experience and channeled it into this rather brilliant own label. Aside from the AW’13 collection just looking incredibly fresh, innovative and sophisticated, the pair have utilized some really exciting technical fabrics yet this doesn’t feel like a ‘function’ driven offer at all. If anything it’s ultra elegant in a really modern way. I do wish, however, that there wasn’t fur in the collection, but perhaps this is related to Trager’s Danish heritage. I wonder what the Brit retailers will make of that part of the collection?

Trager of Trager Delaney, with their house model at London Fashion Week

Trager of Trager Delaney, with their house model at London Fashion Week

We spent a brief moment talking with Kim Trager at London Fashion Week, while Lowell Delaney was busy showing buyers the collection. It seems the duo have a very clear plan for their brand which involves a slow and steady growth and a very conscious focus on selling through the very best boutiques (Joseph and Matches are not a bad start don’t you agree?).

I really look forward to seeing where this duo go next with their collection. If all of the attention they are currently enjoying is anything to go by, they have a very exciting future ahead of them.

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“Blink” Retail: Joseph x Peter Pilotto

So it seems I have one more thing in common with Joseph than I realized. Not only are we both innately chic, super stylish and cutting edge (ahem, well if I believe it hard enough it might come true…), we both also have a huge pash on Peter Pilotto. I haven’t covered the front of “Blink” Towers in a blown up version of the current season PP print like Joseph has, but I’m just more subtle with my crushes I guess.

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

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“Blink” Print: Reflective

Certainly inspired by the brilliant Stella McCartney, but now exploding across the fashion scene, we have been fascinated by all of these brilliantly reflected looking print designs out there. Looking like a mirror has been placed down the centre line of your body, these carefully placed designs create a really graphic impact.

Harrods

Miss Selfridge

Joseph

Zara

Miss Selfridge

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Blink Details: The Tippet Point

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

Colour: A Neutral Position

So far this week we have celebrated some lovely, saturated Summer shades, but here is the flip side. For every yin there must be a yang, light needs shade, and brights need neutrals. Camel and tan shades are big news in accessories this Summer and look to be major news across womenswear for Autumn 2010. To prepare your taste level for the onslaught of these more challenging neutrals ahead, the fashion fairies have prepared you a starter pack with these wonderfully commercial chino and fatigue inspired shades.

Being featured right across the fashion landscape, from high street to high end, its a super commercial and somewhat familiar statement. These look really great in a tonal head to toe statement, layered up working textural variations. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is purely a traditionally casual look this Summer. We really love where this gets slicker and smarter, even incorporating a soft spangle from metallic golden tones. Don’t just do what you did last time this was hot however. This season it takes on a new mood and silhouette. We too are excited about the return of the cargo pant, but this time make it super skinny. If you’re using this palette in jersey, make it super fine. Be inspired by army surplus fatigue jackets and over-sized shirts. Knitwear should be slouchy and textural. Spread the influence into sexy soft wovens and more elegant styling for a really fresh take on this look.

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Reiss

Maje

Joseph

Soho, central London

DvF

All Saints

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