Blink Inspiration: Vice Style Visionaries Part 1- Gareth Pugh

When we were approached to see if we’d like to post about BlackBerry and Vice Style’s Visionaries project, we were intrigued. As you all know (and hopefully love!) we only post about things that we have seen, created, collated and discovered ourselves, so it is a little departure to use our blog as a platform to profile someone else’s project. We made this exception as its this project reflects many of the things that we believe in at “Blink”, and we also think Gareth Pugh, the first subject of this project, is an absolute genius.

The Visionaries project is intended to look at both established and up-and-coming individuals who make fashion happen. Each film stars a seminal fashion visionary and a rising star of their choosing. The visionaries are the art directors, designers, stylists, photographers and editors who broke ground with their work and helped define the look of a generation. Their chosen luminaries have the potential to alter the landscape of fashion in years to come, embodying the fashion world’s predilection for innovation and subversion of the accepted blueprint.

Last decade, award-winning Fashion designer Gareth Pugh exploded onto the scene and single-handedly recaptured and reinvented the spirit of British fashion. Today his influence can be seen worldwide and his impact on the look of this generation can be described as era-defining. He got his first break designing Kylie Minogue‘s comeback costume and kitting out her entire Showgirl tour. Beyonce is his most vocal fan and has seemingly worn Pugh in more music videos than in ones she hasn’t. Lady Gaga has not only worn many of his creations on and off tour, but is a collaborator. Pugh’s muse is none other than the inimitable Daphne Guinness. He has collaborated extensively with all the major publications including Vogue, Another, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland and Arena Homme+, and shot with the likes of Mario Testino, Nick Knight, Alasdair Mclellan and Karl Lagerfeld. Pugh discusses his ongoing collaborations with fashion filmmaker Ruth Hogben, a visionary who he hails as “one person who could change the face of fashion” and the reasons he believes film is so instrumental in the fashion industry. Pugh and Hogben speak of their inspiration, skill, passion, luck and the unique personal visions behind their art and collaborations.

Enjoy, and we’ll post parts 2 and 3 very soon!

Blink Events: Sort Yourself Out Love

On the 4th December (sorry for the delay but we’ve been so busy wrapping presents!) we headed down to the party/ shopping/ private view/ pop up joy hosted by Madame Geisha and Spindle magazine. We’d featured this event on our Christmas shopping guide.

The combination of tunes from Roots Manuva and festive cocktails was the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, East London style. It was also the launch of ‘Sort Yourself Out Love’. If the name wasn’t enough to tempt you in, the fact that this is the brain child of the genius stylist Mrs Jones aka Fee Doran, surely would get you stuck straight in.

Mrs Jones is a much respected stylist and designer with amazing names like Kylie, Scissor Sisters, Goldfrapp, Madonna and Rihanna on her CV. Need we say more?

The ‘Sort Yourself Out Love’ team consisted of Mrs Jones, who was poised to customize your outfit. Victoria Saunders was on hand to upgrade your hair and make up. Kelly Love was channeling her inner Claire Rayner and was ready to put your life to rights with some insightful advice. Can we make a request that this service is available every Saturday?

We managed to shoot the team and also some of the other stylish attendees of this event, all rocking looks created by Mrs Jones. Fashion joy!

The brilliant Mrs Jones aka Fee Doran

Blink Events: Christmas Shopping Diary Dates

Hello dear readers, my inbox has seen an influx of great shopping event invitations and I wanted to share the joy with you. If you are looking for unique Christmas gifts and to have lots of fun while buying them, then get these dates in your diaries…

Firstly we have the Kensal Flea. The inaugural boutique flea market takes place on Saturday 27 November at the Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane London W10; from 12pm until 5pm. We’ll be looking out for some wonderfully stylish self gifting from our friends, Tallulah and Hope. There will also be vintage homewares and beautiful jewellery, delightful things for mothers and babies as well as the men in your life.

Once you have exhausted yourself in a shopping frenzy you can chill out in the bar or restaurant while listening to some great tunes from DJs Russ Cuban, Mark Rae and Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) and 6Music’s Shaun Keaveny is even hosting the charity karaoke room.

Next, on the 3rd December until 18th we have the Orange Dot Christmas Market at 54 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1. A perfect place to find a gift for the arty members of your family and perfect for you if late night shopping, gallery viewing and mulled wine sipping sounds like the ideal shopping scenario! Orange Dot are dedicated to championing new talent so we’re sure there will be a great selection of handcrafted creations to suit all budgets.

There will be homewares, gifts and stationary from Biba’s Tea Party, clothing from Brat and Suzie as well as Monty O’s Curiosity Shop featuring vintage clothing, furniture, ceramics, art and much more!  As well as the Christmas Market, screen printer and artist Joel Clifford has created a giant advent calendar that will be taking over one of the gallery walls.  Each specially designed print captures a different place in London in the winter and every day we will be opening up a new door and revealing a new print which will be available to buy but they are in limited runs of 10 so don’t hang about!

Then finally, on the 4th December there is an exciting one off event hosted by Madame Geisha and Spindle magazine from midday until 5pm at 82 Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch. Shop until you drop from a selection of bespoke fashion creations from talents such as Brett Le Bratt, Jade Jagger’s Jezebel, Draw in Light and many more. There will also be loads of amazing original artwork for sale from some of Europe’s finest artists including Inkie, Ben Allen, Tommy Penton and Jewel Goodby.

Alongside the shopping will be the launch of ‘Sort Yourself Out Love’ which we just love the sound of! Mrs Jones (super talented designer and stylist to the likes of Scissor Sisters, Kylie and Rhianna) and her team will be available to customize your outfit while Victoria Saunders attends to your hair and make up. You will indeed be sorted out and ready to celebrate the festive season in style!

As if this wasn’t enough there is incredible music from Roots Manuva and Ricky Ranking with DJ Jawa. Wow! We’ll be seeing you there.