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“Blink” Retail: Fur(k) Off

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Today’s issue of the Business of Fashion just dropped into my inbox and this is it’s lead story…

image from the Business of Fashion emailed newsletter, PETA, fur in fashion, fur farming, fashion ethics

image from the Business of Fashion emailed newsletter

It’s a well researched and fact filled article about whether Fur has a place in Fashion (just click on that link to read the full article). If you are a long standing Blink reader, then you’ll know our uncompromising view on this subject and it’s a firm absolutely no thanks to fur from us. No fur, no thanks, on no occasion. Seriously that left hand image just sums the whole argument up for me. How could you possibly wear real fur (yes, that includes you Canada Gooseys and your coyote trimmed hoods, all of you with those rotten fur poms on your hats or handbags, and you wearing that vintage fur coat) if you have any conscience at all? It is simply unacceptable on every level.

Yes you may eat meat (I don’t by the way), but I bet you like to ensure your meat, eggs, fish, milk has come from a happy animal that experienced some quality of like during it’s short time on this earth. Well, most (but not all by any stretch) of the leather and sheepskin that we wear comes from animals that have been farmed for more than just their skins but have also been part of our food chain. Well, that is never ever ever the case with animals who are farmed or trapped purely for their pelts. It’s a miserable existence and often a shockingly disgusting death.

So, we thank the wonderful British Vogue, Selfridges, Liberty, Arcadia group et al for turning their backs on this material choice- and are they any less fabulous for doing so? Nope, we think it makes then super, extra, totally and additionally fabulous actually.

You can check out our previous rants on this matter here and also here. For more fashion retail news, just click here.

“Blink” Travels: China in Paris, Astier de Villatte

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

You may think that the only reason to head to Rue Saint-Honoré is to hit Colette and all the other big name fashion boutiques. Well, I have news for you. After Merci and le Bon Marche, there is another store that I always try to get to when in gay Pareeee, and that’s the Astier de Villatte store at the Louvre end of Rue Saint-Honoré, just along from Cafe Ruc.

Its a tiny store and you could easily pass it by, but I urge you to search it out and pop in to this crazy little emporium if you are in vicinity. Aside from all of the gorgeous, milky glazed, artfully wonky, ultra stylish crockery, you’ll find their amazing scented candles and body products, alongside some quirky curios that change every time I pop in there. It’s always an inspiration, from the store windows to the tiny back room, stacked high with amazing platters and decorative ‘objets’.

 the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

the windows at Astier de Villatte, Paris

Astier de Villatte, Paris

Astier de Villatte, Paris

If you’re not off to Paris but would still like to have a look at the Astier de Villatte range, then Liberty have a great selection.

For more on our travels, just have a look here.

“Blink” Retail: All Aboard the Liberty Express this Christmas

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Some month’s back I was delighted to be invited to the Liberty Press Day. That was pretty much in the midst of Summer time and I am only now feeling mentally ready to admit that Christmas is in fact just around the corner and so I am prepared to share some seasonal joy with you…

Liberty took inspiration from the Victorian age of luxurious steam train travel as well as classic Hollywood movie train moments from the like of ‘Brief Encounter’, ‘Some Like it Hot’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. The Liberty Christmas windows will be transformed into a whole Victorian steam train, bursting with sumptuous and luxurious gift ideas, gold paper chains and festoon lights.

Here’s some highlights from the Christmas Press Day, and let me tell you, if Stella McCartney did an adult version of that super cute bunny onesie, I wouldn’t be wearing anything else for the whole Christmas holidays!

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Liberty London, Christmas 2012

Christopher Kane at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Christopher Kane at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stunning silk scarves at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stunning silk scarves at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stella McCartney kids at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Stella McCartney kids at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Marvellous millinery at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Marvellous millinery at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

British made product featured strongly at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

British made product featured strongly at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Richard Nicoll at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

Richard Nicoll at Liberty London Christmas Press Day

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Blink Retail- More LOVE at Liberty London

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Look, we aren’t being paid off or sponsored (but not a bad idea!), we just genuinely have a very soft spot for Liberty. I would actually go as far as to say it’s our favorite London store- and globally only second to the wonderful Merci in Paris. I will try to let a week go by without praising, featuring or generally drooling about that deliciously black and white, absurdly tasteful, ever dependable style mecca- but that week is not just yet…

We were out and about researching/ retailing (uhm, those are just terms we use to make shopping seem more important and difficult than it actually is) when we spotted the new window scheme at Liberty, in collaboration with LOVE magazine, celebrating their current androgyny issue and also featuring lots of fabulous new looks from Alexander Wang’s Spring Summer 2011 collection. The windows look really exciting and energetic, don’t you agree?

There are also windows featuring fabulous and relatively new names to the British fashion scene, like Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane (winner of the Elle Style Award for best British designer) and Michael van der Ham. Gorgeous!

LOVE magazine with Liberty London

LOVE magazine with Liberty London

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Streetstyle: Carnaby Street

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Although its become a tourist trap and the location of some pretty mainstream retailers, there is still something essentially cool about Carnaby Street. Its often a great place to style spot very unique and interesting looks. Maybe this is because it’s close to lots of Soho creative offices and the fact that it’s right by Liberty? Who knows- but the fact is, we like to loiter with our camera at the ready and we generally manage to shoot some interesting streetstyle.

Asta spotted this young lady when out last week. We just love how on first look there is something quite vintage and refined, then on closer inspection her style owes a lot more to a punky and hard edged aesthetic. The vintage jacket has been customized by some hardcore looking studs and spikes. The shorts are leather and the shoes are pretty fierce too. Great hair and a very cool attitude just puts the cherry on this particular cake. Enjoy!

Carnaby Street, London

Carnaby Street, London

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Blink Retail: Love at Liberty London

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

We have a long standing love affair with Liberty, but we have only just now been provided with the opportunity to really put that love into the words of a love letter. Liberty have constructed a ‘Love Wall’ just next to where their new stationary department will be opened (did we need any more reasons to spend far too much time in there?!?). Perfectly timed for Valentines, ideal to promote their new stationary department and also incredibly romantic.

We think it may have been inspired by the obsessive love letter posting that happens in Verona. There is a house which proposes to be that of the Capulet’s (of Shakespeare fame), with a balcony and a Juliet statue. On any available space in the wall, the heartsick and love-lorn leave love notes to Juliet asking her to help them find their true love. Well, we can tell you that you can save the plane fair and get a bus to Liberty instead. Aside from the gorgeous ‘Love Wall’, where we left a few begging letters to Cupid, I can tell you that love can be found in Liberty on a regular basis- mainly in the Shoe Hall and also in the designer womenswear section if you’re feeling flush…

Liberty London's 'Love Wall'

Liberty London's 'Love Wall'

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Blink Inspiration: Flowers for Stella

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

We were out and about in town yesterday, feeling a bit schizophrenic with the sale stock looking so, well, old I suppose and the new season collections looking oh so freshly tempting. It makes such sense to snap up some amazing sale bargains- especially considering that its still the depths of Winter and will probably remain frigidly cold for at least the next three months, but all I really wanted was new season gorgeousness, along with the promise of sunshine and blue skies that it holds.

Liberty was the best for us as far as showcasing new season collections. We fell in love with the Stella McCartney resort/ early Spring collection all over again (the first time being when we drooled over the show shots on Style.com). The simplicity of silhouette, the structure, the delicious combination of texture and pattern- specifically the stunning, grand scale floral prints and the boldly blue, broderie anglais style lace. Here are a few shots for you, to share the joy and bring you a little ray of Spring sunshine.

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com