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Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

You know I am totally in love with Liberty London right? You might also know that I am a Mid Century design fan too? Well I have discovered the perfect book to blend those two passions in to one.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties by Anna Buruma was issued in paperback in December 2015 and I have just managed to get my hands on a copy (thank you ACC Editions). When I think of Liberty, of course I think of the florals, arts and crafts style, soft and pretty designs and something quite whimsically romantic. Well, this book reveals how Liberty responded to the trends driving forward design in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a wonderful surprise to see how they incorporated the mid century style so effortlessly into the Liberty lexicon. The images in this book show the designs, but also their application in many cases, giving a fashion history fanatic like me a wonderfully rounded view of Liberty during this excitingly creative period.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

It all makes perfect sense when you think of Liberty’s location at the head of Carnaby Street. How could that be the fashion hub of London’s Sixties scene without Liberty being impacted? This book shows us how Liberty has been a creative driving force throughout its history, charting it’s beginnings to give us context and a deeper understanding of the brand, and then revealing how Liberty responded to the mid Century Modern movement for both fashion and interiors. It’s a joy and I’m sure it will become one of my most regularly referenced sources of design inspiration.

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties, Anna Buruma, ACC Editions, mid century design, design book, book review, fashion blog, Blink London

Liberty and Co in the Fifties and Sixties

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“Blink” Accessories: Awon Golding at Liberty London

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Now that Spring ’14 product is starting to land in-store, we thought we should revisit some of the press day shots that we are yet to share with you. Let’s take ourselves back to the lovely few hours we spent with the Liberty London team, perusing their key pieces for SS’14.

I know it’s a bit chilly out there to think about ice-creams, but we think that these are the perfect thing to give you a little smile and remind you that the sun will return and that there are warmer days ahead (somewhere, far in the distance…).

Awon Golding, Liberty London SS'14 press day

Awon Golding, Liberty London SS'14 press day

Awon Golding, Liberty London SS'14 press day

Awon Golding, Liberty London SS'14 press day

These gorgeous gelato inspired confections are the work of Awon Golding, a London-based milliner who brings her skill, intense creativity and multicultural heritage together, resulting in some stunningly innovative head-wear. These two styles are from her ‘Colori Gelatio’ collection, and are shown far more beautifully in these shots swiped from Golding’s website.

Awon Golding, SS'14

Awon Golding, SS'14

Now that is one way to keep a cool head (so, so sorry, but we couldn’t resist!). If you’d like to see more accessories, take a look 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” Accessories: Marc Jacobs x Liberty

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Oh to the em to the geeeee. Two of my favouritest things combined is leaving me a little breathless…

Complete genius and fashion perfection as Marc Jacobs reworks his signature bags in stunning Liberty floral print fabric.

Marc by Marc Jacobs  teams up with Liberty

Marc by Marc Jacobs teams up with Liberty

Buy these little beauties here or instore at Liberty London.

“Blink” Retail: Moschino is the Cat’s Whiskers!

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

There are some great Christmas windows out there right now. Topping our favourites list is Liberty‘s steam train themed scheme and the sparkle-tastic Selfridges windows. We do love a bauble, but I must admit that my absolute favourite current fashion windows are not terribly Christmassy at all. We spotted this genius display in the Moschino windows yesterday. Okay, I could very well be totally swayed by this window because it features a huge cat, but I do truly think it’s the whole wonderful Tim Walker-esque fantasy approach that is perfect for this quirky and creative brand, and so utterly charming.

Madame, you’re interested as dressing as a sunshine yellow budgerigar? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Moschino, Conduit Street

Moschino, Conduit Street

For more store windows featured on the “Blink” blog, click here.

“Blink” Accessories: Dr Martens and Liberty

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I am sorely tempted to invest in some of these absolutely brilliant Liberty print Doc Martens boots. The last time I felt this excited about getting into some DM’s, I was an art student hanging about in dungarees, thinking very earnest things while listening to The Smiths and The Cure. I have to say, if these floral printed versions had been available then, my life would have seemed beyond complete.

This collaboration, bringing together two British institutions, in a match made in heaven. Now your only decision is 3 hole, 8 hole or desert boots?

Doctor Martens, Liberty

Doctor Martens collaborates with Liberty

Doctor Martens, Liberty

Doctor Martens collaborates with Liberty

Doctor Martens, Liberty

Doctor Martens collaborates with Liberty

The collection is being sold initially exclusively from an area curated by Dr. Martens within Liberty, and then from June 1st, these styles will also be available from drmartens.com and from Dr. Martens own retail stores.

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“Blink” Inspiration: Isabel Marant at Liberty

Friday, May 11th, 2012

So, you may have seen my tweet yesterday, after indulging in a little fashion retail porn in Liberty. I popped in just to have a recreational smooch around the new deliveries, but I didn’t make it far past the rail of Isabel Marant. I knew it was a mistake to actually try some on, but I couldn’t help myself. I stood in the changing room wondering what I could put into hock so I could bring just a couple of pieces home with me…

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant, SS'12

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant, SS'12

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant, SS'12

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant, SS'12

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant, SS'12

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant, SS'12

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant, SS'12

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant, SS'12 (this one tops my lust list)

If, like me, you’re not quite up to filling your wardrobe at this price level, then lots of high street brands have been ‘inspired’ by this collection too. These tie dye jeans from Topshop aren’t half bad as a starting point to build this mood.

Topshop

Topshop tie dye Jamie jeans

For more posts on inspirational stuff, click here. For more retail news, click here.

“Blink” Accessories: Ancient Greek Sandals

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Are you daydreaming about Summer holidays? Well, we are and to help us visualize every detail we’ve been ogling some great potential holiday purchases. Top of our list are these fabulous leather sandals. The name was enough to get us reaching for our purse- Ancient Greek Sandals.

They are like the sandals you dream of discovering in a small back street shop on a remote Greek island, with a little bearded man in the back room hand making them in the perfect shade of tan leather to ancient designs and techniques- but you never do manage to quite track that shop down… but fear not, you can now pop in to Liberty, Selfridges, Dover Street Market or Matches and buy them before you head off on your hols!

Athena ancient greek sandals

Athena, Ancient Greek Sandals

Minotaur, Ancient Greek Sandals

Minotaur, Ancient Greek Sandals

Ikaria, Ancient Greek Sandals

Ikaria, Ancient Greek Sandals (our favourites!)

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“Blink” Colour: Brights

Monday, April 16th, 2012

We’re launching into a few days of looking at what’s going on with colour on the high street this month. Kicking off with brights, as it’s a Monday morning and you might need livening up a little! We’re loving the  growth and continuing importance of bold, optimistic and eye popping bright shades, in plain solids as well as some really innovative pattern.

Harrods

H&M

Liberty

Maje

Mary Katrantzou

Matches

River Island

Whistles

For more posts about colour, click here. For more on retail news, click here.

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Teatum Jones AW ’12 collection preview!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

It’s almost LFW again! How did that come around so quickly? We have planned a few outfits and RSVP’d to some amazing shows and if the weather just warms up a little bit, I think we’re on for a very, very exciting time.

We have a pre LFW treat for you, as if you weren’t over excited enough already! In advance of their collection presentation on Saturday 18th February in the beautiful Heritage Suite of the iconic store, LibertyTeatum Jones have allowed us to share with you an EXCLUSIVE insight into the AW ’12 collection!

Here’s what they have to say about the inspiration behind this collection:

“TEATUM JONES AW12 EXPLORES THE SENSATIONALISTIC AND MENACING SIDE OF THE GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES AND HOLLYWOOD CRIME SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY CIRCA 1940’S. BOTH SUBJECTS, ONCE DIVORCED OF THEIR FOLKLORIC ENCHANTMENT AND STYLIZED IMAGERY, REVEAL WICKEDNESS, CRUELTY AND ABANDONMENT IN UNCONCEIVABLE MEASURES.

TEATUM JONES’ AW12COLLECTION PAINTS SCENES OF OVERSIZED, TREACHEROUS YET UTTERLY MAGICAL LANDSCAPES, BLENDING EARLY 19TH CENTURY GERMANY AND 20TH CENTURY HOLLYWOOD. THESE SCENES CAST OMINOUS LIGHT OVER WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE REMOVES THE MAGIC FROM FOLKLORE AND IS LEFT WITH THE STARKNESS OF REALITY AND PLAUSIBILITY. DARK OLIVE TWO-TONE GREENS SHIMMER IRIDESCENTLY AGAINST HEAVY CHARCOAL VIRGIN WOOLS PRESENTING LUXURIOUS AND STEADFAST COATING AND CONTEMPORARY COCKTAIL DRESSES. ELECTRIC PINK LUREX TWEEDS, FLUORESCENT LIMES AND MAGICAL MAGENTA PINKS STRIKE A BEACON OF LIGHT AMONGST THE DARKEST DEPTHS OF A FORESTRY PALETTE. ROSE PINK AND KHAKI STONEWASHED SILKS PRESENT A CHALKY WASH AMONGST TONAL PANELLING IN SECRET FOLDS AND HIDDEN POCKETS.
TEATUM JONES’ USE OF NARRATIVE PRINT GROWS EVER MORE POIGNANT IN THE STORY BOARD AND HARLEQUIN PRINTS FOR AW12. AN ACUTE FLASH OF LIGHT AMONGST THE NIGHTLY FOREST GREENS AND CHARCOAL VIRGIN WOOLS REVEAL A GINGERBREAD HOUSE OF FORBIDDEN TRUTHS AND LURING TEMPTATIONS. MAGICAL LANDSCAPES EMBLAZONED ACROSS SUBTLETY SHEER SILK ORGANZAS REVEAL COLOURED SMOKE CLOUDS THAT MISCHIEVOUSLY PLAY WITH YOUR SENSE OF NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T.
REFINED, ELEGANT AND ULTRA FEMININE MIDI SILHOUETTES THAT HARK TO A BYGONE HOLLYWOOD ERA ARE THROWN OUT OF CONTEXT WITH THE INJECTION OF A CHILDLIKE PERCEPTION OF SCALE AND COLOUR. TAILORING ADAPTS TO HAPHAZARDLY OVERSIZED PATCH POCKETS REMINISCENT OF A CHILD PLAYING DRESS UP WITH THEIR FATHER’S JACKETS AND COATS. THE REPLACEMENT OF BUTTONS SEES THE INTRODUCTION OF OUTLANDISHLY OVERSIZED GOLD POPPERS AND CHUNKY BRASS METAL ZIPS. CONTRAST PANELLING ON TAILORED CUFFS, TROUSERS AND DRESSES REVEALS AN INNOCENTLY CANDID INTERPRETATION OF PROPORTION AND SCALE. SILK GAZARDS AND FEATHERY COTTONS RETAIN A CHILDLIKE BOUNCE AND SOFTNESS AS THE FABRIC ROLLS IN AND OUT OF TUCKED NAPKIN INSPIRED DRAPING ON DRESSES AND SKIRTS. CONTRAST COLOUR TOPSTITCHING REVEALS A SENSE OF NOSTALGIC HANDCRAFT WITH A DARNING-LIKE SENSIBILITY. SHOWING A PRISTINE UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENCHANTRESS AS WELL AS THE REALISTIC, REVEALS A PLAYFUL, COMPASSIONATE AND POWERFULLY ASTUTE WOMAN. THE TEATUM JONES WOMAN IS EFFORTLESSLY CHIC AND UNCOMPROMISINGLY NONCHALANT. SHE IS DRAWN TO THE LABEL AS IT ALLOWS HER TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN MASCULINE AND FEMININE, STRUCTURE AND FLUIDITY.”

And here is an exclusive look at their mood board for this season, revealing a perfect insight into the thought processes behind this collection, as well as the level of colour we’ll be seeing from them for AW’12.

Teatum Jones AW'12 moodboard

We have also been treated to a preview of their soundtrack, which has been created from many of the songs that Teatum Jones have been listening to while creating this collection. It’s disarmingly beautiful, perfectly reflecting Teatum Jones’ stunning, sophisticated handwriting. I cannot wait to see the presentation at Liberty, especially after Rob and Catherine have been so kind as to share this collection with me at several of it’s development. We at “Blink” are huge Teatum Jones fans, and we feel sure that, if you’re not already, you will be soon!

For more of our posts about Teatum Jones, just click here. For more on London Fashion Week, click here.

Enjoy! Lucy