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Mary Benson, SS’16 collection from LFW

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue

Mary Benson is another fabulous new name that we spotted at London Fashion Week, and we managed to catch up with the team in person at the British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. It’s an intriguing womenswear collection founded by Mary, and now created by her and new her design partner, Morten Ussing.

Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue.

Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue

I met the pair in their showroom space, drawn in by the stunningly dramatic white dress set next to a rail full of their collection. On my first view of the dress I was thinking romance, girlish abandon, vintage elegance with an 80’s twist. Then I met Mary and Morten and they set me straight…

Mary Benson SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms, Paris Fashion Week., British Fashion Counvcil, Blink London, Fashion blog

Mary Benson SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms, Paris Fashion Week.

The pair explained that this collection is a reflection each experiencing some pretty tough heartbreak and all of the mixed up feelings that accompany it. Fresh from a break up myself I was really very much in the mood to appreciate where this innovative design duo were coming from. Some pieces in the collection are just detailed with hearts and flowers, but these swiftly become tear-filled eyes, which in turn are joined by lines of handwriting. The scrawled words start out looking sweetly beseeching but quickly loose control and end up rather crazed and a bit sweary. This is literally wearing your heart on your sleeve, along with your private journal shared right across your back.

It is utterly modern, clever, and artistic in a kinda Tracey Emin way. The collection manages to express a certain ownership of those feelings and in turn reveals a level of empowerment. The silhouettes have a kind of Biba-esque simplicity about them, allowing the surface pattern to sing out, whilst abstractly dipping in and out across areas of volume.

This is a label you are sure to hear more of. This may be their first taste of being part of the London Fashion Week establishment (last year Benson showed as part of Fashion East), but they are already well supported. For this collection they collaborated with Stephen Jones for the hats (how gorgeous is that red heart!), and with Tatty Devine on this utterly genius tear-adorned eyewear, modelled by Mary herself.

Mary Benson in the eyewear created in collaboration with Tatty Devine, SS'16

Mary Benson in the eyewear created in collaboration with Tatty Devine, SS’16

Thanks so much to Mary and Morten for the time that they gave me in Paris. I hope that it was a huge success. Oh and can I borrow that really sweary number to hang out outside my exes place this weekend please?

For more of our London Fashion Week coverage, just look here.

Words by Lucy Williams.

Images by Lucy Williams, unless otherwise stated.

Molly Goddard, SS16

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

I hope you enjoyed my post about meeting Piers Atkinson in Paris. Here’s another missive from our PFW trip, this time featuring Molly Goddard and her SS’16 collection. To help set the scene, here’s a video from the British Fashion Council of Goddard’s rather unusual LFW show…

Yup, that is a fashion version of a sandwich factory. I initially felt a bit kinda confused by this, not understanding the full story behind the collection. Without even delving in to show notes or esoteric motivations, the simple fact is that this was the perfect atmosphere for Goddard to show her style, and this collection in particular. There is a certain vintage, naive, pastoral and crafty feel around the collection, mostly from the hand smocked detailing and the proportions, so why shouldn’t this person be making something as simple and recognisable, comforting and honest as a sandwich?

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard herself, with her SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

The collection feels both antiquely, milk-maidish and at the same time, for the same reasons of proportion and detailing but taking in to account colour and materials too, kinda subversive as well. There is sweetness on first sight, but upon second look there is a toughness, a grit, a touch of punky anti-joie de vivre. When looking closely at some of the pieces from this collection I was drawn in by the intense, handworked precision in some of the styles. The beautiful smocking has been hand created using tradition and age-old techniques. This is combined with the textural layers, tiers and ruffles, bell sleeves and pattern mixtures to create a really vibrant, exciting feel.

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

We asked Molly if she had a favourite from the collection. A bit of a ‘Sophie’s Choice’ situation I’m sure, but she pointed out the plaid dress, which is intensley smocked which gives the pattern a totally different appearance on the bodice and upper arms, and the plaid pattern also feeling rather schoolish and country-girl whilst also being a strong Punk pattern reference. I love, love love both the literal layers as well as the subtler layers of reference Goddard has captured on these wonderful pieces.

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London, catwalk show, Vogue

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection. Image with thanks to Vogue.com

Thanks to Molly, for the time that she gave us in Paris at the London Show Rooms event. I hope it was a huge success. For more of our London Fashion Week coverage, just look here.

 

Words by Lucy Williams.

Images by Lucy Williams, unless otherwise stated.

“Blink” Accessories: Marvellous milliner, Piers Atkinson

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

As we mentioned a few posts back, when we were in Paris for Paris Fashion Week our first stop was to pop by the British Fashion Council’s ‘London Show Rooms’ to offer our support to the British designers showing there. We’ll be sharing with you a few designer profiles from the event, starting with the rather fabulous Piers Atkinson, who we first featured in 2013.

Piers Atkinson and his SS'16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

Piers Atkinson and his SS’16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

Without having to ask twice Piers donned one of his creations (although we were hoping he’d go for one of the ‘My Little Pony’ inspired ponytailed numbers!) and posed for us along with part of his SS’16 collection. His ultra creative work sits perfectly with the whimsical, creative and innovative millinery tradition we Brits are world renowned for. Aside from the wondrous creativity, Atkinson’s work is also utterly beautifully made, whether more sophisticated or hilariously cute. Hello cat hats!

'cat hats' from Piers Atkinson SS'16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

‘cat hats’ from Piers Atkinson SS’16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

I was encourage to pop on a chapeau too while I was there, and although the obvious choice for me might well have been one of these super-cute cat inspired designs, I actually pushed the boat out and popped on this bandana/bunny ear headband style complete with a sparkly net veil. His work has been worn by Anna Dello Russo, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Rihanna- and now Blink London!

Lucy in a  Piers Atkinson SS'16 design. London Show Rooms, Paris

Lucy in a Piers Atkinson SS’16 design. London Show Rooms, Paris

I could easily have carried on the rest of my day in this. When I was a fashion student I was never knowingly under-accessorised and that often meant wearing a hat, whether heading to a lecture, a night out or the local supermarket. How did I get out of that habit? Time to revive it I think, but perhaps only ever with something from Piers Atkinson’s collections…

Thanks to Piers and his team for giving me some of their precious time. I hope that Paris was a huge success for you.

“Blink” Travels: Paris Fashion Week

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday and today but we’ve been rather distracted by our second favourite city, Paris. You will have seen lots on the Blink London Instagram feed yesterday and today showing you some insights from our trip. If you didn’t spot us, then you’re missing out and follow us RIGHT NOW!

Place de la Bastille, Paris, during Paris Fashion Week, October'15

Place de la Bastille, Paris, during Paris Fashion Week, October’15

It was more like Spring in Paris than Autumn, with super blue skies and bright sunshine shining on the fashion crowd as they made their final trip of ‘Fashion Month’, descending on the stunning City of Light. We joined in and our first port of call was the British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms, of course. We are all about supporting the British Fashion Industry first and foremost.

The British Fashion Council's London Show Rooms at Paris Fashion Week, October'15

The British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms at Paris Fashion Week, October’15

We promise to share all of the wonderfully inspirational stuff we saw and the brilliantly creative people that we met throughout next week, so watch out! Oh, and we mustn’t forget to thank Eurostar for a wonderfully quick and easy journey too.