Posts Tagged ‘Louis Vuitton’

“Blink” Inspiration: Mid Century marvels at LV’s Resort ’16 show

Friday, June 12th, 2015

We have been shoulders deep in Resort’16 coverage on Style.com. Every time around there seems to be more and more labels showing more and more looks for Resort. What has previously been a compact offer, a mini preview and a more embraceable element of a label’s seasonal output has now become a full-on fashion-fest and it’s both fabulous and overwhelming!

High on the list of both fabulousness and overwhelmingness is the Louis Vuitton show. Not only was the collection itself another testament to Ghesquière’s greatness, it was also held in a rather fantabulous location; the John Lautner designed, Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs.

Let’s start with the collection itself. An outing of over fifty looks which to us feels like the wardrobe of Joan of Arc should she have been about in the Sixties. Armour and chain-mail interpreted in super soft and elegant textile treatments. Those geometric straps and bands around the midriff. Combinations of mid century feeling linear details, clean silhouettes and the all important sense of futurism, along with our current obsession with all things sports.

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com, JOhn Lautner, Palm Springs, Bob Hope estate, fashion design, Blink London

Louis Vuitton Resort’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com, JOhn Lautner, Palm Springs, Bob Hope estate, fashion design, Blink London

ouis Vuitton Resort ’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com, JOhn Lautner, Palm Springs, Bob Hope estate, fashion design, Blink London

Louis Vuitton Resort’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com, fashion trends, fashion news, Blink London, fashion blog

Louis Vuitton Resort’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort'16, images with thanks to Style.com

Louis Vuitton Resort’16, images with thanks to Style.com

Bold, brave and innovative- just like the location! Which segues us nicely on to the amazing Bob Hope estate. My oh my. I am a mid century design fan and so this is, well, everything! When I think of an architect who sums up the American mid century building design lexicon, Richard Neutra always springs to mind. To my shame, I wasn’t even familiar with the work of John Lautner. Well, due to Nicolas Ghesquière’s genius choice of show location, I am now fascinated by this architect and this building in particular.

John Lautner (image from Pinterest)

John Lautner (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest), mid century design, architecture

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest), mid century design, american architecture

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

The John Lautner designed Bob Hope estate in Palm Springs (image from Pinterest)

Even though this feels utterly mid century, this building (the largest private home ever designed by Lautner) wasn’t completed until the 1980’s. It’s currently on the market, and could be yours for a cool $25 mill.  Lautner said of his design aesthetic  “The purpose of architecture is to create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities of life.” I think he certainly achieved that here.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: All Tied Up

Friday, January 30th, 2015

When we’ve been out and about doing our retail research, there has been an un-ignorable addition to the accessories offer right across the fashion map. I think it’s safe to say that we will all be tying one on for Spring Summer. Yes, folks we are talking about the return of the silk scarf. I know that we have posted about this a couple of times before, here about the Jason Wu silk squares for St Regis, and here about Emma Greenhill’s sumptuous silk scarves, but there is still more to be shared with you on this very important topic!

Here are some shots that we have grabbed when out around town over the last few weeks. I think you’ll agree that this is pretty strong evidence that silk scarves have got the accessories department all wrapped up… (sorry couldn’t resist!). There are a multitude of ways to rock your scarf too. If you aren’t quite convinced that a full on headscarf is for you, then why not try a more subtle cuff tie or a shoe with a scarf inspired tie (both by Dior)?

Scarves: big fashion news for Spring Summer 2015

Scarves: big fashion news for Spring Summer 2015

Across the top, from left to right we have Louis Vuitton, Kenzo and Chanel. In the mid row we have Dior and Dolce and Gabbana. In the bottom row is Miu Miu, Dior and Fendi.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” 2015 Predictions: Collaborations (a+b=yay!)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

To continue our series of predictions posts, at Blink Towers we’ve been talking lots about the importance of collaborations and whether they will still be so topical in the season’s ahead. Well, we have decided that the collaboration is a key part of the creative journey and perhaps the only change will be in how this partnership functions for the parties involved.

Some of the mega brands do the super power collaboration very well. That is where equally well known, brilliant and successful parties join forces, bringing their specific expertise and kudos to the project. Marc Jacobs did this brilliantly and ground-breakingly at Louis Vuitton. Adidas does this with a diverse selection of fashion success stories (Yohji with Y3, Stella McCartney and most recently Mary Katrantzou). These work because it is a win/win of genius, creativity and genuine expertise, allowing established brands to deliver a look that is an exciting departure from their expected look.

Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami Panda Bag

Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami

Are the H&M x Designer collections a collaboration? We’re not sure?!? It seems more that H&M creates a production route and a platform for unreachable, aspirational brands to deliver a collection that is accessible to the fashion masses but there isn’t an exchange of creative concepts and values in the way that a true collaboration should perhaps operate. We do love them though!

H&M's Designer collections

H&M’s Designer collections

For us the best collaborations lift both parties up and carry them into new arenas, bringing them to the attention of new audiences and expressing the best of each partner. The fabulous Kering collaboration with LCF certainly falls into this category. You can read more about that here.

We think that the most exciting future of collaborations in the fashion industry will be those that take a David and Goliath stance. Not from the catapulted stone between the eyes angle, but from the giant and the newby perspective. How amazing would it be for those product behemoths to take brand-new talent, fledgling brands, creative experimenters and fresh-faced innovators and provide them with the environment to learn, grow, and deliver exciting new concepts through a collaboration? We hope to see lots of this going forward. I think it would be a huge game-changer and a really vibrant and energetic opportunity. So, all you Goliaths out there, the next step is up to you!

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Resort ’15, Louis Vuitton

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Oh, Nicolas, how you are spoiling us! I was especially looking forward to this show. It’s always an exciting time when a new designer steps in to take over at a big label, and the combination doesn’t get much bigger or better than Nicolas Ghesquiere joining Louis Vuitton. As a long time Marc Jacobs acolyte, I was a little torn, but then I have long admired the complex and rather cerebral work of Ghesquiere too.

What a treat this NG/LV combination is proving to be. This was a show that actually felt very much related to the work of Jacobs so perhaps these two design kings have more in common about their aesthetic than I previously realised. There was stunning pattern clash, something of a Miu Miu-ish retro meets futuristic brilliance, all wrapped up in that wonderful ‘fashion ugly’ feeling. This is quirky, innovative and yet somehow recognisable too. This is luxury but in the way an artist would express it. Beautiful in an utterly fresh way.

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015 

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

Louis Vuitton, Resort 2015

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Louis Vuitton at Selfridges

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Louis Vuitton in Selfridges

Louis Vuitton in Selfridges

This Selfridges window scheme was designed by Louis Vuitton, featuring their product alongside these stools from Cassina. I’m not sure what it represents but as a symmetry addict I find it very pleasing, and I also like how it frames their lovely twirly lift too.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Fashion Fluff

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

This Autumn, shapes may be all about minimalism and innovative proportions but to add pace, aside from all of the great colour blocking and bold patterns, there is some amazing deep pile textures out there. From teddy bear style meltons on coats to the addition of sheepskin on Biker’s, to super fluffy knits, and even into our accessories. Here we see what the love of fluff has done to bags. From luxe shearlings to those that embrace the look but in a much sleaker way, even a touch of trompe l’oeil from Roberto Cavalli.

Fendi

Fendi

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Burberry

Burberry

River Island

River Island

Burberry

Burberry

Celine

Celine

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: LV goes Jurassic

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

I have no idea why they have chosen this scheme featuring golden dinosaur skeletons for the Bond Street Louis Vuitton store, but they are fabulous never the less. If anyone knows of a deeper message behind this look, do share. Thanks!

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

Louis Vuitton, Bond Street

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Selfridges/ Louis Vuitton/ Yayoi Kusama

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Did you read our post about the Louis Vuitton Kusama Concept Store at Selfridges a little while back? I hope you entered the competition!

Louis Vuitton have unveiled an amazing take-over of Selfridges’ windows, as well as turning the Concept Store space into a mini Louis Vuitton store filled with the spotty gorgeousness of their collection created in collaboration with Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This is a super duper spot overload, and we love it… well, most of it. I have to say I was quite disturbed by the lifelike appearance of the life size wax models of Kusama in the corner window installation!

Kusama models in the Louis Vuitton windows at Selfridges

Kusama models in the Louis Vuitton windows at Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Competition: “Spot the Difference”, Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Pop Up at Selfridges

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

To celebrate the opening of the Louis Vuitton Kusama Concept Store at Selfridges London, Louis Vuitton and Selfridges have created “Spot the Difference”, two super cute short films starring the equally cute fashion blogger, artist and DJ, Bip Ling.

Viewers are invited to literally, spot the differences between the two films. Once you spot any one of the five differences, just submit your entries into the “Spot the Difference Competition” by tweeting @LouisVuitton_UK, and including the hashtag #LVKusama. Five winners will be selected at random and each will receive each a copy of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” illustrated by Yayoi Kusama.

The competition started yesterday and will close on 7th September 2012, so don’t hang about! Winners will be announced via the @LouisVuitton_UK Twitter account on the 12th September 2012.

Film 1 –

Film 2 –

To celebrate the launch of its most significant global artistic collaboration to date, on 24th August, Louis Vuitton will unveil an extraordinary take-over of Selfridges’ windows as well as the Concept Store. An unprecedented 24-window design by Yayoi Kusama, will announce the collaboration between Louis Vuitton, the illustrious Japanese artist and Selfridges. The poem “Love Forever” has been written by Kusama herself, which features in the videos, will also feature in all 24 windows of the London department store, effectively wrapping the building.

Louis Vuitton has maintained a close relation with the world of art. Strengthened by this tradition, which has been intensified under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton is happy to associate itself with the first retrospective
dedicated to the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

Bip Ling gets ready to be shot for theLouis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama video

Bip Ling gets ready to be shot for the Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama video

Good luck with spotting the differences…

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Paper on Sloane Street

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

We were out on the hunt for new season stock yesterday, amongst all the sale rails and final mark down banners. One place that was blissfully free of discount promotions was Sloane Street. There were some really lovely new season windows to be inspired by. Chanel‘s was particularly beautiful. However, there were a couple of windows with no ‘real’ product in that really looked the most interesting. Gucci and Louis Vuitton had both filled their windows with beautiful paper sculptures of their pieces. Both minimal and impactful. Gucci goes for a window filling, huge scale version of two iconic handbags. LV delicately sculpts a pair of paper shoes as well as creating layers of beautifully folded paper shirts and blouses.

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Gucci bag made of recycled paper

Louis Vuitton paper shoes and broderie collar blouses

Louis Vuitton paper shoes and broderie collar blouses

Louis Vuitton crisply folded paper shirts

Louis Vuitton crisply folded paper shirts

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Enjoy! Lucy