London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Feeling Flat

I know we said we had posted all of the streetstyle, but then we spotted these great shoes and didn’t want to deprive you of this insight.

So, you will have spotted some amazing towering heels in all of the other London Fashion Week posts. Just to show an even and balanced view, we have decided to share some of these super smart flatties with you too. Building on the androgynous direction, capturing the crepe soled, brother creeper revival as well as saying hello again to those tried and trusted DM‘s- the flat shoe was not only a great style choice, but also a very sensible option when the rest of the fash pack was teetering over Somerset House‘s cobbles and praying for the moment they could slip off their Loubi’s and slip on some corn plasters…

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

outside the Louise Grey show, LFW

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

ouside the Mark Fast show, LFW

outside the Meadham Kirchhoff show, LFW

outside the Topshop Unique show, LFW

outside the Topshop Unique show, LFW

For the rest of our London Fashion Week coverage, just click here. If you’d like to see all of our accessories-centric posts, then click here. Enjoy!

Thanks again to Asta for the great shots, and thanks to all of you for stopping for us to take your picture.

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Needles Out

As we near the end of our London Fashion Week coverage, and we look at one of our favourite categories. For the past couple of season’s the knit report has been the easiest one for us to fill month on month. There is so much fabulous innovation happening in this field, and the fashion crowd certainly embraced that at this Fashion Week, rocking some really lovely knitted looks.

Reflecting what we have been seeing at retail, hairy and fluffy knits are super important, as are textural as well as patterned looks. As expected, these themes were taken to the extreme in some cases at LFW, but still looked super stylish. We love the surprise elements in some of these knitted looks, where knits are encased or interspersed with sheers or pattern is blown out and artfully placed. Proportions and detailing are incredibly important, especially when you are working a pretty simplistic knit style. So, we think that this Autumn Winter knits will be super important ( I know this may just sound like common sense and all…) so wear your wool with pride, feel simple chic in cashmere and embrace the hairy effects with lots angora bunny fluff.

Alice Goddard of Hot and Cold magazine at LFW

Alice Goddard of Hot and Cold magazine at LFW

outside the Erdem show, LFW

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

London Fashion Week, September 2011

outside the Mark Fast show, LFW

outside the Mark Fast show, LFW

outside the Topshop Unique show, LFW

outside the Topshop Unique show, LFW

For the rest of our LFW coverage, just click here. If you’d like to read more about knitwear, then click here. Enjoy!

Knitwear: Vintage Style

Some things never loose their fashion appeal, and I’m the very lucky caretaker of a few of those items. I say caretaker rather than owner as they have been passed on to me and I intend to pass them on to some fashion fabulous new generation at some point…

This delicious Bus Stop sweater is a perfect example. It was bought by my Mother before I was even a twinkle in her eye. I am about to dust it off again to wear for this Winter. I think it might have a certain Mark Fast lace knit appeal around the edges, the ‘vert de gris’ green is perfect and the sheerness is also right on track for this Winter.

Bus Stop was a style mecca on Kensington Church Street, alongside the perhaps better known Biba. Lee Bender, the founder, launched the store in 1969 and throughout its lifespan rolled the concept out across the country to a total of twelve stores at the height of their success.

I found this image of my Mum wearing the sweater, along with my stylish Aunt, at a family ‘do’ in the mid 70’s. Its still looking pretty damn good considering the amount of years this slip of knit has been worn for.

The original Bus Stop shop front

The "Blink" Mother in Bus Stop, on the left

vintage Bus Stop sweater

vintage Bus Stop sweater

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London Fashion Week: NEWGEN at Somerset House

I actually sat here for a full 10 minutes thinking “What to start with?!”, there’s just so much great stuff from the first few days of London Fashion Week to share with you. To those in the fashion crowd who dared to say they felt a bit bored at LFW, we say piffle and tish! London’s strongly beating heart still runs on a heady mixture of creativity and innovation, blended with intellect and elegance. The Topshop and BFC sponsored NEWGEN section at Somerset House was the perfect example of this.

This season there was a new home for this selection of cutting edge talent. On the sunny terrace at the back of Somerset House sat this mini village of white painted wooden sheds, each creating a stylish, if chilly, home for the featured brands. It was a wonderland of Designer discoveries.

We particularly loved seeing Yang Du‘s collection again- a graphic and cartoonish collection of characters. Fannie Schiavoni‘s chain mail feeling jewelry looked really exciting. We dropped in to see the Mark Fast team. As you may know we are massive Mark Fast fans, especially after he graced us with an interview! We can’t wait to see Michael van der Ham‘s new collection, and Holly Fulton is another “Blink” favourite too. Felicity Brown came to our attention last season, and we look forward to seeing how her handwriting develops- especially after spotting the really directionally different printed T’s. Christopher Raeburn expressed his commitment to sustainable and ethical practices by having 2 lovely seamstresses sewing rabbits, created from collection offcuts- although we did think that it made his space look slightly like a butchers…

NEWGEN at LFW

A montage of the Designer's postcards filled the entrance space

Yang Du

Fannie Schiavoni

Henry Brown showing the Felicity Brown collection- new T shirts and last season's beautiful pleated dresses.

Christopher Raeburn's LFW production line...

Christopher Raeburn's rabbits

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Blink interviews: Mark Fast

We are delighted and excited that our second interview is with brilliant ‘New Generation’ talent, Canadian born knitwear designer, Mark Fast.

Fast graduated from Saint Martins in February 2008 and went on to create knitwear for Bora Aksu, a collaboration that spanned three seasons. He has also collaborated with Stuart Vevers for the Loewe RTW AW09 show and with Christian Louboutin on shoes for his SS10 collection. You may know his name particularly in relation to his choice of catwalk models, as he innovatively and very effectively uses ‘real’ sized models as well as classically teeny models to present his collections.

Fast designs by hand on a domestic knitting machine to create his signature stitch techniques. His obsession with form and texture turn the body into a sinuous and sculptural landscape. In addition to his eponymous collection, Fast is also launching a second line called Faster by Mark Fast, and hooking up with Topshop for a collaborative collection so we see world domination just around the corner…

Do you ever consider commerciality, or is your work purely driven by creativity?
Commercialization is ingrained in our culture but there is a way to take that sensibility and be creative with it.

Have you started working in Spring ’11 yet?
Are you crazy? The show was just yesterday! So it seems……

What or who are your longest standing design influences?
I am inspired by the spontaneity of Jean Paul Gaultier and the precision of Azzedine Alaia.

How would you describe the Mark Fast fashion aesthetic?
Severe.

Any future projects that you’d like to tell us about?
I did an exciting collaboration with Topshop that comes out in June.

Any fashion regrets?
I never regret, I only move forward.

What would your alternative career have been?
I wanted to be an actor.

What’s the best fashion advice that you’ve ever been given?
Keep your cocoon of creativity safe!

What’s your first fashion memory?
Working alongside Bora Aksu.

What’s your proudest career moment so far?
Having my dress on Tilda Swinton on the cover of Another Magazine.

Who would you love to work with, past or present?
Marilyn Monroe.

You feel most creative when…
I’m on the highway.

April '10 Vogue, featuring Lara Stone in Mark Fast

Mark Fast SS '10 collection

Mark Fast SS '10 collection

Mark Fast AW '10 collection

Mark Fast AW '10 collection

With huge thanks to Mark Fast for taking the time to answer our questions. Thanks also to Tatiana of Knot PR for being a star and hooking us up.