Blink Inspiration: Giovanni Martins with Emma Griffiths

Shortly after his graduation from LCF, we featured Giovanni Martins‘ fabulous fashion film, ‘Manifesto’. Click here to see that post, and click here to see another featuring some of his photography. In this post we are delighted to share with you his next major fashion film called ‘Gwenllian’, exclusively for Emma Griffiths.
Giovanni says:
‘In this film i wanted to explore more of the details and graphical aspect of Emma Griffiths’ collection, consisting of double layered silk dresses and laser cut leather applications. The film is a journey into her collection, and travels between female sensuality, usage of fabric and intricate handwork.’

E.G EMMA GRIFFITHS is a luxury fashion label with Welsh roots. Griffiths has taken elements of her ancestry to create a collection that reflect the traditions of love in Welsh History. For centuries the Celtic Welsh knot of the Love Spoon has been a Welsh expression of love. The men would carve the love spoon into never-ending patterns as a symbol of his love for her. The different patterns would hold meanings for each woman; the pattern used in this collection is symbolic of the strength of love. The E.G signature leggings carry warrior undertones of sculptured leather paneling, and taut lacing. The 18ct gold plated shields that adorn the leather breast plates and leggings, were designed in collaboration with world renowned Fine Jeweler Gisele Ganne.
Upon graduation from Westminster University, Griffiths continued her training with world renowned designer Alexander McQueen, and Zowie Brooch of Boudicca. Emma’s individual work has gained coverage by Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Drapers amongst many.

Blink Discoveries: Virginie Castaway, Paris

Its been about six months since I was last exploring Paris. It really felt a little too long and I was so excited to be going back. The room at my favourite hotel, Mama Shelter, was booked and I scored a deal on Eurostar. All was looking sweet until I went to get more euros and realized the exchange rate would make Paris as expensive as Tokyo. Where did I leave my thermos flask and Tupperware lunch box…?

The good thing about my extended absence was that I really noticed a change when wondering around my favourite retail haunts. There is a buoyancy, an energy and a wonderful creativity that is lacking a little in other fashion centres. As we dipped in and out of the intertwining streets of Le Marais, we came across a new store on rue Debelleyme, with an intriguing new name- Virginie Castaway.

Virginie’s Paris based business was born in 2006, after she spent some time in Australia soaking up the sunshine and beach-life. The collection is really lovely, sitting alongside Etoile Isabel Marant and Athe Vanessa Bruno, with a dash of Maje perhaps, in both an aesthetic and price sense. There’s a sporty, sexy feel with a touch of vintage detailing- something that innovative French brands are delivering brilliantly right now. It seems to be the new Parisian handwriting, and its really pretty irrésistible!

We found this video of the AW’10 collection online, and also swiped some shots from the Virginie Castaway website- which does have an online shop. There’s a cool Virginie Castaway blog for keeping up to date with brand news too.

in the Marais store

Virginie Castaway SS'11 collection, from the Virginie Castaway website

Virginie Castaway SS'11 collection, from the Virginie Castaway website

Blink Retail: Bright Young Things at Selfridges, Part 2

We hope that you enjoyed the first installment on the ‘Bright Young Things’ that we posted last month. Selfridges promised a new set of names for February and they did not disappoint. This is such an amazing opportunity for new creative names. Selfridges are behaving in a really altruistic manner, and we think they are setting a great example for other retailers who seem to just repeatedly focus on known and established ‘safe’ labels.

This month’s selection is a diverse group of styles, handwriting and disciplines. Here are some shots of our favourites and they include some names that we are familiar with (we have featured Yang Du on the blog before) and lots that we haven’t come across before but will certainly look into some more. Have a look at Selfridges website to learn more about each of the designers, and be inspired!

Yang Du at Selfridges

Yang Du at Selfridges

Patternity, new patterned tights brand, at Selfridges

Little Glass Clementine, jewellery designer, at Selfridges

Matthew Miller, menswear designer, at Selfridges

Matthew Miller, menswear designer, at Selfridges

Jessica Dance, set and accessory designer, at Selfridges

For more on new designers, just click here. For more on retail inspiration, just click here. Enjoy!