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“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Here’s part three of our NYFW coverage. this could possibly be the final instalment before we get consumed by LFW excitement, kicking off tomorrow. Well, actually it really starts for us tonight with LCF’s MA catwalk show so expect to see lots from that across all of our SM.

Right, back to the subject in hand, and that is the wearable brilliance that we spotted at Opening Ceremony. The culotte is staying put for Autumn ’15 so invest in a pair ASAP. These wide, cropped ‘is-it-a-skirt-or-is-it-trousers’ really creates a new proportion, especially as seen here in a firm fabrication. We love how the skirts mirror the same proportion too, looking especially fresh with those longer top layers. The midriff seems to have been retired for Autumn, and replaced by the far more forgiving ankle!

The mixed textures and colours look chicly relaxed, accessible yet very sophisticatedly stylish. For a brand that sometimes looks a little, how can we put it, well faddy frankly, this is a collection that looks desirable, considered, elegant and yet still with a youthful edge.

Opening Ceremony, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Opening Ceremony, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

 

Now on to something really quite polar opposite. In fact we think Rodarte is pretty much the closest any US label gets to looking British- and that is a huge compliment! The Mulleavy sisters create collections with creative abandon, engaging with textiles and embellishment to create a fresh narrative every season. Their look is deeply energetic, experimental and very challenging. The AW’15 collection is all of that and more.

At times it feels a little beyond beautiful. By that we mean that they seem to have taken the ‘more is more’ Iris Apfel approach to some looks, but there are also some wonderfully bonkers creations that feel challenging but still possible. This is modern sexy, deeply empowered and very, very cool. Rodarte have taken that 70’s inspiration that’s still so hot and opted for a later period look when we were cusping on the 80’s, lace tights were a great idea and disco dancing was our exercise of choice, second only to Jane Fonda’s Workout.

Rodarte, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Rodarte, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

I cannot wait to see what London has to offer! For more inspirational events, including show coverage, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

NYFW is pretty much done and the fashion world is about to descend on London for our turn. They will be leaving behind snow drifts for London’s blue skies (fingers crossed the weather holds!). They will also be leaving behind what has been a pretty safe set of looks for AW’15. Of course there have been some wonderful sparks of creativity, and those are what we are focussing on. New York is known for delivering wearable, commercial and easily adoptable collections, but there is an art in this that shouldn’t be overlooked (* although the London shows are obviously far more exciting, innovative, fabulous, brilliant). Here’s our second instalment of what we feel are the highlights of the shows seen so far.

Kicking things off with Marc by Marc Jacobs, currently creatively headed up by Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier so I think this can pretty much be considered a Brit label actually. Continuing to embrace their graphic, high contrast handwriting that delivers fresh takes on well known youthful silhouettes. The glossy and textural black patent feels rather late 60’s, early 70’s. In fact this collection seems to have a touch of the ‘Jane Fonda as activist’ about it, blended with a big dollop of 90’s too.

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier (image with thanks to style.com)

Next we look at Phillip Lim, which certainly falls into the category of commerciality- but it’s perfectly combined with just enough innovation for this to feel desirable and fresh. I look at this collection and think about how easily I could incorporate these into my wardrobe (in my dreams), but there’s something very admirable about working with that level of accessibility and yet not delivering something ‘meh’.

Leather is still hot, but looking fresh when layered with more textural elements. Actually it’s this mood for layering that features across many of the NYC shows and we really love how this takes the notion of minimalism and a linear silhouette to a more complex level.

There are some highly recognisable silhouettes here too (the MA1 pops up repeatedly across shows). There’s also a new ‘outline’ shining out- the softly rounded shoulder line, seen here in a highly wearable way.

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

There’s more to come from NYC so keep ‘em peeled. If you’d like to read about more inspiration events in the meantime. take a look here.

NB (* I am obviously highly biased)

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

Friday, February 13th, 2015

So, another round of seasonal fashion weeks has kicked off in New York this week. It’s all a bit of a brain muddle as we were in Paris this week looking at SS’16 fabrics at Premiere Vision, we’re working on consultancy projects for clients who are launching in both AW’15 and SS’16, we have been reviewing the AW’15 prefall collections up until what feels like moments ago, along with the wonderous Couture collections, and now the fashion world is all about AW’15 for the next four weeks, and then we all get back to seeing how SS’15 trades, while deciding what looks to invest in for AW’15, and beginning to design in to SS’16… Is it any wonder we have to take a minute to recall what today is!?! (Oh my, I just realised that it’s Friday 13th!).

So, what’s up in New York so far? Well, we’ve taken a quick tour through the shows that have presented so far (thanks to Style.com) and here’s our favourites.

Starting with Derek Lam 10 Crosby, who is still backing the 70’s vibe. We really like the proportions, layers and textures- actually a feature of the three shows we’re featuring here. Culottes are still hot news, as is a fresh take on the boilersuit- looking wonderful with a tailored finish.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Derek Lam 10 Crosby, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Derek Lam 10 Crosby, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Derek Lam 10 Crosby, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Next is See by Chloe. This is the youthful and naive, more accessible part of the Chloe brand. I’m not sure why they show in New York as the label is French through and through (if you know do enlighten me via a comment. Ta). This label seems to invariably feel like the perfect wardrobe for a Parisian girl who attended the Sorbonne in the 70’s so this season it feels bang on message. The must have fine knit polo-neck sweater layered underneath everything, short lengths contrasting with the odd maxi, relaxed yet considered. Mais oui!

See by Chloe, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

See by Chloe, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

See by Chloe, AW'15 (image with thanks to style.com)

See by Chloe, AW’15 (image with thanks to style.com)

Lastly we look at BCBG, who we have had the pleasure of working with for several past seasons. I think this still feels rather 70’s but incorporating the luxe boho vibe. Feeling a little Marant, but even more intensely layered, textural and indulgent. The richly dark palette that we’re showing here is our favourite part, but there were also some softer, milky pales in the show too.

BCBG Max Azria, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

BCBG Max Azria, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

BCBG Max Azria, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

BCBG Max Azria, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

For more coverage from inspirational events, just take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” loves: Preen, AW’12

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

So, we’re elbow deep in AW’12 shows already, with NYFW nearing its end and the wonder that is LFW about to begin. As you know we don’t feature lots and lots of show coverage as the big guys can do a more instantanious and complete job on that than us. We’re more about a broader look at the inspiration emerging through all levels of the fashion industry, with our sights mostly directed on London. Well, we do have a good excuse for featuring coverage from this particular collection…

Preen is a British label, essentially. Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi founded the brand in London, and even though they show in New York, we’re still claiming them as our own. It’s one of our favourite collections so far, and not just because they’re British! The powerful yet elegant take on modern femininity is really exciting, building on the growing ‘ladylike’ direction and taking it forward into a strong and graphically inspired look. Perhaps a touch of 60’s blended with Preen’s love of all things Victoriana? This is elegance rewritten for the 21st Century.

Preen, AW '12

Preen, AW '12

Preen, AW '12

Preen, AW '12

Preen, AW '12

Preen, AW '12

Preen, AW '12

Enjoy! Lucy

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Pre Fall ’12: Carven

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

So, NYFW kicks off today and there are a few shows we’re really looking forward to seeing. One of my new favourite labels is french brand, Carven, so I’m particularly excited to see what they’ll be showing for A/W ’12. If their pre Fall offer was anything to go by, then we’re in for more 60’s naivety of the Alexa Chung variety. Here are our fav looks from the pre fall collection, via Style.com.

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Carven, pre Fall '12

Enjoy! Lucy

London Fashion Week- Heel Me! The Joy of Shoes

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Stopped stock still and slowly letting out a heartfelt gasp… This was me as I spotted a small, but stunningly effective display of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes in a corner of Somerset House’s LFW exhibition.

You may well have read about our passion for Mr Kirkwood’s creations on the “Blink” blog before. The love affair continues as we drooled over these amazing creations for Jean Pierre Braganza- fresh from the catwalk, looking like pastel powder puffs of heaven in high heels. We also marveled at these hand carved wooden heeled wonders that Kirkwood created for Rodarte’s S/S’11 NYFW show. He is clearly a love affair for them too as he has created the shoes for Rodarte’s last few collections.

Genius in a shoebox, as far as we are concerned…

Nicholas Kirkwood for Jean Pierre Braganza

Nicholas Kirkwood for Jean Pierre Braganza

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte

Enjoy! Lucy