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“Blink” Colour: We’re blushing

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

It’s a little while since we shared some pure colour inspiration with you, but we have something particularly beautiful to make up for it. From vintage shots to fresh from NYFW catwalks we have a thing for this rosey, blushy selection of colours. It has been recurring across our Pinterest feed for a while, popping up in various levels, on various fabrications, for Spring/Summer and for Autumn/Winter.

To dig a little deeper than the ‘it’s pretty and we like it’ statement, this looks like the natural progression for all of those nude/make-up shades we have all been in love with for a few seasons. Team that colour level with the strong Seventies vibe. Blend those influences with the broader feeling for redefining feminism/femininity in a wonderfully fresh and modern way. The result, we think, is this sophisticatedly female colour level.

Pantone, we salute you and your choice of marsala as the shade for 2015. Although for us the name’ marsala’ doesn’t quite give this family of reddy, peachy, fleshy tints the sensual name it deserves. For us, we think ‘nipple’ would be a better name. Or maybe ‘well snogged lip’. Or how about ‘first flush of passion’? You get our drift? These colours are damn well sexy!

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Colour Inspiration: nipple, freckle, blush…                                                                             Pantone shades 16-1332 TPX, 17-1540, 17-1516, 19-1656, 19-1245, 19-1325

Thanks to Pinterest and Vogue Runway for the images on our mood board. Top row, left to right: Lyn Devon Spring 2016, Marios Schwab Resort SS15, Marni Pre-Spring 2016, Madame Grès ca. 1967, See by Chloé Spring 2016. Mid row, left to right: Rodarte SS16, The Row Resort 2014, Derek Lam 10 Crosby Resort 2016, Rodebjer spring/summer 2016. Bottom row, left to right: Tibi AW15, Paris Fashion Week WWD streetstyle, streetstyle, vintage.

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“Blink” Inspiration: Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Pantone colour of the year 2015 'Marsala'

Pantone colour of the year 2015 ‘Marsala’

So the colour experts at Pantone have decided that 2015 is all about this bronzy, reddish kinda tone that they have named ‘Marsala’. This is a decision made by a group of colour specialists from all sorts of industries and disciplines. They whittle down the 2000+ colours to just one each year and then make this pronouncement.

As a member of the fashion industry who uses colour constantly, and usually via Pantone standards, I must admit that this always bemuses me slightly. Colour is about so much more than just the shade itself so I’m not quite sure of the significance of this. I think far more important would be if they teamed this up with a statement about matte versus metallic, dense or sheer, textural or flat, in combination with…

Well, I guess that’s what we shall see as the seasonal development progresses. So, what do you think? To ‘marsala’ or not to ‘marsala’?

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“Blink” Colour: It’s an emerald year

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Every year Pantone announce a colour that they feel is the strongest statement of the year ahead. They make their decision, apparently, after trawling through all sorts of inspiration and information. I’m not quite sure how impactful their decision is, but if nothing else, it inspires some conversation.

For me, it’s quite hard to look at colours as a single note as far as fashion is concerned. It’s far more about how colours interact with one another as part of a palette. What base cloth have they been applied to? Are they on sheers, matte base cloths of something shiny? How are they being shown in balance to one another; so is something a core colour of a highlight?

Well, with all of that in mind, lets just think about green for a minute and indulge in some emerald inspiration. I’ve trawled Pinterest to find my favourite images that show the beauty, depth and diversity of emerald green. I hope that you feel inspired by these pictures.

Pantone Colour of the Year, 2013

Pantone Colour of the Year, 2013

Valentino Resort '13

Valentino Resort '13

Green toned jewellery

Green toned jewellery

The very beautiful Audrey Hepburn

The very beautiful Audrey Hepburn

a Columbian Emerald

a Columbian Emerald

back detail in green

back detail in green

vintage green glass bottle

vintage green glass bottle (I have one of these stashed in the attic. Maybe it's time to get it back on display!)

NYC Streetstyle, stunning green sequins

NYC Streetstyle, stunning green sequins

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“Blink” Colour Palettes: Spring Sorbets from Prada

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

We spotted these looks from Prada‘s pre-Spring collection in their Bond Street windows just the other day. How gorgeous that colour palette? Well, its so gorgeous we had to have a go at pantone matching it for you. Our first colour palette post for some time, but worth the wait, wouldn’t you agree?



from left: papaya (pantone 16-1640 TPX), pollen (12-0721 TPX), honeydew (15-1245 TPX), cold blue (15-4008 TPX) and lagoon (17-5421 TPX).

We then spotted the same gorgeous cardigan on the amazing Lana del Rey in the forth issue of Wonderland magazine. Looking good, Lana.

Lana del Rey in Wonderland magazine

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Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Reports: November ’11 Print

Monday, October 31st, 2011

We haven’t shared any of our reports with you for some time, so we thought it was well overdue for us to tout our wares to you. We’re starting our week long self indulgence with a little look at our ‘Print’ report. This is a preview from one of our five category specific reports. The other reports look at ‘Knit’, ‘Denim’, ‘Jersey’ and ‘Soft Wovens’. These all contain over 130 detailed images of whats looking good on the high street right now, plus a dash of vintage and some inspirational streetstyle. We also add pantone referenced colour palettes to every report bar ‘Denim’. This all combines to ensure that you’re perfectly updated, informed and inspired.

If you’d like to learn more about our reports have a look here. If you are interested in seeing the real deal in glorious technicolour hard copy, why not contact us or your nearest agent? Have a look here for all contact details.


Blink Travels: ‘Merci’ for Colour Inspiration

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

So, as we mentioned in yesterday’s post, the colour statement in ‘Merci’ was just gorgeous. There own label offer consisted of stunningly simple, ultra soft Indian cotton and slubby, easy jersey pieces all in a beautiful tonal palette of red, pink and coral tones. There were flashes of neutral and khaki too, but the overall impression was of this gorgeous, almost sunset feeling collection of colours. The silhouettes were all really simplistic, perfect for their theme of ‘Urban Picnic’ which seemed all about indulging in a relaxed beach holiday vibe right in the middle of the city, from cotton poplin triangle bikinis, ruched cotton mini dresses, throw on T shirt dresses and easy fit kaftan style tunics.

We hope that these shots inspire you as much as the face to face experience inspired us. We have tried our best to express the colours through pantones, but nothing quite compares to the varied base cloths, textures and finishes of the originals.

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris

The pantone colours that we have selected to express ‘Merci’s offer are pearl (pantone 17-2601 TPX), freckle (17-1424 TPX), rouge (19-1557 TPX), burgundy (19-1726 TPX), tomato (17-1558 TPX) and apricot (13-1013 TPX).

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Colour Palettes: Softly, Softly

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Sorry, its been ages since we gave you a colour palette! The inspiration was long over due, so I was delighted when we spotted this young lady in Notting Hill. I love her slightly juvenile, vintage feeling look. Looking smart, ladylike and all about making a good first impression in a ‘first day at work’ kind of way.

I love the pearly tinted grays, soft black and fresh white combination. I’m not convinced that the shoes completely work though so I’ve left the tan off of our palette. Starting on the left with carbon (pantone 18-3905 TPX), then into cold pink (13-3804 TPX), optic white, pale silver (14-4102 TPX) and iceberg (17-4111 TPX).

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Notting Hill