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Mary Benson, SS’16 collection from LFW

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue

Mary Benson is another fabulous new name that we spotted at London Fashion Week, and we managed to catch up with the team in person at the British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. It’s an intriguing womenswear collection founded by Mary, and now created by her and new her design partner, Morten Ussing.

Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue.

Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue

I met the pair in their showroom space, drawn in by the stunningly dramatic white dress set next to a rail full of their collection. On my first view of the dress I was thinking romance, girlish abandon, vintage elegance with an 80’s twist. Then I met Mary and Morten and they set me straight…

Mary Benson SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms, Paris Fashion Week., British Fashion Counvcil, Blink London, Fashion blog

Mary Benson SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms, Paris Fashion Week.

The pair explained that this collection is a reflection each experiencing some pretty tough heartbreak and all of the mixed up feelings that accompany it. Fresh from a break up myself I was really very much in the mood to appreciate where this innovative design duo were coming from. Some pieces in the collection are just detailed with hearts and flowers, but these swiftly become tear-filled eyes, which in turn are joined by lines of handwriting. The scrawled words start out looking sweetly beseeching but quickly loose control and end up rather crazed and a bit sweary. This is literally wearing your heart on your sleeve, along with your private journal shared right across your back.

It is utterly modern, clever, and artistic in a kinda Tracey Emin way. The collection manages to express a certain ownership of those feelings and in turn reveals a level of empowerment. The silhouettes have a kind of Biba-esque simplicity about them, allowing the surface pattern to sing out, whilst abstractly dipping in and out across areas of volume.

This is a label you are sure to hear more of. This may be their first taste of being part of the London Fashion Week establishment (last year Benson showed as part of Fashion East), but they are already well supported. For this collection they collaborated with Stephen Jones for the hats (how gorgeous is that red heart!), and with Tatty Devine on this utterly genius tear-adorned eyewear, modelled by Mary herself.

Mary Benson in the eyewear created in collaboration with Tatty Devine, SS'16

Mary Benson in the eyewear created in collaboration with Tatty Devine, SS’16

Thanks so much to Mary and Morten for the time that they gave me in Paris. I hope that it was a huge success. Oh and can I borrow that really sweary number to hang out outside my exes place this weekend please?

For more of our London Fashion Week coverage, just look here.

Words by Lucy Williams.

Images by Lucy Williams, unless otherwise stated.

Molly Goddard, SS16

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

I hope you enjoyed my post about meeting Piers Atkinson in Paris. Here’s another missive from our PFW trip, this time featuring Molly Goddard and her SS’16 collection. To help set the scene, here’s a video from the British Fashion Council of Goddard’s rather unusual LFW show…

Yup, that is a fashion version of a sandwich factory. I initially felt a bit kinda confused by this, not understanding the full story behind the collection. Without even delving in to show notes or esoteric motivations, the simple fact is that this was the perfect atmosphere for Goddard to show her style, and this collection in particular. There is a certain vintage, naive, pastoral and crafty feel around the collection, mostly from the hand smocked detailing and the proportions, so why shouldn’t this person be making something as simple and recognisable, comforting and honest as a sandwich?

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard herself, with her SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

The collection feels both antiquely, milk-maidish and at the same time, for the same reasons of proportion and detailing but taking in to account colour and materials too, kinda subversive as well. There is sweetness on first sight, but upon second look there is a toughness, a grit, a touch of punky anti-joie de vivre. When looking closely at some of the pieces from this collection I was drawn in by the intense, handworked precision in some of the styles. The beautiful smocking has been hand created using tradition and age-old techniques. This is combined with the textural layers, tiers and ruffles, bell sleeves and pattern mixtures to create a really vibrant, exciting feel.

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

We asked Molly if she had a favourite from the collection. A bit of a ‘Sophie’s Choice’ situation I’m sure, but she pointed out the plaid dress, which is intensley smocked which gives the pattern a totally different appearance on the bodice and upper arms, and the plaid pattern also feeling rather schoolish and country-girl whilst also being a strong Punk pattern reference. I love, love love both the literal layers as well as the subtler layers of reference Goddard has captured on these wonderful pieces.

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London, catwalk show, Vogue

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection. Image with thanks to Vogue.com

Thanks to Molly, for the time that she gave us in Paris at the London Show Rooms event. I hope it was a huge success. For more of our London Fashion Week coverage, just look here.

 

Words by Lucy Williams.

Images by Lucy Williams, unless otherwise stated.

“Blink” Accessories: Marvellous milliner, Piers Atkinson

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

As we mentioned a few posts back, when we were in Paris for Paris Fashion Week our first stop was to pop by the British Fashion Council’s ‘London Show Rooms’ to offer our support to the British designers showing there. We’ll be sharing with you a few designer profiles from the event, starting with the rather fabulous Piers Atkinson, who we first featured in 2013.

Piers Atkinson and his SS'16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

Piers Atkinson and his SS’16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

Without having to ask twice Piers donned one of his creations (although we were hoping he’d go for one of the ‘My Little Pony’ inspired ponytailed numbers!) and posed for us along with part of his SS’16 collection. His ultra creative work sits perfectly with the whimsical, creative and innovative millinery tradition we Brits are world renowned for. Aside from the wondrous creativity, Atkinson’s work is also utterly beautifully made, whether more sophisticated or hilariously cute. Hello cat hats!

'cat hats' from Piers Atkinson SS'16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

‘cat hats’ from Piers Atkinson SS’16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

I was encourage to pop on a chapeau too while I was there, and although the obvious choice for me might well have been one of these super-cute cat inspired designs, I actually pushed the boat out and popped on this bandana/bunny ear headband style complete with a sparkly net veil. His work has been worn by Anna Dello Russo, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Rihanna- and now Blink London!

Lucy in a  Piers Atkinson SS'16 design. London Show Rooms, Paris

Lucy in a Piers Atkinson SS’16 design. London Show Rooms, Paris

I could easily have carried on the rest of my day in this. When I was a fashion student I was never knowingly under-accessorised and that often meant wearing a hat, whether heading to a lecture, a night out or the local supermarket. How did I get out of that habit? Time to revive it I think, but perhaps only ever with something from Piers Atkinson’s collections…

Thanks to Piers and his team for giving me some of their precious time. I hope that Paris was a huge success for you.

“Blink” Travels: Paris Fashion Week

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday and today but we’ve been rather distracted by our second favourite city, Paris. You will have seen lots on the Blink London Instagram feed yesterday and today showing you some insights from our trip. If you didn’t spot us, then you’re missing out and follow us RIGHT NOW!

Place de la Bastille, Paris, during Paris Fashion Week, October'15

Place de la Bastille, Paris, during Paris Fashion Week, October’15

It was more like Spring in Paris than Autumn, with super blue skies and bright sunshine shining on the fashion crowd as they made their final trip of ‘Fashion Month’, descending on the stunning City of Light. We joined in and our first port of call was the British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms, of course. We are all about supporting the British Fashion Industry first and foremost.

The British Fashion Council's London Show Rooms at Paris Fashion Week, October'15

The British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms at Paris Fashion Week, October’15

We promise to share all of the wonderfully inspirational stuff we saw and the brilliantly creative people that we met throughout next week, so watch out! Oh, and we mustn’t forget to thank Eurostar for a wonderfully quick and easy journey too.

“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!

Colour Inspiration: nipple, freckle, blush... Pantone colours, fashion trends, colour inspiration, fashion colour trends, SS16 catwalk, vintage fashion

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” Events: High Fashion at H&M’s AW’13 Press Day

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Last week was a rather exciting, if hectic one. Aside fom giving my inaugural lecture at the brand new Conde Nast College, it was also the week for AW’13 Press Days. I was lucky enough to be invited along to a few events and we’d like to share the highlights with you.

We’re starting off with H&M who showed their AW’13 catwalk collection. Presented in the stunning Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, bathed in beautiful Spring sunshine, the AW’13 season’s women’s and menswear is a wonderful collection of beautifully considered, well designed and stunningly detailed looks. H&M had previously shown these pieces in February’s Paris Fashion Week to great acclaim.

I fell for most of the styles at the Press Day (In particular I love the thigh high boots. There’s a longline sheepskin gilet at only £99! The embellished, sheer, peachy vintage feel dress is a stunner) so have already started stashing some cash ready to make quite a few purchases when this exclusive collection is launched at only 200 stores worldwide on 5th September. Get that date in your diaries now!

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day

H&M AW'13 Press Day flowers by Scarlet and Violet

H&M AW'13 Press Day flowers by Scarlet and Violet

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“Blink” SS’12: Rochas rocks our world

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I have to say that Rochas isn’t one of the first names that springs to mind when I’m thinking of my favourite labels, or even when I think of the more influential names in the fashion industry. When I spotted this SS’12 show in a couple of the magazine show round ups, I was intrigued and wanted to see more. It was like a wonderfully welcome breath of fresh air during one of my many days spent trawling the show coverage, trying to divine what I’m feeling will evolve into SS’13’s key trends.

Rochas’ artistic director, Marco Zanini described this collection “Like a journey through the vortex of cinema.” Well, if you fall into this particular vortex, you’ll emerge like a Hitchcock heroine who has collided with a large dose of B movie quirkiness. ‘New Look’ silhouettes, refined and classic textile choices, a pastel infused palette and a bonkers floral print were all perfectly accessorised with beehive hairdos and cool, cats eye shades. Well, Mr Zanini, you have a new fan. If I could, I would be a Rochas girl for every day of Spring Summer 2012…

All of the images are from the amazing Style.com. Click here to see their full coverage of this gorgeous show.

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Enjoy! Lucy

 

London Fashion Week: Teatum Jones SS’12 Collection

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

We’re delighted to be able to post a stunning video from one of our favourite London based brands, Teatum Jones. Its another that was previously exclusive to Vogue, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to share it with you now.

We asked Catherine and Rob shared with us their highlights from this years’ London and Paris Fashion Weeks:

This was our first ‘On Schedule’ Presentation during LFW and the brand’s first fashion film too!  Like anything that we venture into, this meant that every detail surrounding the event and the creation of the film, had to be meticulously designed, thought out and executed.
We really grew the collection for SS’12 and expanded the areas that have shown signs of growth for us in particular in the Middle East and US markets. It created A LOT of hard work from our amazing team to bring the whole collection together, but then nothing that isn’t worth working seven days a week for isn’t going to be hard work!
There was a real buzz and excitiement surrounding the Presentation and with all the positive feedback and reviews we’ve had since we’re are filled with so many ideas for AW’13… really cannot wait to get stuck into designing next season’s collection and LFW event!

The SS’12 collection considers the supposed perfection of 1950’s American suberbia, while subtly blending in the edgyness of  lost or crushed dreams and the frantic urge to escape. Teatum and Jones translated this story in to a collection of hybrid shapes, subtly confusing silhouettes and delicate transparencies. The collection really is a stunning feat of care, construction and consideration. Prints are meticulously matched across panels and inserts- even in to pocket linings. Complexly combined textiles are amazingly colour matched in a selection of sophisticated frosted pastel shades. The interiors are finished to an almost couture level of beauty too.  This is a label that is operating to the supreme level that reflects where they hope their brand will sit in the global market, which is deeply impressive considering that they are a really quite new label who are still working hard to break into the general fashion consciousness.

We are convinced that this is the break through season for Teatum Jones as they have secured orders from our favourite London fashion store, Liberty, as well as from other prestigious stores in Vancouver and New York as well as across Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

 

If you’d like to read more about Teatum Jones, click here to see our other posts. If you’d like to read more about London Fashion Week, click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Backstage: Lanvin, SS’12

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

We just had to share this backstage video with you. Not only is it a gorgeous insight into what happens just before the models take to the Lanvin catwalk, there are also some lovely moments with Alber Elbaz who we hugely heart. You get to see some of the clothes actually moving which adds to the experience of this very kinetic collection. We really love the snake inspired pattern and the urgency of the slashed and split designs, expressing a new take on a somehow speedy or sporty aesthetic.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the show too, care of the wonderful Style.com

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

Lanvin, SS'12

“Blink” Accessories- Sky High Shoes

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Another insight from our recently published Summer “Accessories” report for you. Yes, we are happy to admit that we have a shoe obsession. We are girls after all. What’s not to love about the thing that always fits you regardless of how many cheeky cocktails you scoffed at the weekend? What’s not to adore about the thing that can transform your legs and bum into a mincing vision of delight? Need we go on? Right, now back to the job in hand…

Its still about super high heeled shoes, and the wedge is a sure fire way to get into the zone without teetering on a skinny stilly style heel. There are many ways to approach the wedge, from a homely looking cloggy wooden wedge to a fashion fabulous Kirkwood inspired built up sole. Here are some of our favourites spotted around town over the last few months. We’re sure there’s one for just about everyone. So what’s your wedge?

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