“Blink” Print: Spot On

You know things must be tough out there when the mid season sales seem to start before the season has even got under way, and the stores are rolling out Christmas windows before we’ve even had Halloween. At times like this, its a comfort to have elements in your collection that are ‘safe bets’. As a shopper, these will provide you with a bit of an extended fashion moment, so no need to panic that you’ll be over it before you’ve got some wear out of your purchase. One of the ‘safe bets’ that we absolutely love is the spotted print look. We were tired of seeing a sea of stripes (another super safe commercial option) and so this has provided us with a much needed distraction. Working from the catwalk interpretations from inspirational brands like Stella McCartney, right down the fashion food chain to the good old high street. If you’re not dotty about a simple polka dot, you can swap in stellar stars or why not go kitsch and quirky, replacing your spots with mini motifs like hearts or even animals?

Chanel

Gucci

Topshop

Gucci

Whistles

Topshop

Oxford Circus

If you’d like to see more pattern inspiration, just click here. Enjoy!

Blink Reports: November ’11 Print

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.

 

London Fashion Week: Streetstyle, Print and Pattern

This London Fashion Week was awash with gorgeous print and pattern. Some were identifiable as, or inspired by hot print looks from the Autumn ’11 catwalks, but the ones that we loved the most were the looks that reflected the wearer’s aesthetic rather than the designers. We think that a few of these are certainly vintage, and we really like that they all feel chosen purely for their beauty rather than the beauty of the back neck label.

Its hard to summarize any specific direction as the looks were wonderfully individual on the whole. ‘Colouful’ covers some of them, with a very broad brush stroke statement, but possibly a better thing to focus on is how they are being worn. We are really into those that styled up a couple of print and pattern looks together. This approach created some really gorgeously energetic and exciting effects. So, if in doubt about how to rock pattern this Autumn Winter, we say, go big, go bold, go bright and go multiple!

outside the Clements Ribeiro show, London Fashion Week

outside the Clements Ribeiro show, London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

outside Michael van der Ham's show, London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

at the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

outside the Topshop Unique show, London Fashion Week

If you’d like to check out the rest of our LFW coverage, just click here. If you’d like more pattern inspiration, then just click here. Enjoy!

Blink Events: Field Day, Say it Loud

Some more from Field Day for you. On from dip dying and those practical boys, we now look at some more eclectic and energetic streetstyle shots from this lovely East London festival. Taking their cue from the Spring Summer ’11 catwalks, but translating this direction in a very personal way we really love these bold pattern filled statements. One pattern is fine, but why not take on two or three? It takes a big personality to pull off clashing patterns so this is not for the faint hearted.

Thanks again to Amy for her great work covering this festival, and thanks to all of you who stopped to get your pictures taken.

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Field Day, 2011

Blink Travels: Copenhagen Fashion Week, streetstyle- Part 1

So from the shows themselves, we move on the the very stylish attendees of Copenhagen Fashion Week. Its always great to get streetstyle from Paris or Copenhagen, as well as London, to help reflect on the natural aesthetic differences that help express the true fashion heart of each city. Asta did a great job tracking down some really good looks. Thanks to her, and to all of you who stopped in your hectic Fashion Week schedules so she could take your picture.

Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen Fashion Week, outside the Stine Goya show

Copenhagen Fashion Week, outside the Stine Goya show

For more inspirational streetstyle posts, just click here. Enjoy!

Graduate Fashion Week: London College of Fashion, BA Graduates Show

It’s a marathon of inspiration this week. We hope that you can take the pace. Here we are at day 4 of coverage from last Tuesday’s LCF BA Graduate Fashion Show. Only one more day to go, so you’ve almost made it through! Don’t forget that you see more great work from each designer, plus far better imagery by looking here.

Kathy Lam

Kathy Lam

Kathy Lam

Kathy Lam

Sophie Redfern

Sophie Redfern

Sophie Redfern

Sophie Redfern

Harold Kensington

Harold Kensington

Harold Kensington

Jaeho Choi

Jaeho Choi

Jaeho Choi

Jaeho Choi

Angela Brandys

Angela Brandys

Angela Brandys

Blink Events: Distortion, Copenhagen

So, here’s the second post from Distortion, featuring some of the best colourful and patterned looks that we spotted. There’s an inspiringly broad stretch of styles, as you’d see at any festival, but obviously with a Danish twist from this Copenhagen based event. Jumpsuits and playsuits look great, but our favourite shot of all is the stunning lady in red…

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

If you’d like to see more of “Blink”s posts on events, just click here or for more on our travels, then just click here. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week, streetstyle: Ravens and Magpies

The cryptic title seemed a good way to describe this selection of streetstyle shots of the London Fashion Week stylistas. There were some great variations on the classic all black looks, rocking striking textural layering and innovative silhouettes, but we were also struck by the high contrast looks that broadly come under the ‘monochrome’ banner. So, now you see where the title is all about? Shaggy fur or fluttery feathers counterbalanced glossy leathers or dense, matte wool velours. Crisp lines of tailoring interplay with strikingly graphic print and pattern. Colour blocked coats and accessories look really fresh (thanks Zara and Topshop for some great options!), especially when working cream or neutral and black instead of stark white.

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

Yasmin Sewell at London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

Charlotte Olympia at London Fashion Week, Somerset House

Charlotte Olympia at London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

Click here for more streetsyle coverage, and click here for more from London Fashion Week. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: Felicity Brown, AW ’11

As we mentioned in our London Fashion Week Overview, we were delighted to catch up with Henry and Felicity Brown again. This was for two very good reasons really. Firstly is that we were really excited to see where the Felicity had decided to take the collection. The SS’11 show was fabulous so it was really exciting to see how she had developed the collection on from there. The second reason is that they are two of the nicest people that we have come across within the fashion industry.

If you’d like more background on Felicity, do have a read of the interview with her that we posted a little while ago. It details what she was being inspired by when creating this AW’11 collection, so its great to see the results and have taken the journey with her full circle. Felicity Brown reinterprets her unique take on deconstruction for the AW’11 collection, incorporating inspiration from cubism and tribal markings, along with elements of striped back theatrical costume. Voluminous layer upon layer of raw edged textiles are balanced with strictly boned corsets laced up with cotton ribbons. Each piece is a work of art realized through her incredible artisanal approach.

Along with the dresses sits Felicity’s T shirt label, No 23, which this season integrates back to the dress collection through the use of the same colour palette and pattern inspiration. If  you’d like something from Felicity Brown’s collection to wear everyday, the T shirts are the perfect option and we have our eye on several!

Thanks to Felicity for spending so much time with us explaining her working practices and her design vision. Thanks to Henry for sending over these amazing images of the new collection.

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

Felicity Brown's AW'11 collection

If you’d like to read more about London Fashion Week, then just click here. Enjoy!

The Reports: January ’11 Print

The ‘Print’ report is last but not least in our week long indulgence of showcasing our wonderful reports. We hope you’ve enjoyed having a look at what we spend most our waking hours doing. We are really proud of our reports service and love the fact that they wing their way out of our office every month and get delivered to addresses all over the world, taking with them a stylish snapshot of whats hot right now in London.

Back to the report in hand, and ‘Print’ is one of most successful reports as far as sales go. Its always been a popular choice, very possibly because its quite unique in the market. Each print story is backed up with a pantone referenced colour palette to clarify the colour and pattern direction.

So, here are the first few pages for you to peruse, and don’t forget that the real thing runs to about 38 or 40 pages each month and is stuffed with great inspirational shots. To see the rest of our reports offer, just click here to see the full portfolio. Enjoy!

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