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Liberty London launches The Chesham Cabinet Collection

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Liberty London's Chesham Cabinet Collection, Arthur Liberty

Liberty London’s Chesham Cabinet Collection, Arthur Liberty

The other week we were delighted to be invited to Liberty Interiors new collection launch. The Chesham Cabinet Collection has been inspired by some of the world’s finest ‘cabinet houses’ and dolls houses.

Queen Mary's Dolls House, Windsor Castle

Queen Mary’s Dolls House, Windsor Castle

We met with some of the Liberty London designers who told us how they were so inspired by the scale play and intense detailing, craft and workmanship found in these amazing dolls houses. They translated that inspiration in to a stunning collection of new interiors textiles designs translated across velvets, linen, wallpaper and even Scottish made, luxurious woollen blankets.

It was wonderful to see the mini room sets created by the Liberty team, but my absolute highlight was being able to see the original, hand-painted artworks for these designs, painstakingly created by Liberty’s textile designers. No computerised design work here!

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection. Close up

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Thanks so much to the Liberty Interiors team who were so generous with their time. Wonderful to be able to see the whole creative journey behind these stunning new designs, and wonderful to see how such a recognisable heritage brand continues to innovate.

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“Blink” Pattern Inspiration: Celia Birtwell x Valentino

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

As a preview to a post that is coming up very soon, we wanted to share this lovely video with you. One of my longest standing fashion love affairs has been with the work of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell. And if you’re an avid Blink London blog reader, you’ll know that I have a newer, and seasonally increasing fashion passion for Valentino (check our post about the recent Valentino couture collection). Imagine my excitement when I discovered that Valentino was working with Celia to create the print and pattern for their pre-Fall 2015 collection!

The collaboration has continued and Celia’s work can be seen in the Valentino collections right up to SS’16 menswear as well as Resort ’16 womenswear. Watch out for more on this on the blog in the upcoming week.

“Blink” Inspiration: Mirjana-Mira Maodus

Friday, October 11th, 2013

We spotted these on a recent trip to Paris, as we dashed around Le Marais, trying to avoid the lashing rain. Even during a rain-soaked sprint, something inspirational cannot escape our eagle eye skills and stop us in our tracks. These paintings were in a small gallery/ art shop just around the corner from Merci (favourite shop blah blah in the world blah blah love that place blah blah). They remind me of what’s been happening in fashion print and pattern recently, combining something graphic and linear with something that is painterly and subtly textural. I also absolutely love the colour combinations.

Maodus

Maodus

Maodus

Maodus

Maodus

Maodus

From what I have managed to discover, the artist is Mirjana-Mira Maodus. That’s about all I have found out, as I haven’t been able to track down any sort of biography. If you know any more about this artist, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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“Blink” Streetstyle, Distortion festival, Copenhagen

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Distortion 2013, Copenhagen

Distortion 2013, Copenhagen

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“Blink” Arts: Hirst for the Home

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Well, as you may have spotted in Monday’s post, I escaped the ‘Big Smoke’ and hit the Cornish coast for a rather wonderful time at The Scarlet. When I wasn’t comatose with Scarlet induced relaxation I did get out and about to explore some new places as well as visit some old favourites. An old favourite is Padstow, partially based on my guilty crush on Rick Stein…

Another draw to Padstow is the Drang Gallery, which is always guaranteed to have some very interesting work on show in this small, but perfectly formed space. This trip we were lucky enough to pop along when they were hosting a Damien Hirst exhibition. Alongside an awe-inspiringly huge 3D image of Hirst’s infamous diamond incrusted skull, there was a great selection of butterfly prints. If you love these but don’t quite have a few grand to throw at some new art, why not consider this really quite lovely Hirst butterfly wallpaper? I shouldn’t think Hirst has ever knowingly overlooked a brilliant commercial opportunity, and he has certainly made the most of this one. Butterflies have been a strong fashion print theme for the past few Summers, and now this has hit the home front too.

Each roll is about £250, and do bear in mind that this small space apparently took just under 2 rolls, so it may not be the cheap route to owning some Hirst that we were hoping for…

Damien Hirst butterfly wallpaper behind a limited edition skull print

Damien Hirst butterfly wallpaper behind a limited edition skull print

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“Blink” Retail: Print This

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We’ve seen an explosion of print driven looks, from clashing combinations through to digital trickery, but what we have here is a wonderful top to toe singular look which blends the current print crush with the desire to be dressed in your jim jams all day long. Sleep chic, snoozy sophistication?

Clements Ribeiro

Clements Ribeiro

H&M Concious Collection

H&M Concious Collection

Joseph

Joseph

COS

COS

Max & Co

Max & Co

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci

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“Blink” Inspiration: Grace x Raf = Dior SS’13?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Cruising through Pinterest, as I’m pretty guaranteed to do instead of actually walking away from my computer between projects or tasks, I spotted this gorgeous shot of Grace Kelly. It did remind me very much of a look that I love from a rather brilliant Spring Summer ’13 collection.

So, do we think Raf Simons is a Grace Kelly fan? I’m certainly a Raf Simons fan.

Grace Kelly, on the left. Raf Simons' Dior Collection for SS'13, on the right

Grace Kelly, on the left. Raf Simons' Dior Collection for SS'13, on the right

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“Blink” Streetstyle: London Fashion Week, February ’13

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
London Fashion Week men's streetstyle, February '13

London Fashion Week men's streetstyle, February '13

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“Blink” Retail: Joseph x Peter Pilotto

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

So it seems I have one more thing in common with Joseph than I realized. Not only are we both innately chic, super stylish and cutting edge (ahem, well if I believe it hard enough it might come true…), we both also have a huge pash on Peter Pilotto. I haven’t covered the front of “Blink” Towers in a blown up version of the current season PP print like Joseph has, but I’m just more subtle with my crushes I guess.

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

Joseph store, Sloane Street, featuring the SS'13 Peter Pilotto collection

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“Blink” London Fashion Week: Peter Pilotto, AW’13

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I absolutely love the Peter Pilotto SS’13 collection (you can see it in all of it’s glory in Liberty), and I was really looking forward to seeing the AW’13 offering. I wasn’t disappointed. This feels bolder, tougher and braver. The scaled up proportions through the broad shoulder line teamed with a more sculptural feeling really adds a new pace to their usually nipped in, body skimming silhouette. The design duo held on to many of their signature elements in shape and pattern focus, but the pattern in question took two directions. Part had a far bolder graphic impact, feeling like slices of flags delivered against confident colour blocking and highly contrasting elements. The other side of the pattern story in this collection felt related far more to the scale and effect we have come to know from this label. So, a big step forward teamed with something perhaps ‘tried and tested’. And why not? It still looks amazing, fresh and innovative.

Peter Pilotto, AW'13 (images from style.com with thanks)

Peter Pilotto, AW'13 (images from style.com with thanks)

Peter Pilotto, AW'13 (images from style.com with thanks)

Peter Pilotto, AW'13 (images from style.com with thanks)

Peter Pilotto, AW'13 (images from style.com with thanks)

Peter Pilotto, AW'13 (images from style.com with thanks)

Peter Pilotto, AW'13 (images from style.com with thanks)

Peter Pilotto, AW'13 (images from style.com with thanks)

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