“Blink” Pattern Inspiration: Celia Birtwell x Valentino

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” Retail: Print This

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” Retail: Joseph x Peter Pilotto

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” Streetstyle: Westfield Celebrates FNO and AW’12

After ‘Metallics’ and ‘Gothic’, last night at Westfield London, we spotted a couple of great ‘Print’ looks, working a strongly digital, graphic, photo realistic or linear feel. Many of the new crop of brilliant London based Designers have a very strongly print driven handwriting, so it’s great to see this translating in to streetstyle.

Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield London

Westfield London

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“Blink” Retail: Selfridges/ Louis Vuitton/ Yayoi Kusama

Did you read our post about the Louis Vuitton Kusama Concept Store at Selfridges a little while back? I hope you entered the competition!

Louis Vuitton have unveiled an amazing take-over of Selfridges’ windows, as well as turning the Concept Store space into a mini Louis Vuitton store filled with the spotty gorgeousness of their collection created in collaboration with Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This is a super duper spot overload, and we love it… well, most of it. I have to say I was quite disturbed by the lifelike appearance of the life size wax models of Kusama in the corner window installation!

Kusama models in the Louis Vuitton windows at Selfridges

Kusama models in the Louis Vuitton windows at Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

Louis Vuitton Kusama collection, Selfridges

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“Blink”Inspiration: Marc Jacobs, Resort ’13

Moving on to the wonder that is Marc Jacobs. The Resort ’13 collection was apparently inspired by Cindy Sherman‘s ‘Clown’ series, and you can really see that in the colour level, proportions and styling, as well as in the way this has been shot. Feeling quite graphically ‘dressing up box’ or costume-like, the bold proportions and energetic textile, pattern and gaudy colour combinations create a really optimistic feeling. I’m sure the execution is so beautiful in real life that any hint of the comic or even dare we say, ugly, would be overwhelmed.

Thanks again to Style.com for the show images.

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

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“Blink” Print: Geometrically

This week we’ve dropped in a couple of posts on some of the hottest print directions. The ‘reflected’ and photo-realistic directions look incredibly innovative and directional, but it’s nice to also look at one of the print directions that is pretty continuous, just morphing from influence to influence, but essentially always under the banner heading of ‘Geometrics’. Impacted by the textural and artistically hand executed trends recently, and incorporating some brilliantly commercial looks like the till ringer that’s stripes. Here are some of the strongest geometric looks that we spotted in the past week or so.

Blondie, vintage geometric print

Blondie, vintage

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture

River Island

River Island

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Topshop

Topshop

Reiss

Reiss

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