The Reports: April’11 Print

So, here we are again showcasing our brilliant reports.

The ‘Print’ report is first in the spotlight in our week long reports based spectacular. We hope you enjoy having a sneak peek at what we create for our subscribers. 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 what’s hot right now in London.

‘Print’ is one of most successful reports, only second to the amazing new “Overview’. Its an in-depth look at direction, colour palettes and the detail of this month’s hottest print and pattern looks, from high end to high street. Each print category is introduced 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 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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Blink Retail: Tallulah and Hope SS’11 Collection

You may recall our interview with Zoe and Lisa of Tallulah and Hope, celebrating the launch of their wonderful new label. Here we are, a little further down the line and their kaftan collection has graced the beaches and boardwalks of some of the most desirable holiday locations, worn by some incredibly stylish women. We were so excited to hear that they are launching a new collection of print and pattern in their signature silhouettes, and even more delighted when Lisa and Zoe sent over the images so that we could showcase them here on the “Blink” blog for you all to be tempted by too!

We asked the T&H team about the inspiration behind the new offer and this is what they told us: ” This collection is titled ‘Minimal Glamour’ and, in keeping with our manifesto of elegant simplicity and refusal to bow to holiday wardrobe cliches, the new SS11 collection offers a sublime combination of kimono inspired prints with a striking yet demure colour palette.”

Lisa and Zoe have also added some perfect beach bags to their collection. These have been 100% ethically produced in collaboration with a small, artisan fair trade co-operative.  Both the ‘Boat’ Bag and ‘Tallulah Tote’ are made from palm fibre which is light, yet very strong and resilient.

All of the new styles will be available on the Tallulah and Hope website from the end of April. Well, now all we need is to book that holiday…

Tallulah and Hope's Spring Summer '11 collection

Tallulah and Hope's Spring Summer '11 collection

Tallulah and Hope's Spring Summer '11 collection

Tallulah and Hope's Spring Summer '11 collection

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!

London Fashion Week- Clements Ribeiro give us ‘Romance, Darkly’

We were so lucky to have been given an invitation to the Clements Ribeiro show (thanks Dansoa!). For Autumn ’11 this husband and wife team presented an utterly beautiful collection. It was pure Clements Ribeiro joy from start to finish. Chic, refined, artfully intellectual and grown up without being at all fusty. We spoke briefly with Inacio Ribeiro after the show and he told us that both he and Suzanne were delighted with the collection this season. They had reconsidered their approach, refined their vision and crystallized their handwriting and this really shone through the 48 piece offer.

The lean silhouetted collection embraced their artful print handwriting, their passion for fine textiles and their skill with knitwear. Titled ‘Romance, Darkly’, tousled ponytailed models looked feminine yet strong, channeling a touch of period Russian hauteur, or was that just us? Something of ‘The Last Station‘ perhaps in the softly military detailing invoked by contrast frogging on softly tailored coats and jackets. Deliciously melting, ombre style print combined elements of brocade and animal print to great effect. We loved the jet beading, lacquered lace and brocade creating incredible depth in the black on black looks. The stack heeled Charlotte Olympia shoes and crochet looking lace tights were the perfect finishing touches.

Clements Ribeiro AW '11 show at London Fashion Week

Clements Ribeiro AW '11 show at London Fashion Week

Clements Ribeiro AW '11 show at London Fashion Week

Charlotte Olympia with her glamorous mother, Andrea Dellal, FROW at Clements Ribeiro

Clements Ribeiro AW '11 show at London Fashion Week

Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro interviewed post show

Charlotte Olympia for Clements Ribeiro show shoes

If you’d like to see full show coverage, the best place to have a look is, as always, Style.com. If you’d like to see more from London Fashion Week, 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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Blink Inspiration: Flowers for Stella

We were out and about in town yesterday, feeling a bit schizophrenic with the sale stock looking so, well, old I suppose and the new season collections looking oh so freshly tempting. It makes such sense to snap up some amazing sale bargains- especially considering that its still the depths of Winter and will probably remain frigidly cold for at least the next three months, but all I really wanted was new season gorgeousness, along with the promise of sunshine and blue skies that it holds.

Liberty was the best for us as far as showcasing new season collections. We fell in love with the Stella McCartney resort/ early Spring collection all over again (the first time being when we drooled over the show shots on Style.com). The simplicity of silhouette, the structure, the delicious combination of texture and pattern- specifically the stunning, grand scale floral prints and the boldly blue, broderie anglais style lace. Here are a few shots for you, to share the joy and bring you a little ray of Spring sunshine.

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com

Streetstyle- Soft with Hard

We style spotted these two on Brick Lane, East London, last weekend. I’m sure their outfits would look mighty different if we’d waited to shoot another week as the sun is hiding behind snow clouds and we are all shivering in a very frosty London!

Fortunately on this day, that was not the case. The sun was shining on the usual crowd of chic and unique stylistas that frequent Brick Lane on a Sunday. I chose to show you these two together as their aesthetic seems to have elements in common. Both have chosen really soft, watercolour style prints on very soft shapes and then combined them with something much harder- the leather jacket and the black accessories. In both cases, we really love the look.

Brick Lane, East London

Brick Lane, East London

Brick Lane, East London

Brick Lane, East London

Click here for more streetstyle shots on the “Blink” blog. Enjoy!

Blink Reports: Print

Following on from last week’s insight into our fabulous reports, we still have two to share with you! Please, don’t thanks me now. Thank me once you have subscribed and subsequently improved your speed to market, increased your creativity and productivity, smashed your sales budgets and beaten the competition!

The print report features many more pantone referenced colour palettes than the other reports. Each subsection, dedicated to each varied style direction that we have identified, has its own wonderfully inspiring colour palette. The few pages we have shown you below, were followed by more than 35 pages of detailed close up shots of fabulous prints. If you’d like to see the full report why not email us or contact your nearest agent?

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Pattern: Get Textural

Its a print and pattern theme that we have been enthralled by for some time, and one that shows no sign of quitting any time soon. If you haven’t yet embraced textural surface effect style prints, then do it now! Its an amazing way to add pace to your collection and excitement to your outfit.

Think macro ultra close ups that leave you wondering what the image is of- but you know somehow its something familiar. Look, with a slight squint, at a disturbed surface on a puddle, whirling smoke, screen static and action painting for your inspiration and you will surely create something wonderful!

Aminaka Wilmont

Arrogant Cat

Comptoir des Cotonniers

Damsel in a Dress

Harvey Nichols

Surface to Air