“Blink” Retail: Brilliant Black Leather

After many, many season’s in the fashion doldrums, black leather and leather inspired looks are now super hot again. Brought back into our style consciousness through the brilliant Biker jacket, and now diversifying into great dresses, skirts, shorts and even the (gulp) leather trouser is looking very, very good again. Here’s some of our favourites shot at retail over the past month or so. From high end to high street, fashion is showing leather a lot of love!

YSL

YSL

Massimo Dutti

Massimo Dutti

Somerset by Alice Temperley

Somerset by Alice Temperley

River Island

River Island

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge

All Saints

All Saints

Reiss

Reiss

YSL

YSL

Fenwicks

Fenwicks

Bershka

Bershka

Whistles

Whistles

Topshop

Topshop

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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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“Blink” Retail: LBD’s

As it’s party season, we’re being utterly spoilt by some stunning frocks out on the high street right now. The classic choice is, of course, the little black dress, and here are some of our favourites. From high end to mass market, this has got to be the fashion equivalent of a ‘sure thing’. These don’t look faddy, but they are all fashion relevant. Tempting enough to make you feel like you would really be missing out if you didn’t make a purchase, but with the longevity to be one of those things you could pull out of your wardrobe for season’s to come without feeling too out of step with the fashion moment.

Zara

All Saints

Prada

Warehouse

Reiss

River Island

BCBG. OK, we know this isn't a dress but still...

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AW’11: New Season Coating

We’ve been collecting shots of great coats for the past month, but were distracted from sharing them with you due to all of the amazing LFW coverage we had to post. The high end stores of Mount Street, Bond Street, South Molton Street and Sloane Street have been spotlighting the most amazing outerwear, encouraging us to let go of all Indian Summer hopes and embrace the fact that Winter is coming, whether we like it or not.

This post focuses on all of the wonderfully shaggy shearling, textural and paneled looks we’ve been spotting. So whether you’re after a simple sheepskin number, or feeling for a variation on the traditional wool coat (well, actually its all wool of various sorts I suppose…), there are some really inspiring styles out there. Here are some of our favourite spots for you, and we may well have some other outerwear options to follow later in the week.

Alberta Ferretti

Browns

Dolce and Gabbana

Louis Vuitton

Reiss

Roberto Cavalli

Sonia Rykiel

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New Season style: in-Cape-able to resist!

So, we are into September and its officially Autumn. We have long been considering what to invest in come the new season deliveries, and its now time to start making those dreams a reality. I must admit that a cape wasn’t necessarily on my list of ‘must haves’, but I’m being seduced by all of the variations on this theme popping up from all angles.

Here are some shots from a really broad selection of brands, showing variations on the cape theme. Which is your favourite?

Louis Vuitton

H&M

Daks

Reiss

Colour: A Neutral Position

So far this week we have celebrated some lovely, saturated Summer shades, but here is the flip side. For every yin there must be a yang, light needs shade, and brights need neutrals. Camel and tan shades are big news in accessories this Summer and look to be major news across womenswear for Autumn 2010. To prepare your taste level for the onslaught of these more challenging neutrals ahead, the fashion fairies have prepared you a starter pack with these wonderfully commercial chino and fatigue inspired shades.

Being featured right across the fashion landscape, from high street to high end, its a super commercial and somewhat familiar statement. These look really great in a tonal head to toe statement, layered up working textural variations. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is purely a traditionally casual look this Summer. We really love where this gets slicker and smarter, even incorporating a soft spangle from metallic golden tones. Don’t just do what you did last time this was hot however. This season it takes on a new mood and silhouette. We too are excited about the return of the cargo pant, but this time make it super skinny. If you’re using this palette in jersey, make it super fine. Be inspired by army surplus fatigue jackets and over-sized shirts. Knitwear should be slouchy and textural. Spread the influence into sexy soft wovens and more elegant styling for a really fresh take on this look.

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Reiss

Maje

Joseph

Soho, central London

DvF

All Saints

Pattern: Go Wild!

Its a look that has to be handled with care. Super skin prints can be wildly stylish, but its easy to get bitten by this pattern story.

This long running inspiration morphs in scale, colouration and application from season to season and for the past few its been the preserve of the leopard spot in particular, in quite traditional golden hues. For Autumn Winter 2009, the faux fur, leopard spot coat came through with a sweet 60’s feel (spotted below at London Fashion Week, so we think this will still be seen in Autumn 2010 too). For Spring 2010, the skin print scarf was a hot accessories choice. For several years now, we have yet to report on a month with no animal print at all, and the May “Blink” print report contains some really innovative colouration, scale and style variations on this story. Its a question of constantly looking at your inspiration source with new eyes, considering the era that’s currently exciting you, working out your textile mood and then merging and marrying all of these to create your own evolution on skin prints.

Click here for more on print and pattern. If you’d like to see more about the ‘Blink” print report (one of our most popular publications) contact your nearest agent.

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

Hermes

Reiss

Zara

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

Details- Broader than Broadway

Yes, this post is all about shouldering fashion responsibility. Its a heavy weight to bear, but we’re sure you’re already rocking wide enough shoulders to cope with it.

There are many ways to interpret this shoulder focused trend, and not all involve Dynasty inspired padding. Here a few shots that we’ve been collecting over the past little while, waiting for an opportune moment to drop them onto the blog. This is a really exciting change in silhouette. So, dig deep for your inner Crystal Carrington and pick the look that works best for you.

Enjoy!

The Bath House Club, East London

The Bath House Club, East London

Clerkenwell College

Saint Martins College

Reiss

Reiss

Rachel Freire at London Fashion Week

Rachel Freire at London Fashion Week

Bestival

Bestival

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week