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“Blink” Stylish Steals: Plumen lights up our life

Monday, October 21st, 2013

This is the second installment in our ‘Stylish Steals’ series of posts. Did you see the first one about the lovely Muji candles? Well, we now move on to a product that I first spotted in a River Island fitting room, looking rather stylish and innovative, and then saw again in Merci who actually sell this wonderful product. Nope, it’s not a hot Autumn fashion trend. In fact this post is about a wonderfully stylish light bulb!

Plumen light bulbs, in standard and baby sizes

Plumen light bulbs, in standard and baby sizes. Photograph by Andrew Penketh

This is no ordinary light bulb. This is the Design Museum’s ‘Design of the Year 2011’ award winning light bulb from Plumen. Aside from being visually incredibly pleasing, this bulb is also highly energy saving and lasts around 8 times longer than traditional bulbs. So its a win win for the aesthetic and the ecologist in your household. We bought a few for “Blink” Towers and they cast a really clean, bright light without that annoying warm up time of standard energy saving bulbs, so they come with our full stamp of approval too.

clustered Plumen bulbs

clustered Plumen bulbs. Photograph by Petr Krejci

Plumen light bulb

Plumen light bulb in 'Work Lamp Gold' by Design House Stockholm

Plumen light bulb

Plumen light bulb. Photograph by Ian Nolan

The Plumen bulb was created by London based company, Hulger in collaboration with industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson. Excitingly, the company is working on some new lines of bulbs to be launched in the coming months, as well as commissioning more lovely lampshades that perfectly compliment the genius light-bulbs.

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“Blink” Retail: Brilliant Black Leather

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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, but the ‘B’ stands for bright!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Following on from yesterday’s homage to the classic ‘Little Black Dress’, today we swap the meaning of the ‘B’ and this time it stands for ‘Bright’! So, if a black dress is just a bit whatever for you, how about something with a bit more colour impact? Here are some of our favourite bold, bright looks spotted around London’s best retail addresses in the past week or so. Want to dress like a vast floral arrangement? No problem! An ice princess more your thing? We’ve got it covered. An 80’s body con attired popstrel? Look no further!

Sonia Rykiel

River Island

Miss Selfridge

Valentino

River Island

Lanvin

Topshop

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“Blink” Retail: LBD’s

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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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Blink Retail: Fashion paints a Rainbow

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

We had a little extra sunshine added to our lives this month as we were out retailing for the new round of reports. The ‘Colour’ message is being delivered loud and clear from all levels of the market and it really brightened up our day! We just had to share some of the best bits of this fashion rainbow with you, and add a little extra zing into this grey day for you too.

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Christopher Kane at Browns

TRF

River Island

Mulberry

Topshop

Sonia Rykiel

River Island

Topshop

Accessories: Fringe Benefits

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Fringing was a look that was super hot in the Summer or 2009, so we were surprised to see this being taken up again for High Summer 2010, and right across the fashion landscape too. Less so in shoes and boots this time around, but fringes and haberdashery or brogue inspired tassels on bags look very cool.

This selection is from our Summer edition of the quarterly ‘Accessories’ report. If you’d like to see more, know more, have more why not contact your nearest agent?

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Dolce and Gabanna

Louis Vuitton

River Island

Zara

Paul and Joe

Details- Fashion Fluff

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Another furry focused post- not that we’re obsessed or anything!

Shaggy seems to be a key descriptive for the new Autumn product. Its a great new way to look at volume and proportion. It’s ultra light and super soft. Li Edelkoort incited us all to “dress like clouds’. Well, I vote we go one better and dress like a pom pom instead.

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

Topshop

Topshop

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

River Island

River Island

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Graphics- the state of the Union

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Its a strange phenomenon in these uncertain times, but the Union Jack and imagery of our monarchy seem to be the new subject choice for artists,  fashion and interior designers, giving these motifs a whole new lease of life. I’m not sure that its to do with any particular upsurge in pride, since we are in a bit of a pickle at the moment. If you’ve any insights on this look I’d love you to leave a comment and shed some light on the matter.

Anyhow, regardless of the motivation, we really like results. There will be more on this in our next quarters ‘Graphics’ report. If you’re interested in subscribing to this then drop us a line- blog@blinklondon.com.

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River Island

River Island

Daniel Syrett exhibition

Daniel Syrett exhibition

The Shop at Bluebird

The Shop at Bluebird

The Jacksons

The Jacksons

The Shop at Bluebird

The Shop at Bluebird

Details- you stud!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Decoration has lost some of its decorum and embraced the dark side. We love the edgy touch that studs bring, taking a style from prissy to punky. This works back to the self styled and customized story that’s been emerging, as well as reflecting yet another touch of the 80’s.

See more in our next published ‘Denim’, ‘Jersey’ and ‘Accessories’ reports…

River Island

River Island

American Retro at Harvey Nichols

American Retro at Harvey Nichols

Hari

Hari

Ash

Ash

Pencey

Pencey

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg