Accessories: Colour Blocked

The passion for colour continues strongly into Autumn, and we’ve been spotting some great brilliantly colour blocked accessories. Its a great way to refer to a trend without going head to toe. Instead you can choose head or toe! Bold striping and contrast colour panels create a strongly graphic statement that we find hard to resist. This selection of images come from the ‘Accessories’ report that we are putting together to be issued this month. We’ll be sharing some more highlights tomorrow. If you’d like to see more from our reports, just click here.

Louis Vuitton

Sergio Rossi

Marni

Sonia Rykiel

YSL

Blink Events: Secret Garden Party, Part 2 aka ‘Mad Hatters’

More great shots from Secret Garden Party. We hope that you enjoyed yesterdays post. Its not really the kind of fest where we can then look at the shots and analyze the trends (phew, no denim cuts offs and Hunter welly combos here), but never the less we have pulled together some common threads for you. This post celebrates the most wonderful selection of headgear that we have seen since the Royal Wedding. Hats were the accessory du jour, and there were some great scarf looks too. What better way to work with your Day 3 festival hair?

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Secret Garden Party, 2011

Thanks again to the lovely Victoria for some inspirational shots. If you’d like to see more posts on accessories, just click here. Enjoy!

Streetstyle: Sunnies and Scarves

Its the perfect when the sun is shining but still not quite warm enough to defeat the chill in the air. We really love these girls looks. Effortlessly well put together. Cute as well as functional.

Do click here for more streetstyle shots. Enjoy!

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

London Fashion Week- Somerset House Chic

Here’s a selection of our favourite looks from the first few days of LFW at Somerset House– and there’s lots more to come. We may well look more closely at trend as we get all of the coverage together, but for starters, we just wanted to show you how gorgeous the crowd looked.

Thanks to Asta for working so hard at accosting strangers, and thanks to you all for rocking your poses so well. Actually, we have added the super stylish Asta to the line up of featured looks as she was shot by so many other bloggers and magazines, we wanted to make sure you saw her here where she belongs too!

our brilliant "Blinker", Asta

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

London Fashion Week, Somerset House

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Blink Travels: Hot Danish

So, after the festival frenzy of the past few weeks we now have a week free to feature the great coverage that the lovely Asta has been sending us from Copenhagen.

Its a supremely stylish city at the best of times. Yes, you have probably gathered from previous posts that we have a crush on Copenhagen. When Copenhagen Fashion Week comes around the style quotient increases even above and beyond this city’s usual high standards.

We are starting this week with a few streetstyle shots from around and about CPH Fashion Week. Asta spotted some really lovely looks for us that reflect the feel of Copenhagen style really well. Its about an understated style that is more individual than big name, more eclectic but not so vintage, quite detailed but not overly complex, glowing scrubbed cheeks rather than knee deep in make up. And doesn’t everyone just look so damned healthy!

Enjoy and click here for more posts from beyond London.

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Events- Little London Fields, part 1: Details

On the 7th August, one of London’s hottest style spots got even hotter! London Fields in East London hosted the newest addition to the London based festival roster, the very lovely Little London Fields, a brilliant new, free music and arts festival.

Approaching the site through the throngs of people on Broadway Market, perusing the beautiful vintage and handmade fashion stalls, mouthwatering local food stalls as well as the quirky shops that line the street; there was a tangible buzz in the air. Inside London Fields, Festival goers lounged on the grass enjoying the sounds, sights and cider in the park. The festival was a fabulous showcase of new and up and coming music maestros, performance collectives, artists and designers. Sadly our British weather blighted what was otherwise an idyllic Summer afternoon in the park. Umbrellas came out in the crowds and others ran for cover (under trees, into tents, nearby cafes and pubs). Yet the showers didn’t last too long and in traditional British spirit the festivities carried on into the evening with a plethora of after parties to choose from.

The eclectic and alternative selection of entertainment included some of the best up and coming bands like the Brighton based synth-pop band, Mirrors and Hackney’s very own delicious Black Cherry. The Carhartt sponsored disco tent was the perfect place for booty shaking to top tunes from Cut n Shut Disco. We were very tempted to part with cash in the lovely Arts and Crafts Marquee- especially loving James Brown’s prints.

The debonair folk in attendance certainly stepped out in style, sporting some gorgeously considered and studiously self styled looks. Looking at our shots of the festival goes to show the East is undeniably the life blood of London street fashion.  We are starting this week of Little London Fields posts with a close up look at the details that make a look a ‘LOOK’! We have so many posts for you from this event that we are even posting on a Monday, which is very unusual for us, and we’ll have some double bubble two post days to come too. Hold on to your hats, this could be inspiration overload!

Enjoy this post on Little London Fields and click here for more posts on events that “Blink” has found interesting, exciting and inspiring!

Thanks Cat for the genius shots and great reporting!

Little London Fields

James Brown's beautiful prints at Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Little London Fields

Events- Camp Bestival, Part 2: Style

So, following yesterday’s ‘scene setting’ Camp Bestival post we now have some style insight for you.

In between the fairytale themed fancy dressing up, we managed to spot some great looks at Camp Bestival. It was a mixture of festival standards- great denim shorts, pretty pattern and we were particularly impressed with the boys who pushed the boat out too (mostly embracing their inner rock star or ladylike side!). Its an excuse to cut loose and go for bright colour, eclectic layers, theatrical make up and something a little more extreme than your everyday. If only your Monday to Friday wardrobe looked like this, wouldn’t the office be a far more inspirational and exciting place to be?

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Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival

Blink interviews: Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson has been called ‘wonderful with wool’ and a ‘material marvel’. Her distinctive designs have won her an army of dedicated fans around the world and given her the reputation as one of Scotland’s brightest design stars. As well as her collection of lovable knitted creatures, the past seven years have seen Donna produce blankets, cushions, trays, wooden dolls, scarves, socks, tea towels, upholstered furniture, even stationary and books. In fact there isn’t much that Donna hasn’t turned her creative hand to!

Donna is committed to making pieces that will last. From her creatures to the upholstery pretty much all of Donna’s designs are made in the UK from 100% natural fibres, like lambswool which is both durable and environmentally friendly.

Which comes first for you, personal style or trends?

Definitely personal style. For me its important not to look to much at trends as my aim is to create something new and fresh, and that has to be a personal response. I guess its inevitable to be influenced by what surrounds us, but I want to try and keep ahead and create designs that are unique to me!

What are you currently working on and how is it shaping up?

I always have lots on the go at the same time. Otherwise I panic that I’m not busy enough! At the moment we are putting the finishing touches to the  Winter ’10 collection which will be launched in August- new hats, scarves and even gloves, as well as soft furnishings. I have always sold scarves but I thought it might be nice to create more of an accessory collection this year.

I’m really excited to be working with Sharon Knightly, an animator, on a music video for Gideon Conn. I saw Gideon perform at Glastonbury a few years ago and thought he was amazing. The happy music seemed to suit my creatures perfectly, and I have always wanted to bring them to life through animation so when this opportunity arose I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to see the results!

Oh, also at the end of May we are creating a giant maze of yarn for a festival in my home town in Scotland. Its going to be a labyrinth of multicoloured yarn that people can interact with!

What’s currently inspiring you?

I’m really into Scandinavian design and artists. Being from Aberdeen, I think I might have some Scandinavian blood! I love the work of Norwegian ceramicist, Stig Lindberg. I think its the simplicity, the reference to nature and use of natural materials that I’m drawn to. I just need to plan a Scandinavian tour!

Has your business developed in the way that you anticipated?

I think so, although I never really imagined that I’d create a business from making knitted creatures. The products have evolved and I have had to become a bit more business minded than comes naturally. I’m so determined to keep developing and not stand still. When you’re working all the time, its sometimes difficult to stand back and see whats happened. I occasionally get a glimpse of it when I see things in magazines, or get some good feedback from people. I heard that Orlando Bloom bought two of my trays, and Sheryl Crow has bought a pouffe!

Do you work best alone of collaboratively?

I enjoy both. Collaborating is more difficult as you always feel like the design has to be a bit of both you and the collaborator. I quite like it when its just the way I want it! having said that I think that collaborations are very important as they make you do things that you wouldn’t normally, and that challenge is really good.

What is currently tempting you to make a purchase?

I would really like to buy a ‘love seat’ from Ercol. Its so simple, smooth and lovely, and also its made in the UK.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Creating happy products that people like and buy! Sometimes I can’t quite believe that! Also I am my own boss and can choose when I want to do the exciting things and leave the boring things until later!

Pencil and paper or computer and mouse?

I wish that it was just pencil and paper, but I do spend a lot of time on the computer. Even with designing, I have started to use ‘Illustrator ‘ quite a lot to generate different combinations quickly. All of my ideas do start off with pencil and the back of an envelope, or whatever comes to hand…

I feel most creative when…

I am on a train traveling through the countryside with a sketchbook and no internet!

Any final words of advise?

Keep determined, work hard, be confident in what you are doing and have fun with it- easier said than done sometimes but we all know that if we really, really want something we can get it!

Donna Wilson in her studio

Hand Painted ‘Staffordshire Dogs’

Meg Cushion

Fox scarf

Meg plate

London Fashion Week- Super Scarves

On to the hot London Fashion Week accessories…

A little something that’s a skinny flash of pattern and texture or are you more a fan of big, chunky and cozy? Scarves came in polar opposite options this fashion week, and both were brilliant. From functional to frippery, from neat to slung around you sloppy. We have to admit that we were rocking the cozy option, with a hotwater bottle stashed inside our coat, but a brave few put style before potential hypothermia, and to great effect too!

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London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week