Posts Tagged ‘Selfridges’

“Blink” Retail: Fur(k) Off

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Today’s issue of the Business of Fashion just dropped into my inbox and this is it’s lead story…

image from the Business of Fashion emailed newsletter, PETA, fur in fashion, fur farming, fashion ethics

image from the Business of Fashion emailed newsletter

It’s a well researched and fact filled article about whether Fur has a place in Fashion (just click on that link to read the full article). If you are a long standing Blink reader, then you’ll know our uncompromising view on this subject and it’s a firm absolutely no thanks to fur from us. No fur, no thanks, on no occasion. Seriously that left hand image just sums the whole argument up for me. How could you possibly wear real fur (yes, that includes you Canada Gooseys and your coyote trimmed hoods, all of you with those rotten fur poms on your hats or handbags, and you wearing that vintage fur coat) if you have any conscience at all? It is simply unacceptable on every level.

Yes you may eat meat (I don’t by the way), but I bet you like to ensure your meat, eggs, fish, milk has come from a happy animal that experienced some quality of like during it’s short time on this earth. Well, most (but not all by any stretch) of the leather and sheepskin that we wear comes from animals that have been farmed for more than just their skins but have also been part of our food chain. Well, that is never ever ever the case with animals who are farmed or trapped purely for their pelts. It’s a miserable existence and often a shockingly disgusting death.

So, we thank the wonderful British Vogue, Selfridges, Liberty, Arcadia group et al for turning their backs on this material choice- and are they any less fabulous for doing so? Nope, we think it makes then super, extra, totally and additionally fabulous actually.

You can check out our previous rants on this matter here and also here. For more fashion retail news, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Heidi Klein x Selfridges, just for you

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Heidi Klein has teamed up with wonderfully creative embroiderer Laura Lees to offer Selfridges shoppers the chance to personalize their HK product in a very luxurious way. You can have your initials embroidered in gold thread on swimwear and accessory purchases this Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of May from 12-8pm both days.

Heidi Klein x Laura Lees x Selfridges personalization service. #embroidery. #Espadrilles, #Blink London

Heidi Klein x Laura Lees x Selfridges personalization service

We wanted to offer the Selfridges shopper something personal this summer.  Having your initials sewn on to your bikini or espadrilles by Laura Lees is a luxurious touch we hope shoppers will enjoy. It’s great for gifting and our new girls collection,” says co-founder Penny Klein.

I wonder if I can twist Laura’s arm and have her embroider “Blink” on a bikini for me? For more retail news, just look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Anya wants to collaborate with you!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Anya Hindmarch backstage LFW show- Morgan O'Donovan

Anya Hindmarch backstage LFW show- Morgan O’Donovan

Following on from yesterday’s prediction post all about collaborations, on the same topic we have a rather gorgeous project from Anya Hindmarch, in collaboration with Charlotte Stockdale of CHAOS FASHION. Launched in December, the Sticker Shop is also a collaboration between Anya, Charlotte and you! How’s that for a triumvirate of fashion excitement?

Recalling those heady creative days when we were all customising things ourselves; making them unique, absolutely ours and very special- cue a look back at our first 2015 prediction. Who of you has never doodled on your jeans with a biro? Well, now we have the ultra luxe version with beautiful embossed leather stickers featuring designs ranging from the alphabet to Mickey Mouse’s signature gloved hand.

Anya Hindmarch Sticker- Weather in Capra

Anya Hindmarch Sticker- Weather in Capra

Anya Hindmarch  Sticker-I Love It in Capra

Anya Hindmarch Sticker-I Love It in Capra

Anya HIndmarch's Sticker Shop at Selfridges

Anya Hindmarch’s Sticker Shop at Selfridges

You can short-cut the decision making process and buy a bag that’s ready stickered or you can get your creative juices flowing by hitting up the Sticker Shop in Selfridges. Perhaps you’d prefer to experiment virtually? Then you must try the brilliant virtual sticker shop (hours of fun to be had here!). I am in the throws of deciding which pair of jeans I will treat to an Anya Hindmarch sticker make-over, or perhaps I’ll treat myself to a personalised purse ?

Ebury Maxi Featherweight All Over Stickers in Chalk Capra

Ebury Maxi Featherweight All Over Stickers in Chalk Capra

Anya Hindmarch's alphabet stickers

Say my name Anya!

For more accessories posts, just take a look here. For more inspirational predictions posts, then look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Queen Kamali gets even more Active

Friday, September 12th, 2014

If you read my post about Surviving LFW by escaping to The Savoy for some calm, quiet time, you will have spotted that when advising you to try The Savoy’s pool I suggested donning a Norma Kamali swimsuit for the occasion. Well, I figured that 1) you’re a fashion conscious individual, 2) you are rather sophisticated and 3) that you appreciate timeless yet brilliant design if you’re someone who would appreciate the joys that The Savoy has to offer.

I design a couple of swimwear collections as part of our consultancy service, and I have to say that through my years of researching the best of the best in swimwear, Kamali is pretty much Queen. She has built a decades long career around doing marvellously innovative things with jersey. In a wonderfully fatalistic fashion moment, the same day that I posted about wearing Norma Kamali to complete your restorative lengths in style, I also came across a whole new and exciting collection of Kamali styles in Selfridges. I think this must be a recent addition as I haven’t noticed it before.

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges

If you train, or if just like to look like you train, then this is the collection for you. Reminding me of Hot Gossip meets High Disco this collection features graphically go faster style ‘spliced’ inserts, either in mesh, high sheen or bright metallic silver and I want it ALL!!!!

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

And who but Norma Kamali could get away with having a maxi dress in an active collection?

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Norma Kamali Active in Selfridges, images swiped from the Norma Kamali online shop

Pure perfection. Do take a look in Selfridges or at Kamali’s online shop as there’s lots more to this offer including some fabulous swimwear for you to wear during your trip to The Savoy!

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Beauty: Working Out at the Face Gym

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

When I go for a facial it usually involves a soothingly lit room, plinky plonky music and a deep pile terry robe, so hitting the Face Gym in the middle of Selfridges fast fashion floor was quite a contrast! It was an emergency and they had a spot free so I swallowed my pride and took a seat.

The Face Gym at Selfridges

The Face Gym at Selfridges

I had basically been wincing all day, every time I saw my reflection. The results of a goodbye at the weekend had left me with tear-puffed eyes and a face that seemed to show every day or my age, plus a few more for good measure. I was not a happy bunny. The therapist took my details and asked what I wanted to achieve and after a short discussion she assured me that I had come to the right place.

Wow, she was not kidding. Amazingly, a few moments in, I kind of forgot that my face was being smooshed in full view of a crowded shop floor. There was some ouchy moments, but of the kind that makes you think ‘Ooh, I didn’t realize I had muscles there, let alone muscles that were so sore’. I could literally feel the stress being smoothed out of my face and neck. After 30 minutes (that flew by) I emerged able to look at my make up free face and a smile replaced the scowl. £35 very well spent, and justified even further when I went out still make up free, bar a touch of red lippy, and was told by old friends how well I looked.

I am already thinking of booking in again and this time going for the ‘Advanced’ option of ‘Mouth Work’, during which a therapist literally massages your mouth and jaw from the inside out. All in the name of research, and the quest for a happy face. If this has tempted you to give your chops a workout, then you can find out more about Face Gym here, or head down to Selfridges Oxford Street to take a look.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Selfridges gets Reflective

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

We spotted this very clever theme in Selfridges’ designer womenswear department. What a cute way to label the mannequins and then the blown up version of the compact looks really striking too. Never short on innovation in product or display, Selfridges are looking really outstanding just now, and this also subtly reflects (ahem…) their current focus on the concept of beauty with the Beauty Project.

Selfridges designer womenswear department

Selfridges designer womenswear department

Selfridges designer womenswear department

Selfridges designer womenswear department

 

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Louis Vuitton at Selfridges

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Louis Vuitton in Selfridges

Louis Vuitton in Selfridges

This Selfridges window scheme was designed by Louis Vuitton, featuring their product alongside these stools from Cassina. I’m not sure what it represents but as a symmetry addict I find it very pleasing, and I also like how it frames their lovely twirly lift too.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Y3 launches second London store

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

When I think of Adidas and designer collaborations, the first name that comes to mind is Stella McCartney. I guess that might be the case for most people. After all, the Stella for Adidas collection is really fabulous and highly covetable so I don’t feel to bad about that.

In actual fact, the Stella hook up is the second designer collaboration for Adidas. This year is the tenth anniversary of the Y3 collection, the name of the Adidas collaboration with conceptual and utterly innovative Japanese designer, Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto is one of the longest standing and most influential designers out of Japan, alongside Comme des Garcon’s Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake. The Y3 collection is less about functional sportswear and more about a sports inspired take on relaxed fashion, expressed with Yamamoto’s signature sculptural shapes and innovative detailing.

The new Y3 store is a clean and open space on Covent Garden’s Floral Street, subtly reflecting the Adidas three stripe signature through the triple shelving. The use of mirrors helps to show the detailed elements of the footwear collection in 360 degrees. The shoes in the Autumn collection deserve that additional focus as they are quite stunning, from the refined Y3 trainers to incredible platformed designs with amazing furry inserts.

Y3 new Covent Garden store

Y3 new Covent Garden store

Y3 new Covent Garden store interior

Y3 new Covent Garden store interior

Y3 new Covent Garden store interior

Y3 new Covent Garden store interior

Y3, Floral Street

Y3, Floral Street

Y3, Floral Street

Y3, Floral Street

Y3 mens accessories

Y3 mens accessories

Y3 will also be popping up in Selfridges new Denim Studio with a special collaboration from 19th August, so if you’re a fan of this brand then be sure to go and see it.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: New Collection from Tallulah and Hope

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Tallulah and Hope since the label launched in 2010. You can read up on the founders and their inspiration behind the collection here.

Well, we are several collections down the line now and T&H has gone from strength to strength, swiftly finding a place in many very stylish women’s wardrobes. They have diversified the range, adding lots of new shapes as well as introducing swimwear, yet most importantly they have retained their original vision and built upon their unique handwriting.
Their newest collection launches on the Tallulah and Hope website on 1st August, but the collection is already available in-store at Selfridges London, Fenwick Bond Street, Boutique 1 Dubai as well as Harvey Nichols Riyadh.

We asked Zoe and Lisa about the inspiration behind this collection and they told us “This season we have taken a graphic approach to recurrent themes in our work – water and light, creating bold, directional stripes that have a strong nautical feel.”.

Classic Long kaftan Skybirds, Tallulah and Hope

Classic Long kaftan Skybirds, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Long Shadow, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Long Shadow, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Splash, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Splash, Tallulah and Hope

 

Thalia Short Deck Stripe, Tallulah and Hope

Thalia Short Deck Stripe, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Bathing Belle, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Bathing Belle, Tallulah and Hope

Now I want to be back on holiday!

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Customised

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Highlighted by the fabulous, denim focused windows in Selfridges right now (celebrating their relaunched, restyled and brilliantly refreshed denim department. Want Primark denim without the overcrowded, panic-fest that is the Primark store? Selfridges have added it to their Denim Studio!) it seems we are all into a bit of customization. I think this is very well timed as fashion harks back to the 80’s when we were all madly patching, bleaching, tie dying and slashing our clothes.

Here are some high street highlights of retailers embracing this look on our behalf, and very kindly taking all the hard work on themselves, featuring some of the great, customized looks from Selfridges.

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Selfridges celebrates the new 'Denim Studio'

Browns Focus

Browns Focus

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Forever 21

Forever 21

For more inspiration, do click here and be inspired!

Enjoy! Lucy