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“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.

“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.

“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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“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

 

“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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“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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“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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“Blink” Retail: Sssshhhhhh at Selfridges

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this campaign from Selfridges. This gorgeous and genius store is offering you an escape from the crazy, high volume, constant stream of information and over stimulation that we experience every waking moment. From the ‘Quiet Shop’ and ‘headspace pods‘ to brilliantly ‘silenced’ product, Selfridges embraces ‘No Noise’.

I particularly like the non branded products created exclusively for this campaign, including such iconic everyday items as Heinz ketchup and baked beans, as well as the store’s shopping bag and right through to ultra-desirable product like unbranded creme de la mer and an exclusive collection from Acne. Very clever stuff, but in a very quiet way. We like that you make us stop and think, and then subtly encouraged us to stop stopping and start shopping…

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Acne as part of Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Acne as part of Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

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“Blink” Retail: Ding Dong, Selfridges!

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Selfridges know how to put on a good show, and this Christmas it’s a show of their Christmas campanology skills. The tall atrium space has been filled with a series of huge, glossy bells that move up and down while ringing out festive chimes. It is really lovely and very atmospheric. Not too schmaltzy, but striking the perfect note (urgh) between sweet and chic.

Selfridges Christmas bells

Selfridges Christmas bells

Selfridges Christmas bells

Selfridges Christmas bells

We love this video showing how the Christmas windows came together too.

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“Blink” Retail: Selfridges gets Acne

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Selfridges have been slowly but surely overhauling their fashion floors, and the transformation is almost done. Before the changes, Selfridges was already a fabulous fashion destination- but now it’s a superior style shopping hot spot!

When I popped in yesterday I was delighted to spy some more changes on the 3rd floor. Acne now have a gorgeous dedicated space. It’s a plush, yet minimalist spot. There’s not a huge amount of product, but that in fact makes it feel even more appealing and innovative. It feels like a gallery space rather than the, perhaps more normal ‘sales per square foot’ driven experience. I guess that also reflects the fact that, although Acne is not ultra high end, the price level and handwriting is still pretty aspirational. Beautiful.

Acne's new space in Selfridges

Acne's new space in Selfridges

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