Posts Tagged ‘shoes’

“Blink” New Designers: BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, Product Design and Development Graduate, Sofie Birkin

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Next we look at the wonderful work of LCF BA14 graduate, Sofie Birkin. We had the pleasure of meeting Sofie at the exhibition and learnt about her approach and inspiration. Her intricately detailed collection of shoes is inspired by the Salem Witch Trials. Every shoe is dedicated to one of the women who was killed, with the heel containing something specific to each individual. The leather is also delicately inscribed with imagery related to the events, creating an almost Egyptian hieroglyphic effect. These are so much more than beautifully crafted footwear.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

This is Sofie herself, wearing a beautifully mystical headpiece that she created for previous project. Utterly, brilliantly unique.

LCF BA14 graduate collections, Sofie Birkin

LCF BA14 graduate, Sofie Birkin

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Arcadia’s AW’14 Press Day- Accessories

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Some more for you from the Arcadia AW’14 press event. This post is all about some rather lovely jewels, heels, bags and boots that were a particular highlight for me.

Starting things off are these very stylish jewels and stunning extra long, green suede boots from Dorothy Perkins. These were an extra surprise because I generally skip past this label- but I was quite literally stopped in my tracks by the really fabulous selection of accessories. I’ll be making a rare visit to good old DP’s come Autumn to see what will actually make it home with me.

Dorothy Perkins, AW'14

Dorothy Perkins, AW’14

Dorothy Perkins, AW'14

Dorothy Perkins, AW’14

Next comes Freedom at Topshop. Never knowingly understated, this is THE label to hit for statement pieces that are always super hot and brilliantly blingy. This little number looks like wearing it might replace a heavy lifting session at the gym! I love the smokey shade of the gems, adding a touch of sophistication to an otherwise extra OTT number.

Freedom at Topshop, AW'14

Freedom at Topshop, AW’14

Topshop‘s shoes and bags are some of the best on the high street. Reflecting all the hottest Autumn directions and covering all occasions in a really creative and innovative way, the shoes on show at the press day were really exciting. As were the bags. We’re still good to be rocking backpacks come Autumn. Yay!

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Topshop, AW'14

Topshop, AW’14

Finally, we have Miss Selfridge. When they get it right, they really, really get it right, and this is generally it’s embellished, beaded and embroidered womenswear but also with some surprisingly good accessories. I really loved the styling of this blue gemmed style, sitting really beautifully on this blue/grey, high sheen print and pale lilac faux fur. It’s like an Autumn mood board all by itself.

Miss Selfridge, AW'14

Miss Selfridge, AW’14

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle

Friday, March 21st, 2014
London Fashion Week, streetstyle

London Fashion Week, streetstyle

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Old school kicks at Prada

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

When I say ‘old school’ I really do mean that literally. We spotted these Prada kicks and were transported back in time when the most sophisticated ‘trainers’ we owned were plimsolls bought from Woolworths and pretty much guaranteed to last a term at school, but not much longer. It’s that laced up, cloth upper combined with the rubber sole. Fast forward from school gym class (oh my, what were those mini kilts and gym knickers all about!?!) to my first job in fashion. I worked at Whistles and it was my job one season to call in colour samples from Bensimon, the venerable French home of the tennis shoe. Well, I think Prada was quite inspired by those, probably a bit more than they were inspired by me in my school gym kit…

Prada, Spring'14

Prada, Spring'14

Prada, Spring'14

Prada, Spring'14

Love them or loath them, as they’re Prada’s creation you will most probably be wearing a variation on this theme sometime soon. Mini kilt and gym knickers optional.

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: The house of House of Hackney

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

If you were following my Twitter feed yesterday you’d have spotted that we were mostly in East London, hitting various SS’14 Press Days. Whilst over that side of town, I decided to head to a couple of stores that I’ve been meaning to visit for a while. The first is the House of Hackney. This Shoreditch flagship store reflects this pattern driven brand to the nth degree. It’s a mind boggling, eye popping visual treat.

House of Hackney was founded in London in 2010 as an interiors label. Now they have diversified in to fashion and accessories too, building the whole brand around their unique focus on bold pattern and product that is made in England. These patterns may be translated in ways that are utterly modern but in fact the overall impression is of an historic elegance and of traditional craft. The way that the pattern is so intensely layered in the store made me think of those overblown interiors that you can imagine epic characters like Oscar Wilde occupying whilst pondering what to write in his book ‘The House Beautiful’.

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

House of Hackney

Amongst all of the amazing interiors oriented product there is a wonderful collection of fashion too. The patterns that the label use work just as perfectly on a lampshade as they do on a fabulous pair of velvet shorts dungarees or a luxe sweatshirt. My eye was particularly drawn to these amazing shoes, made in collaboration with Underground, the British footwear brand of choice for the original New Romantics, Goths and grunge kids.

House of Hackney creepers

House of Hackney creepers

I do love a crepe sole, ever since I discovered creepers as an art student some time ago (ahem…). The difference with these beauties though is that the sole is crisp white and the upper is printed with one of House of Hackney’s signature patterns. Another addition to the Christmas list. I’m a size 5 in case you were wondering!

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
LFW streetstyle, September'13

LFW streetstyle, September'13

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” London Fashion Week: Streetstyle from Somerset House

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Yasmin Sewell, LFW streetstyle, September '13, Blink London

Yasmin Sewell, LFW streetstyle, September '13, Blink London

 

Yasmin Sewell, LFW streetstyle, September '13, Blink London

Yasmin Sewell, LFW streetstyle, September '13, Blink London

Yasmin Sewell, LFW streetstyle, September '13, Blink London

Yasmin Sewell, LFW streetstyle, September '13, Blink London

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Putting the White Foot Forward

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

We’ve been noticing a very particular and enticing colour trend in shoes over the past month or so. There was a time when white stillys were a byword for a very trashy look, but what goes around, comes around in the wonderful world of fashion, and the white shoe is now a key look for the season.

Granted, none of these are old school stilettos, but they do cover pretty much all of the key shoe shapes for this Summer from flatforms, through the ‘strapoot’ to the newest variation of the classic stilly in marvelous matte white from Stella.

& Other Stories

& Other Stories

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Topshop

Topshop

Zara

Zara

Fenwicks

Fenwicks

COS

COS

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Tods take Moccasin’s back to their roots

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I spotted this in the April issue of French Vogue. Aren’t these the most incredible Tods you’ve ever seen? I always think that this particular brand of ‘car shoe’ is a bit ‘mweh’, which makes this even more of a wonderful surprise. The origins of the moccasin are as a Native American shoe decorated with beads, so this is a rather OTT homage to roots of this brand’s core style really.

Practical? No. Fabulous? Yes indeed!

Tods beaded moccasins

Tods beaded moccasins. Shot from French Vogue by David Bellemere

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Accessories: Celine vs Celine Inspired

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

We spotted this stunningly styled pair of Celine-a-like gold metallic wedges being worn at London Fashion Week. Rather fabulous, and apparently really quite comfy. That’s a result all round then.

Celine metallic wedges, spotted at LFW

Celine-a-like metallic wedges, spotted at LFW

But I am rather smugly happy to say that I think I can top trump that result with one of my own. I do love a strong shoe choice, and perhaps even more than that I love a bargain so when I spotted these ‘inspired by’ gold wedges in Zara for a mere £15 in the sale, there was no question that they were coming home with me…

Zara, very probably inspired by Celine

Zara, very probably inspired by Celine wouldn't you agree?

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Enjoy! Lucy