Events- 1234, Part 3: You’ve got Sole!

And last but not least from our style spotting bonanza at the 1234 festival, we have an accessories focused post. Its one that takes me down memory lane..

We’ve been spotting the odd crepe soled shoe, otherwise known as ‘brothel creepers’ or ‘beetle crushers’, on some cool boys and few girls around town, but Saturday’s event sealed this shoe styles ascent back into fashion consciousness. We have also been aware of Dr Martens coming through again, but have felt a little unconvinced- again, until Saturday. You girls know how to rock a manly shoe with style and panache!

I lived in a much loved pair of crepe soled shoes when I was doing my Art foundation many moons ago (suffice to say that it was the late 80’s!). I can even remember buying them on Floral Street in Covent Garden. Was there a Rokit store there then, opposite Jones? I thought I looked so cool in them with my Dicky Dirts dungarees, a pair of Paul Smith silk boxer shorts and a vintage bustier. I must look out a photo… or maybe not!

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1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

Events- 1234, Part 2: Shoreditch Shorts

So, we hope you liked yesterdays post cos there’s more! My team did such a great job at 1234 that we have lots and lots of great shots to share. Today its all about denim shorts, cut off so high in many cases that the pocket bags are showing. Its a look we love, and may well be rocking if there’s sunshine in Lulworth this weekend at Camp Bestival!

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1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

1234 festival, Shoreditch

Thanks again to Amy and Jessica!

Events- 1234 Festival, Shoreditch

On Saturday 24th a few of our coolest “Blinkettes” headed down to the 1234 festival in Shoreditch. This fringe festival played host to over 40 bands and DJ collectives across four stages so there was plenty of choice in this years line up which features names like Rolo Tomassi, Dum Dum Girls, These New Puritans and Kids on Bridges– as well as inimitable Peter Hook. We think it was well worth the £20 ticket price to have this kind of festival feeling right on our doorstep.

As anticipated from the location, it was a brilliant place to style spot, with the achingly cool East London crowd rocking their best ‘laissez faire’ looks (we know you were all secretly planning your outfits for days, but don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone). There was lots of 90’s grunge- high waisted denim cut offs with DM’s and dark lipstick. Very Alice Dellal/ Courtney Love. We also spotted a few vintage romantics- bowler hats, ankle sock, boots and vintage ‘dress up’. Last but not least, the usual festival classics- that timeless Boho rock chick in floaty dresses with biker boots, antique jewelery, tousled locks and pouch bags.

Here’s a few of our favourite shots for you, and there’s more to follow over the next couple of days! Thanks to Amy and Jessica for the great work.

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1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

1234, Shoreditch

Accessories: On the Sunny Side

Its been a glorious couple of weeks and so Londoners have been donning a stunning selection of sunnies to complete their Summery outfits. The newest look seems to to be a Chanel influenced rounded style, but the classic Ray Ban Aviator or Wayfarer is still a good option. Here are some streetstyle shots that we have collected over the past sunny weeks around town featuring some great shady action. We’ve also dropped in a couple of stylish spec wearers too, just because they looked too cool to be left out! Enjoy…

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Carnaby Street

Oxford Street

Soho

Soho

Soho

Shoreditch

Broadway Market

Blink Events- Vintroville

At the end of May, “Blink” was very cordially invited to the opening of the new Vintroville store on Hackney Road.

Vintroville is all about carefully selected vintage clothes chosen by the two owners, Meryl Fernandes and Laura McAlpine, combined with a few one-off pieces by a handful young designers who upcycle and rework vintage.  We particularly liked the lovely embroidered vintage knitwear from LauraLaura. The selection includes glamorous dresses, classic blouses, cool jackets, accessories as well as some menswear, and all of the vintage is cleaned and pressed to sweet smelling perfection before being sold. Something many musty and dusty vintage boutiques should take note of! The stores handwriting, across both the vintage and reworked items, is delicate and quite feminine (in a cool Shoreditch way…), and feels really well edited.

This delightful little treasure trove of a shop is located at 205 Hackney Road, next to Columbia Road and a two minute walk away from Shoreditch High Street.

Thanks for the invite ladies, and we’ll be back to do some more shopping very soon! Thanks also to Asta for pulling this post together.

Meryl and Laura, outside Vintroville

LauraLaura knitwear

Vintroville

Accessories

Pattern- Bold Bi-colour

These recent shots show a strongly graphic look. Big on impact and high in the style stakes. We love the simple bi-colour combinations. These girls look striking yet uncomplicated. In some cases the look has gently retro overtones, but in others this is refreshingly modern. Flexible, commercial and cool.

Brick Lane

Trumans Brewery, off Brick Lane

Kings of Leon gig, O2

Kings of Leon gig, O2

Brick Lane

Shoreditch

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

Brick Lane

Brick Lane