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

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

Blink Events- First Thursdays

The first Thursday of every month the galleries of East London’s Vyner Street open their doors for an evening of browsing, mooching and possibly even purchasing!  We hadn’t been over this way since December so thought it was a good opportunity to get back and see whats going on.

From around 5pm until late you can wander around and enjoy a diverse selection of art across the multitude of galleries set conveniently side by side in what has been coined London’s Contemporary Art District.  The galleries on Vyner Street are all showing young, innovative, international artists. The small street gradually filled up with a stylishly, arty crowd as the evening wore on.  Beside the attraction of the cultural fix, it’s a good place to hang out over a cheap beer with friends.
The next First Thursday will be on the 3rd of June. By then we should have lots of sunshine so it could be a great way to spend a warm summer evening. We’ll see you there…

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Blink Travels- Give me Shelter

So far September’s been a fabulously hectic time. It’s the month of Fashion Weeks, retailing trips and the final festivals. All this activity gets our creative juices flowing and we feel stuffed full of inspiration and excitement. A fair few of our most exciting moments came during our trip to Paris last week. The City of Light did not disappoint.

Paris is generally a gentile city that moves forward at a more subtle pace than some other fashion hubs, but this trip we were delighted to discover some exciting new additions to the roster. Firstly was our hotel. We stayed at the uber cool Mama Shelter, a Starck designer boutique number near the Pere Lachaise cemetery. This was an introduction to a new area for us and once we’d got our bearings, and advise from the very helpful staff, found that it wasn’t too far from some of our favourite shopping locations.

The bedrooms are dark but very cool and very comfortable with these fabulous masks shading the bedside lights. The carpet designs reflect the sketchy, chalked on blackboard ceiling. The bar brasserie was swiftly filled with fashion fabulous crowd, even though it was Monday night. We think this might have quite a lot to do with the delicious cocktails (and the cute cocktail barman).

Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter

Shrek light, Mama Shelter

Shrek light, Mama Shelter

Detail of the carpet, Mama Shelter

Detail of the carpet, Mama Shelter

Lift interior, Mama Shelter

Lift interior, Mama Shelter

Blink Social- Miss Grace Jones

Thursday night was made exceptionally special through the combination of one of our favorite London locations, Somerset House, with one of our longest standing favorite style icons and performers, Grace Jones.

When “Blink”s founder was but a mere girl contemplating what style meant, Grace Jones came along and showed that individuality, drama, androgyny and form were all far more exciting than pretty, obvious and uniform. She created a new take on sexy that has stood the test of time and believe me, she is still incredibly sexy. Strutting her stuff in a basque and thong at the fabulous age of ’60 something’.

Each new song was delivered in a new head piece and jacket combination, layered over the basque. The amazing millinery masterpieces, created by Philip Treacy, brought additional theatre and edge to a brilliant performance. The ‘piece de resistance’ was her rendition of “Slave to the Rhythm” whilst hula hooping throughout. Fantastic!

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Blink Social- ‘Eonnagata’

OMG! We’ve just come out of Sadlers Wells, and we’re feeling a little giddy with excitement. “Blink” has just been to see ‘Eonnagata’ which proved to be one of the most stylish spectacles that we have ever witnessed. Actually, the only thing that comes close is an Alexander McQueen show, and that’s a coincidence because the genius McQueen collaborated on the costumes for this monochrome extravaganza.

Staring the superb Sylvie Guillem, brilliantly talented Russell Maliphant and extraordinary Robert Lepage. This story recounts a unique moment in history in an equally unique way. This is the tale of Chevalier D’Eon, of the court of Louis XV, who was of indeterminate sex throughout his/her life and was, well, a transvestite spy quite frankly. All true!

We sadly don’t have any shots for you, but have a look at Sadlers Wells website and the Telegraph’s reviews for a little taster.

We’re feeling for intregue, Orientalism, and a stark monochrome colour palette after tonight’s performance.

Blink Social- ‘Underdrome’

This weekend Blink attended the first night’s performance of an amazing hybrid show at the Roundhouse in Camden. The Roundhouse’s artist in residence, Darren Johnston, created an event blending modern ballet, the London Contemporary Orchestra, projection art and a white cloaked choir. The result, called ‘Underdrome’, had a distinct horror movie feel with a strong Japanese aesthetic. Possibly one of the most thought provoking pieces that we have seen, in one of our favourite London venues.

White was the colour statement of the evening, surrounded by the deep, dark interior of the venue. We thought the set was stunning, particularly the flocks of origami birds.

The central set piece was this ghostly tree, or was it a cloud?

The central set piece was this ghostly tree, or was it a cloud?

We were bewitched by all of these hand folded birds

We were bewitched by all of these hand folded birds