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“Blink” Reports: April Extras!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Morning!

So, I woke up thinking that we don’t tell you about our reporting enough. The blog is just one aspect of our business. The majority of the team’s energy is actually focused on creating a fabulous set of retail reports each month. We also work with various aspects of the fashion industry as creative consultants, from supporting brilliant start ups to teaching at LCF to forecasting for big high street brands (the list goes on!).

This month we have a great promotional offer on our reports. If you place a subscription order for 6 months, you will receive 7. If you place an order for 12 months, you will actually receive 14. Wowsers! So if you’re a supplier, manufacturer, brand, buyer, designer, creative director then this could be a brilliant tool for you. We create monthly reports by category (soft wovens, denim, jersey, knitwear and print) as well as a wonderful ‘Overview’ report that contains the best bits from all of the other reports. Each quarter we also issue a bumper edition all about ‘Accessories’.

Here are the first few pages from last month’s ‘Overview’, just to give you a sneak peek. If you’re interested, would like to know more or see more just have a look here to find out who your nearest agent is.

 

“Blink” Colour: Perfectly Pastel

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Pastels were the preserve of polite middle England for some time. Championed by the most directional of brands on the SS’12 catwalks we saw this colour level returned to the spotlight from it’s crimplene resting place.

From ‘almost’ colours to fuller sorbet shades, this is impacting right across the fashion map from casual looks right through to event dressing. Here are some of our favourite pastel looks spotted at retail over the past week.

DvF

Feathers

Sandro

H&M

Sandro

Feathers

Mulberry

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“Blink” Colour: Brights

Monday, April 16th, 2012

We’re launching into a few days of looking at what’s going on with colour on the high street this month. Kicking off with brights, as it’s a Monday morning and you might need livening up a little! We’re loving the  growth and continuing importance of bold, optimistic and eye popping bright shades, in plain solids as well as some really innovative pattern.

Harrods

H&M

Liberty

Maje

Mary Katrantzou

Matches

River Island

Whistles

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“Blink” Retail: High Street versus High End

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

It’s pretty well known that, at “Blink”, we’re huge fans of high street fashion. That’s not to say that we aren’t also passionate about high end, rarefied, eye-wateringly expensive labels too. It’s just that there is something so exciting about seeing direction delivered so creativity and still at accessible and democratic prices.

We constantly debate who is looking best, and for several months, Zara has come out tops. I wish I could say that it was one of our home grown labels, but the truth is that Zara deal with textiles, silhouettes and detailing in an exemplary way. Here are some prefect examples spotted in their Knightsbridge store window. I know they may not bear the close inspection of the brand that inspired this look (unmistakable Louis Vuitton), but they’ll do for us!

Zara, Brompton Road

Zara, Brompton Road

Zara, Brompton Road

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“Blink” Retail: White by Sonia Rykiel

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Spotted in the Sonia Rykiel window, I have decided this is the perfect going away outfit, so basically someone needs to propose to me immediately so that I have the excuse I need to buy this stunning lacy confection. It’s even more delicious when you consider that this particular window is usually filled with brightly coloured knitwear, as you’d expect from this brand.

Sonia Rykiel, Spring '12

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Primark does Catwalk

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I was out doing a bit of retail researching on Friday when I was tempted in to Primark by these two looks, straying frighteningly close to the original inspiration. To be honest the prints may be close, but the cuts, silhouettes, base cloths and execution are far from inspirational- but what do you expect for these bargain prices!?

Primark

Mary Katrantzou SS'12 collection, image from Style.com

Primark

Prada SS'12 collection, image from Style.com

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Pattern: Clash with Topshop

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

If you needed some help with how to pull together this Spring’s tricky pattern clash look, Topshop very kindly provided some inspired guidance in their Oxford Circus windows. Looking amazingly upbeat and energetic, we want some of this NOW!

Topshop

Topshop

For more retail news, click here. If you’re after shop window inspiration, then click here. If pattern is your thing, then this is the place for you to click.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Marni for H&M, by Sofia Coppola

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

A while back we very excitedly wrote about the imminent design collaboration between Marni and H&M. Have a look here if you’d like to read all about it. Well, just to add a cherry on to that rather exciting fashion cake, Sofia Coppola has created a beautiful advert for the collection. We’re delighted to share it with you, plus a lovely ‘behind the scenes’ video too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wK-CgE8mdI

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Colour Palettes: Spring Sorbets from Prada

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

We spotted these looks from Prada‘s pre-Spring collection in their Bond Street windows just the other day. How gorgeous that colour palette? Well, its so gorgeous we had to have a go at pantone matching it for you. Our first colour palette post for some time, but worth the wait, wouldn’t you agree?

Prada

Prada

from left: papaya (pantone 16-1640 TPX), pollen (12-0721 TPX), honeydew (15-1245 TPX), cold blue (15-4008 TPX) and lagoon (17-5421 TPX).

We then spotted the same gorgeous cardigan on the amazing Lana del Rey in the forth issue of Wonderland magazine. Looking good, Lana.

Lana del Rey in Wonderland magazine

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” retail: SS’12 Chanel

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

If it weren’t for the amazingly extreme styling, this tailoring could be so ‘lavender and old lace’, however, the magic fashion fairy dust of Karl Lagerfeld and his super styling team at Chanel have instead transformed it into a somewhat challenging look. The lavender tailoring is quite nice alone, but by teaming it with camellia embellished knickers, its elevated into something far more intriguing. We also love the beach appropriate, velour looking variation on the classic Chanel jacket and those stunning fingerless leather gloves. Only the ever chic house of Chanel could make this work.

Chanel Spring 2012

Chanel Spring 2012

Chanel Spring 2012

Chanel Spring 2012

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Enjoy! Lucy