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“Blink” Reports: April Extras!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012


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” 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!?


Mary Katrantzou SS'12 collection, image from


Prada SS'12 collection, image from

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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!



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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

“Blink” Retail: Sunshine from Sonia Rykiel

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Yesterday was our first working day of the year and we braved the torrential rains and the gusting wind in order to start our retail research for the next set of reports. It was not the kind of weather that encourages you to think ‘Spring’ thoughts, so I was delighted when I came across the ray of sunshine that was the Sonia Rykiel store window display. Three looks in gorgeous daffodil yellow to inject some much needed Vitamin D into our system. An instant shot of Spring hope for you.

Sonia Rykiel, Spring '12

Sonia Rykiel, Spring '12

Sonia Rykiel, Spring '12

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: YS what the L

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Here’s another window shot for you from our outing down Sloane Street earlier this week. As we tweeted, many of the high end stores seem to have skipped past Christmas completely and headed straight into Spring by showcasing their resort collections. YSL seem to have partly gone that route, with a window that combines something more Winter appropriate with something super Springy.

To us this looked like a scene from a Bond movie, with one fashionable character karate chopping the other… “Take that, Bikini girl!” Or maybe she’s trying to knock some sense into her, as she’s clearly lost her mind, wearing a beach appropriate look in December in London.

YSL, Sloane Street

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“Blink” Retail: H&M collaborates with Marni

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Just when you’ve gotten over the drama of buying your Versace for H&M pieces, we have H&M’s next amazing collaborative collection to announce.

H&M announce the next collaboration is to be with the wonderful luxury Italian, print focused, brilliantly creative and somewhat esoteric brand, Marni. The Spring collection for women, men and the home will be available from 8th March, 2012 in around 260 stores worldwide and online. The collection will feature many Marni signature prints and feature the ‘essence of Marni’.

Marni founder and Creative Director,  Consuelo Castiglioni says “I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favorite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements”.

“We all love the collection here at H&M and we believe that our customers will too. Marni has such a modern touch with everything they do, mixing prints and accessories in a playful but chic way. It’s fantastic to see how Consuelo Castiglioni coordinates her designs, matching new combinations of print and colour, with such incredible craftsmanship behind every piece. The collection will arrive in stores at just the perfect time, as a lovely statement for spring“. Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor H&M.

Marni’s collection for H&M has all the freedom and experimentation for which the label is renowned, with all-over prints in strong colours all intended to be worn together in layers that both match and clash. For women, the colours are vivid and the prints are bold, be they African inspired or simpler colour blocks. The silhouettes are all Marni staples, with full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped trousers and jacquard knit, and fabrics range from silk to crisp cotton poplin. To finish the complete look the collection also includes jewellery, shoes, bags and scarves. For men, the colours and fabrics are softened for a relaxed take on menswear staples that is truly Marni. The use of print is subtle, often as a lining or as a contrast detail for shirts, the silhouette a modern and relaxed take on masculine classics.

Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni with Margareta van den Bosch of H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

Marni for H&M

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London Fashion Week: Teatum Jones SS’12 Collection

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

We’re delighted to be able to post a stunning video from one of our favourite London based brands, Teatum Jones. Its another that was previously exclusive to Vogue, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to share it with you now.

We asked Catherine and Rob shared with us their highlights from this years’ London and Paris Fashion Weeks:

This was our first ‘On Schedule’ Presentation during LFW and the brand’s first fashion film too!  Like anything that we venture into, this meant that every detail surrounding the event and the creation of the film, had to be meticulously designed, thought out and executed.
We really grew the collection for SS’12 and expanded the areas that have shown signs of growth for us in particular in the Middle East and US markets. It created A LOT of hard work from our amazing team to bring the whole collection together, but then nothing that isn’t worth working seven days a week for isn’t going to be hard work!
There was a real buzz and excitiement surrounding the Presentation and with all the positive feedback and reviews we’ve had since we’re are filled with so many ideas for AW’13… really cannot wait to get stuck into designing next season’s collection and LFW event!

The SS’12 collection considers the supposed perfection of 1950’s American suberbia, while subtly blending in the edgyness of  lost or crushed dreams and the frantic urge to escape. Teatum and Jones translated this story in to a collection of hybrid shapes, subtly confusing silhouettes and delicate transparencies. The collection really is a stunning feat of care, construction and consideration. Prints are meticulously matched across panels and inserts- even in to pocket linings. Complexly combined textiles are amazingly colour matched in a selection of sophisticated frosted pastel shades. The interiors are finished to an almost couture level of beauty too.  This is a label that is operating to the supreme level that reflects where they hope their brand will sit in the global market, which is deeply impressive considering that they are a really quite new label who are still working hard to break into the general fashion consciousness.

We are convinced that this is the break through season for Teatum Jones as they have secured orders from our favourite London fashion store, Liberty, as well as from other prestigious stores in Vancouver and New York as well as across Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


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