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“Blink” Stylish Steals: ASOS Summer Sale Score!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Who doesn’t love a bargain? ASOS is pretty much bargain central, whether it’s sale time or not and so is a regular haunt for me and the rest of the Blink London team. Whenever ASOS send one of their well placed marketing emails we are suckers every time. The last time we were totally distracted from the work in hand was when we got the email telling us that ASOS was on sale. Great news after their devastating warehouse fire. Well what more could we do than support them by placing an order or two?

This beauty just arrived, in perfect time to be tried on and then added to my pile of holiday packing. The pretty ‘Aztec Scarf Print Beach Dress’ was just what I needed to complete my holiday wardrobe and at £7.50 in the sale (down from an already reasonable £25) it’s even more gorgeous! I’ll be throwing it on over my bikini and then adding my  beaded belt to add a little more shape. Sorted.

ASOS Aztec Scarf Print Beach Dress

ASOS Aztec Scarf Print Beach Dress

ASOS Aztec Scarf Print Beach Dress

ASOS Aztec Scarf Print Beach DressSummer 

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“Blink” Retail: Heidi Klein and every Body

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Well, it’s June- not that you’d know it by looking out of the window at a drizzly and grey London. Undoubtedly the sun is shining somewhere and we’ll be heading off to find it imminently. At Blink Towers we are on hols for a week from Friday and as much as we’ve all be hitting the gym and refusing the carbs, why not embrace everything we can to help us look our absolute best whilst wearing pretty much the least that’s acceptable in public. No, I am not talking about full body lipo. I am in fact referring to the amazing ‘My Body’ range from Heidi Klein.

Yes, Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein have come to our rescue by creating a collection of swimwear styles that are almost magical (NB: please note that they don’t actually have magical powers but are just brilliantly designed and constructed). With my very own eyes I saw how these styles made a super trim and very gorgeous model look even trimmer and more gorgeous. This is shapewear made sexy. The HK team have worked hard to create a fifteen piece collection that lift, shape and contour whilst remaining flexible, comfortable and super stylish. Uh, what’s not to love about that?!?

Here are our particular favourite styles from this ‘My Body’ collection, featuring specifically tailored powermesh sections, moulded cups, additional support and well placed design features to enhance and flatter. I’ll be packing a few of these for sure.

Ravello Ruched Bandeau Control One Piece, Heidi Klein

Ravello Ruched Bandeau Control One Piece, Heidi Klein

Laos Twist Bandeau Control One Piece, Heidi Klein

Laos Twist Bandeau Control One Piece, Heidi Klein

Kerala Sling top and Ruched Control bottom, Heidi Klein

Kerala Sling top and Ruched Control bottom, Heidi Klein

Puerto Rico Rectangle top and Fold Over bottom, Heidi Klein

Puerto Rico Rectangle top and Fold Over bottom, Heidi Klein

You can grab yourselves some of this magic on Heidi Klein’s website. For more retail news, just take a look here.

“Blink” Retail: J’adore Dior SS’14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Dior brings the amazing flora draped set of the SS’14 show to their windows. Such a fabulous show. Such a stunning collection. And now one of the most beautiful window schemes that we’ve seen in some time.

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Here’s the video of the SS’14 show so you can appreciate the atmosphere of the show space, as well as this amazing collection. We are huge Raf Simons fans. How he combines the handwriting of Dior with his own aesthetic, plus ensuring it feels utterly innovative and current, is a design dream come true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn5wgf2CaH0

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“Blink” Retail: Tallulah and Hope with The Luxury Collection hotels, Asia

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Tallulah and Hope‘s collection always has the gift of transporting you to sunnier climes just by slipping into one of their signature kaftans. Their newest offer is a limited edition set of four printed silk kaftans inspired by some of The Luxury Collection‘s stunning tropical resort destinations (Phuket, Koh Samui, Langkawi & Bali). Oh to be wearing a T&H kaftan in any one of these stunning resorts!

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Aranda, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Hero Aranda kaftan, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Naka Island , Phuket

Naka Island , Phuket

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

The Andaman rainforest

The Andaman rainforest, Langkawi

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman resort

These were launched on 1st April and are available exclusively online at www.tallulahandhope.com and the resort boutiques until September, from £295.

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“Blink” Retail: Dries van Noten in Paris

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I’m having a Dries van Noten moment. Or perhaps it’s that Dries is having a moment. Either way, this is true fashion love. The pre-collection and the first few Spring ’14 deliveries have been an absolute feast for the fashion senses. Oh for a magic porridge pot of cash to enable me to indulge in this crush of mine. Actually ‘crush’ makes this seem to be something quite light and sweet. In fact the Dries van Noten collection is far more cerebral than that, working above and beyond fashion in the same way that Margiela or Marni do.

During our recent Paris expedition, we stopped at the Dries Quai Malaquais store. What a treasure trove of Belgian beauty. This shot is from one of the gorgeous window displays. ‘Wow’ is about all I can say about this incredible confection.

Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten

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“Blink” Retail: Burberry, Spring’14

Friday, March 21st, 2014

It’s one thing to see a show on Style.com or even to catch the live stream, but it’s quite another to get up close and personal. The SS’14 Burberry collection is a great case in point. Truly loved the show, but oh my have you seen the absolute artistry in the textiles and embellishment, the construction and the finishes? Breathtaking.

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

Burberry SS'14

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“Blink” Retail: Escape with Heidi Klein

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Hands up who needs a holiday? All the hands in Blink Towers are now pointing skywards… It’s that time of year when we all yearn to be laying down somewhere sun-baked, away from the ‘Is it? Isn’t it?’ Spring weather. Well, in mental prep for that here’s some highlights form the new Heidi Klein collection. The Spring Summer ’14 offer is inspired by a selection of desirable destinations, each bringing with it a different mood, look and detail for you to be tempted by. From Seville to Rio to Jaipur, this is a veritable global tour of glamourous swimwear and beach cover-ups.

We asked Heidi about the inspiration behind this collection, and she told us this:

“My inspiration for each collection comes from the customers themselves, what they want, what they don’t want, etc.  Our customers in the 2 stores are our best focus groups and so we always listen to them. I also take inspiration from my holidays with family and friends, and also from the gorgeous places I have yet to visit.  There are such exquisite destinations around the world, and each of us has our own favourites that we return to time after time.  I try to bring those places alive with each story in the collection.”

Caicos swimsuit from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Caicos swimsuit from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Saint Maxime bikini from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Saint Maxime bikini from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Jumby Bay bikini from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Jumby Bay bikini from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Persia dress from Heidi Klein, SS'14

Persia dress from Heidi Klein, SS'14

If you’d like to immerse yourself further in the fantasy holiday life of the Heidi Klein woman, pop your shades on, grab a Pina Colada and watch this beautiful video shot by Jonathan Glynn-Smith featuring the very beautiful model, LeCall.

You can shop this collection instore at Heidi Klein, on their website or at Avenue 32.

“Blink” Retail: SS’14 Press Days- Topshop

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I hope that you enjoyed our little look at Wallis’ W collection yesterday. Now we take a look at our favourtes from Topshop. This was a couple of rails that were virtually vibrating with energy as bold pattern, embellishment, bright colour upon colour and lots of shine were hung up side by side by side. It was as overwhelming as it was exciting.

Even though bright shades were the strongest statement, my favourite item and one that’s on my Spring shopping list (I hope it makes it to the shop floor!) is this stunning peachy pink, trench style coat. Perfect proportions, luxe feeling fabric and cool detailing. And brilliant when styled with the fuzzy pastel pink pencil skirt hung next to it.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Sports inspired looks are still very topical, and this wasn’t the only sweat that we saw across the press days but it was the prettiest and also the blingiest. Love the clean, slickly sporty finish of the backpack and this clutch bag. Oh, and those go faster striped, sporty wedges are quite fantastic too.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

I really like the matching tops and bottoms sets. Cut in graphically simplistic shapes from firm fabrics at Toppers, ensuring that the focus is on the stunning patterns. We saw these from several labels, but these were amongst the boldest.

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Finally, to add to the riot of super bright colour and eye popping shine, Toppers were also showing a collection of gorgeously bold, bright and brilliant jewellery. Statement necklaces have rarely before made quite such a, well, statement!

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

Topshop SS14

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“Blink” Retail: SS’14 Press Days: Wallis

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

This time last week we were in the midst of a flurry of Press day activity. It’s great to gain a deeper insight, not only into the season ahead, but also into the way each brand wants to present themselves and express their personality. At a multi-brand presentation like the Arcadia one, this is especially interesting. I hit the event expecting just to be excited by Toppers (more of that to come), and to see what Miss S were saying(more of that to come too), but in fact the brand that made the biggest impression was Wallis who were showing their W collection.

It was a small but perfectly formed selection spread across two rails, expressing just a couple of trend stories in a clear and precise way. I am not their target audience, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating that they have created something really quite special for their particular customer. Chic, refined, fashion relevant and beautifully designed. Here’s some of my favourites from this collection…

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

Wallis SS14

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