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Valentino’s snake circlets and our hair adornment obsession

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Here’s our second indulgence in some Blink Towers team high-fiving. Hope you didn’t mind yesterday’s too much. So let me take you back to our fixation  on hair adornment. We looked at minimalist hardware vs sparkle explosions. We also featured some fashion fabulous tiaras and flowers. Well look at what cropped up in the Valentino Couture collection. Yes, it’s another post of adoration to the brilliance that is Valentino, and this time focussing on the snakey circlets slithering around their models’ heads.

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, jewellery trends, fashion blogger, couture trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Jewellery detail from Valentino Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

As with our post featuring the Chanel Couture show eyeliner, this isn’t necessarily something to pop on to complete your look on a daily basis, but on the other hand maybe it is just the added fashion excitement that your weekly big shop needs?

Images from Vogue Runway, with huge thanks.

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Chanel Couture 2016 and our eyeliner obsession

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

This is where we have a moment of self-congratulation. A brief smug second. A little sigh of satisfaction that we are on the right fashion track. I hope you can take it because this is a two parter of self-satisfaction, just to get it out of the way!

Do you recall our post about my eyeliner obsession? If you didn’t read it before, you can catch up right here. Well look what popped up at the Chanel Couture show? Seems Karl and I have more in common than our love of cats…

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

It’s not one we’d recommend for your everyday, bombing around town, getting your chores done look. In fact it’s not one we can image suggesting an appropriate occasion for- but what it does do is cement the need for some eyeliner up-skilling. And I know just who to ask…

Images from Vogue Runway, with huge thanks.

For more beauty posts, just look here.

Valentino’s Spring 2016 campaign, shot by the legendary Steve McCurry

Friday, January 29th, 2016

 

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Apologies for the low res images but my only recourse was screen-shooting these from the Valentino website– but I HAD to share them with you. These are from Valentino’s breathtakingly beautiful Spring Summer 2016 campaign, shot in Kenya. The collection was inspired by Africa and so this location is obviously the perfect way to highlight that- but what is more special even that the location is their choice of photographer, Steve McCurry.

I don’t believe that McCurry has ever taken on a fashion campaign before, but my goodness he was the perfect choice for this one. McCurry, who is best known for his ‘Afghan Girl’ National Geographic cover, has been working as an editorial photographer for over thirty years, travelling the world and capturing iconic images of people from diverse, deeply challenged, difficult environments, always managing to show us the subtle and striking beauty of his subjects and their surroundings.

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog

Valentino SS16 campaign, shot in Kenya by Stephen McCurry, fashion photographer, National Geographic Afghan Girl, Blink London fashion blog
This has been taken from an article in WWD by Bridget Foley:

In describing Valentino’s African excursion, McCurry speaks not dispassionately, but with the specificity of an artist-clinician with a task at hand, while the designers invoke the language of pure idealism. “With this collection and campaign we wanted to speak about a different culture,” Chiuri says, noting that the European notions of beauty are rooted in classical Greek ideals. “We really believe that [cross-cultural understanding] improves our cultures…and with fashion it is possible to open eyes to learn something.”

Valentino, we yet again salute you. For more fashion inspiration, just click here.

Added sparkle (It’s all in your head): Metal and Glitter

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Following on from this morning’s post on some stunning decorative hair jewels, now we have the final part of this look at the joy of jazzing up your crowning glory.

3. Minimalist Metal, thanks to Celine’s Spring 2015 show

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, Celine, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as Nasty Gal full circle hairclips), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, Celine, Nasty Gal, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as Nasty Gal full circle hairclips

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinteres), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

4. Glitter bomb, thanks to the Ashish Spring 2016 show

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. Ashish Spring 2016 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, Ashish, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. Ashish Spring 2016 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

So which one of our four spangled trends will you be rocking this weekend? For more beauty posts, take a look here. For more accessories posts, click here.

Fashion Forecasting for the year ahead…

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

So, as 2015 draws to a close, our thoughts turn to the year ahead. We have already seen what fashion’s biggest labels think we should be wearing for Spring Summer 2016, as well as a little preview of Autumn Winter 2016 through the pre-collections which have just been shown. Elle.com shared insight in to what inspired some designer’s Spring 2016 collections which is lovely to look at against what actually hit the catwalks. The fashion forecasting houses are way past 2016 already of course, as are most fashion designers, but before we shoot too far in to the future there are some very interesting changes afoot in the world of fashion which we have been pondering…

Missoni pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Missoni pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Where is Raf going and what is going to happen at Dior? How long can Gucci sustain their new geeky chic direction and what else does new creative director, Alessandro Michele, got up his sleeve? How will Balenciaga‘s appointment of Demna Gvasalia, formerly of Vetements, impact on the brand’s aesthetic? Will we all be 3D printing our own clothes any time soon? How will the high street compete with the growth and diversification of the online shopping experience?

Gucci pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

Gucci pre-fall 2016, from image Vogue.com with thanks

And perhaps most importantly of all, what on earth will the Kardashians do next to in order to keep hold of our undivided attention? Well, I think their impact on the global psyche was very well reflected in the utter fashion mayhem caused by the H&M x Balmain collaboration. Crikey, that Olivier Rousteing knows how to work his celebrity smothered intagram account with supreme skill, featuring his Kardashian/West/Jenner bezzies on a regular basis. Not that long ago the general high street fashion shopping populous would most probably been totes unaware of Balmain as a brand, and now they are knocking each other to the ground for this collab collection in a mosh pit style frenzy!

Kendall Jenner modelling Balmain x H&M. Image swiped from Pinterest with thanks

Kendall Jenner modelling Balmain x H&M. Image swiped from Pinterest with thanks

Well this leads us on to another interesting question. Who on earth can follow up that H&M collaboration? The joy of these collabs is not lost on me. I am a proud repeat wearer of several bits bought from the Stella collab, the Marant collab and the Margiela collab (although no one was injured in my purchasing of those items). I came across this interesting article putting some odds on potential designers who may or may not be under official H&M consideration. Who will you put your money on?

For more fashion inspiration to get your brains swirling just like ours, look here. If you’re after shopping news in particular, then you should look here.

Fashion Trend Analysis, SS’16: shoulder focus

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Another summary from the Spring Summer 2016 catwalk shows. Hope you liked our previous  post looking at all of the gorgeous frills and ruffles. This time we look at silhouette and the new focus area is the shoulder line. This was a shape change adopted by a hugely diverse selection of designers across all four fashion capitals. That is a perfect indication that this will be something that will have a major impact on all levels of fashion, even though it is a pretty directional shape change.

SS'16 Trend Analysis- shoulder focus by Blink London, Creative Consultancy, fashion trends, fashion forecasting, fashion blog, Lucy Williams

SS’16 Trend Analysis- Shoulder Focus by Blink London

It’s all about the sloped, curvaceous, dropped shoulder which takes the eye almost from neckline to elbow in one sweeping line. This immediately made me think of a very early Victorian silhouette, and I think this image swiped from Pinterest indicates it really beautifully.

The Victorian soft shoulder silhouette, image from Pinterest with thanks, fashion inspiration, vintage fashion, fashion trends, fashion blog, Blink London

The Victorian soft shoulder silhouette, image from Pinterest with thanks

It’s lovely to see fashion delving further back in history for inspiration as we’ve recently been pretty preoccupied with eras that I have actually lived through (depressing!), and I do love a good bit of fashion history.

We’ll be dropping a couple more of these summaries soon, giving you an insight in to the work we do for our international fashion industry clients. The SS’16 show images have been swiped from Vogue, with huge thanks.

Mary Benson, SS’16 collection from LFW

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue

Mary Benson is another fabulous new name that we spotted at London Fashion Week, and we managed to catch up with the team in person at the British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. It’s an intriguing womenswear collection founded by Mary, and now created by her and new her design partner, Morten Ussing.

Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue.

Mary Benson SS'16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue, London Fashion Week, new British designer, fashion blog, Blink London

Mary Benson SS’16 collection, image with thanks to Vogue

I met the pair in their showroom space, drawn in by the stunningly dramatic white dress set next to a rail full of their collection. On my first view of the dress I was thinking romance, girlish abandon, vintage elegance with an 80’s twist. Then I met Mary and Morten and they set me straight…

Mary Benson SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms, Paris Fashion Week., British Fashion Counvcil, Blink London, Fashion blog

Mary Benson SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms, Paris Fashion Week.

The pair explained that this collection is a reflection each experiencing some pretty tough heartbreak and all of the mixed up feelings that accompany it. Fresh from a break up myself I was really very much in the mood to appreciate where this innovative design duo were coming from. Some pieces in the collection are just detailed with hearts and flowers, but these swiftly become tear-filled eyes, which in turn are joined by lines of handwriting. The scrawled words start out looking sweetly beseeching but quickly loose control and end up rather crazed and a bit sweary. This is literally wearing your heart on your sleeve, along with your private journal shared right across your back.

It is utterly modern, clever, and artistic in a kinda Tracey Emin way. The collection manages to express a certain ownership of those feelings and in turn reveals a level of empowerment. The silhouettes have a kind of Biba-esque simplicity about them, allowing the surface pattern to sing out, whilst abstractly dipping in and out across areas of volume.

This is a label you are sure to hear more of. This may be their first taste of being part of the London Fashion Week establishment (last year Benson showed as part of Fashion East), but they are already well supported. For this collection they collaborated with Stephen Jones for the hats (how gorgeous is that red heart!), and with Tatty Devine on this utterly genius tear-adorned eyewear, modelled by Mary herself.

Mary Benson in the eyewear created in collaboration with Tatty Devine, SS'16

Mary Benson in the eyewear created in collaboration with Tatty Devine, SS’16

Thanks so much to Mary and Morten for the time that they gave me in Paris. I hope that it was a huge success. Oh and can I borrow that really sweary number to hang out outside my exes place this weekend please?

For more of our London Fashion Week coverage, just look here.

Words by Lucy Williams.

Images by Lucy Williams, unless otherwise stated.

Molly Goddard, SS16

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

I hope you enjoyed my post about meeting Piers Atkinson in Paris. Here’s another missive from our PFW trip, this time featuring Molly Goddard and her SS’16 collection. To help set the scene, here’s a video from the British Fashion Council of Goddard’s rather unusual LFW show…

Yup, that is a fashion version of a sandwich factory. I initially felt a bit kinda confused by this, not understanding the full story behind the collection. Without even delving in to show notes or esoteric motivations, the simple fact is that this was the perfect atmosphere for Goddard to show her style, and this collection in particular. There is a certain vintage, naive, pastoral and crafty feel around the collection, mostly from the hand smocked detailing and the proportions, so why shouldn’t this person be making something as simple and recognisable, comforting and honest as a sandwich?

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard herself, with her SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

The collection feels both antiquely, milk-maidish and at the same time, for the same reasons of proportion and detailing but taking in to account colour and materials too, kinda subversive as well. There is sweetness on first sight, but upon second look there is a toughness, a grit, a touch of punky anti-joie de vivre. When looking closely at some of the pieces from this collection I was drawn in by the intense, handworked precision in some of the styles. The beautiful smocking has been hand created using tradition and age-old techniques. This is combined with the textural layers, tiers and ruffles, bell sleeves and pattern mixtures to create a really vibrant, exciting feel.

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris

We asked Molly if she had a favourite from the collection. A bit of a ‘Sophie’s Choice’ situation I’m sure, but she pointed out the plaid dress, which is intensley smocked which gives the pattern a totally different appearance on the bodice and upper arms, and the plaid pattern also feeling rather schoolish and country-girl whilst also being a strong Punk pattern reference. I love, love love both the literal layers as well as the subtler layers of reference Goddard has captured on these wonderful pieces.

Molly Goddard SS'16 collection at the London Show Rooms in Paris, British Fashion Council, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, British fashion designer, Blink London, catwalk show, Vogue

Molly Goddard SS’16 collection. Image with thanks to Vogue.com

Thanks to Molly, for the time that she gave us in Paris at the London Show Rooms event. I hope it was a huge success. For more of our London Fashion Week coverage, just look here.

 

Words by Lucy Williams.

Images by Lucy Williams, unless otherwise stated.

“Blink” Accessories: Marvellous milliner, Piers Atkinson

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

As we mentioned a few posts back, when we were in Paris for Paris Fashion Week our first stop was to pop by the British Fashion Council’s ‘London Show Rooms’ to offer our support to the British designers showing there. We’ll be sharing with you a few designer profiles from the event, starting with the rather fabulous Piers Atkinson, who we first featured in 2013.

Piers Atkinson and his SS'16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

Piers Atkinson and his SS’16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

Without having to ask twice Piers donned one of his creations (although we were hoping he’d go for one of the ‘My Little Pony’ inspired ponytailed numbers!) and posed for us along with part of his SS’16 collection. His ultra creative work sits perfectly with the whimsical, creative and innovative millinery tradition we Brits are world renowned for. Aside from the wondrous creativity, Atkinson’s work is also utterly beautifully made, whether more sophisticated or hilariously cute. Hello cat hats!

'cat hats' from Piers Atkinson SS'16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

‘cat hats’ from Piers Atkinson SS’16 collection in the London Show Rooms, Paris

I was encourage to pop on a chapeau too while I was there, and although the obvious choice for me might well have been one of these super-cute cat inspired designs, I actually pushed the boat out and popped on this bandana/bunny ear headband style complete with a sparkly net veil. His work has been worn by Anna Dello Russo, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Rihanna- and now Blink London!

Lucy in a  Piers Atkinson SS'16 design. London Show Rooms, Paris

Lucy in a Piers Atkinson SS’16 design. London Show Rooms, Paris

I could easily have carried on the rest of my day in this. When I was a fashion student I was never knowingly under-accessorised and that often meant wearing a hat, whether heading to a lecture, a night out or the local supermarket. How did I get out of that habit? Time to revive it I think, but perhaps only ever with something from Piers Atkinson’s collections…

Thanks to Piers and his team for giving me some of their precious time. I hope that Paris was a huge success for you.

“Blink” Inspiration: SS’16 Trend Analysis, Frills

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

This is the first in a series of posts where we share with you our insights into some of the biggest prevailing trends from the SS’16 shows. We have looked closely at every show from New York, London, Milan and now Paris (still going with Chanel happening today at the Grand Palais). As a fashion forecaster you look for repetitive themes in colour, mood, reference points, fabrications, colour, pattern, atmosphere, silhouette, detailing. From that we try to divine what we can anticipate as being the strongest looks to expect to be adopted by the fashion industry as a whole, from top to bottom. Here is a unique insight in to what we have identified, showing you information that would usually be reserved for our fashion industry clients. You lucky fashionista you!

We are starting with a spotlight on frills and ruffles. Mostly these are light, full of movement, feminine and delicate, feeling exuberant and airy, as seen at Dries, Erdem and Gucci. In other looks we see this form taking a more sculptural feel where the frills and ruffles have been shaped from more structured, firm materials creating a strong and striking silhouette, still feminine but with a bolder, more determined attitude, like we have seen from Delpozo or Lanvin.

SS'16 Trend Analysis- Frills by Blink London, Creative Consultancy, fashion trends, fashion forecasting, fashion blog, Lucy Williams

SS’16 Trend Analysis- Frills by Blink London, Creative Consultancy

Images with huge thanks to the show coverage on Vogue. For more on fashion inspiration, just look here.