“Blink” Events: New York Fashion Week, AW’15

NYFW is pretty much done and the fashion world is about to descend on London for our turn. They will be leaving behind snow drifts for London’s blue skies (fingers crossed the weather holds!). They will also be leaving behind what has been a pretty safe set of looks for AW’15. Of course there have been some wonderful sparks of creativity, and those are what we are focussing on. New York is known for delivering wearable, commercial and easily adoptable collections, but there is an art in this that shouldn’t be overlooked (* although the London shows are obviously far more exciting, innovative, fabulous, brilliant). Here’s our second instalment of what we feel are the highlights of the shows seen so far.

Kicking things off with Marc by Marc Jacobs, currently creatively headed up by Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier so I think this can pretty much be considered a Brit label actually. Continuing to embrace their graphic, high contrast handwriting that delivers fresh takes on well known youthful silhouettes. The glossy and textural black patent feels rather late 60’s, early 70’s. In fact this collection seems to have a touch of the ‘Jane Fonda as activist’ about it, blended with a big dollop of 90’s too.

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier

MBMJ creative heads, Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier (image with thanks to style.com)

Next we look at Phillip Lim, which certainly falls into the category of commerciality- but it’s perfectly combined with just enough innovation for this to feel desirable and fresh. I look at this collection and think about how easily I could incorporate these into my wardrobe (in my dreams), but there’s something very admirable about working with that level of accessibility and yet not delivering something ‘meh’.

Leather is still hot, but looking fresh when layered with more textural elements. Actually it’s this mood for layering that features across many of the NYC shows and we really love how this takes the notion of minimalism and a linear silhouette to a more complex level.

There are some highly recognisable silhouettes here too (the MA1 pops up repeatedly across shows). There’s also a new ‘outline’ shining out- the softly rounded shoulder line, seen here in a highly wearable way.

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW'15 (images with thanks to style.com)

Phillip Lim 3.1, AW’15 (images with thanks to style.com)

There’s more to come from NYC so keep ’em peeled. If you’d like to read about more inspiration events in the meantime. take a look here.

NB (* I am obviously highly biased)

“Blink” Retail: Are you sure Chanel?

I may be about to commit fashion suicide and send myself forever to persona-non-grata-ville. Well, frankly I don’t give a damn, to paraphrase Rhett Butler. I just think it’s time someone spoke up about this crime against reason that is taking place under the glaring spotlight of the fashion world’s adoration.

Let me make things clearer about what has gotten my goat quite so severely. Look at this holey, icky pink crop top and leggings combo. Forget the caption. Do you genuinely think that is a good look? Classy? Innovative? Saying something new? Deserving of a very, very, very large price tag? Be honest now!

Chanel AW'14

Chanel AW’14

I think it’s just awful, and I would think it was awful even if it was £4.99 hanging on a wonky rail in Camden Market (where it would probably look quite at home). And what about these? Day-glo plush and big chains and padlocks and lumpy trims and fabric that looks like it could be from a really ugly sofa and be labelled ‘draylon’. That’s just my opinion about these looks from the AW’14 Chanel collection, but if you have eyes I don’t really see how you can disagree.

Chanel AW'14

Chanel AW’14

Just to back up the point I am rather circuitously making, these are some looks from the Chanel SS’15 show that just happened Paris. As usual, the fashion world appears to be doing backflips of joy, combusting with excitement at how amazing this collection is and feting it’s creator, the forever monochrome Kaiser Karl.

Chanel SS'15 (images from style.com with thanks)

Chanel SS’15 (images from style.com with thanks)

These are just a few looks selected pretty randomly from this show. Can you honestly say that this is beautiful? Does this really sit with the tradition and heritage of Chanel? I get ‘Ugly’ Fashion, really I do, but this is something else. This is ugly in a whole new way. Like just really rotten ugly.

I actually think that Karl Lagerfeld may be pulling fashion’s leg, just seeing how awful he can make the collections look and still get away with it. It’s an elaborate prank, a joke, a ruse. What else could this possibly be? And the fashion world’s taste-makers have all fallen for it. I think Karl must go home every evening and stifle the noise of his hysterical laughter by stuffing his mush into Choupette’s furry tum.

Okay, I have said it. I’m out and proud! Who’s with me? Or am I really all alone in fashion Coventry? Ooh, it’s gone awfully quite round here…

“Blink”Inspiration: Marc Jacobs, Resort ’13

Moving on to the wonder that is Marc Jacobs. The Resort ’13 collection was apparently inspired by Cindy Sherman‘s ‘Clown’ series, and you can really see that in the colour level, proportions and styling, as well as in the way this has been shot. Feeling quite graphically ‘dressing up box’ or costume-like, the bold proportions and energetic textile, pattern and gaudy colour combinations create a really optimistic feeling. I’m sure the execution is so beautiful in real life that any hint of the comic or even dare we say, ugly, would be overwhelmed.

Thanks again to Style.com for the show images.

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

Marc Jacobs, Resort '13

For more inspiration, just click here.

“Blink” SS’12: Rochas rocks our world

I have to say that Rochas isn’t one of the first names that springs to mind when I’m thinking of my favourite labels, or even when I think of the more influential names in the fashion industry. When I spotted this SS’12 show in a couple of the magazine show round ups, I was intrigued and wanted to see more. It was like a wonderfully welcome breath of fresh air during one of my many days spent trawling the show coverage, trying to divine what I’m feeling will evolve into SS’13’s key trends.

Rochas’ artistic director, Marco Zanini described this collection “Like a journey through the vortex of cinema.” Well, if you fall into this particular vortex, you’ll emerge like a Hitchcock heroine who has collided with a large dose of B movie quirkiness. ‘New Look’ silhouettes, refined and classic textile choices, a pastel infused palette and a bonkers floral print were all perfectly accessorised with beehive hairdos and cool, cats eye shades. Well, Mr Zanini, you have a new fan. If I could, I would be a Rochas girl for every day of Spring Summer 2012…

All of the images are from the amazing Style.com. Click here to see their full coverage of this gorgeous show.

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Rochas, SS'12. Image from Style.com

Enjoy! Lucy

 

“Blink” style: What to wear for Spring Summer 2012!

So, here we are in 2012. Happy New Year!

It may well be gale force winds out there today, but we are fully committed to wearing the new Spring looks. To be honest, they may be proceeded by some thermals and then a little concealed under a really big coat, but the key thing is that we’ll be wearing them! In our dream shopping basket for Spring’12, these are the looks we would be investing in. Care of the wonderful Style.com, we’ve trawled the shows and come up with our most adored looks to share with you, from Giles, Stella, Isabel, Clements Ribeiro, Louis Vuitton and Burberry. In reality, we’ll be buying maybe one or two posh bits, and the rest will be created through the magic of the brilliant British high street…

Burberry

Clements Ribeiro

Giles

Isabel Marant

Louis Vuitton

Stella McCartney

Blink Inspiration: Flowers for Stella

We were out and about in town yesterday, feeling a bit schizophrenic with the sale stock looking so, well, old I suppose and the new season collections looking oh so freshly tempting. It makes such sense to snap up some amazing sale bargains- especially considering that its still the depths of Winter and will probably remain frigidly cold for at least the next three months, but all I really wanted was new season gorgeousness, along with the promise of sunshine and blue skies that it holds.

Liberty was the best for us as far as showcasing new season collections. We fell in love with the Stella McCartney resort/ early Spring collection all over again (the first time being when we drooled over the show shots on Style.com). The simplicity of silhouette, the structure, the delicious combination of texture and pattern- specifically the stunning, grand scale floral prints and the boldly blue, broderie anglais style lace. Here are a few shots for you, to share the joy and bring you a little ray of Spring sunshine.

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com

Stella McCartney, Resort 2011 collection. Image from Stella McCartney via Style.com