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Valentino Resort 2017

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The Resort 2017 shows are revealing a really exciting, upbeat, bold and innovative intro to the main Spring collections which will show in September. I think it’s going to be a stellar season.

We’ll be sharing a few of our favourite resort shows, kicking off with Valentino. This collection is vast, especially by the usually compact standards of inter-season collections. It started off with the kind of quirky cute 50’s sweetness we have come to love as the Valentino Red label signature and then morphs into detailing and pattern that felt far more an extension of Valentino’s recent African inspired direction. Kind of mixed up, but utterly fabulous never the less.

The scale of placements, the slightly ‘off’ colour combinations, the mixture of utility with delicacy, the playful vibe. All of these are wonderfully spirit-lifting and rather enchanting. Oh, and plenty of Valentino’s signature red too.

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Valentino Resort 2017, Vogue Runway, fashion trends, catwalk show review, fashion blog, Blink London

Valentino Resort 2017, images with thanks to Vogue Runway

Thanks to Vogue Runway for their brilliant show coverage. For more show coverage, amongst other things, take look in our inspiration category.

Valentino AW16 show, interview by Tim Blanks

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

I wanted to share this brilliant Tim Blanks/BoF interview with you.

A wonderful and intelligent insight in to the inspiration behind the Valentino AW’16 collection. Not only wonderful to see those clothes moving, as they were conceived to be, but also to understand the designer’s vision behind the collection. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciol steal my heart yet again.

For more inspirational fashion show posts, just take a look here.

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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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.

“Blink” Inspiration: Valentino x Celia Birtwell

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Did you see our previous post of the video about Celia Birtwell’s collaboration with Valentino? Here’s the promised second post with our exclusive interview with Celia about her work with Valentino. If you don’t know as much as you should about Celia Birtwell and her impact on the worlds of fashion and art, you can read more here on her website.

Celia Birtwell (image from the Celia Birtwell website)

Celia Birtwell (image from the Celia Birtwell website)

Blink: How did the collaboration with Valentino come about?

Celia Birtwell: One Monday morning last autumn we got a phone call from the a lady at Valentino who said the creative directors had seen my book would like to discuss the possibility of a commission or collaboration.  It was Bella, my partner and daughter in law who took the call and being early on a Monday morning and totally out of the blue she struggled to understand the request – she thought perhaps they had seen one of fabric books and wanted to order some fabric for their offices (which often happens).

Only later when we received the request via email did we understand that they had seen my retrospective book and based on the strength of the visuals they wanted to come and meet us to discuss a collaboration.  Within a couple of weeks we met the delightful Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo and the rest is history…

Blink: with which collection did it start and is the collaboration ongoing?

Celia Birtwell: MG (Maria Grazia) and PP (Pierpaolo) had a very clear idea of what they wanted from me.  They wanted to me to redesign Botticelli’s Primavera for their women’s Pre Fall 2015 collection.  Time was tight but the brief was absolutely perfect as I adore the painting and I spent fifty years painting flowers.

I was then asked to design a cosmos print, a dragon, butterflies and more florals for the AW15 collection which was shown at Paris Fashion week in March.  I’ve always drawn stars but I have avoided butterflies and never come across the need to design a dragon so I found this brief far more challenging.  The result was my “Funky Dragon” which appears on dresses, leather jackets and parkas as well as some menswear for spring 15.  It is fun and surprising to see how they use my designs in all their wonderful ways.  The craftsmanship is second to none.

I think my favourites are the Primavera florals although I have seen them a lot now so look forward to seeing the other designs come to life this autumn.

Valentino's 'Camugarden' boots and scarf. Print design by Celia Birtwell. Image by Celia Birtwell.jpeg

Valentino’s ‘Camugarden’ boots and scarf. Print design by Celia Birtwell. (Image by Celia Birtwell)

Thank you so much Celia and Bella. Here are some of our favourites of Celia’s work with Valentino, including that gorgeous “Funky Dragon”.

Celia Birtwell's work in the Valentino pre Fall 2015 collection (image with thanks to Style.com)

Celia Birtwell’s work in the Valentino pre Fall 2015 collection (image with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino AW'15 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino AW’15 collection (images with thanks to Karla Otto)

Celia's work in the Valentino SS'15 menswear collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino SS’15 menswear collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino Resort '16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino Resort ’16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino Resort '16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino Resort ’16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Thanks also to Karla Otto for some of the imagery. For more fashion pattern inspiration posts, take a look here.

“Blink” Pattern Inspiration: Celia Birtwell x Valentino

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

As a preview to a post that is coming up very soon, we wanted to share this lovely video with you. One of my longest standing fashion love affairs has been with the work of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell. And if you’re an avid Blink London blog reader, you’ll know that I have a newer, and seasonally increasing fashion passion for Valentino (check our post about the recent Valentino couture collection). Imagine my excitement when I discovered that Valentino was working with Celia to create the print and pattern for their pre-Fall 2015 collection!

The collaboration has continued and Celia’s work can be seen in the Valentino collections right up to SS’16 menswear as well as Resort ’16 womenswear. Watch out for more on this on the blog in the upcoming week.

“Blink” Inspiration: Valentino’s AW’15 Couture collection

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Of course any fashion fan worth their salt has a soft spot for the ever-tanned Valentino, but I must admit that since he handed creative control over to Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, it has become an even more significant, wonderous and influential label.

The pair delivered a AW’15 Couture collection that was even more Valentino than I have ever seen before, but not so much about the man himself but more about utterly embracing the Roman roots of this brand. As we expressed rather over enthusiastically for the Giambattista Valli collection, we can also see super skilled craftsmanship at the beating heart of this collection. This is what couture is about, this is what luxury fashion is about; handworked product to a level that pretty much makes each garment a work of art equal to any painting or sculpture. This is far from everyday fashion as we can possibly get.

There was lots and lots of black, but with a lightness of touch, sheerness and delicacy that ensured it didn’t feel at all dour. Stunning brocades brought antique feeling pattern, flashing with metallic touches, which then lead to some stunningly all-gold looks fit for a Goddess. Enhancing the Roman theme there was also a scattering of stunningly ‘Papal’ red statements too.

Every look was accessorised with beautiful golden jewellery that looked as if it had been discovered in some ancient treasure haul, featuring pagan looking symbols that again hinted to the layers of history, culture and tradition that makes Rome such a unique, creatively rich and fascinating place.

Valentino AW'15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com, Blink London, fashion blog, couture show review, AW'15

Valentino AW’15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com

Valentino AW'15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com, Blink London, fashion blog, couture show review, AW'15

Valentino AW’15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com

Valentino AW'15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com, Blink London, fashion blog, couture show review, AW'15

Valentino AW’15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com

Valentino AW'15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com, Blink London, fashion blog, couture show review, AW'15

Valentino AW’15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com

Valentino AW'15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com, Blink London, fashion blog, couture show review, AW'15

Valentino AW’15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com

Valentino AW'15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com, Blink London, fashion blog, couture show review, AW'15

Valentino AW’15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com

Valentino AW'15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com, Blink London, fashion blog, couture show review, AW'15

Valentino AW’15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com

Valentino AW'15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com, Blink London, fashion blog, couture show review, AW'15

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo. Valentino AW’15 Couture. Images with thanks to Style.com

Thanks again to Style.com for being such a fantastic fashion resource. If you’d like to see more show reviews and inspiration, take a look here.

“Blink” Retail: Fringed Suede

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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“Blink” Retail: Feeling Cape-able

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

If you buy one thing to update your autumn wardrobe, make it a cape. I’m planning one in to my LFW look. There’s so many great ones to choose from, and something for every budget too, from mega statement capes and those that are just a nod to capeness.

Here’s some of our favourites spotted out and about in London over the past couple of weeks…

Topshop

Topshop

Valentino

Valentino

Missoni

Missoni

Moschino

Moschino

Joseph

Joseph

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

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“Blink” Inspiration: Fringe Benefits

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It really isn’t that long since we had the last fringe trimmed moment. Well, it seems we’re not ready to forgo our fringe benefits this Spring. I for one am delighted as I’ve been forced to grow out my actual fringe by my very forceful hairdresser, Oliver Woods. I will indulge my fringe love by enjoying these beauties…

Gucci

Gucci

Valentino

Valentino

Prada

Prada

Guess

Guess

Sarah Ryan, Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Sarah Ryan, Vauxhall Fashion Scout

Pucci

Pucci

Valentino

Valentino

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