“Blink” Print: Geometrically

This week we’ve dropped in a couple of posts on some of the hottest print directions. The ‘reflected’ and photo-realistic directions look incredibly innovative and directional, but it’s nice to also look at one of the print directions that is pretty continuous, just morphing from influence to influence, but essentially always under the banner heading of ‘Geometrics’. Impacted by the textural and artistically hand executed trends recently, and incorporating some brilliantly commercial looks like the till ringer that’s stripes. Here are some of the strongest geometric looks that we spotted in the past week or so.

Blondie, vintage geometric print

Blondie, vintage

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols

Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture

River Island

River Island

Ted Baker

Ted Baker

Topshop

Topshop

Reiss

Reiss

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Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, Part 4 aka ‘Shop ’til you Drop’

Here we are on the fourth day of our coverage from the Vintage Festival, and we still have more to come! We think this is testament to the incredible diversity of events and quality of the experience created by Wayne Hemingway and the Vintage Festival team. Today we look at the amazing shopping at the event, which was mainly focused on fantastic vintage fashion, but there was also vintage homewares and furniture, brilliant art and a selection of big names who fit in with the mood,  like Cath Kidston and Benefit.

Within the Royal Festival Hall itself was a selection of more ‘high end’ vintage stalls. Our favourite was Fraubraun. We were told that this business developed out of the founder’s passion for collecting beautiful vintage womenswear. Stephanie Braun has an incredibly well honed sense of what will suit each one of her potential customers and within moments had selected two dresses for our Creative Director to slip into. Both fitted like a dream. You are then encouraged to step into the pop up photographic studio and take your own photo. Even if you aren’t quite ready to make a purchase, what a lovely experience. We have a couple of those shots below, so you’ll get a rare look at the face behind “Blink”.

Beyond the Royal Festival Hall was a wonderful market style set up, with some of the best quality vintage that we have seen in some time. As antique fair aficionado’s this was a kind of heaven. We first came across Stark, Wingate and Brown whose stall featured some brilliant graphic art. We spotted James Brown, who we have previously interviewed, and also Mr Wingate who we profiled for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s website. Beyond this was stall upon stall of wonderful vintage. It was impossible not to part with some cash, but thank goodness we didn’t succumb to the Danish teak mid century desk we spotted…

Wayne, sorry I didn’t make it for that dance you promised me in the disco, but I was exhausted from all of the day’s excitements and had to take myself home (with all my shopping) for a well earned rest!

St Bride Foundation's Letterpress stall

St Bride Foundation's Letterpress stall

Wingate and Brown of Stark, Wingate and Brown

Stark, Wingate and Brown

Stylish stallholders at the Vintage Festival

Wonderful vintage in the marketplace

Wonderful vintage in the marketplace

Inspirational homewares in the marketplace

Our Founder and Creative Directer in one of Fraubraun's vintage dresses

Our Founder and Creative Directer in one of Fraubraun's vintage dresses

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, part 2- Vintage Streetsyle

So, after setting the scene in yesterday’s post, we move on to the amazing looks spotted at the wondrous Vintage Festival. There were so many amazing and inspirational looks to choose from, and I have never seen so much fabulous vintage rocked in such an incredible way. The strongest look for the girls was the full skirted, flirty 50’s frock. We also loved the elegant late 40’s tea dresses, whose midi length looks so right now. We were hoping to see some strong 60’s, 70’s and 80’s referenced looks too, but these were really quite thin on the ground. Perhaps too close to ‘real fashion’ for the true vintage enthusiast to embrace?

Here is the first hit of shots for you, and there will be more to follow on tomorrow. We hope that you are as inspired by them as we were by the whole event. Thanks again to all of the people involved in making this such an incredible experience.

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival

Thanks to our lovely intern, Siwan, who contributed some great shots, and thanks to all of you who struck a pose for us. You all looked incredible.

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival, part 1

What a weekend! We started off with the Vintage Festival, looking rather retro fabulous on London’s Southbank, and ended up with a wet wipe wash in a Dorset field, but that’s a whole nother story…

Back to the stunning Southbank Centre and the absolutely amazing Vintage Festival. We have been priming you with teasers for this over the past few weeks. We truly hope that you took our advise and got yourselves down there. I have to say that I haven’t experienced anything quite like it. How civilized to have a festival within a beautiful building and only a short bus journey from home at that. We arrived for the pre-launch Press walk about and we were stunned at how brilliantly Wayne and his team had executed their vision. We spoke briefly to Wayne Hemingway who said that he was a little exhausted but incredibly happy with how it was going.

As the crowds streamed in the Royal Festival Hall really came to life as dancing got underway, the wonderful vintage clothing was riffled through, the 60’s Art College experience was, well, experienced, the make up artists and hairdressers helped to add even more authenticity to the really very impressive retro looks sported by some very committed vintage fans in attendance. This was a truly incredible and unique experience, and I hope that the team get to repeat it next year. As a vintage fan, I have never seen so much amazing product available to buy in one location, I’ve never experienced the different era’s of music in quite that way in such close proximity, I’ve never seen so many well turned out vintage enthusiasts, and I’ve never before had a cup of tea with a Pearly Queen. For all of that I thank Wayne and his incredibly dedicated team.

We hope that this first post helps to set the scene and then we have some more detailed looks at what we loved, as well as having some great style shots to inspire you.

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

'Bad Art Salon' at the Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Foyles showcase some vintage classics at the Vintage Festival

Charity Shop DJ at the Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Jiving in the Torch Club

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

The Vintage Festival in the Royal Festival Hall

Blink Events: The Vintage Festival

So, last night we were delighted to be invited to meet Wayne Hemingway, and his son Jack. They spent the evening showing us around the Royal Festival Hall and telling us all about the plans for the amazing Vintage Festival. Its official, we cannot wait until 29th July when this event begins. We’ll have lots more info and some great shots for you over the next few days, so keep ’em peeled. In the mean time, take a look the Vintage Festival’s brilliant blog, or read up on the event on our earlier post. Enjoy!

Blink Details: Bringing Sexy Back

Its an exciting new focal point that we have noted over the past month or so, and our trip to Paris managed to seal the deal. The back is the new front, ladies and gentlemen. Its official. From the nape of your neck down to the top of your tushy. Whether a peak, a flash, a slash or the full reveal, its all about the back, baby. Its a really exciting addition to some otherwise simplistic silhouettes on many occasions. You see the front view and think “Well, that’s a perfectly nice, but rather plain, Tshirt/ shift dress/ blouse etc” and then you see the rear view and your heart speeds up and your pupils dilate. Its sexy, but in a whole new way. Its subtle, chic and really quite sophisticated.

So, we encourage you to put your back into it, back us up, don’t be backwards in being forwards. Sorry… ahem, we got a little carried away then. Just do it. Its sexy and you’ll look hot. What more is there to say?

YSL, Paris

YSL, Paris

Pucci

YSL, Paris

vintage at Porte de Vanves, Paris

vintage at Porte de Vanves, Paris

Azzaro at Colette, Paris

Kenzo

Merci, Paris

Merci, Paris