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

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

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: Colette’s Surprise

Colette's surprise

Colette's surprise

Have you €20 to spend willy nilly? Well, if you’re shopping  in Colette the answer is probably yes. We spotted this genius marketing ploy set up right by the front door, just to tempt you on the way out should you still have any cash left on your person after perusing this high fashion mecca.

What better way to firstly, part your customers from a few more euros, and secondly shift all sorts of random dead stock.

I must admit to picking up a couple and giving them a good shake to see if they seemed worth the investment. To be honest, they were quite light and didn’t have the enticing level of expensive rattle that I was hoping for. I mean, you could spend €20 and end up choosing a bag full of stale midget gems (or the French equivalent). So, if any of you jet set fashionistas who have actually been drawn in to grabbing one of these bags, I’d love to know what you got. Trick or treat?

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“Blink” Retail: Burberry, Spring’14

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

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: Stylish Valentine’s Gifts from Pitfield

Pitfield London

Pitfield London's Valentine gift suggestions

Pitfield London's Valentine gift suggestions

If you’re as disorganized or indecisive as us when it comes to gift buying and you’re running a little last minute for Valentine’s, we think that this is the perfect solution. Pitfield London have pulled together their suggestion of the perfect Valentine’s gifts from their East London shop. As always, you can guarantee that what they are suggesting is super stylish, chic and also pretty unique. Perfect for the one that you love should they be rather picky (check), style conscious (check) and allergic to anything too sickly, commercial and obvious (check, check, check!).

So stop running about in panicked circles and get thee to Old Street ASAP!

“Blink” Retail: Louis Vuitton at Selfridges

Louis Vuitton in Selfridges

Louis Vuitton in Selfridges

This Selfridges window scheme was designed by Louis Vuitton, featuring their product alongside these stools from Cassina. I’m not sure what it represents but as a symmetry addict I find it very pleasing, and I also like how it frames their lovely twirly lift too.

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“Blink” Retail: Hermes’ little helpers

We spotted this window just before the Christmas break. I really appreciate Hermes commitment to their history, tradition and handwriting. We learned lots about all of their incredible handcrafted techniques at the Festival des Metiers at the Saatchi Gallery last year. We really like this window scheme where the craftsmen and women have been replaced by these shiny insects. I guess that’s Hermes super stylish version of an Umpa-Lumpa (no offense to Umpa-Lumpas intended).

Hermes, Sloane Street

Hermes, Sloane Street

Hermes, Sloane Street

Hermes, Sloane Street

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“Blink” Retail: Fashion fantasy versus reality, beyond angora

A very, very happy new year to you all and heres our first post of 2014. Before I get stuck in to the subject at hand, I’d like to thank you all for your support and for choosing Blink. Keep sharing the love x

So, I have decided to kick off 2014 with a catch up on a subject we started looking at last year; my desire to bust some fashion myths (you can catch up on the state of play so far by having a read here). The great news is that we were exploring these questions at the same time as many, many influential members of the fashion industry. A multitude of very important brands have now decided to boycott the use of angora until they can be assured that the source (ie those rabbits) are being farmed in a humane and ethical manner, after all this is a crucial element in sustainable behavior aside from the fact that we would all hope to behave in a compassionate and conscious manner as members and customers of the world wide fashion industry.

You know, I couldn’t be more delighted that the conversation has been started in such a public way. I’m just looking for the conversation to expand beyond those gorgeous bunnies and incorporate all sources of animal fibres. PETA have already called for shoppers to boycott wool products (read more here.) and accused British wool producers of severe cruelty. Is any of our wardrobe safe from doubt?

So what about the other animals that are farmed for their fluff and feathers? Here’s a selection of some of the main ones, but we’re sure this isn’t an exhaustive list..

Roosters, image with thanks to Pinterest

Roosters, image with thanks to Pinterest

Roosters, chickens and turkeys are the source of much of fashions feather trims (even most of those feathers we call ‘marabou’ come from the humble turkey apparently). Do you hope as I’d like to, that they are collected as they are naturally shed by these little beings? Hmm, sadly this is highly unlikely.

Cashmere goats, image with thanks to Pinterest

Cashmere goats, image with thanks to Pinterest

I have worked with some of Britain’s most highly respected cashmere businesses who describe their goats being taken great care of, but, as with much of the animal fibre production, this stage of production happens in China and in the hilly wilds of neighbouring countries (where the cashmere goat originates from), so how much do we really know about the lives of those precious herds?

Angora goats, the source of mohair. Image with thanks to Pinterest

Angora goats, the source of mohair. Image with thanks to Pinterest

The same questions could be raised about these beautiful angora goats, who rather confusingly are where we get mohair from.

Alpacas, image with thanks to Pinterest

Alpacas, image with thanks to Pinterest

Alpaca is another noble fibre that is mostly seen in very high end collections, along with camel hair. I do hope that these are not treated to some of the same barbaric practices as the humble sheep.

Merino sheep, image with thanks to Pinterest

Merino sheep, image with thanks to Pinterest

Gosh, where would we be without wool? Just glancing around me, I’m pretty much surrounded by it in various forms and roles in my home office. I was really disturbed by the PETA statements on wool production and sheep farming practices right here on our doorstep. This, in fact, is what sparked this whole desire of mine to debunk some of my own myths.

So, the next stage is underway and I hope to have some more facts to replace our fictions. Oh and I really do hope to have some wonderful findings to share with you all. I couldn’t bear it if the whole thing is a horror story. What the bloody hell would we all end up wearing? It’s far too chilly to be a naturist!

“Blink” Retail: Festive Feasting by Dolce and Gabbana

I do love a good Christmas window and there are some great ones out there this time around (did you see my tweet of the Stella McCartney window yesterday?). This one from Dolce and Gabbana, in their Sloane Street store, has to be one of my most favourite. Who wouldn’t want to be sat at a table this glamorous, filled with so many sweet treats, decorated with some rather wonderful sparklers (and by sparklers we are referring to that rather gorgeous jewellery).

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

 

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

Dolce and Gabbana, Sloane Street

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