“Blink” Retail: High Street versus High End

It’s pretty well known that, at “Blink”, we’re huge fans of high street fashion. That’s not to say that we aren’t also passionate about high end, rarefied, eye-wateringly expensive labels too. It’s just that there is something so exciting about seeing direction delivered so creativity and still at accessible and democratic prices.

We constantly debate who is looking best, and for several months, Zara has come out tops. I wish I could say that it was one of our home grown labels, but the truth is that Zara deal with textiles, silhouettes and detailing in an exemplary way. Here are some prefect examples spotted in their Knightsbridge store window. I know they may not bear the close inspection of the brand that inspired this look (unmistakable Louis Vuitton), but they’ll do for us!

Zara, Brompton Road

Zara, Brompton Road

Zara, Brompton Road

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Friday Fun: We’ve got you pegged

Harvey Nichols‘ windows are looking completely fabulous this week. Back in the 90’s, when this store was THE fashion destination and Selfridges or Liberty were merely functional ‘department stores’, Harvey Nics windows were an event in themselves. Winning awards for their brilliantly creative approach. I think I could be right in saying that they were one of the innovators of using store window space as a totally creative area, building fantasy fashion playgrounds where the product was almost an aside. We think the current VM team is doing a sterling job in replicating that excitement.

The current scheme features this amazing dress constructed wholly from wooden pegs (hence the post title!), alongside a piano that seemed to be made from cassette tapes and a sports car made from battalions of tiny plastic soldiers. Why? Who cares! It looks fabulous and that’s got to be 99% of what fashion is about.

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Harvey Nichols