“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

For more posts about print and pattern, just click here.

“Blink” Pattern: Clash with Topshop

If you needed some help with how to pull together this Spring’s tricky pattern clash look, Topshop very kindly provided some inspired guidance in their Oxford Circus windows. Looking amazingly upbeat and energetic, we want some of this NOW!

Topshop

Topshop

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Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: LBD’s, but the ‘B’ stands for bright!

Following on from yesterday’s homage to the classic ‘Little Black Dress’, today we swap the meaning of the ‘B’ and this time it stands for ‘Bright’! So, if a black dress is just a bit whatever for you, how about something with a bit more colour impact? Here are some of our favourite bold, bright looks spotted around London’s best retail addresses in the past week or so. Want to dress like a vast floral arrangement? No problem! An ice princess more your thing? We’ve got it covered. An 80’s body con attired popstrel? Look no further!

Sonia Rykiel

River Island

Miss Selfridge

Valentino

River Island

Lanvin

Topshop

So, we’re almost doe for the year, but if you’d like to keep on reading, then just click here to catch up on all of our retail themed posts. If you’d like to catch up on the frock news, then just click here. Enjoy!

“Blink” Print: Spot On

You know things must be tough out there when the mid season sales seem to start before the season has even got under way, and the stores are rolling out Christmas windows before we’ve even had Halloween. At times like this, its a comfort to have elements in your collection that are ‘safe bets’. As a shopper, these will provide you with a bit of an extended fashion moment, so no need to panic that you’ll be over it before you’ve got some wear out of your purchase. One of the ‘safe bets’ that we absolutely love is the spotted print look. We were tired of seeing a sea of stripes (another super safe commercial option) and so this has provided us with a much needed distraction. Working from the catwalk interpretations from inspirational brands like Stella McCartney, right down the fashion food chain to the good old high street. If you’re not dotty about a simple polka dot, you can swap in stellar stars or why not go kitsch and quirky, replacing your spots with mini motifs like hearts or even animals?

Chanel

Gucci

Topshop

Gucci

Whistles

Topshop

Oxford Circus

If you’d like to see more pattern inspiration, just click here. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique, SS12 Show. Celebrity FROW

So, you’ve seen the show coverage. Now see who was in attendance. We have some fabulous streetstyle shots from the fashion crowd that headed to Waterloo for the Topshop Unique show, but this post is all about the celebrity FROWers who got the flash bulbs popping and the paps in a lather.

I have mentioned that Anna Wintour was there, but what I didn’t mention was how the presence of several burly bodyguards put me right off trying to get a shot, so she won’t be featured here. We do have some other good spots for you though. Bip Ling (blogger, stylist, artist, DJ…) and Eliza Doolittle both wore pieces from the AW11 Unique collection. Olivia Palermo (what is her official job title?) looked lovely and very shiny haired, if a little predictable. Kelis, someone who’s style we really admire, looked cool in a slightly rock meets rockabilly way. Nicola Roberts either need to get a stylist or sack the one she’s currently working with (a knitted, patterned jumpsuit can never be a good idea). Marina, of Marina and the Diamonds, looked 50’s fab and we almost didn’t recognize her with her newly platinum blonde locks. Pixie Geldof looked understated yet cool in a bias cut maxi dress. Ellie Goulding wore a navy jersey jumpsuit that was really quite sophis. Naomi Campbell seemed a little out of place to be honest, but worked a monochrome ensemble that looked Chanel.

Bip Ling at Topshop Unique

Bip Ling at Topshop Unique

Eliza Doolittle at Topshop Unique

Ellie Goulding at Topshop Unique

Ellie Goulding at Topshop Unique

Kelis at Topshop Unique

Nicola Roberts and Kelis at Topshop Unique

Marina at Topshop Unique

Naomi Campbell at Topshop Unique

Olivia Palermo at Topshop Unique

Olivia Palermo at Topshop Unique

Pixie Geldof at Topshop Unique

London Fashion Week: Topshop Unique, SS12 Show

We were incredibly excited to be invited to the Topshop show. This has become one of THE events of London Fashion Week. Its amazing really that a high street brand can create this much buzz, but lets face it, Topshop is not really like any other highstreet fashion label. Not only through their collaborations with the most cutting edge British brands in their Boutique offer, but also through their own, and very well named, Unique collection, they display design credentials that genuinely deserve to be presented amongst the rest of London Fashion Week’s collections. There’s also the addition of their sponsorship which enables the NEWGEN designers to be shown in such style as well as show in a stunning space (this year we were back in Waterloo’s defunct Eurostar terminal).

Headed up by the brilliant Karen Bonser and styled by Katie Grand, the Unique team created a truly unique vision for S/S 2012. Last season they encouraged us all to embrace our inner puppy, and this season they took us on an equally imaginative journey. Supported by a hip hop heavy soundtrack, Toppers decided to channel the glamour of Cleopatra should she have been reborn in to the mid 80’s b-boy scene of New York. Yes, that is Cleopatra, represented by Elizabeth Taylor, rocking gold embellished streetwear that features sacred Egyptian motifs. I did tell you it was unique… Throw in some more 80’s oriented references with a touch of Body Map’s monochrome and some Rifat Ozbek inspired club cool and you have a really strong and energetic direction. Here’s some shots- my own so excuse the quality (if you want to see more hit up Style.com).

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Topshop Unique SS12

Following this post we have one dedicated to the Celebrity heavy FROW at the Topshop show. There was an awe inspiring caste of characters, including Anna Wintour, which alone if enough to show that this is a show to be taken seriously.

For more on London Fashion Week, just click here. Enjoy!

London Fashion Week: BFC’s NEWGEN

We always look forward to hitting the terrace at Somerset House during London Fashion Week. This is where you find the mini village of designers selected by the British Fashion Council as this season’s New Generation of emerging creative talent. There are often some names that we have already fallen in love with, admired and been inspired by- but there is guaranteed to be some exciting new names to add to our fashion lexicon too.

As we walked into the NEWGEN space the foyer was dedicated to a melange of mood boards from all of the designers showing in this space. We are a big fan of the mood board and how brilliantly it can give you an insight into the journey the designer has taken to arrive at their new season direction. Here are some shots of the mood boards for you, along with some collection shots from the exhibition. There will be more to come from NEWGEN as we are harassing a couple of the brands for interviews and we’ll also be featuring more from one of our eternal favourites, Felicity Brown.

NEWGEN Spring 2012, London Fashion Week

JW Anderson detail

Sister by Sibling detail

NEWGEN Spring 2012, London Fashion Week

Michael van der Ham detail

James Long

NEWGEN Spring 2012, London Fashion Week

Felicity Brown's Spring 2012 collection

David Koma detail

David Koma

Levi Palmer and Levi Harding of Palmer//Harding

Palmer//Harding

To read more about London Fashion Week, just click here for all of our posts to date. If you’d like to read more about Felicity Brown, click here for the interview that we posted . Enjoy!

Blink Details: The Tippet Point

Apologies for the slightly rubbish title, but it does have a little merit in both referencing one of our favourite books by Malcolm Gladwell and also seeming to pretty well sum up today’s subject matter…

Your Autumn look will be utterly incomplete without the addition of a fluffy tippet or a furry stole. The look has been taken up across the fashion retail map and we have bargain to bank-breaking options for you. We particularly love the super brightly coloured variations on this theme… and as always with fur, we say go fake please as fashion is no reason for pain beyond that caused by dancing too long in your stillys.

Ermanno Scervino

Feathers

Gucci

Gucci

Joseph

Matthew Williamson

Oasis

Roberto Cavalli

Topshop

Blink Events: London Fashion Week, why don’t you…?

Its the run up to London Fashion Week. The excitement is building, as are my wardrobe choices for the event…

I was just reading about Diana Vreeland in the recent US edition of Harpers Bazaar and it inspired me to give you all a bit of a ‘Why Don’t You…?’ list of things you could do in London during LFW. It won’t perhaps be as extravagant as some of Vreeland’s suggestions would have been, but we’ll give it our best shot!

Why don’t you…

have high tea, cocktails or dinner at the stunningly renovated St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

head to Harrods to enjoy the celebration of Chanel, including ‘Une Promenade’ on the 3rd floor- a collection of room sets which all represent different aspects of the brand, its founder and its current creative tour de force, Karl Largerfeld.

Chanel's 'Une Promenade' at Harrods

if you’re attending one of the shows being held at Waterloo’s old Eurostar terminal, why not take a moment to take a walk along the Southbank afterwards, to enjoy some of the best views of London alongside the Thames.

experience the newest retail space in London and head East to the enormous and amazing Westfield Stratford City. You’ll not only be shopping the newest shop fits and retail concepts, you’ll also be within glancing distance of the Olympic Village.

if you don’t have any shows planned for Friday morning, then why not take a step away from London Fashion Week, but also a step towards London Fashion by getting an early shot of inspiration at Portobello Market. Still a key location for vintage, and this is the best day to see it. When you’ve done the market, you can always walk up to Westbourne Grove and Ledbury Road to enjoy a more sedate retail experience in the world class boutiques lining these streets.

fill your boots in Topshop‘s flagship store at Oxford Circus. I know its gone global, but I do believe that there are still some lines that are produced for this store alone, so you can still find something fabulously unique that’s guaranteed not to break the bank either.

have a truly wonderful tea break. You know you deserve one. Yumchaa is our recommendation for tea that is an experience. From choosing from the diverse and eclectic flavours, to which cake you’ll have, to the moment you take your first sip- its all a delight.

have flowers delivered to you at home, your office or your hotel room. Scarlet and Violet is the only name that you need to know. Well, if this florist is good enough for Lily Allen and Kate Moss’s nuptials…

Scarlet and Violet

Accessories: Go Wild!

To round up our week of highlights from our Autumn ‘Accessories’ report, today we go a little wild. Its all about animal inspired looks, from skins to skin prints, full on fur to real reptiles. We were anticipating an explosion of snakes across the fashion world after Chloe’s stunning snakeskin printed Autumn ’11 show, but the leopard spot is still holding its own after being a  firm fixture for season upon season.

There’s lots of real fur out there too, some of which we have featured already in our first look at Autumn- check out the post here. We have added a couple more looks in with this selection. If you suffer from chilly kidneys, Miu Miu has the tres chic answer, and it seems that YSL is the first stop if you are after a fur balaclava… As usual, we’ll stress that we are not at all supportive of real fur and these would look even better if they were faux.

For more on accessories, just click here. If you’d like to see what our reports are all about, then click here. Enjoy!

Bulgari

Giuseppe Zanotti

Gucci

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Prada

YSL

Topshop