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A clear statement of commercial intent, but also a wonderfully impactful look. We do love a bit of monochrome. Yes, sometimes fashion is black and white. Simplicity really is, more often than not, the key to chic.
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Last night Westfield London celebrating Vogue’s annual shopping extravaganza, Fashion’s Night Out by throwing its biggest fashion party all in the name of Autumn Winter style, starring mother and daughter model duo Yasmin and Amber Le Bon and Lizzy Jagger in front of a VIP front row. Brands showcasing on the runway include Hugo Boss, Urban Outfitters, House of Fraser and Zara.
This was a spectacular beginning to a 3 day event at Westfield London as the Autumn Winter ’12 fashion season kicks off there in earnest with a wonderful ‘Fashion Weekend’ of further promotions, discounts, freebies and treats.
Westfield’s fashion team have reviewed the AW’12 collections and come up with a few key trends, all of which were featured on the FNO catwalk. For the ladies they have identified ‘Gothic’, ‘Digital Prints’, ‘Metallics’, ‘Burnt Orange’, ‘Gold and Brocade’ as the key looks to rock for Autumn. For the fellas we have the ‘Mr Dandy’ look. Westfield asked me to search out some of these looks being worn by the wonderfully fashion conscious crowd at Westfield last night. Thanks to all of you who stopped for us. Thanks also to the Westfield team, Propellornet, Yellow Door, Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Reiss and COS.
So, starting with the hottest trend we spotted last night, metallics, featuring lots of lovely sequins, metallic finishes and great sparkly accessories…
These feel very appropriate for the impending Jubilee, as there is a distinctively regal feel about these wonderful Summer coats. With quite a 60’s attitude about the silhouettes, fabrications and detailing this heralds an influence that we think will have a far reaching impact into season’s ahead.
If those all seem a little prohibitively priced, how about this beauty from the brilliant Zara?
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Certainly inspired by the brilliant Stella McCartney, but now exploding across the fashion scene, we have been fascinated by all of these brilliantly reflected looking print designs out there. Looking like a mirror has been placed down the centre line of your body, these carefully placed designs create a really graphic impact.
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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!
Fringing was a look that was super hot in the Summer or 2009, so we were surprised to see this being taken up again for High Summer 2010, and right across the fashion landscape too. Less so in shoes and boots this time around, but fringes and haberdashery or brogue inspired tassels on bags look very cool.
This selection is from our Summer edition of the quarterly ‘Accessories’ report. If you’d like to see more, know more, have more why not contact your nearest agent?
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Its a look that has to be handled with care. Super skin prints can be wildly stylish, but its easy to get bitten by this pattern story.
This long running inspiration morphs in scale, colouration and application from season to season and for the past few its been the preserve of the leopard spot in particular, in quite traditional golden hues. For Autumn Winter 2009, the faux fur, leopard spot coat came through with a sweet 60’s feel (spotted below at London Fashion Week, so we think this will still be seen in Autumn 2010 too). For Spring 2010, the skin print scarf was a hot accessories choice. For several years now, we have yet to report on a month with no animal print at all, and the May “Blink” print report contains some really innovative colouration, scale and style variations on this story. Its a question of constantly looking at your inspiration source with new eyes, considering the era that’s currently exciting you, working out your textile mood and then merging and marrying all of these to create your own evolution on skin prints.
As we were putting together the Winter ‘Accessories’ report, we noticed a building trend for beautiful hats. They have a formal, vintage feel about them reflecting the more ‘dressed up’ and tailored feel that’s coming through. These hats are certainly not “with jeans”. This is about a sharper silhouette balanced with considered, refined detailing. This is an exciting indicator of a real sea change in fashion and styling.