Winter picks from Net-a-Porter

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According to Editd.com, luxury stores have bought into more winter warmers, earlier in the season this year. Net-a-Porter alone has grown its autumn offer of outerwear by 117% compared to last year. Maybe it knows something we don’t? Colourful fake furs are key, as are oversized, slouchy shapes. I’ve noticed a lot of sophisticated-looking fake furs (as opposed to those Big Bird types from a few seasons ago) – I guess that’s the Shrimps effect. The all-enveloping poncho too is a big player, thanks to Issa’s cheery patterns and Burberry’s genius blanket wraps…

I’m still a fan of classics, so I’ve included a cape (from Saint Laurent) and a duffle (Burberry Brit) in my latest Net-a-Porter edit. And I’m trying to wean myself off the navy jumpers so I’m gravitating more towards Jonathan Saunders’ stripes and Bella Freud’s typography. While we’re on the subject, don’t forget that clocks go forward this weekend…

WORDS: NAVAZ BATLIWALLA/DISNEYROLLERGIRL
MAIN IMAGE: SAINT LAURENT AW14

The British Fashion Awards 2014 – place your bets!

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This year’s British Fashion Awards is set to be the most exciting yet, for me anyway.

Anyone want to place bets on the following?

Emerging Womenswear Designer.
Aargh, how can I choose between Marques and Tait? I’ll go for Tait though in light of his LVMH award:
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Marques’Almeida
Thomas Tait

Establishment Designer. It’s a tough call for me between Preen and Margaret Howell but it would be nice to see Margaret Howell get some real recognition from the cool-biased BFC. As a business she makes a ton of money, her ad campaigns are infinitely inspiring, her designs really do endure and I must say she makes a very good coat…
Margaret Howell
Preen
Roland Mouret

Womenswear Designer. Surely this has to go to JW Anderson? He’d win on looks alone but for sheer multi-tasking, brand building (his own and Loewe) and Instagram prowess, the gong should go to him.
Christopher Kane
Erdem
JW Anderson

Menswear Designer. I’d like this to go to Paul Smith but I have a feeling it will go to Bailey/Burberry…
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
JW Anderson
Paul Smith
Tom Ford

Accessory Designer.
Eek tough call betwen Anya and Charlotte. Anya’s bags have had an outstanding year though *cough* *SolangeKnowlesgate*
Anya Hindmarch
Charlotte Olympia
Nicholas Kirkwood

International Designer. I absolutely can’t choose, don’t make me! (OK then, Raf clinches it for hotness, artiness and New Order fan-ness) (But I think it should be a three-way tie)
Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent
Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton
Raf Simons

Red Carpet Designer. Yawn. Who cares. NEXT!
Alexander McQueen
Mary Katrantzou
Roksanda

Creative Campaign. Odd category. Odd nominees. Someone explain please?
Lanvin
Louis Vuitton
Vivienne Westwood

The British Fashion Awards take place on December 1 at the London Coliseum. Vogue has all the info…

Buy it now: Topman’s top coats

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Seriously loving Topman’s current coat campaign. This winter its focus is on classic men’s coats that have their roots in menswear tailoring heritage. The updated navy mac (£90) and houndstooth single breasted number (£90, above) are my favourites, and the camel overcoat (just don’t call it a Crombie) would be perfect if it was a bit longer. Note that Topman sizes start at an XXS (just saying).

The pictures were shot by Laurence Ellis and styled by Julian Ganio. Stylists never get enough credit do they…? Shop the collection here.

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Laurence Ellis for Topman

agnès b – how to forget autumn?

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Autumn – ugh, hate it! A precursor to winter, I can’t join the brigade who wax lyrical about their love of layers and wet weather wear. Sorry, no. I’m in denial and much prefer to ignore the entire season. It turns out agnès b is a fellow autumn refusenik and she’s so obsessed she has initiated a whole Instagram campaign around it. To take part, upload a photo that shows how you forget autumn, and tag it #agnesbautumn @agnesb_officiel.

To entice you, there’s the promise of a Polaroid X agnès b camera, which will be won by the 5 most-liked Instagrams every week. Find out more on the How To Forget Autumn microsite.

So, how do I forget autumn? By dreaming of my next escape with a little beach photography (via Massimo Vitali’s brilliant book) and some motivational reading. Head over to Instagram and show us your #agnesbautumn…

WORDS AND IMAGE: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

*THIS POST WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AGNES B*

It’s all about the Burberry map scarf…

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Much as I love the Burberry poncho, the silk map foulard is a more realistic proposition. I saw it IRL in Harrods last week (do head up to the new 6th floor Salon De Parfum by the way, it’s the ultimate olfactory experience) in the men’s department as it is indeed part of the Burberry Prorsum men’s AW14 collection.

At the show it was loosely tied over both shoulders, but what I like about this scarf is how thin and therefore malleable, it is. Continue reading

Farfetch looks east with Restir

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Funny to think Farfetch.com has never had a Japanese store in its community of international retailers. Now it does, Tokyo based Restir is the winner of the Farfetch Superstore prize and its edit of upscale ‘indie’ brands has just gone on the site.

I have only been to Japan once, in the 90s when I went on a tour of about 10 cities. At the time you had the über high end Yohjis and Commes or the Shibuya streetwear stores but not much in between.

Restir’s look is indie (a bit edgy with interesting cuts and details, but wearable – think Atto, Marques’Almeida and Toga Pulla) mixed with polished pieces such as Bionda Castana shoes. Its own line, Le Ciel Bleu fills in the blanks of easy basics with a sportswear twist.

Shop my Restir edit below…

Words: Navaz batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Image: Farfetch

Bally’s Mayfair welcome

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Bally’s not holding back with its slick new vision. First came the collections, overseen by creative director, Pablo Coppola, followed by the relaunched website. Now the biggie – this week sees the unveiling of a brand new Bond Street flagship store, repositioned on the opposite side of the road to its previous premises and at 4,320 square feet, much bigger in scale. Continue reading

Quote of the day: Thomas Maier

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“I think nobody needs another fashion show. I think all of you sit in so many fashion shows that you can’t take it anymore at the end of the season. And you have to look at so much crap, too, that you probably don’t even want to see.”

Always good to hear what Thomas Maier has to say. Here he shares his thoughts on everyday design, fashion show fatigue and the intersection of physical and digital in retail. Via Style.com.

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: NORDSTROM, GAP, MULBERRY, COACH

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. NORDSTROM’S SECRET WEAPON

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I keep reading about Nordstrom doing original things with digital and experiential retail and now I know why. Its director of creative projects is one Olivia Kim, formerly of Opening Ceremony, AKA queen of the clever collab and someone who just knows how to make retail exciting. Continue reading

Coming soon: Les Rouges Culte De Chanel

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Why on earth would anyone want to start their Christmas shopping now? Er, maybe because if you don’t, all the funnest goodies will be gone?

The limited edition novelty beauty gift has become quite the mini industry in recent years – the legendary Selfridges advent calendar (yep, sold out already), the This Works tree bauble, the Jo Malone cracker (arriving on counter November 1st) all spring to mind.

And then there’s the curve ball. That thing that pops up that isn’t strictly holiday-flavoured but just happens to perfectly suit the festive season. So here’s my prediction for the there-will-be-tears 2014 scrum – it’s from Chanel of course…

Say hello to Les Rouges Culte De Chanel, a trio of re-released 1980s nail polishes in festive red. Continue reading

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