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Topshop AW17 campaign



TOPSHOP AW17

It’s the Topshop Unique day today at LFW and I’m really into the grown up vibe of Topshop‘s current collection. Highlights: the rigid dark denim, winter floral shirt, embellished slingbacks and fringed tailored trousers, all beautifully styled by Kate Phelan in this campaign shot by Giampaolo Sgura.

By the way, the Topshop blog is really good for LFW coverage. No-one seems to do on-the-go blog reporting any more as it’s all done on social media. I find that really hard to keep up with, especially now so many editors just do Instagram stories. Hardly anyone tweets any more!

I went to the Burberry show last night which was superb, despite the hairaising barrage of animal rights protesters outside. That all seems to have been rather hushed in typical ‘the show must go on’ British fashion but the show itself was excellent, as is the accompanying exhibition.

You can check out the Topshop blog here.

Topshop Aw17
Topshop Aw17
Topshop Aw17
Topshop Aw17
Topshop Aw17

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Giampaolo Sgura for Topshop AW17
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Sory Sanlé – Volta Photo 1965-85



Sory Sanle Morton Hill Photo Gallery

If you’re in town for London Fashion Week, or happen to be here any time until 27th October, do not miss this photo show! Sory Sanlé is the portrait photographer who would have probably remained an unknown were it not for a music producer noting his work and tracking him down.

Documenting the emerging youth culture and nightlife of newly independent Burkina Faso in 1960s West Africa, his work found its way onto local record covers which then traversed the globe.

Showing at the Morton Hill photography gallery in Ladbroke Grove, these are pictures you can study for hours. Not just for the proud characters and poses, but the styling details, accessories and props that mark each individual out from the next.

Sory Sanle Volta Photo Morton Hill Photo Gallery
Sory Sanle Morton Hill Photo Gallery Jeune Fan DEddy Mitchell, 1974
Sory Sanle Morton Hill Photo Gallery Le Trois Amis, 1976
Sory Sanle Morton Hill Photo Gallery Les Deux Fermiers Peuls, 1977
Sory Sanle - Volta Photo 1965-85 Les-Amoureux-Yougou-Yougou-1980
Sory Sanlé – Volta Photo 1965-85 is at the Morton Hill Gallery, 343 Ladbroke Grove, W10 from 14th September – 27th October 2017

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Sory Sanlé
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Quote of the day: Campbell Addy



NiiJournal

“One major change would be that if a black person does something about black people it doesn’t have to be political. It’s just them reflecting themselves to the world. If a black person shoots something, it isn’t a black photographer or a black designer; it’s purely a photographer. It’s the smaller things that can change people’s perceptions.”
Photographer and NiiJournal publisher Campbell Eddy on creating visibility for people of colour within fashion and media, Indie magazine

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Campbell Addy
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Can Chanel create a fragrance classic with Gabrielle?



Chanelle Gabrielle

Chanel is really going for it with its new fragrance, Gabrielle. Which is not at all surprising, given it’s its first big fragrance launch in 15 years. Reviews so far have been mixed. Some describe it as smelling like a room diffuser from Next (ouch), while others love its fruity-floral effervescence.

While the ad campaign positions it as bold, groundbreaking and dynamic, it’s really not a power scent. To me it’s more of a pleasing ‘feminine’ floral fragrance that’s uncomplicated and easy to wear. There’s certainly nothing about the mandarin, grapefruit and blackcurrant top notes combined with a white floral heart that could possibly offend, especially not the young Asian Chanel customer who adores her clean, light florals.

But I think with all the hoopla and the ultra-sophisticated faceted bottle (designed by Chanel’s head of packaging and graphic design, Sylvie Legastelois  – *Googles her immediately*), the expectation was for something, well, unexpected, different, challenging even.

It’s a big ask to to create an instant classic. And it must be far trickier when you’re Chanel, with the world’s most iconic fragrance under your double-C belt. So perfumer Olivier Polge has had his work cut out, aiming to appease every type of Chanel customer, from the 70-something to the young millennial mademoiselle. And let’s be honest, that’s the customer Chanel needs to capture now.

The Guardian reports that sales of perfume are down between 5 and 10% a year as those pesky millennials shun legacy fragrance brands. I’m not a millennial by age but I am by mindset and right now it’s the cool young niche brands that are capturing my imagination. For the old school brands that’s a hard pill to swallow. For so long they held the power and as with every other creative industry, that power has been diminished in recent years by young disruptors.

Chanel has attempted to capture newer noses before, most recently with Chanel N°5 L’Eau. That was fronted by Lily-Rose Depp and given a lighter, citrus-y twist. For Gabrielle, the masterstroke was getting Kristen Stewart as its face of the fragrance. Her tomboy demeanour but classic features are right for our androgynous moment, yet she scrubs up well. Her fan base is the one Chanel wants to capture, the effortless cool girl who cares about how she presents herself without spending hours contouring her nose. Kristen represents the young Gabrielle Chanel, whose independent spirit it hopes to bottle.

While I quite like this fresh, Chance-y scent, I think a more gender-neutral type of fragrance could have been a bolder success, pinpointing this moment in time while still having the potential to be a future classic. Commercially though, while not necessarily breaking new ground, I don’t think Chanel has anything to worry about. It certainly looks and feels special, luxurious and desirably Chanel.

To help things along, Chanel is amping up the promotion with an experiential concept called Espace Gabrielle Chanel. With typical Chanel-style brand immersion, it has taken over a store at 27 Old Bond Street, W1 to create a discovery world for Chanel aficionados. Open until September 24th, you can enjoy a workshop on Gabrielle Chanel, an ‘olfactory discovery experience’ (book here) and leave with a Gabrielle perfume sample and a special one-off Chanel tote.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Not Your Standard
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