Graduate Fashion Week 2016 is coming!

Graduate fashion week 2016


Graduate Fashion Week
serves as a very good bellwether of where fashion is at in any given year. I remember in the early years, the overriding influence was a Galliano-flavoured one (think deconstructed slip dresses and bias cutting), followed a few years later by McQueen-esque everything (bumster trousers and severely tailored blazers). This year, I predict it will be all very Vetements-meets-Hood-By-Air – that is, oversized puffa coats, deconstructed bombers and utility-luxe details.

What you get with GFW is a good balance of creative thinking and commercial nous. Now in its 26th year, it’s the go-to event for international brands sourcing fresh blood for their design and buying teams, and as such, there’s an effort to produce newness anchored in wearability. At Britain’s most famous design schools it’s clearly been drummed into students that designs absolutely have to sell.

From the selection of designers spotlighted by Graduate Fashion Week as stars of tomorrow, counter culture and youth culture references both retro and modern are omnipresent. From Edinburgh College of Art, Anna Madelena Currie’s collection is big on techy streetwear inspired by gang culture and historical Elizabethan dressing. Hence pieces like a tactile velvet puffa with voluminous sleeves and 3D graphic lettering that mixes casual comfort with a certain glamour (below).

BELOW: ANNA MADELENA CURRIE
Anna Madelena Currie graduate fashion week

From Manchester School of Art, Louis Trainor-Selwyn is championing the rock n roll dandy, having taken a trip to study the opulent interiors of Versailles. A stylist’s dream, his subsequent collection is colour-rich, textural, fun and energetic. And commercial to boot.

BELOW: LOUIS TRAINOR-SELWYN
Louis Trainor-Selwyn menswear at gfw

Olivia Barclay from Nottingham Trent University is another breakthrough talent to look out for. Observing the importance of bedroom culture, her dreamy gauzy coats have ruching and utilitarian zips that take them straight onto the street. Looking at the styling on this one I’m seeing a Rihanna-shaped paparazzi opportunity waiting to happen…

BELOW: OLIVIA BARCLAY
Oliviia Barclay Nottingham Trent Yniversity

And as fashion itself has become fashionable, there’s been a growth in interest in all the ancillary fashion jobs out there. With the digital fashion revolution, it seems dozens of new job titles have emerged in fashion that didn’t exist ten years ago. I always enjoy checking out the emerging media talent at GFW and this year I’m getting to do that in an official capacity as a judge for the New Media Award.

Graduate Fashion Week is open to everyone from 5th-8th June, with shows every day, plus expert speakers in the Asos talk space. Check out the full schedule of shows and activities at Graduatefashionweek.com and buy show tickets HERE.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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On trial: Margaret Dabbs medical pedicure

Margaret Dabbs London treatment enriched nail polish
When it comes to pedicures I feel much the same way as some do about facials. No softly-softly pussyfooting around for me. I want the full reconstructive surgery or nothing.

So it’s off to Margaret Dabbs London to sort out my neglected heels and to get some advice on how to keep the results lasting longer. Margaret Dabbs is the queen bee of luxury pedicures but for the real deal, ask for a medical pedicure. Once installed in my cushy throne-like chair in the Margaret Dabbs foot clinic at SpaceNK, Westbourne Grove, the fun begins.

This starts with a thorough going over with their signature Professional Foot File, which has replaceable compressed crystal pads. Once a week with one of these guys and Parmesan-rough hooves should bother you no more. Use it on dry skin, starting at the top of the foot and work your way to the heels. It’s extremely satisfying and you’ll be left with the softest heels and foot pads you’ve ever experienced.

Should you need it, the podiatrist will also tackle corns and calluses. I had two teeny corns removed that I didn’t realise I had. In fact, they can be caused by wearing flats all the time (who knew this was a no-no?) or by ill-fitting footwear. Off came the critters using a surgical scalpel and a podiatry drill (sounds gruesome but I didn’t feel a thing). Next, the toenails get rigorously shaped and buffed to prepare the surface for polish.

Then come the products. Margaret Dabbs has an excellent product range that uses emu oil – super moisturising, deeply penetrating and known for its anti inflammatory properties. I loved the Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil – a lemon myrtle scented dry oil that will deliver soft, hydrated feet when used a couple of times a week.

Finally, the exciting bit – the new Margaret Dabbs London treatment-enriched nail polish. There are 72 shades, all named after flowers and boosted with Vitamin E and rose botanical extract to reduce inflammation and infection. I chose Poinsettia, a deep, juicy cherry red, but there’s no shortage of hot pinks, blush roses, powdery pastels and milky neutrals, should you prefer. And I swear to god, they smell of roses! I had a manicure too and I can report the rose scent lingers all day. Stinky chemical nail polish pong, be gone…

margaret dabbs medical pedicure
Margaret Dabbs London treatment-enriched nail polish in Poinsettia
After 45 minutes of hand and foot pampering, I was sent on my way with my own special Professional Foot File, a Super Shiner Buffer, plus the firm intentions to keep up the maintenance. Downside? I can’t think of any other than the price (from £85), which is the top end of the market. But you get more than a shape and paint, so if you’re serious about foot care but like a bit of prettification too, it’s well worth considering.

The Medical Pedicure is available in Margaret Dabbs London clinics nationwide. Disneyrollergirl was a guest of Margaret Dabbs London.

NOW SHOP THE POST BELOW…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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On the terrace with Hermes and Henry

Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward

London is experiencing a few days of welcome (albeit intermittent) sun and I’m starting to get holiday vibes. These Hermès pictures portray the feeling, thanks to Mark Borthwick’s sunlight-flooded photography, Melanie Ward’s impeccable styling and Hermès’ summer-ready clothes. The photos are from the current Hermès magazine and the shoot is called Un Mirage…

Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward
Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward
Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward
Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward
Hermes magazine Un Mirage by Mark Borthwick styling by Melanie Ward

To continue the outdoorsy theme, for a few days only, you can enjoy the outside terrace of the Hermès London flagship store. The terrace is usually hidden as it’s part of an office block, but while we have the fine weather, why not head to this secret spot and enjoy the rarely sighted Henry Moore sculpture, ‘Draped Reclining Figure’?

Hermès hosted a low key breakfast yesterday morning to celebrate its terrace where it serve tea in its new ‘Carnets d’Equateur’ tableware. So if it rains, feel free to take shelter in store – the tableware department is conveniently situated right next to the terrace…

1 Hermes Bond street terrace and Carnets d'Equateur tableware
Hermes Bond street Henry Moore sculpture
1 Hermes Bond street terrace and Carnets d'Equateur tableware
Hermes Bond street Henry Moore sculpture

The Hermès terrace is open until Monday 30th May 2016 (weather permitting…)

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
Images: Mark Borthwick/Hermès; Disneyrollergirl
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Bella Freud x Cutler & Gross collaboration

Bella Freud X Cutler & Gross

No DRG Style Index this weekend as I’m preoccupied with Vogue Festival. But instead I’ll leave you with this fab forthcoming collab between Bella Freud and Cutler & Gross. Freud’s collaborations are always well chosen and this one is so good, featuring a unisex sunglasses style with mirrored lenses (£354). “My inspiration comes from the reggae stars and freedom fighters of the 70’s. Their integrity and their glamour, hidden behind reflective lenses, increases their fascination,” said Freud.

I’ve worn Cutler & Gross since the 90s; they’re handmade in Italy and they offer both statement retro styles as well as very classic androgynous styles. This collab is limited to 25 numbered pairs and will launch in June from Bella Freud and Cutler & Gross boutiques or online.
Bella Freud X Cutler and Gross collaboration

Continuing the collaboration theme, I love how Freud has coralled her mates, Marc Hare and Cecelia Chancellor to model the sunnies, while her son Jimmy Fox took the picture. Big ticks all round.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
MAIN IMAGE: Jimmy Fox
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