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. You can fold it, twist it, drape it etc very easily and essentially, do a million things with it. And of course, should your satnav fail, you could even use it to work out your route home from Bayswater to Vauxhall…

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IMAGES: Burberry; Buro247; Lea Colombo for Dazed

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.

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, we can expect the same clean, modernist lines and details that the Swiss brand has incorporated into its leathergoods for over 160 years. I love the idea of a feature stock wall inspired by this Bally store, originally designed by Marcel Breuer.

Bally of course wants the world to know of its arrival, and it’s starting by befriending its neighbours. To coincide with the store launch, it has produced an online editorial campaign called #BallyMayfairWelcome, celebrating a few of the independent businesses in the nearby W1 streets. You can read all about the campaign on the excellent Bally blog, Function And Modernity (which highlights all things functional and, well, modern).

One of these businesses is The Mount Street Deli, my own favourite Mayfair spot for slowing down, de-teching (yes I do sometimes step away from the Tweet button) and watching the world go by. It may be situated slap bang in the midst of the fanciest fashion boutiques in Europe, but The Mount Street Deli maintains the friendly air of a village deli, with its English pies and handwritten chalk boards…

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For more insight into the #BallyMayfairWelcome series and to watch the videos, head over to the Bally blog and Youtube channel. And don’t forget to swing by the chicest corner shop in Mayfair, when Bally opens its New Bond Street doors from 22nd October.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Bally

*THIS POST WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BALLY*

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. This interview on Business of Fashion caught my eye…


2. MASSIMO VITALI FOR GAP X FRIEZE

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Frieze London has been and gone in a flash! As with Frieze New York, Gap worked with Frieze and Visionaire on a range of artist collaboration sweatshirts that were sold at the fair. I didn’t manage to get to Frieze so I’m gutted to have missed out on this Massimo Vitali sweatshirt, but rumour has it they may appear in select Gap stores this week.


3. IS BLUE FARRIER IN NEXT AT MULBERRY?

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I wondered where Blue Farrier might be heading next after it was announced last week that she has left her post as creative director of Issa. Rumours suggest she could in the frame for the Mulberry top creative gig since Emma Hill’s departure (ages ago now). Please let it be true! Farrier has a similar eye to Hill when it comes to youthful luxe and I think she really understand British heritage done in a modern way. Others in the frame are Johnny Coca (at Céline) and Hannah MacGibbon (ex Chloé). Farrier was also at Chloé for a while, back in the Phoebe Philo days. Funny (or perhaps intentional) how all roads lead to Phoebe and Chloé, no?


4. COACH x PEANUTS

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Collaborations with cult cartoon characters are nothing new, however I do like this one. Two American icons come together in the form of Coach and Peanuts. Coach is making an effort to cement itself as a brand with its finger on the pulse, so its Peanuts collab features luxurious leather accessories embossed with Charles Schulz’s famous sketches. For the uber-fan, there’s the limited edition leather Snoopy dolls. Any takers? The collection lands in the UK on November 1st.

Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Images: Olivia Kim via Business Of Fashion; Gap; Blue Farrier by Phil Dunlop via London Fashion Week Daily; Coach

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

Watch this: Harrods Inside The Studio with Matthew Williamson

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The life of a fashion designer is more fascinating (and varied) than ever. Researching and designing the collections is the creative bit but then come the extras; production, promotion, collaborations, not to mention the social media and editorial that have become such solid components of building a brand.

Harrods has decided to explore the mystique around designers and their processes by giving us a behind-the-curtain peek into four British designers and their businesses. The Inside The Studio campaign launches this week with Matthew Williamson, followed in the coming weeks by Rupert Sanderson, Antonio Berardi and Alice Temperley. I’ve partnered with Harrods, trailing the crew as they filmed in the studios of Matthew Williamson. On arrival at the industrious Queens Park atelier, I was greeted by a production crew of 11 and a groaning breakfast table overlooked by a supersized photo of Kate Moss and Jade Jagger modelling the designer’s first ever ‘Electric Angels’ collection. Ever since that 1997 debut (rising from the ashes of the 90s minimalist era), I’ve loved the Williamson colour palette, always upbeat and slightly jarring but beautifully so.

As the Harrods crew set up their interview with Matthew and his muse, artistic director Georgie MacIntyre, I busied myself nosing around the studio, pattern cutters, mood boards and just-finished SS15 collection. Outfits were hung on rails ready to be styled with the appropriate jewellery and accessories in preparation for the London Fashion Week show. If you like colour, this looks like a joyous place to work – the bookshelves are colour-coordinated, there are evocative mood boards everywhere and even something as humble as a zip or a cotton reel becomes an excuse for some psychedelic colour-play…

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In the Inside The Studios film, Matthew explains that his brand “has a super-clear DNA, it’s rooted in that sense of a bohemian jet-set sensibility. That’s always the cornerstone and the anchor to every collection. The challenge for me creatively is to move that forward.” Enter Georgie, whose encapsulates the brand with the kind of nonchalance that can rock mismatched prints one minute and a chiffon gown the next. As Matthew told me, “Georgie makes what I do slightly cooler than it would be without her!”

Matthew has become as famous for his legion of famous friends and social media followers as his hyper-natural prints and embroideries. He was late to the social media game but now thrives on the immediacy of the reaction he gets on Instagram. “It’s a pure brand to customer interaction and it’s become such valuable feedback,” he says. It’s interesting to me how designers have put themselves in front of cameras so readily, whether their phone cameras on Instagram, or film cameras for projects like Inside The Studio. Clearly, we all now know the value of storytelling, hence me, Harrods and Matthew Williamson grabbing every last nugget of information and insight as a potential piece of content.

The Inside The Studio campaign continues with more interviews and films to come from Rupert Sanderson, Antonio Berardi and Alice Temperley. Head over to Harrods.com to watch the stories unfold and follow the hashtag #HarrodsInsideTheStudio to join the conversation on social media.

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Words and images: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net

*THIS POST WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HARRODS*

What to expect from WIRED RETAIL 2015

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Luxury conferences and tech conferences are all the rage so it’s no surprise whatsoever to see Conde Nast stepping up its conference game. Continue reading

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