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

Today I’m wearing: British Beauty Blogger for Marks & Spencer

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This week is all about sharing the love for my fellow bloggers. I mentioned a while ago that Jane Cunningham from British Beauty Blogger has teamed up with M&S to launch a make-up range. It finally landed on counter last week. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: HELMUT LANG PERFUME, LONGCHAMP THE BOOK, GALLIANO THE CONCEPTUALIST

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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. HELMUT LANG PERFUME RETURNS

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Woah, big story of the week for me is this one. Helmut Lang the original fragrance is back! And with the proto-minimalist packaging intact too. Not sure where we can buy it in the UK, but it’s being sold on the Helmut Lang US site right now. Continue reading

On Friends, Food, Family… (ok, mostly food)

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I can’t complain. London’s had one of the best and longest summers of recent years, with endless hazy sunshine stretching all through September. Utter bliss! But now it’s about cosying up and hunkering down and for many that means food, friends and family.

Just after London Fashion Week, I went to the launch of Sasha Wilkins’ (aka Liberty London Girl) clever new book, aptly called Friends, Food, Family. It’s full of Sasha’s legendary (if you follow her blog or tweets) comfort food recipes including triple-layer lemon cake, halloumi, avocado and chickpea salad, and fried gnocchi with mozzarella and tomatoes (yes, lots of veggie options). Continue reading

Who buys designer jewellery online?

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Who buys jewellery online? It’s a funny one because you’d think it was such a no-no… for all sorts of reasons. Sizing for one – I never know what my ring size is. And security for another, I’m not sure I’d trust a £5,000 delivery coming through the post and being left with a neighbour (or abandoned on a doorstep as some carriers are wont to do). Then there’s the whole luxe factor; isn’t fine jewellery meant to be experienced in a luxury store with all the pampering that goes with it? Continue reading

Content meets commerce: Introducing the Harrods.com ‘Inside The Studio’ campaign

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Harrods is giving a big push to its digital content, bolstering its e-commerce with rich, online editorial. This month, I’m partnering with Harrods to spread the word on its latest editorial campaign, Inside The Studio.

In the run up to the British Fashion Awards, Harrods has teamed up with Alice Temperley, Antonio Berardi, Rupert Sanderson and Matthew Williamson to show us what we really want to see… what actually goes on in the ateliers? Continue reading

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