Buy it now: OTHER X Lee

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It’s all about designer denim collaborations at the moment. Hot on the heels of J Brand X Simone Rocha comes this collection from OTHER X Lee. To celebrate 125 years of Lee Jeans, the brains behind OTHER Shop have created a ten-piece collection of dip-dyed, fray-edged, embroidered and scribble-printed denim and jersey-wear, affordably priced from £45 to £125.

And to push things further, they’ve erected an entire shop to go with it. Head to 35 Neal Street, WC2 to experience the 1.25 pop-up shop until 4th January 2015.

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Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Images: OTHER X Lee

Chanel No 5 for the bath, the body and the senses

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Ready for some OTT indulgence? If not now, then when? Chanel just keeps delivering with the brand extension pampering products – latest is this cache of Chanel No 5 goodies for ‘the bath, the body and the senses’. That translates to a loose body powder (£50), a body cream (£60) and even a bath soap (a virtually a steal at £22).

Personally I’m most seduced by the soap – who even uses bar soap any more? To me, this is strictly for show. Get it out for display on special occasions, sniff it, admire it, Instagram it if you must, then pack it away. Far too good to use!


Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2015

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Burberry is still all about outerwear for me. The Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2015 collection is heavy on voluminous, textured coats and slim bottoms and I’m noticing a big focus on furry-looking shearlings that are casual, cosy and effortless-looking. I’m also a sucker for a too-short sleeve. Yes please.

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Buy it now*: Diana Vreeland perfume

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The good news: The Diana Vreeland perfumes have landed at Net-a-Porter. The bad news: *Only in the U.S. Let’s admire them anyway…(P.S, kind of love how they filed them under ‘Essentials’.)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Shinola, Michael Kors, Fenwick

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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. SHINOLA – ACTING SMALL, THINKING BIG

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Shinola’s been in the news a lot lately since it opened its rather lovely little London store on Newburgh Street. What’s most enlightening is the quietly savvy strategy behind it. For instance, who knew that the brains behind it all is Tom Kartsotis who also founded the mass market watch retailer, Fossil? His approach of creating a story around the manufacturing and people of Detroit has helped imbue the two-year-old watch-and-accessories brand with a romance that really resonates with customers. Having quality products (the watches have Swiss movements but are assembled in Detroit), excellent design and a Bruce Weber-lensed campaign help too, but it’s the ‘Made In Detroit’ provenance and storytelling elements that seem to be hitting the mark.

2. MICHAEL KORS LAUNCHES SHOPPABLE #INSTAKORS

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Michael Kors is always one of the first to try out any new social media initiative. So it’s no surprise to hear of #InstaKors, the shoppable Instagram enabler that lets its (highly engaged) followers shop from the app. As with Marc Jacobs, it’s a landing page on the Kors site that customers can register on, then when they ‘like’ a particular Kors Instagram featuring the #InstaKors hashtag, they get an email alert allowing them to shop. Not all brands’ Insta followers want to shop, but as the Kors feed is heavily product-centric, I can imagine a huge number of Kors fans will…

3. FENWICK AIMS FOR EXPANSION

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Fenwick is my secret little retail haven in the West End. Its relatively small size and spacious layout means it’s more manageable than the likes of Selfridges and it has a genteel, unhurried vibe to match. Plus the buy is brilliant at the moment with plenty of Sofie D’hoore (remember I discovered it in this very store?), Jil Sander Navy and Paul Smith to satisfy my inner gentlewoman. Latest news is that profits are (slightly) up and the store is looking at UK expansion, starting with the relocation of its Bentalls store in Bracknell to a new three-floor location in 2017. First though (one hopes), a fully transactional ecommerce site…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
SHINOLA IMAGE: Jamie McGregor Smith

What Asos did next – get ready for the ‘new in’ app

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There’s no denying that Asos has had a tough year this year, with younger, sexier, leaner upstarts snapping at its heels (hello Missguided and Boohoo). But it’s fighting back for SS15 with some excellent product and clever customer service initiatives. What does the Asos girl want? Newness. When does she want it? All the time. And so Asos is launching ‘New In’, a new Tinder-like app that let’s you swipe yay or nay to the Asos new-in feed, adding your choices to your profile. It cuts away all the clutter, leaving you with only the freshest product deliveries. (You’ll have to wait a little longer though, it doesn’t launch for a few weeks.)

Another thing I discovered at the Asos press day last week was its innovative approach to personal shopping. It has recruited its personal styling team via a combination of their own personal style, styling ability, social feed and dedication to customer service. It makes sense to the Asos customer, who will follow a particular ‘personal stylist’ because they love their aesthetic. Each stylist is set up with their own Asos-approved Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram profiles to engage their followers to the max. The direct and converstional contact of Instagram is a decidedly more engaging tool that traditional methods of enquiry like email, and feels suited to the instant-info expectations of today’s young online shopper. Plus, UK shoppers can choose their favourite stylist for one-to-one shopping advice via the online stylist’s chat feature.

For next season, the product is looking great too. Most impressive are the romantic structured dresses adorned with lace, embroidery and applique. There’s also a good dose of raw-edged denim (90s references will run and run) and jewellery is going strong with delicate single earrings proving to be the ear cuff of SS15…

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl; Instagram

Would you buy Tom Ford’s minaudiere-friendly Lips & Boys mini lipsticks?

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So much hysteria over a lipstick! But you can kind of see why Tom Ford’s Lips And Boys collection of 50 minature lippies is causing a storm. Ford does make exceedingly good lipsticks and these tap into our desire for teeny trinkets while also being rather practical (yep, I totally fell for the marketing schpiel – whoops). Plus, each one is named after a man Ford has known (Alexander is named after his two-year-old son, fyi).

As Ford puts it, handbag real estate is at a premium at night time. There really is no place for a chunky lipstick in today’s micro clutch, so these fulfill the need for weeny makeup to match the weeny jewelled minaudiere. “People carry teeny-tiny little bags today, and are trying to fit their iPhone, money and a key,” he told WWD. “I think the idea of a small bag is modern, and you need to be able to fit a lipstick into that small space. It seems that there’s a trend these days to miniaturise things.”

The lipsticks arrive in the US on November 28th at 12:01am on Tomford.com. In the UK, Selfridges is first in line with a one day flash sale selling the mini-me lipsticks on 1st December. You can sign up here. But will you? If you’re not caught up in the pre-Christmas frenzy, then there’s also the chance to buy on Tom Ford counters from 26th December. (Hmmm, is Boxing day the new Christmas eve for shopaholics, I wonder?) But remember, they will be limited edition so I can’t see them hanging around for long.

If you prefer the traditional type of Tom Ford lipstick, this season sees a new matte lipstick released from his popular line of vitamin-enriched lip products (below). As expected, the colour palette is stunning, with glamorous berry and red shades as well as the default pinky nudes for the smokey-eye-pale-lip brigade. The Tom Ford Lip Color Matte collection (£37) comes in eight shades with a rich, satin-matte finish (I tried and loved Ruby Rush, a pigment-packed deep red). It’s available at Harvey Nichols, Harrods and John Lewis.

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Tom Ford

Buy it now: Joseph AW14

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In terms of sheer lust, Joseph is one of the shows I most look forward to at London Fashion Week. It’s the combination of easy, wearable silhouettes, plus inventive styling and perfect casting that results in a memorable show where you genuinely want to buy everything, not just admire from afar.

Joseph’s heritage lies in generously proportioned knitwear and 80s-90s layers, but modern Joseph is much more of a 90s-00s minimalist-masculine mash-up. Continue reading

Ask Alison: How beauty brands are getting up close and personal with digitised stores

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Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, looking at the emergence of interactive digital stores coming from the premium beauty sector

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It’s official; Covent Garden has become London’s Beauty Quarter when it comes to stores. Luxury brands Chanel, Dior and Burberry all opened mini beauty flagships here in the last couple of years while Marc Jacobs followed recently with its Tweet Shop pop-up. Now prestige beauty brands Clinique and Bobbi Brown (above) are experimenting with new, highly personal store concepts. Continue reading

Crème de la Mer Intensive Revitalising Mask – a hangover cure for your face

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Autumn skin is a bitch isn’t it?

The combo of weird weather, cranked-up central heating, comfort eating, over-drinking and under-exercising all add up to – in my case – bumpy, greige and generally knackered-looking skin. Continue reading

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