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Coming soon: Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan

Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan

There’s something about the French Uniqlo collabs that really hit the mark for me. The Ines de la Fressange collections are consistently good and the Lemaire ones have some great knitwear and bold colour pieces. Just arrived at Colette is a Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan collaboration which should be landing soon in international Uniqlo stores.

As well as printed T-shirts, there’s also a tote that’s printed and embroidered in homage to Le-Tan’s signature embroidered milk carton bags. Some of the embroidery has been carried out by displaced women in Malaysia and Afghanistan as part of Uniqlo’s tie-in with UNHCR, the U.N.’s refugee agency.

“We first starting working on T-shirts and then someone who specifically works in that division at Uniqlo asked me to participate in the program. I asked for it to support women specifically and selected a few geographical regions that are good with embroidery,” says Le-Tan.

As well as the tote, my favourite is the book printed tee. Look out for the limited edition Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan line coming to 17 countries, including France, Belgium, Russia, Japan, South Korea, the UK and Germany.

Book print tee by Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan
Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan
Uniqlo X Olympia Le-Tan

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: WWD
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Sleep hacks for night owls

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Oil

I just spotted this Deep Sleep Bath Oil from This Works on Into The Gloss. I had no idea this product exists. I love my sleep and I have no trouble drifting off, but I’m a night owl. I really hate going to bed and so I stay up as late as possible. Damn you, internet and FOMO! What I need then, are sleep-encouraging potions to help me wind down. This looks like it could be perfect, as well as looking fabulous in the bathroom.

Other great sleep hacks I love: This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (it’s like bottled lavender), Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil, Neal’s Yard Organic Aromatic Foaming Bath, Dr Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence and Dr Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil (great for massaging weary limbs). Actually just writing this is making me drowsy….
SHOP THE POST BELOW…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Into The Gloss
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Trend report: Trademark AW16

Trademark AW16 ready to wear

These Trademark AW16 look book pictures are giving me flashbacks to my German au pair Uschi (she of the classic Vuitton shoulder bags). It’s partly the model and partly the combo of flares, mules and sensible polonecks. OK, I’ll pass on the flares (not with my diminutive proportions) and you know how I feel about mules, but there are so many other things to love in this collection.

For starters, yes please to the wrap-over quilted jacket with its cute but maddeningly impractical tie-up sleeves. And I would be overjoyed too in the pinafore dress and blue shirt arrangement (but I’d switch the mules for riding boots). Coats are a big strength of Trademark; this orange shearling is an uplifting option for the dreariest of winter days. And you can’t fault the practicality of a shiny vinyl-look trench coat, especially one with supersized seventies pockets…

Trademark AW16 ready to wear
Trademark AW16 ready to wear
Trademark AW16 ready to wear
Trademark AW16 ready to wear
Trademark AW16 ready to wear

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AMI, CALVIN KLEIN, HADES KNITWEAR, L’OREAL

Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. AMI COMES TO LONDON

French brand Ami opens a London store in Duke Street
It’s open! The long-promised Ami menswear store in Duke Street is finally a reality. Alexandre Mattiussi’s menswear brand is like an elevated version of A.P.C and I must say, it looks just as good on a girl…


2. CALVIN KLEIN JUST GOT EXCITING AGAIN (MAYBE)

Is Raf Simons heading to Calvin Klein?
It’s been a week of speculation after news broke that menswear and womenswear creative heads Italo Zucchelli and Francisco Costa were out at Calvin Klein Collection. Word is that Raf Simons is set to take over, but has yet to wait out his Dior non-compete agreement, which won’t free him up until October. This tallies with the latest news that Calvin Klein will take a two-season hiatus from the runway. Aside from the question of how Raf will fare with running the show at a behemoth like Calvin Klein (rumours suggest he would have full control), I’m totally in favour of seeing how he would reinvent it.


3. INTRODUCING HADES KNITWEAR

Hades knitwear inspired by music icons
Confession: I’m not a big fan of the press day schlep, so I tend to cherry pick the ones that will inform my own personal shopping list have the newsiest collections to show. Liberty was great. New for next season are Vivetta, Trademark, Public School, Stella Jean and this newbie, Hades Knitwear. Made with Scottish wool and produced in the UK, these classic sweaters celebrating cult music icons are guaranteed to be an AW16 favourite (although I fear I can see the high street knock-offs coming a mile off).


4. L’OREAL LAUNCHES BEAUTYTUBE

L'Oreal is launching a vlogging school with Youtube
Interesting goings-on at L’Oréal. The beauty giant is working with YouTube on a vlogger tie-up called BeautyTUBE. The online beauty school launches in June and will teach ten French vloggers about video production and beauty know-how. Apparently, it will tie in with a reality TV show which will air on YouTube.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla