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Deconstructing Céline Pre-Fall 2015

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Deconstructing the Céline Pre-Fall 2015 collection is no bad way to spend a morning. The idiosyncratic signatures are all present and correct with the mohair shell top under belted wool tabard my main standout, along with the frayed, too-short trousers and loose leather harness (what else does one call this?).

The slashed-sided trousers aren’t quite my cup of tea (too many flashbacks to Morgan and Jane Norman circa 2002), but the super-stiff tailored trousers and jumbo coats are ample compensation. Accessossory wise? It’s all about a chunky chain necklace and the curvacious leather bags in burnished countryside neutrals.






WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Vogue.com and Style.com

Things to see and do: May 2015

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1. PHOTO LONDON 21ST-24TH MAY

Big news for photography buffs and collectors; Somerset House is hosting London’s first international photography fair, Photo London. It’s like Frieze for photography, or so I’m reliably informed, and will include up to 70 of the world’s biggest photography galleries, as well as exhibitions and an impressive programme of talks (speakers confirmed include Steve McCurry, Stephen Shore and Mitch Epstein). Come nightfall, there will be music to accompany the imagery, with a different event every night happening in the catacombs. My pick is Saturday night when Rinse FM DJs will provide the soundtrack to Bill Bernstein’s 1970s disco imagery (above) from his forthcoming book, Disco – The Bill Bernstein Photographs.


2. MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE AT CHATSWORTH – UNTIL 23RD OCTOBER 2015

I had no idea Chatsworth was such a contemporary art and design destination! But it turns out it is, so I’m definitely making time to visit. Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth celebrates the art of the chair, with designs by Thomas Heatherwick and Marc Newson mingling with the Duke and Duchess of Chatsworth’s personal collection.


3. ALICE IN WONDERLAND CONFERENCE: MAY 9TH

It’s all about Alice In Wonderland this month, with endless amounts of Alice-themed activities going on to celebrate 150 years of the ribbon-haired one. I’m enjoying re-reading Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland in its snazzy Vivienne Westwood-designed harlequin-patterned jacket. Event-wise, I’d choose the one-day conference next Saturday at the V&A Museum Of Childhood, which will explore Alice as both follower of fashion and trend-setter.


4. FONDAZIONE PRADA OPENS ON MAY 9TH

If you happen to find yourself in Milan anytime soon, head to the new Fondazione Prada. No, not for the art, silly, but for the in-house café, Bar Luce, designed by Wes Anderson. OK, if you must look at art, head to the Thomas Demand installation, ‘Processo Grottesco’ – his intricate paper sculpture will blow your mind.


5. SONIA DELAUNAY AT TATE MODERN – UNTIL 9TH AUGUST

Last year we had Matisse – The Cut-Outs, this year’s colour and pattern fest comes from Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern. I’ve always loved her work but don’t know much about the woman so I’m mad keen to see this UK retrospective of the collaborative multi-media artsist. For now, I’m loving this off-beat video with Caroline de Maigret.


6. SELFRIDGES PRESENTS WORK IT – UNTIL MID JUNE

Selfridges has a new in-store campaign and this one is exploring the world of work. As usual, there’s a million strands to the campaign, one of which is the express beauty experiences in which you can get yourself one of a number of speedy lunch hour beauty treatments. Oh and here’s an important diary date: On Wednesday, I will be in conversation with Fashitects’ Toni Tran and What Olivia Did’s Olivia Purvis, where we’ll be discussing blogging and how we make it work. All 100 tickets were snapped up instantly, so it’s standing room only now, but the talk will be streamed live on Periscope which I believe you can sign up through via Twitter. It’s all happening on Wednesday at 6.30pm so get your P.A to diarise…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Photo London image copyright of Bill Bernstein, used with permission; Fondazione Prada image via Ilpost.it

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LYST, MIU MIU, ATTERLEY ROAD, SUPERMARKET SARAH X MONKI

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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. LYST GOES GLOBAL

Lyst has just raised £40 million in funding from some of the biggest fash-and-tech investors. The aggregated shopping site now has a universal shopping cart that lets you shop from multiple etailers really easily, and the new funding will allow it to expand its services globally. “This round of funding allows us to take Lyst to fashion consumers around the world. We are already seeing a higher conversion by as much as five times through our universal cart – its widespread adoption by the industry’s leading brands and stores is a testament to the unique platform we have built and the volumes of sales it is generating,” said founder Chris Morton. I’ve seen the site grow from a teeny bags and shoes site (that was a super-cool concept, even then), to this immense global player. Big congratulations!


2. MIU MIU – THIS IS AWKWARD

Ooh new Miu Miu AW15 campaign. Jamie Hawkesworth took the pics and their bad lighting and awkward styling (by Olivier Rizzo) remind me of a certain golden era of fashion advertising from the early 90s, when Juergen Teller led the anti-fashion fashion charge.


3. ALL CHANGE AT ATTERLEY ROAD

Womenswear etailer Atterley Road has had a spruce-up with everything from the team, the creative direction, and even the name undergoing a revamp. With a new CEO freshly installed from ASOS, as well as a new creative director (also ex-ASOS), we can expect some excitement for the middle-market etailer. Early signs are good, going by these Celine-lite pictures.


4. SUPERMARKET SARAH X MONKI

I’m a big fan of Supermarket Sarah, she of the endlessly fun shoppable wall installations. This month, Supermarket Sarah goes from online to offline, as she teams up with Swedish chain Monki to take her concept worldwide. The shop-in-shop inspired campaign arrives in store and on Monki.com on 6th May as well as at Supermarketsarah.com.

Beauty basics: Embryolisse and Dr Hauschka

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When it comes to make-up, I hold my hand up and fully admit to preferring the luxe experience. One or two brands aside (hello Topshop), I like my lipsticks in weighty bullets and my powder compacts to close with a clunk. Skincare on the other hand, goes both ways. While I’ve been exploring a lot more serums and whatnot lately, especially during the winter, I’m also a big fan of pharmacy basics – the more pedestrian-looking, the better.

One in particular that I like is Dr Hauschka, the organic German brand. I just love how non-nonsense and utilitarian it looks. I use the body oils religiously; I find the Moor Lavender one is lovely and calming as a massage oil or as a rich body moisturiser. And then there are the rose creams which are a bit of a cult thing. I initially found the Rose Day Cream slightly heavy, so switched to the Rose Day Cream Light (£29.50), which is also better for the warmer months. The scent is very rosy, but I seem to like that as I get older! There’s also a Rose Nurturing Body Cream (£26), with a light, body butter-y consistency and a subtle scent.  And it does indeed feels nurturing (why don’t more brands use words like ‘nurturing’, ‘caring’ and ‘cosseting’ in their names?).

Embryolisse is one of those brands, like Bioderma, that everyone raved about because they couldn’t buy it here. In France they’re very affordable and they’re what make-up artists swear by (they’re paraben-free and cruelty-free). Embryolisse is new to me but I’ve been trying out the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré and its lightweight sister, the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Fluid. Both are excellent and good value because they perform multiple tricks.

I use them as creamy make-up removers but you can also use them as a moisturiser, primer and all round skin-soother. The thick-n-creamy Concentre (£20) is a good winter option, but at the moment I’m all about Lait-Creme Fluid which comes in a huge pump bottle. Two pumps will deliver a generous amount of milky fluid to cover your face, which you massage in, before removing with cotton wool. The consistency is perfect if you like to spend time gently massaging in your makeup remover. At £28 for 500ml, this is going to last some time and I love the functionality of the pump and the just-milky-enough viscosity.

WORDS AND IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

CUTS THE MOVIE: it’s not all about the haircut

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Nineteen years to make a documentary? How? Why?

Well, the story of why and how Sarah Lewis came to take two decades to make a movie is quite possibly a movie in itself, but for now, let’s concentrate on CUTS The Movie.

Cuts is where I have been getting my hair cut for most of my adult life. I went in to get my first short hair cut (I always wanted to look like one of those i-D girls), and like many of its clients, I never left. Cuts is like family, the Soho-based ‘salon’ is like a rough ‘n’ ready living room with barbers’ chairs; the clients come for haircuts or just to hang out. Continue reading

Vogue Festival 2015 – the highlights

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Four years in, the Vogue Festival is firmly established, mixing A-list talks with smaller panel discussions, styling workshops, the obligatory makeover stations and opportunities for one-on-one careers advice with Vogue staffers. It’s a pretty good example of a brand extending its reach well beyond the printed (or digital) page, to touch the lives of its next generation reader. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: COS X MR PORTER, MARTIN MARGIELA, J&M DAVIDSON

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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. MR PORTER X COS

Mr Porter and Cos, could there be a better combination? Clearly they thought not. Coming May 7th is a capsule collection boasting the sort of clean lines and versatile colour palette that spell success for both parties. I’ll be having a sniff around for the best bits so watch this space. Continue reading

Buy it now: British Beauty Blogger X Clinique for Latest In Beauty*

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Jane Cunningham at BritishBeautyBlogger is on fire at the moment! Every beauty box project she does seems to turn to gold and today sees the latest – a special collaboration with Clinique for Latest In Beauty. Continue reading

How to get a million Pinterest followers

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Somehow, I have amassed quite the ridiculous number of Pinterest followers. Not sure how I made the magic million, but it could be the hours and hours I spend lost in a Pinterest vortex repinning photos of Chanel flatlays punk icons and hunting for the perfect gentlewomanly shoes.

Actually, I jest. While I do occasionally (ahem) indulge in aimless ‘pinning’, I’m usually using Pinterest for research purposes or in a strategic way to raise awareness of my site. Continue reading

Quote of the day: Bianca Jagger

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“I often ask myself how people visualise this fable…Where was Mick during this time? Was he holding the reins and pulling me and the horse through the streets of New York, or following submissively behind me!?”
Bianca Jagger’s letter to the FT, putting the white horse myth (partially) to rest. Continue reading