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

Helmut Lang ad campaign
Helmut-heads, diarise November 15th! That’s when Resurrection is hosting a sale of iconic Helmut Lang pieces from the 90s to 2005. HELMUT LANG: ARTIFACTS will be available in-store and online at Resurrection Vintage.


Shiseido telebeauty - a collaboration with Microsoft and Skype
Not sure how I feel about Shiseido creating beautifying filters for business Skypers. Do we really look that bad?


Shu Uemura X Takashi Murakami Holiday collection
Beauty and art collabs are flourishing like Takashi Murakami’s pop art blooms. And the artist himself has just splashed his smiley-faced flower art on a limited edition Holiday line for Shu Uemura. If you’re in need of a new cleansing oil or the signature eyelash curler, you can get a Murakami-fied version HERE. (Alas, I can’t find it on any UK sites.)


Anthropologie & Co superstore
Anthropologie is attempting to reinvent the department store, in its own inimitable way. Its newest outpost, Anthropologie & Co will be a 30,000 square foot concept store located in a former Barnes & Noble store in Walnut Creek, North California. Taking its experiential retail vision to the limit, the supersized Anthro will go large on shoes, beauty (featuring more than 90 brands including Sunday Riley and Eve Lom), bridal and home décor complete with fabric swatches and wallpaper sample books. Set to open on November 18th, it’s rolling the concept out to four other locations.


Jean-paul Goude at the Kenzo x H& M Collaboration launch party in New York
The Kenzo X H&M collab looks like one of the funnest high-low collaborations yet. Oh to have been at the launch in New York – I mean, Jean-Paul Goude, people! The collection launches on November 3rd.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Helmut Lang, Shiseido, Allure, The Business of Fashion, Aurora Rose/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
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Positive fashion: L/Uniform bags

L/Uniform bag of Daphne Hezard by Elise Toide

Who doesn’t love an Instagram rabbit hole? After Monocle magazine’s Daphne Hezard posted one of the pictures from my book (of Hezard’s cute deskscape – above), the co-founder of her lush red L/Uniform satchel commented, which led me to her own very fetching Instagram account.

One thing led to another, as these things do and I wound up on the L/Uniform website. What’s so great about this brand is that as well as being beautifully designed (think utilitarian canvas totes and pochettes with contrast leather edging and initial monogramming should you desire), everything is made by hand with love and care.

The L/Uniform website is wonderfully detailed, which I think is so important for smaller brands. To invest in buying from a small brand, you want the least friction, you want trust, provenance and great service. You want excellence! I love all the explanations of how things are made, where they’re made (they have workshops in France and Portugal), plus lots of pics of the masters and mistresses in action.

L/Uniform bags







L/Uniform prides itself on its meaningful, sustainable practices which these days is just as important as a sexy looking product. Its current UK stockist is Dover Street Market, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time before it’s in Liberty, The Shop at Bluebird and The Conran Shop…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Elise Toide; L/Uniform
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Omorovicza: first impressions and new launches

Omorovicza skincare from Budapest

Back in the day, a skincare routine was easy – cleanse, tone, moisturise. SPF? Not on my radar. We certainly didn’t have unctuous hot cloth balms or zany foil masks – it was a straightforward, functional process. But beauty has become a bigger (and more competitive) business than ever before; enter many many more steps and products.

Until a couple of years ago, I got by quite happily on my Ren rinse-off cleanser and Nivea routine, but lately my skin’s been getting older drier and duller, with more breakouts than I’d like. All those serums, night creams and facial mists that went over my head before are suddenly congregating on my bathroom shelf.

What’s new is a concerted two-pronged approach where hi tech science meets nature. There’s a rise in companies making products that deliver high performance results with a gentle, holistic approach. A few I’ve come across lately include Aurelia probiotic skincare, Votary and Omorovicza.

Ten years old this year, Omorovicza’s success is down to its secret ingredients, the healing waters of Budapest’s thermal springs and the moor mud from Lake Herviz. The waters absorb beneficial minerals from this region because the earth’s crust here is thinner. While products are free from unnecessary synthetic ingredients, Omorovicza uses cutting edge processes to create its innovative recipes.

Omorovicza Oxygen Booster and Omorovicza Instant Protection serum
Example: one of its newest launches is the Oxygen Booster (£85, above), a water-based gel that can be used alone on clean skin, or added to your moisturiser or serum to brighten and revitalise skin tone. The key ingredient is liquid oxygen that delivers a potent shot of concentrated hydration to regenerate lacklustre skin. Perfect for this time of year, I‘ve been using this to supercharge my Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and it gives me a noticeably perkier, more uniform skin tone.

Also new is the Instant Perfection Serum (£80, above), an oil-free serum that helps combat the effects of pollution. I didn’t love the slightly sticky texture of this, but it works by using hyaluronic acid, xylitol and stem cells from the narcissus flower to add a steady dose of hydration throughout the day.

Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist
Less high tech but extremely popular is the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (above). I admit I’m new to the cult of misting. I mean, I used Evian spray back in the day for cooling down in a heatwave but that was like, a fiver. Queen of Hungary Mist is several luxurious steps above that, infused with calming neroli, rose, sage and orange blossom, and packaged in a frosted glass spray bottle. It’s £50 for 100ml (or £25 for this limited edition 50ml one, pictured) and is very pleasant but is it useful? Well yes, it turns out. It’s a multi-tasker so can be used for cooling the skin, calming rosacea or sensitive flare-ups, boosting hydration during the day and – this is news to me – spritzing between layers of makeup to help it set and last longer. Keeping a bottle in the office fridge is apparently the done thing with beauty editors.

If £50 is a bit spendy, then check out the Omorovicza Introductory set (£69). This has a 30ml version (along with mini versions of the Ultramoor Mud Mask, Balancing Moisturiser, Cleansing Foam and Thermal Cleansing Balm). I haven’t tried the Thermal Cleansing Balm (another hero item) but I’ve tried a new cleanser that comes out next spring. The Moor Cream Cleanser is for sensitive dry skin and is a gorgeous combo of calcium and magnesium-rich Moor mud, with mint and lavender essential oils. It looks like a grey clay but it’s super creamy for massaging in, and removes makeup without stripping the skin (it’s sulphate-free). One to watch out for.

Omorovicza skincare
One of the things I’m guilty of sometimes is over cleansing. If I’m suffering from a breakout, I’ve learnt to cleanse less and moisturise more and it seems to work. Which brings me to my favourite product, the Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream (£110). It’s very thick, almost solid in the pot, but the nicest consistency to use. It’s satisfyingly rich but not at all greasy and contains collagen-boosting carrot oil, free radical-fighting plum almond oil and Vitamin A, all especially kind to older skins.

Admittedly none of these products are cheap but they are effective. If you fancy trying anything, I’d suggest having one of the Omorovicza facials first. The facial itself is thorough but still relaxing (I slept through the vigorous happy-slappy massage) and the cost is redeemable against anything you buy, so it’s a good way to test things out. They’re also generous with their samples.

Omorovicza has a pretty comprehensive website, but you can also buy from Netaporter, Harrods, Space NK, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, and Cult Beauty.


WORDS AND IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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When there are too many things to see, you see nothing

The First Monday In May movie about the Met Gala

Forget Absolutely Fashion (oh you have already?), this is how you make a fashion documentary. Mid fashion week I swished over to BAFTA to the UK premiere of The First Monday In May, the documentary about the making of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 fashion exhibition and the accompanying Costume Institute Met Gala.

If you’re interested in fashion, art, media, celebrity, globalism, events – any or all of the above – then this is a film for you; laden as it is with insight, drama, suspense and humour.

Anna Wintour, in her role as the museum trustee and Costume Institute benefit co-chair is the star, as you’d expect. But Andrew Bolton (curator of the China: Through The Looking Glass exhibition in question) is a terrific co-star. His thoughtful, boyish demeanour make him instantly likeable, while his refusal to get shirty with clueless contractors adds to the suspense. His dedication to crop-ankled, Thom Browne suits and thunking brogues should also get a mention for supporting role.

There are some great one liners and unintentional funny moments. But my favourite quote comes from director Wong Kar Wai, as creative director of the exhibition who comments sagely, ‘When there are too many things to see, you see nothing‘.

In life as in art…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: The First Monday In May
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