Petit Déjeuner – Hurry Up and Wait

What do mornings mean to you? That’s the roundabout question being asked by Petit Déjeuner, my new DRG film strand, which launches today! It’s a chance to stretch myself beyond the world of stills and dip a toe into the wonderful realms of moving image.

These video vignettes take their cues from morning routines, musings and motivations. You know, those first waking moments when you may be ruminating on your ambitions – hello Monday #lifegoals! – or if you’re anything like me, wishing you could slow your pace right down as you silence the snooze button for the 12th time…

Bo Jong Hurry Up and Wait

First in the series is Hurry Up And Wait, directed and photographed by my creative collaborator, Emma Miranda Moore. We took inspiration from our 18-year-old Dutch muse, Bo Jong, whose suitably go-getting spirit had her entering modelling at 14 and moving to London by eighteen. An adventurous self-starter, her weekend mornings are categorically not spent lingering in bed.

Bo might not be sure exactly where she’s heading but that doesn’t stop her wanting to get there fast. Although, as for most of us, she’s not immune to a distraction or two. While still in pyjamas (lovely linen-silk striped Carrier Company ones), Hanro vest and hand knitted socks, she’ll graze on tea and toast, maybe dipping into a book to ponder the eternal existentialist question – What Would Jean-Paul Sartre do?

Then it’s a quick change into her off duty wardrobe of Studio Nicholson trousers and Chloé engineer stripe shirt (or will it be Sonia Rykiel’s pie-crust collared denim?). Add an Isabel Marant bangle, Aurélie Bidermann mirrored ring and Shinola watch. Wait, is that the time? Best get going…

What’s your Saturday routine? Hurry up and get things done or take your own sweet time…?

Carrier company pyjamas
Linen-silk pyjamas (above and below), Carrier Company; Cotton vest, Hanro

Pyjamas by Carrier Company
Shirt by Chloe
Engineer stripe shirt (above and below),  Chloé

Shirt by Chloe

Shinola watch and Aurelie Bidermann mirrored ring
Watch, Shinola; mirrored ring, Aurélie Bidermann

engineer stripe by Chloe
Engineer stripe shirt, Chloé

Stella McCartney Multi-knit and broderie-anglaise cardigan
Multi-knit and broderie-anglaise cardigan, Stella McCartney

9 Disneyrollergirl Petit Dejeuner Bo Jong
Engineer stripe shirt, Chloé; mirrorred ring, Aurélie Bidermann; Diary, Smythson

Concept: Navaz Batliwalla and Emma Miranda Moore
Film and photography: Emma Miranda Moore
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/
Hair and make-up: Sjaniël at Novel Beings using natural and organic make-up
Model: Bo Jong at Next Models
Clothes from, Carrier Company and Studio Nicholson



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

Shoes from Frances Valentine's spring 2016 collection.
Handbag sales may be on the slide but that isn’t stopping the original Kate Spade dream team from setting up a whole new accessories brand. Kate ‘Valentine’ has teamed up with Andy Spade again to launch Frances Valentine, an accessory line that will focus on shoes. From what I’ve seen so far I’d say it looks a little bit Manolo, a little bit Prada but what I think will be really exciting is the branding. Kate Spade had one of the first really immersive brand websites if you remember, so I think it’s worth signing up here to see the early incarnations when this all launches in March.


I’m interested to see what Bouchra Jarrar serves up in her high jewellery collection for Mauboussin. I imagine it along the same architectural lines as Repossi and Dauphin, two other high jewellery houses whose have embraced the new younger and cooler uber-luxe customer who buys jewels for herself. The line launches in July during the couture shows and you can read the whole story here.


Burberry ss16
Burberry has made a stand as the first major brand to fully buck the ‘broken’ fashion week system. Having already jettisoned the diffusion lines (Burberry London, Burberry Brit) Christopher Bailey is proposing a complete overhaul, including selling direct to consumers from the runway come September, and also showing menswear and womenswear collections together on the same runway. This makes sense to me. Why pay for two lots of shows and make editors schlep around twice, when you can get more for your time and money by focusing everything into one event? Read more on WWD and Business of Fashion.


Vetements ss16 i-D -photo via Jason Lloyd Evans
Hot on Burberry’s heels, Vetements is the next brand to buck the fashion system. Demna and Guram Gvasalia are set to disrupt the schedule next year by showing a single collection of mens and womenswear two months in advance, in January, instead of March. The aim is to show the clothes at the same time as they arrive in store and they have chosen the optimum time to show and ship the product to ensure it stays on the shop floor long enough for people to desire and buy it at full price. Read more on


Daryl K has designed a denim range for for Madewell

Daryl K
is back! She of the perfect 90s-jean-n-boot look has been rather invisible for a couple of decades but it traspires she’s alive and well and doing great things with denim for Madewell. The 18-piece collection goes on sale at Madewell from Monday. Read more here.


Estee Lauder launches The Estee Edit product line via Yaho beauty
There’s no escaping millennials at the moment, especially in the make-up world. Having hit the jackpot with Kendal Jenner, Estee Lauder is continuing the millennials marketing theme with The Estee Edit, an entire collection marketed to young, independent-minded women. Sephora is getting the whole collection in March. Read the story on Fashionista.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Buy it now: the best beauty and fashion gifts for Chinese New Year

Beauty and Fashion gifts for Chinese New Year include Giorgio Armani's monkey-themed Illuminating Powder

When is it not gift seaason somewhere in the world? Between Christmas and Valentine’s comes the Lunar New Year, AKA, an opportunity for stores to promote some full price product in festive red and gold. Unsurprisingly, it’s the luxury stores who are pulling out the stops to present enticing, Chinese-friendly gifts, especially with monkey-themed motifs or in editions of lucky number eight.

In truth, I’m not seeing a huge amount of innovation. The beauty brands get my vote for gorgeous jewel-like compacts in lovely packaging – for example this Estee Lauder compact and the Giorgio Armani Illuminating Palette – but for leathergoods brands like Jimmy Choo and Mulberry it’s a case of merchandising all the reds and golds together for a simple (but probably quite effective) pick-n-mix offer.

In China, Burberry is doing what it does best, using social platform WeChat to let users digitally unwrap gifts and create personalised digital Lunar New Year envelopes to send to friends and family. But elsewhere, it’s about slapping a monkey on anything and everything and hoping for the best. Here’s my edit.


WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla

New and improved: YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation

A new version of ysl Touche eclat Le Teint Foundation has just launched

This new iteration of YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation (£32.50, launching today), is so much better than the original. I remember getting very excited about it when it first launched four years ago, but the reality was that it was a little too shine-inducing.

Don’t confuse this with its predecessor, (more…)