Kovert jewellery to the rescue of the over-connected and tech-tired

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2015 might be the year I stage my own digital detox intervention. I seriously don’t think I can take one iota more of online over-stimulation. To help us all, there’s Kovert, a line of fine jewellery designed to assist us in managing our tech-obsessed lives. Launched by tech-consultant-turned-entrepreneur, Kate Unsworth, it’s the ‘wearable’ for people who want less, not more connectedness.

“I decided to create a range of connected jewellery that tries to offer a shield from today’s always-on, hyper-connected world of emails and social media updates,” said Unsworth at the press launch two weeks ago. “It’s about having time out for reflection, some ‘me-time’, but still being available to key people in your life if it’s an emergency or there’s something important going on.”

Her solution is a capsule line of ‘smart’ jewellery (rings, necklaces, bracelets) whose standout feature is a removable ceramic stone that’s actually a programmable micro tech pack. Key words or names are coded to produce discreet vibrations when the wearer receives a relevant message, meaning that you can leave your phone behind, but wear this for absolute emergencies.

Think it has potential? There’s certainly been a lot of buzz and you can decide for yourself when it launches exclusively at Net-a-Porter.com in January.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Kovert

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BURBERRY, VALEXTRA, GUCCI, VALENTINO, FORNASETTI

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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. NAOMI CAMPBELL AND JOURDAN DUNN FOR BURBERRY SS15

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Oh to be a fly on the wall of the new Burberry ss15 campaign featuring Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn. I love the colourful energy of this campaign and – note to Santa – as a key focus of the collection, the trench coats are being made available to buy from today at Burberry.com (with the rest of the collection on sale globally from January 5th).


2. VALEXTRA OPENS NEW YORK STORE

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Well, hello sexy new Valextra New York store. A first for one of my favourite stealth-luxe brands, the Madison Avenue store aims to appeal to a US and global customer “who enjoys a private sense of luxury,” says executive director, Marco Scarpella. Valextra is raising its visibility from small, in-the-know brand to something a little more high profile. According to reports, London will see its own Valextra store next year.


3. GUCCI’S GIFT GUIDE

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All tongues were a-wag about the imminent departure of Frida Giannini and Patrizio di Marco at Gucci this week (weird as the SS15 collection was my favourite for a while). But in more upbeat Gucci news, thank you Rachel Arthur for the heads up on this cute Gucci gift guide video.


4. SYNERGISTIC BRANDING: VALENTINO MEETS FORNASETTI

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Is this the ultimate collaboration? Luxury purveyors Valentino and Fornasetti have joined forces on a capsule line mashing up their respective aesthetics. Valentino camo meets Fornasetti’s hand drawn lips – if you’re a fan of both it’s like the best kind of BOGOF (buy one get one free)…

Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Burberry image: Mario Testino

Daddy, please can I have a Dior coat?

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The coats! The coats! The Dior pre-fall 2015 pics are in and it’s all about the coats. And they’re not prissy couture coats either but outdoor-friendly(ish), utility-luxe offerings for rainy walks on the Welsh hills or motorbike rides around Tokyo. Or so we’re led to believe.

I love the storm coats in shiny Stone Island-esque materials for chucking on and off, and especially the wet-look A-line zippy affair juxtaposed with snazzy sequins (sorry, pailettes). And when the familiar Dior structured cuts come into play, they’re reimagined in a younger, streetier finish than we’re used to. Continue reading

Editorial shoot: Follow the blue line

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Should you ever arrive in London for a short staycation, you’d be advised to disembark at Victoria mainline station then follow the blue line, helpfully taped to the floor. It leads to the rather unglamorous passport office on Belgrave Road at which point you veer off course for another five minutes, along Eccleston Square towards Cambridge Street. And there you’ll arrive at a secret little nook of delight – AKA the Artist Residence Hotel.

This is the route our model Maddy took, arriving in a typical London torrential downpour to the comfort of the Grand Suite, where we had commandeered the bed, chairs and bathroom for my latest Disneyrollergirl fashion shoot. The hotel is the third in the Artist Residence chain of boutique stay-overs and its period rooms are a masterclass in eccentric but luxurious London charm.  They’re furnished with reclaimed gems from some of London’s best secret sources, juxtaposed with contemporary artworks from art fairs and independent galleries. To make you feel really at home there’s the downstairs cocktail lounge, all velvet sofas, rustic logs and table football, and the 64 Degrees restaurant (think proper cooked breakfasts and inventive tapas-style sharing plates).

And although it’s not immediately obvious, the location is in fact, the height of fashion, a stone’s thrown from the London HQs of Burberry, Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo. Position yourself just so by Ebury Bridge, and you’re afforded an unexpected vista of Battersea Power Station.

Allow us to take you on a little tour – just follow the blue line…

2 Disneyrollergirl-Navaz-Batliwalla-Vanessa-jackman-Maddy-elmer ABOVE: Houndstooth sweater, Paul Smith menswear///Necklace: Stylist’s own

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Faux fur coat, Carven at Matches Fashion/// Sequin skirt, No 21 at The Shop At Bluebird/// Houndstooth sweater, Paul Smith menswear///Brogues, Church’s///socks, Falke///Necklace: Stylist’s own

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Faux fur coat, Carven at Matches Fashion/// Houndstooth sweater (just seen), Paul Smith menswear///Necklace: Stylist’s own

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Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion /// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos ///Rings, Delphine Pariente at The Shop At Bluebird

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Oversized coat, Toga Archives /// Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion /// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos

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Oversized coat, Toga Archives /// Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion /// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos

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Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion/// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos/// pleated skirt, Toga  /// Buckled boots (just seen), Toga Pulla /// socks, Falke /// Rings, Delphine Pariente at The Shop At Bluebird

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Oversized coat, Toga Archives /// Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion /// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos

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Houndstooth sweater, Paul Smith menswear/// Sequin slashed skirt, No 21 at The Shop At Bluebird/// socks, Falke///Rings, Delphine Pariente at The Shop At Bluebird/// Faux fur coat (in background), Shrimps at Matches Fashion

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Houndstooth sweater, Paul Smith menswear

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Jersey animal-print dress, Rika at The Shop At Bluebird

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Bomber jacket, Mother Of Pearl /// Animal-print dress, Rika at The Shop At Bluebird

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Faux fur coat, Shrimps at Matches Fashion/// Jeans, MIH Jeans at Matches Fashion/// Rings (just seen), Delphine Pariente at The Shop At Bluebird

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Faux fur coat, Shrimps at Matches Fashion/// Jeans (just seen), MIH Jeans at Matches Fashion

CREDITS
Photography: Vanessa Jackman
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Hair: Patrick Forini using Bed head by TIGI
Make-up: Emma Broom
Model: Maddy Elmer at Storm
With thanks to the team at Artist Residence London, 52 Cambridge Street, SW1V 4QQ

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What he wants: a classic watch (that won’t break the bank)

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Certain men are a nightmare to buy gifts for. I know, I live with one. But one of the safest things you can buy is a classic watch. They don’t have to be expensive, there are a few brands I like a lot that plug the gap between high street and luxury, are nicely designed and well made.

Uniform Wares is interesting because it has recently adapted its business model. The UK-based brand of clean, unisex timepieces is now positioned as a progressive luxury quartz brand, bridging the gap between mass market quartz brands and the quartz offerings by the likes of Tag Heuer, Cartier and Chanel. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: TIFFANY T, FINERY LONDON, JOHNNY COCA FOR MULBERRY, MARC JACOBS X DAMIEN HIRST

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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) TIFFANY T PUSHES UP PROFITS

It’s not just me that’s crazy about Tiffany’s new ‘T’ line of minimalist T-motif jewellery. Created by design director Francesca Amfitheatrof, it has helped push up profits for the jeweller which reported a sales uptick of 5%. P.S, if you’re in the market for a new style crush, watch Amfitheatrof in the Google hangout above… Continue reading

Bobbi Brown’s best buys: the nude edit

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Naked and nude makeup palettes have undoubtedly been a thing this year. You can get them at all price points (just search them on British Beauty Blog, there’s a new one along every week) but for me, you can’t beat Bobbi Brown. The formulations are beautiful, the shades are supremely wearable and they work hard for day and night so that even the expensive ones earn their keep. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Buy it now*: Diana Vreeland perfume

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The good news: The Diana Vreeland perfumes have landed at Net-a-Porter. Continue reading

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