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Things to see and do: August and September 2015

LAST CHANCE TO SEE SONIA DELAUNAY AT TATE MODERN ENDS 9th AUGUST
Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern

Drop everything and get down to the Tate. No, now! It’s the last chance to see Sonia Delaunay which finishes on 9th August. The great thing about major exhibitions like this is they really express the range of an artist’s output. So whatever you think you know about Delaunay, be prepared to go slack-jawed at the ‘simultanist’ geometric paintings, textile creations, graphic designs and costume sketches. The room of fashion and textiles can’t be missed, there’s so much to take in, including a moving textile wall and a pair of embroidered shoes that could have stepped straight out of a Prada collection (in truth, the whole thing is very Prada SS11). Read more HERE.


BARBARA HEPWORTH AT TATE BRITAIN – UNTIL 25th OCTOBER

Barbara Hepworth Tate Britain

Another great Tate production – this one’s at Tate Britain – Barbara Hepworth Sculpture for a Modern World looks at one of the leading sculptors of the 20th Century. On display are her smaller early wood and stone carvings (grouped alongside the work of her contemporaries to show the similarities in their smooth, organic forms), which get gradually more majestic until we arrive at her large-scale outdoor bronzes. As well as the sculptures, there’s a focus on how Hepworth promoted her work, via the media and her own carefully-control marketing and photography. Read more HERE.


LOUIS VUITTON’S SERIES 3 INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION COMES TO LONDON

louis vuitton Series 3 Exhibition London

How we shop is changing drastically and LVMH is tapping into our experiential digital desires with a very millennial exhibition. Louis Vuitton Series 3 (21st Sepember – 18th October 2015) is designed to give London visitors something of the catwalk behind-the-scenes experience with its multi-channel access to the aw15 collection. There will be 13 rooms at the heart of which will be a video display of the show on lifesize screens, according to The Business of Fashion. And of course visitors will be encouraged to Insta/Tweet/Snapchat/WhatsApp to their heart’s content. Vuitton chief executive Michael Burke is quite upfront as to the point of all this. It’s not just about heritage appreciation, it’s about creating desire for product. And in a way it preempts the imminent Instagram ‘buy’ button. For those millennials and post-millennials who don’t go to physical stores, seeing the product disseminated through an Insta lens, might  – in the future – prompt them to buy.


RAF SIMONS RETROSPECTIVE – UNTIL AUGUST 21ST

Raf Simons exhibition in Berlin until August 21 2015

Don’t wet yourself but there’s a Raf Simons exhibition on right now in Berlin. Curated by Willy Vanderperre in collaboration with 032c, it celebrates 20 years of Raf’s work, including Jil Sander and Dior. Of course, it’s all nicely multi-media, with a big emphasis on music, youth culture and – naturally – Vanderperre’s photography. Read more HERE.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl, RCA, Louis Vuitton, Hypebeast

On my radar: round toe shoes

Gianvito Rossi aw15

When you do the rounds of press days in April and October, you get a very clear sense of the trends that are going to push through for the season. The designers have done their bit, the stores have bought the commercial sellers, and then the PRs do their own edit to show the press. As an editor, if you can’t spot the winners by then, you need to try harder.

For AW15, we’re going to see a ton of round toe shoes. Sharp, pointed toes will still be ongoing, but designers have exhausted those, so this time around we’ll see an abundance of almond-toe dancing shoes (I love Gianvito Rossi’s lace variety, above, and Dolce & Gabbana’s bedazzled versions – available here), sensible bow pumps (Ferragamo-esque ones from Tabitha Simmonsavailable here) and multi-buckled Mary Janes (also at Tabitha Simmons – very Westwood, available here). Mary Katrantzou’s velvet Mary Janes mix extreme chunky wedges with delicate thin straps (below).

To avoid looking too twee, I like these worn with textured or printed ankle-crop cigarette pants (from Miu Miu or J. Crew), accessorised with tweedy socks fpr added eccentricity. And I like how the heels here are fairly chunky and straight, rather than slender and dainty.

BELOW: Tabitha Simmons AW15 multi buckle and bow pumps
Tabitha Simmons aw15

Mary Katrantzou velvet Mary Janes
Mary Katrantzou velvet Mary Jane round toe shoes aw15

Tabitha Simmons bow trim pumps
tabitha Simmons aw15

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Words and images: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: YVES SAINT LAURENT, M. MARTIN, DEBRETT’S, SONIA RYKIEL

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

1. YVES SAINT LAURENT’S UBER-EXCLUSIVE COUTURE
Saint Laurent couture made to order

“It will be used only for ‘friends of the house,’ and can be both for men or women, daywear or evening wear. Hedi Slimane decides these orders case by case. Unlike a couture collection, this is an even more exclusive definition.” So quoth an unnamed Saint Laurent exec in the New York Times on the subject of the new Yves Saint Laurent made to order service. When everything is accessible, what could be more desirable than entry to the most exclusive even-money-can’t-buy-entry fashion club of all?


2. SONIA RYKIEL’S LEFT BANK LIBRARY COMES TO BROOK STREET

Sonia Rykiel Brook Street store bibliotheque

While in town for appointments last week, I went past the Sonia Rykiel boutique in Brook Street. The whole store has been transformed into a pop-up ‘bibliothèque‘, complete with 15,000 books, as well as an outside patio, with chairs and tables. Tres jolie indeed, and these new-season bags looked very appealing too.


3. DEBRETT’S AT HARRODS

The Debrett¹s Drawing Room has opened at Harrods
Watch out Smythson, Debrett’s is on your case. Debrett’s has just opened a stationery concession at Harrods and its pretty tempting for lovers of old school paper goods. I have the Debrett’s Town & Country diary and I love using it. It’s quite big (A5) for carrying around day to day but it’s not at all heavy. In Harrods’ ‘Debrett’s Drawing Room’, you can also find British-made leathergoods and photo frames, alongside antiques and David Linley furniture.


4. INTRODUCING M. MARTIN

M.Martin elevated basics

When it comes to ‘wearable timeless staples’, a lot hinges on the branding and imagery. Because how exciting can a white shirt or camel sweatshirt really get? I’ve just discovered M. Martin, a new line from Alex Gilbert Gaines, a founder of Paper Denim & Cloth, and Jennifer Noyes, who was director of women’s ready-to-wear at Prada USA. These elevated basics have subtle details like piped cuffs and strategically-positioned pockets, and the imagery is lush – lifestyle-y and relatable (but of course, aspirational). And the cloth-covered lookbook that these pictures are from looks like a thing of loveliness in itself.

WORDS:Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Buy it now: Gucci AW15

Gucci Aw15 womenswear collection

Gotta love that pretty much the whole Gucci AW15 collection went into production, mostly unmodified from what we saw on the runway. And if you break it down without the styling and kooky casting, you get desirable, wearable and very commercial clothes (goat hair Dougal-from-Magic-Roundabout-style slippers excepted).

My eye is on the tailored suits which have lived-in creases pressed into them but are immaculately cut. And also the fur-lined snaffle-trim slippers (the clogs, not so much). Also, a note on the jewellery. I don’t think Gucci has ever been known for jewellery but we know Alessandro Michele loves his chunky rings so I can see these becoming a bit of a thing. The entry point for the smaller rings is around £200 but be warned, prices go much higher for the real show stoppers…

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Gucci