Designers

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BELLA FREUD, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, UNIQLO, J CREW, BURBERRY, L’OREAL

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

1. BELLA FREUD – THE SHOP
Bella Freud launches cashmere and is opening a Bella Freud store
Bella Freud is opening a shop! And has launched cashmere! And has great advice for new designers in this interview from Fashionista


2. LOUBOUTIN LIPSTICKS ARRIVE THIS WEEK

Louboutin Lipsticks
…And Selfridges has the exclusive. If you’re ready to splash £60 on a lippie please can I be your BFF, then get to Selfridges on September 1st. [UPDATE: buy it HERE]


3. UNIQLO X LEMAIRE

Lemaire X Uniqlo look book
The full look book for UNIQLO X LEMAIRE is out and for me it’s all about the square cut knits and men’s coats. See the other looks here. (P.S is anyone else getting COS vibes from the micro site design?)


4. J.CREW BACK TO BASICS

J Crew Regent Blazer
Vogue reports that J. Crew is going back to basics (think ballet flats and cashmere) for AW15. I’ve seen this collection and it’s good. I definitely think championing the classics (in a contemporary way, of course) is the way to go… The Regent blazer with satin lapels gets my vote.


5. DESIGN YOUR OWN BURBERRY SCARF

Burberry scarf bar

Clever clever Burberry is soooo good at ‘affordable luxury’, with its monogrammed perfume bottles, brilliant makeup and now… design-your-own scarves. OK, they’re not that affordable but people will pay more for personalisation. The Burberry Scarf Bar launches on 2nd September online and in-store…


6. HOW L’OREAL IS INNOVATING DIGITALLY IN CHINA

Loreal Makeup Genius app
Interesting insights into how L’Oreal’s digital initiatives (like the Makeup Genius app) are helping it clean up in China. Read here

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

The Dior watch with a Raf Simons flavour

Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil, 36mm in steel, mother of pearl & alligator strap £16,800

Is Raf Simon’s influence permeating the Dior watches line?

It’s not something that’s usually apparent, but the hyper-real colour palette of the AW15 collection does seem to have infiltrated these day and evening watches. I love the odd combo of electric blue and green, offset by the pink-tipped mother of pearl ‘skirt’ in the Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé Soleil (below), and the intense blue dial and maroon alligator strap of the same watch encircled with a scattering of diamonds (above).

A little sportier is the Dior VIII Montaigne with its plum dial and matching plum calfskin strap lined with blue rubber (second from bottom). I don’t know, I just don’t expect to see such dark, macho colours on Dior’s women’s watches. But then a surprise is always good in this context, I think. (Interestingly, these colours tie in with the Dior AW15 make-up palette too. Hell, why not match everything?)

Perhaps the prettiest of all is the fabulously-named Dior VIII Grand Bal Cancan watch with its pink gold accents and feathered* dial, mismatched with the periwinkle alligator strap (bottom) – a steal at £41,150…

Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil, 36mm in steel, mother of pearl & alligator strap £11,950

Dior watch Dior VIII Montaigne, 32mm in steel and calfskin strap, £3,100
Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Cancan, 38mm in white ceramic, pink gold, feather dial & alligator strap £41,150

All available in Dior stores, see more here

*yep, they’re real

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Dior

Le Kilt and La Coterie

Le Kilt aw15

The AW15 Le Kilt collection is arriving in store (it’s new to Harvey Nichols this season – buy HERE), so now’s a good time to show the look book photos. Le Kilt has only been around for a few seasons but is slowly gaining attention for its handmade, off-kilter kilts. It’s now added other components to the collection, including blazers, knitwear and the most fetching of tam-o-shanters, as well as designs in wool crepe and houndstooth…

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On a related note, I did some filming months ago for a new intelligent editorial platform called La Coterie which has now launched. I got together with Kay Montano from ThandieKay and Rosalind Jana from Clothes, Camera and Coffee to discuss the AW15 Le Kilt collection and all things contextual around kilts, punk and feminism. Le Kilt’s Sam McCoach makes a appearance too. You can watch HERE and below…

https://vimeo.com/136438158

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Images: Jacob Lillis

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AESOP, VOGUE, AMERICAN APPAREL, HILLIER BARTLEY

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

1. AESOP UNCOVERED
Aesop Dennis Paphitis interview
Aesop is one of those brands that keeps popping up, seemingly without too much effort (i.e, it’s not rammed down your throat by advertisers) (more…)