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I’d love to see Phoebe Philo at Burberry



Phoebe Philo at Burberry

Christopher Bailey is leaving Burberry next year after 17 years at the brand. I don’t often get too involved in the designer merry-go-round discussions as these days it happens so frequently. And honestly, there aren’t many designers that I’m interested in on a personal level. But Phoebe Philo’s name has been thrown in the ring and that’s one that I think would be a great coup for Burberry.

Phoebe has a genuine cool factor that someone like Stuart Vevers (whose name has also been mentioned) doesn’t have. He’s a nice guy and has done a great job at Coach but he doesn’t intrigue me. Phoebe just seems more fascinating. Remember her ragga phase? I love that there’s a real history of youth culture there, she’s the generation that would have worn Burberry (or aspired to) way back when and we all know that she’d rather be based in London. Plus rumours have been swirling that she’s ready to leave Celine. I’d love to see what she does with beauty too. (OK, Burberry Beauty is licensed but Burberry still has creative control over imagery, marketing and advertising.)

There’s nothing more seductive for a designer than getting hold of a brand that’s at a turning point. New CEO Marco Gobbetti was previously CEO of Celine; I wonder if he can persuade her…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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Petit Déjeuner X Dior: Way to Blue



The latest in the DRG Petit Déjeuner film series, is a celebration of friendship and creativity.

As soon as I saw the Dior AW17 collection, I knew I wanted to shoot it. The regiment of girls all in blue, from work wear to embroidered taffeta, to a shimmering dégradé sequin gown, all topped with leather berets, was just too wonderful a vision to ignore.

While dove grey is the colour usually associated with Dior, navy blue was a lesser-known favourite of Monsieur Dior. Womenswear artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri wanted to express its many associations, so there are nods to work wear (hence the indigo carpenter jeans – complete with logo-taped selvedge), spirituality (a monastic hood attached to a cashmere outerwear version of Dior’s bar jacket) and the dreamlike art of Chagalle, Picasso and Miro.

Our Petit Déjeuner films are based around mornings, beginnings and reinventions. For our latest film (supported by Dior), celebrating 70 years since Christian Dior launched his house, Emma Miranda Moore and I wanted to tell a story about friendship and creativity. Armed with the Dior collection, our cast, team and a mini bus full of props, we headed off early to the windswept Whitstable coast. As Storm Ophelia cast its surreal glow across the country, our heroines Eris and Georgia basked in its peachy haze…

Way to Blue Dior Emma Miranda Moore Disneyrollergirl
Way to Blue. A film with Dior by Emma Miranda Moore and Navaz Batliwalla for Disneyrollergirl

The clothes were, of course, sublime. While the flou of Dior is known for its delicacy, I love how this collection mixes romantic tulle with rugged boots, utilitarian denim and garconne shirting in inky blue taffeta.

The anti-preciousness extends to adaptable bags, with even the poshest top-handle Lady Dior casualised with the aid of a cross-body strap. (The exception: the magnificent but diminutive embroidered minaudiere below.) I have a thing for military regalia, and the decorative straps teamed with leather berets give Dior a very modern contrast of regality meets reality.

The funnest part of the shoot came right at the end. I won’t spoil it (watch the film!) but let’s just say it was very very windy and we had to do a few takes. The clothes were happily up to the job. These are clothes to walk, work, dance and run around in. And if you really want to, you can even do handstands in Dior…!

Way to Blue. A film with Dior by Emma Miranda Moore and Navaz Batliwalla for Disneyrollergirl
Way to Blue. A film with Dior by Emma Miranda Moore and Navaz Batliwalla for Disneyrollergirl
Way to Blue. A film with Dior by Emma Miranda Moore and Navaz Batliwalla for Disneyrollergirl

You can shop the AW17 womenswear collection at House of Dior, 160 New Bond Street, W1S 2UE

CREDITS
Concept: Navaz Batliwalla and Emma Miranda Moore
Director: Emma Miranda Moore
Styling and creative direction: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Cinematographer: Charles Mori
Models: Georgia at Linden Staub; Eris at Next
Hair: Paul Donovan at CLM
Make-up: Shinobu at CLM
Music: I’ve Waited So Long by Millie Hanlon Cole
Editor: Roberta Bononi
Grading: Malcolm Ellison Igloo Post
Camera assistant: Daniel Read
Production: There You Are

All clothes, accessories and jewellery by Christian Dior. Georgia’s shoes, model’s own.

This is a creative collaboration with Dior. Petit Déjeuner is a collaboration between Disneyrollergirl and Emma Miranda Moore. We create films and editorial shoots based around mornings, beginnings and reinventions. See all our Petit Dejeuner stories here.
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Emma Miranda Moore
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The curious case of Andre Walker



andre walker ss18

An unexpected highlight of Paris Fashion Week was the Andre Walker presentation at Musee des Art Decoratifs. A former designer under Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton and at Jacobs’ own label, Walker recreated pieces he first designed in the mid-80s. (more…)



The Jil Sander little black suit



Jil Sander SS18

The perfect Jil Sander little black suit is back.

I wouldn’t want to be Lucie and Luke Meier with all the pressure entailed in trying to resuscitate Jil Sander. Their debut collection for SS18 was big on slim tailoring, monastic white shirts, lots of texture layering (macrame fringing anyone?) and some great bags. Nothing mind-exploding but that’s not what you want for Jil Sander. (more…)