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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

Jo Malone Christmas collection – all you need to know

Jo Malone giant Cracker

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Christmas In July, it’s when all the brands showcase their gifting wares to the press in the lead up to working on their Christmas issues. Traditionally, magazines work on their December issue in August, so they need to start planning in July. (more…)

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