Photography Archives - DisneyRollerGirl

Photography

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

On my radar: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Pre-fall 2015

Sonia By Sonia Rykiel Pre Fall 2015

Julie de Libran is warming up in her new role as creative director of Sonia Rykiel. I’m rather taken with these shots of the Sonia by Sonia Rykiel pre-fall 2015 collection, a slightly boyish offering of military-influenced separates and coats.

My main standouts are the khaki shirt and trousers, while the coat has a whiff of Carven in its tailoring and embellishment. The blush pink quilted jacket is a great foil to the utility pants and a nod to classic Rykiel. And there’s always a place in my life for a ribbed knit in olive drab

sonia by sonia rykiel pre-fall aw15 ribbed knit sweater (more…)

Coming soon: Trademark AW15

Trademark Aw15

The Burch girls from Trademark are quietly building a solid brand, assembled around all my favourites – coats, knits and shirts. They arrived on the New York scene only a few seasons ago with their ‘modern preppie’ sweatshirts and considered accessories and have developed a strong signature that I guess is in keeping with the idea of American sportswear. That is, ‘sportswear’ in the traditional sense of everyday separates, as opposed to Lulu Lemon-esque ‘athleisure‘.

It’s an interesting time for said sportswear. It’s an almost quaint idea when you think of how brands like Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren are being usurped by upstarts of the Public School and Alexander Wang kind. But I like the Trademark aesthetic a lot. The branding is great, very clean, with a tomboyish bent, but not necessarily androgynous. And I love the look book photography.

These are the AW15 look book pictures which have a slightly domesticated look about them, inspired as they were, by ‘moms’. In fact, they were shot in the Pennsylvania home of Pookie and Louisa Burch’s mum, which ties up the theme rather nicely.

Trademark-aw15
Trademark Aw15
Trademark Aw15
Trademark aw15

I met up with the Burch sisters when they were in London to preview their pre-fall and autumn-winter collections. I got a really thorough look at the pieces and got to geek out over the poplin shirts and polypropylene knits. The polypropylene gives the knitwear a techy, boxy feel, which adds a modern spin to the otherwise nostalgic silhouettes. But I gravitated most towards the coats, which have simple, modernist cuts but interesting details, like scallop edges and removable collars. The other details I liked were the shirts with detachable scarves and the Belgian loafers which are becoming something of a signature.

Matches Fashion is supporting Trademark in the UK, with a selection of AW15 pieces gradually filtering through on the website. There’s also a great interview here worth reading if you want to know more about the brand.

Trademark aw15
Trademark aw15
Trademark aw15
Trademark aw15

SHOP THE POST BELOW:

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Trademark AW15

Buy it now: Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson collection

Jerry hall By norman Parkinnson Vogue

My personal favourite from the Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson collection has to be the Matte Revolution lipstick in 1975 Red. It’s a great ‘colour-pop’ shade; well pigmented, beautifully formulated (matte but non-drying) and in stunning weighty golden packaging, so I think it’s worth the spendy £23 price. (more…)