Is ‘Agender‘ the new normcore? It’s a new word to get our heads around but it’s essentially not a new concept. It’s Selfridges‘ description for the current vogue for gender-neutral dressing, in which we take away the gender stereotypes around clothing and just wear what we feel like. Not ‘he’ or ‘she’ but ‘me’.
The Agender concept launched in the Oxford Street store last Thursday, with dedicated areas designed by Studio Toogood, the creative practice of Faye Toogood. So ‘menswear’ and ‘womenswear’ product is jumbled together and merchandised as ‘Agender’, along with a few extra brands and designers bought in specially.
Even the visual merchandising has been turned on its head with product displayed in unbranded cloth garment bags and archive boxes, stripped of the usual clues of branding and trends. A bold move surely! Instead, to draw customers into these chickenwire enclosures, there are abstract sculptures and artworks to ponder and, hopefully, provoke into some trying and buying action…
My favourte pieces include the Bodymap bags printed with their signature star print, gorgeously crafted utility-wear by Faye Toogood’s own label, Yang Li’s sweats and obviously, everything Comme. There’s a big focus on young streety London labels such as Nasir Mazhar and Astrid Andersen as well as the likes of Nicopanda and Yang Li. To accompany what’s in store are eye-catching windows devoid of traditional mannequins, a pretty cool video and a programme of accompanying in-store events. Wonder if it will catch on?
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Selfridges; Disneyrollergirl
I can’t pretend I’m not thrilled that beauty is going through a natural phase for Spring. I much prefer peachy cheeks and a balmy lip to labour-intensive make-up theatrics. That said, it’s not all nude lips and smoky eyes, Givenchy’s spring palette is unapologetically candy-coloured with some fun tricks up its sleeves.
I especially love the matte nail polishes in Jaune Expression and Rose Evocation (£16.50). I road-tested the unabashed bubblegum pink of Rose Evocation at the press launch just before Christmas. The matte finish brings down the wackiness a notch and the lasting power was pretty impressive (I think I counted five days without a top coat).
If you can’t decide between the two, then why not get both? Dior has decreed duo nails a thing (a different colour on each hand) and I’ve been doing this for a while myself – it turns out to be a most time efficient way to review nail colour samples!
Speaking of Dior, in other nail news, I saw on Instagram that Dior has released a special red-cased edition of its cult Crème Abricot nail creme. I’ve been meaning to buy this forever. I always thought it was a lip balm and I was mainly attracted to the cute pot with its bright orange shiny gloop. Turns out this is a great cuticle product and now there’s a new sexier version. It doesn’t seem to be available in the UK yet but I’m going to hunt around. More info here.
Dior is celebrating the launch of a new gloss, Dior Rouge Brillant, to discover in 13 shades. The press kit comes with Dior Rouge, Dior Vernis in the lucky 999 red color, as well as one of my all-time fave and iconic beauty products (one a girl must always have in her stash) the Crème Abricot for nails, in limited red edition #fortheloveofbeauty #beautystash #dior #diorportugal #cremeabricot #diorrougebrillant #presskit #natalieportman #cninow #beautyvoguept #vogueportugal #beautyairlines
I’m feeling thoroughly spoilt on the colour-pop matte lipstick front. Bobbi Brown has expanded its new-ish Art Sticks line of fat lip pencils with three hi-vis shades; Hot Pink and Hot Orange (both shown above) and Hot Berry (not shown).
If you love a bright, matte mouth, these are great no-faff tools that deliver excellent coverage without feeling like they’re sucking the life out of your lips. They’re very matte, so they will feel a little dry, but the finish on the lips is beautiful and dramatic. Sold!
WORDS AND IMAGE: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
The voluminous, boxy silhouette is hands down the defining shape for this decade. I love anything that’s oversized, masculine and luxurious but I can’t help wondering how much longer the Celine aesthetic can endure?
Whistles has managed to boil the essence down to a signature that works for its own customer; tailored trousers, walkable shoes, sleek bags and brilliant coats that are directional (but not overwhelmingly so) and practical. And warm! Continue reading
THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BYREDO BAGS, SOPHIA WEBSTER, RODARTE X SUPERGA, HARVEY NICHOLS’ SNEAKER CONCEPT
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. BYREDO BAGS ARE COMING
Who doesn’t love Byredo? The scents, the packaging, the whole brand concept. This Spring, founder Ben Gorham is extending the brand into its first retail store and launching leathergoods. Continue reading
The new foundation formulas just keep on coming. I’ve had quite a lot of successes recently; I’m currently flipping between Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin foundation. But NARS has popped up with its new All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (£32), promising a full coverage, oil-free formula with 16-hour wear all in one drop.
It’s an interesting foundation. Continue reading
Hey Topshop satin matte lipsticks, where have you been all my life? I’m late to this party but these affordable mattes are seriously superb. At £8 the formulations and shades feel and look beautiful and are streets ahead of most high street ranges. Continue reading
Sometimes I think if Chanel beauty was available on prescription, it could cure a lot of ills. How’s this line-up for a tonic for the February blahs? First, the hero product, the petal-embossed Blush Camélia Rosé (£36). This powder blush is a ‘complexion beautifier’ of contrasting pinks set in a raised camellia design to highlight the theme of the collection which is inspired by Parisian gardens. Continue reading
Valentine’s gift guide klaxon! Don’t worry it’s a twee-free zone. Here are a few buys that have caught my eye in the fashion and beauty sphere. Well, mainly beauty actually. You know I find smelly candles hard to resist, especially when the containers are as um, love-ly as the scents.