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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

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

YSL Beauté Couture Kajals

YSL Couture Kajals eye pencil

On my wish list from YSL Beauté autumn 2015 are these 12-hour wear YSL Couture Kajals (£25). They can be used as eyeliners, kohls or eye shadows. I love a multi-tasking product and I think the long pointy nib of these will serve well for eyeshadow application. I prefer cream shadows because I like the malleability of blending with a finger. And these classic, inky colours – I love the ‘Vert Anglais’ khaki – are gorgeous. (You can read more YSL beauty newness at British Beauty Blogger.)

YSL Couture Kajals officially arrive on 29th July, but you can buy them now at Harvey Nichols, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: YSL BEAUTE

New in: Aw15 accessory edit

marni aw15 accessory edit

It’s that time of year when your eyes crave fashion newness but you don’t necessarily want to go down the full AW15 coat route (even though received wisdom says you should get your coat shopping done in July). The solution? A cheeky little accessory edit. I’m feeling & Other Stories’ chestnutty leather bag and these massive Clergerie clompy sandals paired with Marni’s plaid socks. Yes, I would probably break my neck in the Clergeries (and these Rachel Comey stompers – although kudos to Comey for adding the alpaca sole to help with sock grip) but just humour me for now. I also love the tactile curves of Marni’s ball jewellery along with & Other Stories’ stack of copper rings. I like the combination of something simple with something loud.

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
MAIN IMAGE: Marni aw15 via Style.com