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bralette trend

I read recently that sales of soft triangular bras are way up while push-up, Wonderbra styles are so passe. This is my bra of choice, so that’s good news to me. (more…)



Editorial shoot: Wake me up when the future arrives



Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli

When I was growing up, there was nothing less appealing than the idea of suburbia, being stuck on the fringes, peering in on the action. If you lived in the suburbs of London, your main life goal was to get the hell out as soon as possible. In fact, I grew up in West London, but in a way that had its own feeling of torpid detachment. I was desperate for the seedy exotic bright lights of Soho, at that time the epicenter of creative cool and a glowing beacon of potential. Potential of what exactly, it didn’t matter, just something more exciting than my mundane teen (non)existence. In that sense, you could even say that being a teenager, wherever you live, is like being in an alternative suburbia. So near to where you want to be – independent, in demand – yet so far.

Now, in a funny volte-face, London is turning inside out. The outskirts are becoming desirable destinations with endless construction sites and transport-links-in-progress that represent fresh, gleaming possibility. In turn, the centre of London is emptying of locals, as our beloved pubs, caffs and nightclubs are bulldozed for behemoth Shards and Gherkins. Should we stay or should we go? Or should we simply retreat into the safe suburbia of our nostalgic imaginations…?

Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli
ABOVE: Blouse and trousers, Vilshenko///triple ring, Spinelli Kilcollin

Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli
Blouse and trousers, Vilshenko///Boots: Aeyde

Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli
Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli jewellery by Sarah & Sebastian
Face ring and oval ring, Sarah & Sebastian///Triple ring, Spinelli Kilcollin

Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli
Blouse, Vilshenko///Earrings, I am by Ileana Makri

Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli
Blouse, Vilshenko

Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli

T-shirt, Champion/// trousers, Vilshenko/// earrings, Magdalena Frackowiak//ring, Sarah & Sebastian

Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli
Triple ring, Spinelli Kilcollin///all other rings, Sarah & Sebastian///perfume, Prada

Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl shoot Photography by Chiara Romangnoli
Sweatshirt, Peter Jensen

CREDITS
Photography: Chiara Romagnoli
Words and styling: Navaz Batliwalla
Hair: Patrick Forini using Bumble & Bumble
Make-up: Yin Lee using Ellis Faas Cosmetics
Model: Oliwka at The Squad Management

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Thanks to Champion, Vilshenko, Magdalena Frackowiak, Sarah & Sebastian, Peter Jensen, Aeyde, Spinelli Kilcollin, I am by Ileana Makri

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Buy it now: Frederic Malle X Alber Elbaz Superstitious



Superstitious Frédéric Malle X Alber Elbaz

Today’s the day. Frédéric Malle’s Alber Elbaz fragrance, Superstitious has arrived at Liberty. After Dries van Noten (still my ultimate fave from my fragrance ‘wardrobe’), this is only Malle’s second designer perfume. (more…)



Cire Trudon – the sweet smell of spring



Cire Trudon Les Belles Matieres

Last Wednesday, in the first properly spring-like week of the year, I got a fabulous whiff of the new Cire Trudon candles. There are three in the Les Belles Matieres range – a fruit, a wood and a floral.

Jasmine seems to be everywhere at the moment, so if you like this sweet, full-bodied floral, you’ll love the India-inspired ‘Madurai’ candle (buy it here). (more…)