Written in the stars

Personalised Valentine's gifts from Smythson

Just when did astrology get so fashionable? Let’s not question it. If you’re a fan, you’ll be interested to know about these personalisation gift ideas from two of my favourite luxury brands for Valentine’s Day (and beyond).

Smythson Written in the stars astrology signs

A couple of weeks ago I got to meet the fabulous Shelley von Strunckel at Smythson in Bond Street, where she gave a talk about astrology to introduce Smythson’s new collection of zodiac sign motifs. These motifs can be stamped on all manner of Smythson leather goodies and the service is complimentary on purchases over £175 in selected Smythson stores until Sunday. (After that, there will be a charge.)

I love the little prompt cards that Shelley wrote to help clueless lovers pick the right gift for their partner. Mine (Virgo) is spot on:

What they think they want: A Virgo’s taste is refined and recognisable, they stick to the tried and true. What they really want: The cleverest Virgo gift puts a new spin on something that’s become tradition.

Yup that’s me to a tee! Shelley is a former fashion buyer so we bonded over jewellery and designer chitchat and unbelievably, I didn’t once mention mercury retrograde (it’s a Virgo thing).

Chloe astrology sign charms

By complete coincidence (or alignment of the stars, perhaps?), Chloé has also teamed up with an uber-astrologer to launch its Valentine’s astrology jewellery. Its zodiac charms can be found in Chloé boutiques and as an extra gift, Susan Miller (of Astrologyzone fame) has written exclusive love horoscopes to unlock the characters behind each star sign.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Smythson; Disneyrollergirl; Chloé

What to buy from Chanel Spring 2016 beauty

Chanel Spring beauty 2016 Sunkiss Ribbon powder blush and lipstick in Mighty

If Chanel’s spring colour palette doesn’t put a cherry blossom carpeted spring in your step, well, I don’t know what will. The timing always coincides with that point in the season when you just can’t take much more darkness and gloom. As it happens, for spring 2016 the colour saturation seems to be dialled up just that extra little bit.

The collection is called L.A. Sunrise, so it’s young, fun and slightly kitsch. The main attractions for me are the Sunkiss Ribbon blusher (above and below) and the lip colours. The blusher is immediately collectable with its logoed ‘ribbons’ of colour in several shades of pink from bright coral-orange to muted rose. As is usual with this sort of multi-colored blush, you can get playful with it, using it all over for an illuminating peachy ‘glow’, just under the cheekbones, or as a wash to highlight certain areas, like temples or forehead. (Tip: the pigmentation is pretty good so go easy on that almost-neon fuchsia hidden in the corner.)

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon blusher

Onto the Chanel Rouge Allure Coco Shine lipsticks. Instant love! This is my ultimate fast-beauty lipstick because the colours have enough pigment to stand out, along with iridescence for shine, plus they’re beautifully hydrating. All three shades are zingy mood-boosters – from Shipshape, a vibrant orange and Energy, a raspberry red, to Mighty, a candy pop pink. Mighty looks terrifying in the bullet but it’s quite sheer on the lips. It’s a cool blue-toned pink that looks amazing with the Sunkiss Ribbon blush or any warm-toned coral blusher. (If you prefer cream blush, try it with Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick).

For eyes, the emphasis is on swimming pool blues and greens, offset by purple. I’m a big fan of the Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow pots and for Spring they come in Griffith Green (below, a sort of turquoise algae shade), Ocean Light (electric blue) and the warm, neutral Moonlight Pink (A pretty shell-pink). Here’s Griffith Green, with two longlasting waterproof eyeliners in Fervent Blue and Purple Choc.

For nails, I like the contrast of Sunrise Trip, the darkest, deepest indigo-violet blue with the sugary bright lip and cheek colours. It feels suitably David Lynch don’t you think?
Chanel Sunrise trip nail polish

Also pictured is the new Chanel Chance Eau Vive hair mist, because if anyone’s going to wear Chanel hair mist, it’s probably the kind of girl who wears bubblegum pink Chanel lippie and shops in the new ($152 million) Chanel store on Rodeo Drive, right…?
Chanel Hair Mist


WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Trademark Resort 2016

Trademark Resort 2016

If I saw this girl at a party, I’m 100% sure I’d want to go and talk to her. These are the sort of clothes I love; timeless, ever so slightly quirky and adaptable to any situation. Trademark has really defined its aesthetic now and is becoming known for its tailored denim, sensible shirting and those impeccable coats.

Unfortunately these won’t drop til November, when the Trademark Resort 2016 collection should be landing, although with the fashion week calendar in flux, that could all change. Just when we’d got our heads around pre-collections too…

Trademark Resort 2016
Trademark Resort 2016
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Trademark Resort 2016
Trademark Resort 2016

WORDS: NavazBatliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Trademark Resort 2016


Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

Shoes from Frances Valentine's spring 2016 collection.
Handbag sales may be on the slide but that isn’t stopping the original Kate Spade dream team from setting up a whole new accessories brand. Kate ‘Valentine’ has teamed up with Andy Spade again to launch Frances Valentine, an accessory line that will focus on shoes. From what I’ve seen so far I’d say it looks a little bit Manolo, a little bit Prada but what I think will be really exciting is the branding. Kate Spade had one of the first really immersive brand websites if you remember, so I think it’s worth signing up here to see the early incarnations when this all launches in March.


Bouchra Jarrar for Mauboussin by Kacper Kasprzyk
I’m interested to see what Bouchra Jarrar serves up in her high jewellery collection for Mauboussin. I imagine it along the same architectural lines as Repossi and Dauphin, two other high jewellery houses whose have embraced the new younger and cooler uber-luxe customer who buys jewels for herself. The line launches in July during the couture shows and you can read the whole story here.


Burberry ss16
Burberry has made a stand as the first major brand to fully buck the ‘broken’ fashion week system. Having already jettisoned the diffusion lines (Burberry London, Burberry Brit) Christopher Bailey is proposing a complete overhaul, including selling direct to consumers from the runway come September, and also showing menswear and womenswear collections together on the same runway. This makes sense to me. Why pay for two lots of shows and make editors schlep around twice, when you can get more for your time and money by focusing everything into one event? Read more on WWD and Business of Fashion.


Vetements ss16 i-D -photo via Jason Lloyd Evans
Hot on Burberry’s heels, Vetements is the next brand to buck the fashion system. Demna and Guram Gvasalia are set to disrupt the schedule next year by showing a single collection of mens and womenswear two months in advance, in January, instead of March. The aim is to show the clothes at the same time as they arrive in store and they have chosen the optimum time to show and ship the product to ensure it stays on the shop floor long enough for people to desire and buy it at full price. Read more on


Daryl K has designed a denim range for for Madewell

Daryl K
is back! She of the perfect 90s-jean-n-boot look has been rather invisible for a couple of decades but it traspires she’s alive and well and doing great things with denim for Madewell. The 18-piece collection goes on sale at Madewell from Monday. Read more here.


Estee Lauder launches The Estee Edit product line via Yaho beauty
There’s no escaping millennials at the moment, especially in the make-up world. Having hit the jackpot with Kendal Jenner, Estee Lauder is continuing the millennials marketing theme with The Estee Edit, an entire collection marketed to young, independent-minded women. Sephora is getting the whole collection in March. Read the story on Fashionista.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Bouchra Jarrar by Kacper Kasprzyk; Vetements by Jason Lloyd Evans/i-D