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What to steal from Prada menswear AW17…



Prada AW17 menswear

…The corduroy suits! The tactile shoes! THE SWEATERS! It’s all about quiet comfort at Prada, in which Miuccia pleads for a world of “reality, normality, simplicity“. In her usual way, this manifests itself in slightly seventies silhouettes without going for full-on pastiche. I love the warm spicy colour palette and the Memphis-meets-Missoni knits. Plus the art school jewellery – from shell necklaces to chunky crystal pendants. Watch everyone copy the crunchy sandals-n-socks-with-suit look…

Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear
Prada AW17 menswear

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IMAGES: Vogue Runway
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Get me some Gosha



Gosha Rubchinskiy aw17

Good old Gosha Rubchinskiy. While the world freaks out about big bad Russians and scary old #manbabytinyhands, finally we have someone who only cares about youth and unity.

Gosha just showed his AW17 show in Kaliningrad, a tiny Russian coastal town between Poland and Lithuania. There were only forty guests present and no music. Instead each model (Russian kids streetcast from Instagram as per usual) walked to a recorded dialogue of his hopes and ambitions.

Gosha is collaborating with Adidas Football in the run up to the 2018 World Cup. So the collection was a mix of hoodies, sweats, excellent Adidas sock trainer-boots (the Ace 16+ Super) and other sporty pieces styled with tailored blazers, rigid jeans, anoraks and a big statement riffing on military-meets-UPS-style trousers and shirts. This was my favourite story – give me a boy in a military beret and I’m anyone’s.

Gosha Rubchinskiy aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Men's Fall 2017

Styling is always key in these shows. Along with the music, venue and casting they give the subtle cues that differentiate one show or designer from another when the clothes are this simple. Gosha’s styling is always very ‘real’ inspired by his young skater-kid audience and their lifestyle. I liked the sweaters over shoulders and tidy belts, the contrast of clean formality with casual youth culture. Watch how this look plays out over the rest of the menswear season…

Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17
Gosha Rubchinskiy Adidas aw17

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Vogue.com, WWD
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On food, fashion and a taste of Ralph Lauren



Ralph Lauren cafe London
Aaaaad finally, finally, the Ralph Lauren cafe is opening on Regent Street. A destination inside the new Ralph Lauren Polo store, it will serve coffee, cocktails, wine and snacks, plus breakfast, salads and sandwiches.

I can’t explain my obsession with fashion eateries but certain brands just lend themselves so well to food. For example, why hasn’t Anthropologie done a cafe? Imagine how many more of its painterly plates and cups it would sell if you had just eaten a splendid tea off them?

I happen to know that the Crown Estate (landlords to most of Regent Street) are very very tricky about mixing restaurants and fashion retail. I imagine they want to strike the right balance and god knows there are plenty of restaurants and coffee chains in the area. For a long time Burberry was not allowed to promote Thomas’s Cafe (although I noticed last week it has a new frontage that very clearly shows the cafe that was hitherto rather hidden), while Jigsaw was not allowed to include a cafe in its recently opened St. James’s Emporium store further up the road in the new St James’s Market.

I’m secretly a little miffed that Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is so prominent, it even has its own entrance from the street. I had rather hoped it might be tucked out of sight on an upper floor, so I could have it all to myself, free of tourists and kids parents. But no, the point of these places is to see and be seen. And invite some much needed footfall.

“Global tourists are coming there and you want to be a part of that energy,” said David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s vice chairman and chief innovation officer. “You need to step it up and stand out and create something that feels distinctive and special. I think when people walk down Regent Street they’ll stop at Polo and think it’s unusual — and beautiful.” So expect to see me in there seven days a week — morning, noon and night.

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is open at 173 Regent Street, London W1B 4JQ 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sundays (from Thursday 12th January).

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IMAGE: WWD
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Spring forward – ten trends to try for 2017



Prada ss17 feathers

OK, I know trends and seasons are ‘dead’ and all that but I can’t help it, trend-speak is ingrained in me! I’m counting the days* til I can shrug off the sixteen layers of padded coats and woollens and prance around in ‘crisp cotton shirts’ and barely there shorts. (Yeah right, I have not worn shorts in this country for at least ten years.)

So here’s my own, personal what-I-want-to-wear-this-spring top ten. Any faves?

1/ TENT-SIZED SHIRT I like the look of this voluminous Vetements shirt (below) and I have a too-big white poplin Mr Start shirt somewhere that will fit the bill nicely. I’ve hardly worn said shirt before because I usually iron it and it just looks wrong all perfectly pressed but imperfect in fit. I think if I crumple it more, I’ll be able to get away with the oversized proportions. I’m willing to give it a try anyway…
Imaan Hammam by Patrick Demarchelier for UK Vogue


2/ SOMETHING SENSIBLE WITH SOMETHING FRIVOLOUS
Prada’s schoolgirl cardigans worn with frou-frou marabou feathers were utterly adorable. Perfectly reasonable office attire, surely…?
Prada ss17


3/ MINI FRINGE
A too-short fringe accentuates strong brows and the two together make a winning combination. For proper brow grooming I highly rate these untinted gels – Browcote, MAC Brow Set (in Clear), and Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Gel (in Transparent). And for filling in gaps I quite fancy trying Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Brows with its teeny tiny precision brush, as championed by Nadine Baggott. I don’t like overdone ‘Instagram eyebrows’ but these gels give a fuller but naturally groomed effect.
Fei Fei Sun Short fringe


4/ KJAER WEIS BEAUTY
On my list to try: Kjaer Weis organic beauty, recently arrived at Net-a-Porter. There’s a big push for luxuriously presented organic beauty right now and this also comes in refillable packaging. It’s free from gluten, parabens, silicone and synthetic fragrances. Buy it HERE and HERE.
Kjaer Weis


5/ CHAMPION SWEATS
No not those Vetements peculiarities, but the proper classic ones. Or even the new iteration in sunny millennial shades of pink and banana.
Champion sweatshirt


6/ SOCKS AND CHOOS
This is one of my favourite looks of all time – ankle-strapped pointy flats with ankle socks – and Jimmy Choo (below) makes the best. This looks great with long pleated skirts, but I’ll wear them with my ankle-swinging Nudie jeans, which are dark dark indigo and have a flattering, high waisted Marilyn Monroe cut. Buy them HERE.
Jimmy Choo Lucy flats


7/ MARC JACOBS AIR BLUSH
This isn’t in any way new but I got it last year and it’s the best product for giving dull skin a bit of colour. I use ‘Flesh and Fantasy’ (below, top right) which is not quite a blusher (not pink enough) and not really a bronzer but it does the job of both, making you look more ‘alive’ with the most delicate, finest-of-finely-milled textures. (I use it with the Zoeva Defined Buffer 103 brush). Buy it HERE.
MARC JACOBS AIR BLUSH


8/ WHITE JEANS
Maria Chiuri Grazia put these on the Dior SS17 catwalk (below) affording them a new high fashion relevance. I like white jeans straight or slightly oversized and without any stretch, rips or weird embellishments. I’ll wear my white 501s, but the Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend Ankle jeans also look pretty good.
Spring trends 2017 - Dior ss17 white jeans


9/ OLD SCHOOL LEATHERGOODS
So Louis Vuitton is apparently set to up its cool factor among hypebeasts with a Supreme collaboration. I haven’t seen it but the very idea of such trendiness makes me want to run away and bury myself in an old school LV monogrammed pochette…!
Louis Vuitton toiletry pouch monogram


10/ PRETTY GREENS
Green is going to be the colour of the year according to Pantone, whose ‘Greenery’, an uplifting apple green denotes ‘reassurance amid a tumultous social and political environment’. Soft grassy greens actually look pretty good with my skintone but I don’t wear them often enough. I’m going to look out for tees and cotton Victoriana blouses to wear with white jeans and Supergas in the summer.
Gucci SS17 - spring trends 2017

*only 75 days til the clocks go forward!

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Prada SS17; Patrick Demarchelier for UK Vogue; Prada SS17/Vogue; Fei Fei Sun by Christian McDonald; Kjaer Weis/The Coveteur; Champion/Flatspot.com; Karim Sadli for UK Vogue; Marc Jacobs Beauty; Dior SS17; Louis Vuitton; Gucci AW17
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