Net-a-Porter new season now



Chloe Moretz modelling new season trends in Porter magazine

This is that funny time of year when it’s blazing hot but the mags are full of new season ad campaigns. And coats. Porter mag is tempting me with come-hither boots and poet’s blouses and Net-a-Porter is bursting its proverbial seams with cashmere overload.

So it’s a good time to think ahead. Alongside the utility-luxe basics that I tend to go for, there’s a lot more romance and whimsy around. Chloe’s blouse has the loveliest trailing scarf (escalators, tubes and taxi doors to be avoided), Balenciaga’s rollneck has a just-subversive-enough asymmetric hem, and this bra by Skin is a new discovery for me – I like the combo of practicality and subtle decoration. Meanwhile, Smythson’s new diaries are just the thing to get you in a new season organisational state of mind. I have the Mara diary for 2016 and it’s been brilliant for planning the months to come.

For a touch of decorative drama, it’s all about the knits and accessories. Gucci’s knits are obviously the winners here, but the sparkly shoes from Charlotte Olympia are equally delightful (to wear with normcore 501s and socks always!). Christopher Kane’s brooch is a great entry-point accessory; I would use it to camp up my beloved Whistles utility jacket. Are Gucci’s furry slippers passe yet? I’m thinking the dreamy velvet version would be perfect as house slippers with chunky cashmere socks. Only problem is, I would then never leave the house…

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Porter magazine
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First look at the Louis Vuitton fragrance



Louis Vuitton fragrance in seven varieties

So there’s not one, but seven beautiful bottles of Louis Vuitton fragrance about to be released next month. Sold exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores, the perfumes will be sold in 100ml and 200ml sized (from £180) in refillable bottles designed by Marc Newson. There will also be a travel box with four 7.5ml. cartridges for £180 and a box of seven 10ml. miniatures for £180. I think the bottles look lovely, based on apothecary flacons, with LV-monogrammed caps that close with a magnetic click.
Louis Vuitton fragrance in seven varieties 3

Of the seven scents, Rose Des Vents is the ‘anchor’, a spicy rose-based floral which sounds both commercial, yet interesting. And I’d heard that there would be a leather scent, which turns out to be Mille Feux, created from remnants of actual Louis Vuitton handbag leather. No, really! Apparently, Louis Vuitton’s perfumer, Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud shipped the scraps to Grasse and soaked them in alcohol to create a smoky, leather accord. It was so good he used it again, in the leather-floral scent, Dans La Peau.

While there are certain dualities, Vuitton is emphatically marketing these as ‘feminine’ scents. The curvy bottles definitely suggest that, but I guess we can decide for ourselves when they launch in a couple of weeks…

BELOW L-R: Les Parfums Louis Vuitton: Rose Des Vents, Turbulences, Dans La Peau, Apogée, Contre Moi, Matière Noire, and Mille Feux.
Louis Vuitton fragrance in seven varieties

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a nifty GIF-making phone



Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gif phone

Smartphones, Sch-martpones! Do we still care? Or would we rather ditch all the notification angst and revert to the pre-iPhone age of clunky Nokias and Blackberry Bolds (who knew Kim K was still using one?)?

Confession: I’m a technophobe at heart; I just find all the technological bloat on modern phones too much to deal with. I too loved my Bold, but decided to switch to the Samsung Galaxy Note a few years ago following FNO* FOMO from all my blogging pals who had been gifted a Samsung Galaxy Note Tab, with the amazing S Pen (don’t call it a stylus). Reader, I never looked back. The Note 3 was amazing, albeit huge. Cue daily ridicule from complete strangers, “Is that a phone??!!! HARHARHARHARHAR!!” But the super-sized screen made it great for watching videos and taking notes or doodling with the S Pen. It also let you record your doodles and save them (but not share the recordings – tsk Samsung, you missed a trick there).

Anyhoo, fast-forward a few years, and I’ve progressed to my Note 4, everyone else has caught up (Snapchat is sooooo much better on a big phone) and Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is everyone’s jam. So Samsung has unveiled its new Note, the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung galaxy note 7

What’s different about this one? Well, the great thing is, it’s slimmer and has a keyboard minimizing function that lets you text etc with one hand. It’s also water-resistant, so no more tears when you drop it down the loo. It still has the S Pen (in an updated design with a smaller 0.7mm tip), which can do all sorts of nifty tricks. In particular, you can use the S Pen with its new GIF-making feature, which for me is the funnest reason to buy this phone. Oh, and if you’re a believer that virtual reality is going to be the next big thing (sorry, it’s true), then the Note 7 is compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear VR headset. (FYI, a free Galaxy Gear VR is included in certain pre-order deals.)

So, unfortunately, it would seem that smartphones are only getting smarter and we have no choice but to keep up. The Note 7 arrives in the UK on 2nd September but can be pre-ordered from today. You’ll let Kim know, won’t you?

*Fashion Night Out! Remember?

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Samsung Galaxy Note 7
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: COACH FRAGRANCE, J. CREW, DIOR X WECHAT



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

COACH THE FRAGRANCE IS COMING
Coach fragrance is coming
Good news for Coach; the revamp is working and sales are enjoying an upswing. Clearly its customers are loving the retro-modern Americana references cooked up by Stuart Vevers of late (not to mention the endless ads of girls-and-cars). Next step? A new Coach fragrance is in the works, fronted by Chloe Moretz. Read more here.


J. CREW X DRAKE’S

j. Crew Drake's Collaboration
I loved the J. Crew X Drake’s collab when I saw a preview a few weeks ago, now it’s just landed on shop floors. If you’re a fan of pyjama styling, you should check this out, it’s full of printed silken delights, including scarves PJ-inspired tops, trousers and ballet flats, all designed by the British textile brand with a J. Crew twist. Buy them here.


DIOR’S WECHAT OPPORTUNITY

Lady Dior bags sold on WeChat
Yesterday I wrote about Burberry’s Pinterest-commerce. Today it’s about Dior’s WeChat retail. Dior sold customised versions of its Lady Dior bag to its engaged WeChat followers, a big deal considering Dior famously doesn’t selling anything online, not even perfume. Glossy breaks down how Dior approached this e-com opp.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Coach; J.Crew; Dior
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