Buy it now: Bally AW15

Bally aw15

Bally has moved on a little from its grown-up sobriety of a couple of seasons ago (which I loved) to something more tactile and playful (which I love even more). Preston of Keep It Chic alerted me to the above shot from Paris Vogue, featuring Bally’s retro fur coat and my favorite Corner bag. The retro theme extends to its ad campaign, with bubble gum pink accessories, squat, square heels and sixties ‘Factory Girl’ styling…

Bally aw15

Bally aw15

Bally aw15


WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Bally; Paris Vogue

Quote of the day: Christophe Lemaire

Christophe lemaire on the everyday uniform

“If you can step away from the system of changing a collection every six months, you realize that you do not want to change your wardrobe every season, you just want to build your wardrobe. If you notice someone really elegant, you will notice that there is a kind of uniformity, a kind of stability. I think stylish people know themselves, they know how to dress, they know what suits them, their body — and what makes them feel confident. That’s not changing every six months — that’s just absurd.”
Christophe Lemaire, New York Times T Magazine

Top 5 styling moments from Gucci SS16

Gucci ss16 by Kevin Tachman for Vogue

When fashion editors go ga-ga at a re-see, you know a brand has struck commercial gold. Example: Gucci’s SS16 collection, which ticks every accessory box you can think of, giving you umpteen options to add your own imprint to Alessandro Michele’s lavish vision.

Here are my top 5 styling takeaways…

Michele set the scene last season with his ornate finger jewels and has firmly cemented this as an ongoing Gucci trope. Which makes absolute sense for the Gucci accessory coffers; why buy one ring when you can have a whole fistful of them? Even better, why not layer them over your equally ornate gloves? Only at Gucci…
Gucci ss16 rings and gloves
Gucci ss16 by Kevin Tachman for Vogue rings and gloves

Last seen clinging to Carrie Bradshaw’s lapel, the corsage has migrated to the throat, disco-fied with sequins and sparkle rather than whimsical frou-frou. Not sure how this translates to everyday, but it will most certainly be cropping up in magazine editorials and on the street style brigade…
Gucci ss16 corsage
Gucci ss16 corsage

You know how I feel about mules but fighting this is futile. And weirdly I rather like the Michele take on a mule – solid-heeled, adorned with decadent hand-painted snakes and leather leaves, plus a toile de jouy lining. I would swap the tea-coloured pop socks for a chunky grey cashmere ankle sock…
Gucci mules ss16 - with lavish snake embellishment
Gucci ss16 pop socks and mules
gucci ss16 snake embellished mule

Super-sized heirloom earrings look strangely appropriate when colour-matched to a demure, bow-necked dress or paired with a Bowie-esque lamé suit and studious glasses …
Gucci jumbo earrings and glasses
Gucci ss16 earrings

About that eyewear. It was refreshing to see Gucci focussing on glasses rather than sunglasses (and canny too, hey glasses are a major accessory category remember?). And the standouts were definitely the oversized bejewelled variety, especially when accompanying the most twinkly of lurex knits or a straight-out-of-Grey-Gardens coat…
Gucci ss16 glasses
Gucci glasses ss16

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Kevin Tachman for Vogue; Vogue Runway; GPS Radar; Gucci/Instagram

Buy it now: Jil Sander Navy AW15

Jil Sander Navy aw15
I’m surprised Jil Sander Navy doesn’t get a lot more attention. It’s easily one of the better diffusion lines; the cuts are great, the quality is good and it’s all highly wearable. The knits have a whiff of prep school uniform, as do the sensible shirts, while the skirts are slightly risque (but never too much) with strategically-placed splits. (more…)