Calming creativity with 3INA

3INA Make-up workshop at Shoreditch House

On the first weekend after Brexit-gate, what did I do? Did I go into meltdown mode and trigger my own self-destruct Article 50 button? Non! Did I say ‘fuck it’ and spend all my plunging pounds at the Selfridges sale? Nein! Instead, I headed east to a lovely creative workshop for some calming collaging and make-up therapy. (more…)

Hand drawn

Jigsaw White Poplin Wrap Shirt

Do go and see the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern if you can. As well as the flower paintings, New Mexico landscapes and some lovely early synesthesia-inspired abstracts, there’s a room of Alfred Stieglitz photographs of O’Keeffe.

The photos of her hands are pretty well known and for good reason. (more…)

Save the date for my fashion illustration panel and workshop

fashion illustration panel apple store Gill button

Save the date for my fashion illustration panel discussion at the Apple Store Covent Garden on Thursday 14th July. I will be talking to illustrators Gill Button and (newly graduated) Manjit Thapp, as well as fashion features editor of AnOther Magazine, Olivia Singer.

Social media is giving rise to a new visibility for illustrators as brands tap into the playful power of brush strokes and hand rendered work. Designers and publications are discovering and promoting artists on social media, while some illustrators are using the platforms as a shop window to sell work directly to the public, whether that’s prints or stickers. We’ll discuss the changes and challenges, devices and apps and learn how best to leverage social media for illustrators.

The panel is free (just book your place) and will be followed by breakout sessions including one where you can get hands on experience with the iPadPro and Apple Pencil. Read more here.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Gill Button
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Petit Déjeuner X Dior: The Awakening

For the third in my Petit Déjeuner film series, we’re celebrating the reawakening of the London Dior flagship store. Petit Déjeuner is all about new beginnings and reinvention, and after four years of renovation, we’re finally seeing the reawakening of this sleeping beauty.

What’s the role of a flagship store these days? The flagship (or ‘Maison’ as many like to call theirs) is more important than ever, in the era of bricks vs clicks. If the phone, app, website or e-commerce portal is the convenience store, then the Maison is the beautiful, leisurely experience that to me, is real luxury. As Dior’s Sidney Toledano says, “The real deal is time. The young generation, whether they are 15, 18, 20, they want everything fast. But maturity is giving meaning to time. Time is dreaming. We give the ability to the people to have a moment of dreaming.”

So enter the vast, four-level listed building (actually two buildings now co-joined) and you’re in a grand cathedral to all things chic and beautiful. From the jasmine-trellised conservatory (that had to stay due to listed building status), to the stately marble staircase, to the neo-Louis XV1 furniture (a nod to the elegant Parisian house codes), it’s like entering the most decadent, life size dollshouse. And fittingly, there’s an exclusive home collection to add to the Dior universe. Think crystal glassware, hand embroidered linens and a range of teas inspired by Dior fragrances.

On the subject of fragrance, the perfume department is decorated by the most wonderful porcelain sculpture wall by Beth Katleman. Yes, you will want to linger here for a while. And wait, did I mention the three private dressing room suites, decorated with Mats Gustafson and Christian Bérard illustrations?
Dior Bond Street - photo by by Emma Miranda Moore for Disneyrollergirl
Dior accessories Disneyrollergirl

Art was one of Christian Dior’s great passions so it’s fitting that this ‘house’ is filled with unique contemporary pieces. The ornate staircase is incredible, from the globular silver ‘Distant Cousin’ sculpture by Tony Cragg alongside it, to the curlicued railings, to the animated ‘mural’ by Oyoram, an ever-changing digital screen that brings life and energy to the space. Marc Quinn continues the colour explosion with his limited edition Lady Dior bags and small leather accessories drenched in a vibrant floral print.

And to balance the bursts of colour, of course there are several shades of signature Dior grey, another house code, here reinvented in silver leafed leather, bedazzling chrome and reflective surfaces. In this shining temple, there are mirrors wherever you look.

It’s all very mesmerising and creates the perfect backdrop for our film about transformation, identity and possibility. Come in, look around, try something on, dare to dream a little. Who do you want to be today?

Watch the film here

Dior Bond Street by Emma Miranda Moore for Disneyrollergirl
Dior Bond Street by Emma Miranda Moore for Disneyrollergirl Petit Dejeuner

FILM CREDITS
Concept: Navaz Batliwalla and Emma Miranda Moore
Film and photography: Emma Miranda Moore
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Hair and make-up: Sjaniël at Novel Beings
Model: Antonia Haswell at Linden Staub
Music by Millie Cole

First outfit:
Black top from Cassie Mercantile; other items from Contemporary Wardrobe
All other items from Dior.

STILLS CREDITS
As above. All clothes and accessories, Dior
Location: Dior, 160-162 New Bond Street, London W1
Thanks to Rebecca Lesley, Emmet Holmes-Boyes, Callie Adams at Dior

Watch part 2 of Petit Déjeuner here

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