8 November, 2014
“My ma used to give me a box of sterilised safety pins to put through my ear, bless her; this Bengali woman in her late fifties in her sari helping me out with my punk homage.”
Ronojoy Dam, Another Magazine
If you buy one book this year, make it WHAT WE WORE, Nina Manandhar’s brilliant visual compilation of youth culture through the years with first class first-person storytelling throughout.
2 November, 2014
Tom Ford nails it again. Who knew beard oil was a must-have? But clocking the trend for beards and their maintenance, he has just introduced a mini range of beard grooming products including Swiss-made beard combs (£28) and the soon-to-be-cult conditioning beard oil (£40). Continue reading
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2 November, 2014
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. AND OTHER STORIES LAUNCHES FRAGRANCE
& Other Stories just gets everything right. It launched its first US store in New York last month to rave reviews and last week entered the fragrance market. There are four eau de toilettes (£26): Moroccan Tea, Punk Bouquet, Fig Fiction and Botanic Whisper. The packaging has a whiff of Maison Martin Margiela about it, with the apothecary bottles and utilitarian white labels. Continue reading
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31 October, 2014
It feels like Selfridges has been tweaking its third floor Designer Galleries for ever! Finally its finished and the verdict is quite the A-Z of modern luxury fashion. In short, the Selfridges buy has been Dover Street Market-ified. (And that sentence right there gets the award for clunkiest sentence of the year. Soz.) I still remember the third floor as it was eons ago – contemporary labels like Anglomania alongside A.P.C, Whistles and Joseph. Pffft, this is so not that. Contemporary and denim have all been shunted up to the fourth floor, leaving gleaming aisles of expensive statement-wear. Of course, I can’t actually afford any of it.
It’s a textbook exercise in taste and wealth though. Continue reading
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Tagged best fashion blog, brands, Brunello Cucinelli, Celine, Dover Street Market, Dries Van Noten, ecommerce, JW Anderson, Loewe, retail news, Rick Owens, Sacai, Selfridges, shopping
29 October, 2014
Whoever is art directing and styling these J Crew pics is doing a fine job. These are my favourites…
29 October, 2014
“I am not gorgeous, I never was, but I was always OK-looking and I’m keen to stay that way…I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. We are all worth it!”
Helen Mirren quoted in The Guardian, in an excellent piece by Alyson Walsh (AKA That’s Not My Age) on older women in beauty advertising
28 October, 2014
Aerin Lauder is really getting into her stride as a flag bearer of no-brainer beauty, a slightly girlier version of Bobbi Brown if you will.
Where Bobbi is all about the everyday make-up in graphic, black packaging, AERIN does the same job but with luxe golden compacts and pastel-pink or pastel-printed boxes. The prints are a really nice (and original) touch that have become a brand signature. If you know anything about Aerin Lauder (not that I’m obsessed or anything), you’ll know she’s all about the NY-Hamptons lifestyle, with plenty of outdoorsy inspiration driving the brand aesthetic. Continue reading
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25 October, 2014
According to Editd.com, luxury stores have bought into more winter warmers, earlier in the season this year. Net-a-Porter alone has grown its autumn offer of outerwear by 117% compared to last year. Maybe it knows something we don’t? Colourful fake furs are key, as are oversized, slouchy shapes. I’ve noticed a lot of sophisticated-looking fake furs (as opposed to those Big Bird types from a few seasons ago) – I guess that’s the Shrimps effect. The all-enveloping poncho too is a big player, thanks to Issa’s cheery patterns and Burberry’s genius blanket wraps…
I’m still a fan of classics, so I’ve included a cape (from Saint Laurent) and a duffle (Burberry Brit) in my latest Net-a-Porter edit. And I’m trying to wean myself off the navy jumpers so I’m gravitating more towards Jonathan Saunders’ stripes and Bella Freud’s typography. While we’re on the subject, don’t forget that clocks go forward this weekend…
WORDS: NAVAZ BATLIWALLA/DISNEYROLLERGIRL
MAIN IMAGE: SAINT LAURENT AW14
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Tagged AW14, beauty, Bella Freud, best fashion blog, Burberry, coats, Issa, Jonathan Saunders, Netaporter, Saint Laurent, shopping, Shrimps, trends, winter style
23 October, 2014
This year’s British Fashion Awards is set to be the most exciting yet, for me anyway.
Anyone want to place bets on the following?
Emerging Womenswear Designer. Aargh, how can I choose between Marques and Tait? I’ll go for Tait though in light of his LVMH prize:
Thomas Tait Continue reading