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


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

hermes parfumerie New York

Hermès is going to great lengths to big up its fragrance and beauty division. Such as, opening a parfumerie in downtown Manhattan. (more…)

Buy it now: my new season picks

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Like it or not, autumn has almost arrived and the only good thing about that is the prospect of Fashion Week-ready newness. So let’s be postitive. I was in Selfridges yesterday and headed straight to Miu Miu which is the best it’s ever been this season. I can definitely get down with all its pleated, kilty skirt shapes, from this OTT green python number to the more sedate, wool boucle tweed skirt – accompanied by Isabel Marant’s sensible red cable knit.

Thick, textured knitwear is always a yes in my books, so I’m seriously warming to Carven’s check sweater and these supersized cashmere socks from Barrie. Meanwhile, 3.1 Phillip Lim’s tufty grey sweater has the go-anywhere factor that I love, as do Vetements‘ oddball jeans.

On the jewellery front, I’ve just discovered Charlotte Chesnais, whose rings and bracelets are original but wearable…


WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/isneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Bruce Weber

AW15 trend report: Hermes accessories edit

Hermes aw15 accessories -A la Plume Giant Scarf 140 in silk twill by Florence Manlik

The Hermès Oran slide sandal made have been the hit of the summer, but there’s plenty more to love from the Hermès AW15 accessory collection. First, I have to flag up this A la Plume giant scarf by Florence Manlik. The abstract feather design has a bit of a pop art feel to it, and sorry, I know this is such a cliche but I would seriously love to have this framed and hung on my wall.

As I mentioned in The DRG Style Index a while ago, shoes are a major focus for Hermès, with boyish buckled boots and refined alligator heels getting equal attention…

Hermes AW15 alligator pump Emanuele Fontanesi
Hermes AW15 calfskin studded boots  Emanuele Fontanesi
Hermes AW15 alligator and mink loafers Emanuele Fontanesi

There’s also a new watch release. The first new Hermes watch collection since 1992, the Slim d’Hermès is designed to be an everyday watch. It’s extremely appealing, with an elegant round dial, ultra-thin automatic movement and numerals designed by graphic designer Philippe Apeloig. The Slim d’Hermès watch comes in a family of sizes and strap variations, with or without diamonds. This one’s my favourite in steel and black boxcalf…

Hermes AW15 Slim d'Hermes 32MM in Steel on Black Box Calf

As with other heritage luxury houses, Hermes has been ramping up its fine jewellery offer. There’s a growing trend for casual fine jewellery as exemplified by these wear-with-everything Filet d’or earrings. I also really love these calfskin and brass bangles and matching pendant with the white topstitch (I can’t help wondering if Hermes uses a custom Pantone colour to match this perfect shade of expensive tan)…

Hermes AW15 Filet Dor earrings
Hermes AW15 Loop pendant and bracelets in calfskin and gilded metal

Finally, on the bag front, I love the playfulness of this lipstick pink Maxibox Mini, a boxy calf leather bag on a long wrist strap. The strap can slip over the shoulder or it can be doubled round the wrist…
Hermes aw15 accessories Maxibox Mini

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Hermès