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Much as I love the Burberry poncho, the silk map foulard is a more realistic proposition. I saw it IRL in Harrods last week (do head up to the new 6th floor Salon De Parfum by the way, it’s the ultimate olfactory experience) in the men’s department as it is indeed part of the Burberry Prorsum men’s AW14 collection.
At the show it was loosely tied over both shoulders, but what I like about this scarf is how thin and therefore malleable, it is. You can fold it, twist it, drape it etc very easily and essentially, do a million things with it. And of course, should your satnav fail, you could even use it to work out your route home from Baywater to Vauxhall…
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IMAGES: Burberry; Buro247; Lea Colombo for Dazed
The life of a fashion designer is more fascinating (and varied) than ever. Researching and designing the collections is the creative bit but then come the extras; production, promotion, collaborations, not to mention the social media and editorial that have become such solid components of building a brand.
Harrods has decided to explore the mystique around designers and their processes by giving us a behind-the-curtain peek into four British designers and their businesses. The Inside The Studio campaign launches this week with Matthew Williamson, followed in the coming weeks by Rupert Sanderson, Antonio Berardi and Alice Temperley. I’ve partnered with Harrods, trailing the crew as they filmed in the studios of Matthew Williamson. On arrival at the industrious Queens Park atelier, I was greeted by a production crew of 11 and a groaning breakfast table overlooked by a supersized photo of Kate Moss and Jade Jagger modelling the designer’s first ever ‘Electric Angels’ collection. Ever since that 1997 debut (rising from the ashes of the 90s minimalist era), I’ve loved the Williamson colour palette, always upbeat and slightly jarring but beautifully so.
As the Harrods crew set up their interview with Matthew and his muse, artistic director Georgie MacIntyre, I busied myself nosing around the studio, pattern cutters, mood boards and just-finished SS15 collection. Outfits were hung on rails ready to be styled with the appropriate jewellery and accessories in preparation for the London Fashion Week show. If you like colour, this looks like a joyous place to work – the bookshelves are colour-coordinated, there are evocative mood boards everywhere and even something as humble as a zip or a cotton reel becomes an excuse for some psychedelic colour-play…
In the Inside The Studios film, Matthew explains that his brand “has a super-clear DNA, it’s rooted in that sense of a bohemian jet-set sensibility. That’s always the cornerstone and the anchor to every collection. The challenge for me creatively is to move that forward.” Enter Georgie, whose encapsulates the brand with the kind of nonchalance that can rock mismatched prints one minute and a chiffon gown the next. As Matthew told me, “Georgie makes what I do slightly cooler than it would be without her!”
Matthew has become as famous for his legion of famous friends and social media followers as his hyper-natural prints and embroideries. He was late to the social media game but now thrives on the immediacy of the reaction he gets on Instagram. “It’s a pure brand to customer interaction and it’s become such valuable feedback,” he says. It’s interesting to me how designers have put themselves in front of cameras so readily, whether their phone cameras on Instagram, or film cameras for projects like Inside The Studio. Clearly, we all now know the value of storytelling, hence me, Harrods and Matthew Williamson grabbing every last nugget of information and insight as a potential piece of content.
The Inside The Studio campaign continues with more interviews and films to come from Rupert Sanderson, Antonio Berardi and Alice Temperley. Head over to Harrods.com to watch the stories unfold and follow the hashtag #HarrodsInsideTheStudio to join the conversation on social media.
Words and images: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
*THIS POST WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HARRODS*
Harrods is giving a big push to its digital content, bolstering its e-commerce with rich, online editorial. This month, I’m partnering with Harrods to spread the word on its latest editorial campaign, Inside The Studio.
In the run up to the British Fashion Awards, Harrods has teamed up with Alice Temperley, Antonio Berardi, Rupert Sanderson and Matthew Williamson to show us what we really want to see… what actually goes on in the ateliers? Continue reading
What could cheer up the prospect of autumn more than the arrival of new-season Chinti & Parker? Not much. The ethically-produced cashmeres and woollens are now routinely joined by dresses, skirts and blouses (not to mention easy-to-steal menswear). Feast your eyes… Continue reading
Can we take a minute to appreciate the new-look Bally, under the creative direction of Pablo Coppola? Emphasising the Bally ‘codes’ of precision and craftsmanship, there’s a focus on grown up wardrobe staples with a slightly relaxed flair – tailored trousers, boxy handbags, mannish coats, boyfriend shoes…
The ‘gentlewoman’s corner’ bag is my favourite, with its lopped-off corner. Continue reading
Gap’s ‘new’ creative director, Rebekka Bay is well into her stride now and fittingly for the Dane who came from COS, the look for AW14 is heavily weighted to a darker, Scandi-style aesthetic.
I particularly like the inky indigo blue denim (above) and the dark wool cocoon jacket (below). I’ve tried it on and it’s a great cut, ticking the box for smart but warm very well. Two other things Gap is nailing at the moment: cashmere and sweatshirts. Continue reading
Who needs expensive glossies when you can pick up this standard of editorial excellence free from an Hermes store? The autumn-winter 2014 issues of Hermes’ magazine has a feel of The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man, both in the handsome casting and styling of its womenswear shoots (this one’s shot by Julia Hetta and styled by Camille Biddault-Waddington) and in the quiet and precise mood of its men’s accessory shoot… Continue reading
Tom Ford Beauty launches are always a pleasure. But aside from the posh location and lavish nibbles, it’s the products that really deliver. For autumn, the hero product is the Traceless Perfecting Foundation (£62) which comes in fifteen shades. Its big claim is to deliver a humidity-resistant matte finish so you shouldn’t need more than a cursory touch-up. Continue reading
I’ve wanted to shoot with Vanessa Jackman for yonks. We met on a funny bloggers’ trip to Paris a few years ago and generally catch up twice a year on the fashion week circuit where she shoots street style (her blog is shortlisted for a Bloglovin’ award – go vote!) and I research the shows.
Finally we carved some time this summer to shoot the charming and creative Claudia Gould, who epitomises the new breed of multi-pronged model with attitude. Our friends at MIH Jeans gave us the run of their West London showroom and a rail of AW14 samples. The Phoebe Slim is already something of a cult jean, while we all cooed over the men’s Jean Machine chunky navy sweater, one of those wear-anywhere-and-everywhere staples. I also loved the inky indigo raw-edged straight skirt, styled here with a Post-It pink bra from & Other Stories.
The theme for the shoot was loosely denim-based. We wanted to evoke a laid back but bittersweet mood that expresses the melancholy of late summer-early autumn. So I added to the mix Rejina Pyo’s ruched red skirt, Dusan’s luxurious poncho and a double-layered jacket from 3.1 Phillip Lim, all newly arrived at The Shop At Bluebird. To shop the shoot, just click on the pictures or the embedded links below…
Sleeveless coat (part of a two-piece), 3.1 Phillip Lim at The Shop At Bluebird/// Phoebe Slim jeans and chambray shirt, both MIH Jeans///Mesh shoes and cuff, both & Other Stories/// Ring, Maria Nilsdotter
Dark green zip dress, & Other Stories/// Thigh high socks, stylist’s own
Photography: Vanessa Jackman
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Hair and make-up: Jessica Mejia at Stella Creative Artists
Model: Claudia Gould at The Hive Management
With thanks to MIH Jeans for the location
Milli Millu’s new-season bags are a little smaller than their predecessors. I own the full-sized Zurich in black calf but its new younger sister, the Midi Zurich (above) is just as useful but slightly more transportable. And the azure or berry grain leathers are a great option if you want to step out of your black-grey-khaki comfort zone (hell yes!). Continue reading