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Richard Quinn X Liberty SS18 via Ten Magazine

Three exciting pieces of Liberty news. London Fashion Week saw a great collaboration between newcomer Richard Quinn and Liberty fabrics, with models swathed head to toe (literally) in exaggerated maximalist florals. Lots of brands collaborate with the Liberty print studio but this is the first time I have seen the print deconstructed as boldly as this. See more here.

LFW also saw the launch of Bella Freud’s fragrance, Psychoanalysis. I think it might be my favourite yet, a blend of neroli, petitgrain and cedarwood with an addictive musky dry down. I love the intellectual branding around this one. The launch campaign was centred around an illustrated fanzine that gently pokes fun at fashion neroses. Buy it here.

Bella Freud Psychoanalysis eau de parfum

On the subject of illustration, if you’re heading to Liberty, don’t miss its mini ‘food hall’, next door to the perfumery. A tribute to Arthur Liberty’s passion for hunting out the best suppliers, it’s a celebration of indie mirco-producers whose chutneys, chocolates and teas have been wrapped in specially illustrated packaging masterminded by branding agency & SMITH. My favourites are the Buttermilk fudge and the Pump Street Bakery chocolates, both illustrated in colourful, naive graphics (below). I usually get my festive foodie treats from Fortnums because I love the ambience in there, but this little Liberty destination has a similar sense of charm and discovery. See more here.

Louise Lockhart for Buttermilk at Liberty food hall
jordan Andrew carter for pump street bakery Liberty Food Hall

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Ten Magazine; Liberty
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Perfect pairing: J Brand X Bella Freud



J Brand x Bella Freud denim collection AW17

The J Brand X Bella Freud collab is such a good fit. It’s Bella’s first foray into denim and tapping into J Brand’s denim knowledge and customer base will help to expose her to bigger international markets, while retaining her English boy-girl attitude. I’m glad it hasn’t gone off on a wonky L.A. girl tangent!

Alongside the denim jeans, jackets, skirts and limited edition jumpsuit (available exclusively at jbrandjeans.com & bellafreud.com) are Bella’s signature knits in cashmere and merino wool. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Calvin Klein, Céline, Deciem, Dries van Noten, Bella Freud



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

1. CALVIN KLEIN X MOONLIGHT CAST
Calvin Klein men's underwear campaign
In case you missed it, Calvin Klein cast Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes, Alex Hibbert, Mahershala Ali and Ashton Sanders in its spring 2017 Calvin Klein underwear campaign. (more…)



The New Garconne – what’s it all about?



The New Garconne book Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl
Three years ago I had a lightbulb moment. “Why doesn’t someone do a coffee table book on women with ‘gentlewoman style’?” I said to Mr DRG. Nothing new, as we have one of these “why doesn’t someone do/design/invent…” conversations at least thrice a week.

“You should do it,” he said, most likely as a conversation stopper. I filed it in the part of my brain marked, ‘good ideas that will never see the light of day’, and started a Pinterest board instead.

Fast forward to, um, today and the lightbulb moment has trasitioned into a real, living, actually-on-the-shelves physical thing that you can hold. Guys, I did it. I wrote a book – and it’s released today!

So The New Garconne – How To Be A Modern Gentlewoman is a tribute to the kind of cool, discerning, grown up tomboys that I admire. I’m not a fan of putting people on pedestals so I won’t use words like goddess, icon or girl boss (gag) but just say that the women I profiled are soooo inspiring and relatable yet have that unknown quantity that makes them a bit enigmatic. I interviewed them in person or by phone and then had them photographed Apartamento-style in their home, office or studio. That is, without fancy styling or props, just as is. If you’re as nosy as me, you’re going to love visually rooting around Bella Freud’s studio, on Caroline Issa’s desk, or in Laurence Dacade’s shoe-filled bathroom.

Hmmm, who sits on a chair like this…?
The New Garconne book Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl

I loved this garconne so much, I made a film about her
The New Garconne - Phyllis Wang by Elise Toide

This interviewee was so hard to track down, it made me even more determined (it was totally worth it)…
The New Garconne book Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl - pic by Max Dworkin

Alongside the interviews are pages that give more specific info on where to buy the perfect examples of enduring ‘garconne’ classics and why. And we also have a great street style section that shows achievable ways to emulate the look. I’m glad to say that the message of the book is not all about buying new stuff, but shopping your closet, reworking vintage or heirloom pieces and tapping into your own gentlewoman style. The book is also not just limited to style. Being a ‘new garconne’ is about a way of living, being independent-minded, creative and risk-taking.

The New Garconne book Navaz Batliwalla Disneyrollergirl

The New Garconne – How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is available from today in all the usual bookshops including Waterstones, Foyles, WHSmith and fabulous arty places like the Tate Modern bookshop, where one of my friends has already seen it. If you see it (or buy it!), please let me know on social media (@Disneyrollrgirl on Twitter and @Disneyrollergirl on Instagram) and tag it #thenewgarconne. And do let me know what your favourite bits are…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Kasia Bobula; Elise Toide; Max Dworkin; Disneyrollergirl
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