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The Dior watch with a Raf Simons flavour

Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil, 36mm in steel, mother of pearl & alligator strap £16,800

Is Raf Simon’s influence permeating the Dior watches line?

It’s not something that’s usually apparent, but the hyper-real colour palette of the AW15 collection does seem to have infiltrated these day and evening watches. I love the odd combo of electric blue and green, offset by the pink-tipped mother of pearl ‘skirt’ in the Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé Soleil (below), and the intense blue dial and maroon alligator strap of the same watch encircled with a scattering of diamonds (above).

A little sportier is the Dior VIII Montaigne with its plum dial and matching plum calfskin strap lined with blue rubber (second from bottom). I don’t know, I just don’t expect to see such dark, macho colours on Dior’s women’s watches. But then a surprise is always good in this context, I think. (Interestingly, these colours tie in with the Dior AW15 make-up palette too. Hell, why not match everything?)

Perhaps the prettiest of all is the fabulously-named Dior VIII Grand Bal Cancan watch with its pink gold accents and feathered* dial, mismatched with the periwinkle alligator strap (bottom) – a steal at £41,150…

Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil, 36mm in steel, mother of pearl & alligator strap £11,950

Dior watch Dior VIII Montaigne, 32mm in steel and calfskin strap, £3,100
Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Cancan, 38mm in white ceramic, pink gold, feather dial & alligator strap £41,150

All available in Dior stores, see more here

*yep, they’re real

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
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Buy it now: Chanel autumn 2015 makeup

1 Chanel autumn 15 makeup collection

A pumpkin orange eye shadow is my highlight from the new Chanel make-up collection. Well that’s definitely a first for me. But I’ll come to that in a bit. Let’s begin with the Chanel autumn 2015 makeup showpiece, which is the limited edition Entrelacs eye shadow palette (below, £46 buy HERE). This is heaven for someone like me who loves no-brainer neutrals. I have an excellent Bobbi Brown eye palette that I’ve used to death, but this is an update with the safe but delicious smoky browns and creamy beiges I love in matte and satin textures.

As Chanel does so well, these are embossed with designs inspired by the stained glass windows of Coco Chanel’s childhood (which also inspired the double Cs, – pay attention at the back, please!).

Chanel aw15 Eyeshadow palette Limited Edition Illusion Dambre in 116 Rouge-Gorge and Illusion Dambre Velvet in Fleur de Pierre

Next there are the Long-Lasting Eyeliners (£19, below, buy HERE) in four new shades. This to me is a classic autumn collection, extremely wearable with rich, warm colours. The twist is the slight golden-bronze hues, which you can see in the campaign imagery. I have three of the four shades. The one that’s missing is Ardent – a limited edition gold – but my favourite is Feuilles which is a super-dark forest green.

Also – how cool is this – I just discovered that these pencils have their own teeny tiny pencil sharpener in the lid, which you would never guess was there. Please take a moment to appreciate…

Chanel long lasting eyeliner
4 Chanel aw15 makeup long lasting eyeliner with in built sharpener.jpg

There are two new Illusion D’Ombre (£25) shades for autumn. This spongy cream is a great eye shadow formula and I’ve amazing myself by loving the orange. It’s called Rouge-Gorge (which I think needs to be pronounced with a French accent, not a Kate Moss Croydon twang) and it’s a stunner (buy it HERE). I wear it on its own as a subtle peachy wash blended over the lid, but of course you can wear it with other shades or with deeper intensity. Fleure de Pierre is a matte velvet black, a bit aging for me but the PR suggested trying just a bit on the outer corners of the eye (buy it HERE).

I love the versatility of the Les 4 Ombres palettes and this one in Tisse D’Automne (£40, buy it HERE) is as flattering as expected, with a dark matte moss green, coppery brown, khaki green with golden undertones (yum) and a peachy-beige highlighter. This is amazing for a khaki-greeny smoky eye. Next to the eye palette below is a powder blush (£31) in Alezane, a brownish pink (buy it HERE). It’s OK but a bit muted for me.

Chanel aw15 makeup Les 4 Ombres 254 Tisse d'Automne

Chanel aw15 makeup Les 4 Ombres in 254 Tisse dAutomne and Joues Contraste in 260 Alezane

For lips and nails, it’s all very deep and glam. There are three new high shine nail shades (£18, below), all equally vampy. I have two; Châtaigne, a bitter chocolate (buy it HERE), and Écorce Sanguine, a deep scarlet red that Chanel describes as brick (this is limited edition, buy it HERE). The third, Vert Obscur is my favourite. I don’t have a sample but it’s a green-black with a hint of blue, think magical and witchy! (Buy it HERE.)

Chanel aw15 makeup Ecource Sanguine and Chataigne nail colour Aw15

For lips, the sample I have is Rouge Coco Shine in Temeraire (£25, pictured top, buy it HERE) a grown up 90s wine-brick that reminds me of the supermodels’ obsession with a MAC Spice pencil. Rouge Coco Shine is my favourite Chanel lipstick texture, slightly iridescent and hydrating on the lips (although I wish they were a tiny bit more moisturising). I rarely (OK, never) wear dark lip shades but I like this one a lot.

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WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Introducing CristaSeya

CristaSeya Edition 5

Introducing a new way of producing fashion collections. In ‘editions’ rather than ‘collections’. With all editions available all the time. This is the thinking behind CristaSeya, a new-ish name I discovered on Instagram that I’m still getting my head around.

The shapes are generous and utilitarian – wide-legged martial arts pants, giant tee and tunic shapes with huge sleeves you can roll up. Plus drawstring fastenings with fat rope-like draw-cords and extremely expensive-looking but relaxed (and very oversized) felted tailoring.

The ‘transversal lifestyle’ brand has just been profiled by New York Times T Magazine and is helmed by former stylists Cristina Casini and Keiko Seya, who revel in finding the best suppliers for each type of thing they want to sell (be that Italian cashmere, Japanese wooden combs or Tibetan Yak blankets). It’s a very appealing aesthetic and sensibility and in the UK is currently only available in what happens to be my three fave shops – Dover Street Market, Mouki Mou and Hostem.

That’s about all I know about them so far, oh, other than that they’ve been nominated to represent France for the International Woolmark Prize…

CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: CristaSeya

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