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Retail report: What’s the deal with Egg?



Egg Kinnerton Street

I won’t lie, I was surprised to see Theresa May wearing Egg in Vogue. And then even more surprised to find out that she chose it herself. I totally did not have the Prime Mininster down as the Egg type.

Which is what, you may ask? Well, untailored, non-trendy, definitely leopard print-free and kind of relaxed. It’s sold at Dover Street Market, so bracket it with Margaret Howell, Comme and co for that unshowy, unsexy, understated-yet-reassuringly-expensive strand of timeless luxury.

Favoured by artists and gallery types, it’s that oversized shirt in a crunchy linen that you’ll never tire of, or the 6-ply funnel-neck knit that will outlast every other piece of Joseph, Celine or Loro Piana in your wardrobe. In my book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman, I recommend Egg smock dresses for those who don’t really do dresses.

And although it has an online presence (its website was re-zhuzhed some time last year and has the sweet eccentricity of a French artisan designer), it’s not widely available. You have to know about it and seek it out, which of course makes it doubly desirable.

To get the real measure of Egg, visit the shop in Knightsbridge – it’s a delight. For starters you’d never know it was there and so when you discover it, it feels like a secret that you don’t want to share. Founder Maureen Doherty previously worked with Issey Miyake, so it’s the kind of serene but crafty space that makes you want to linger. With its creamy walls and airy vibe, you feel like you’re shopping in a rustic French village, not a few streets behind Harvey Nichols. And if you don’t fancy the clothes, you can indulge in whimsical accessories, ceramics or other objets instead.

Egg Kinnerton Street

Egg, Kinnerton Street

Egg, 27 Kinnerton Street, London SW1. Eggtrading.com

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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Things to see: Disobedient Bodies



Disobedient Bodies Hepworth Wakefield gallery

Last week saw the opening of Disobedient Bodies at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in West Yorkshire. It’s curated by Jonathan Anderson (of J.W.Anderson and Loewe fame) and looks at the parallels in how fashion and art treat the human figure.

It sounds incredible, with pieces from the Hepworth Wakefield collection alongside iconic fashion examples from the likes of Christian Dior and Comme des Garcons. If you want a clue to how Anderson manages to juggle his many responsibilities, I can make a suggestion. Obsession seems to be the common thread to all his pursuits and I think that’s what keeps him going.

I spoke to him about this and his personal art collection in an interview for Sothebys.com. You can read it here.

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IMAGE: Hepworth Wakefield Gallery
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30 years of A.P.C.



A.P.C. AW17

This year is the 30th anniversary of A.P.C and if there’s a more timeless ‘fashion’ brand around, I’d like to see it. I’ve been wearing the coats, jeans, shirts and boots the whole time, I think the only things I haven’t bought are dresses and skirts. Last week I tried on a cute little bucket hat that I’m still dreaming about. (more…)



A shirt made for you



bespoke shirts

I’m in the process of having some bespoke shirts made and the decision making is a minefield! A good one though. When you can have anything you want, the smallest detail counts. Shirt fabric – fine and silk-like or thick and starchy? Plain or striped? Monogrammed? (more…)