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Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood AW16

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne westwood aw16 by Kevin Tachman

The above jacket was my favourite from the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood AW16 show. It’s an amalgamation of a few ideas, fusing Kronthaler’s Austrian ancestry with British tailoring and a gender-neutral sensibility. The embellishment on the jacket on the left is from antler horns upcycled from antique hunting trophies and was triggered by Kronthaler’s trip back to his Tyrolean homeland at Christmas. (more…)

Trend report: not just jeans

Photo by Hiroyuki Seo for Teeth Magazine

I’m a bit over jeans at the moment. I’ve got the ones I like, I can’t wear flares and I’m more interested in other types of denim. Like what Keji is doing with dark indigo kimono jackets, Chloe’s artist smocks and MIH Jeans’ romantic chambray. And then there are things that look like denim, but aren’t, such as Vivetta’s cotton shirt dress and Gucci’s piped silk shirt. Isn’t it the stuff of dreams?

I’m trying to break up my denim with colour, and red is always good for that. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: COURRÈGES, ROKSANDA, MARNI, DRIES VAN NOTEN, MARGARET HOWELL

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

1. THE SELF-WARMING COURRÈGES COAT

Courreges self warming coat
This is literally my dream coat. Classically tailored and infused with the type of tech that warms up car seats, (more…)

Revisiting glove shoes

Glove hoes and denim

Two trends I definitely saw a lot of on the showgoers at London Fashon Week, were too-short, frayed-edge jeans and jolie laide ‘glove shoes’, most often worn together. Last summer, glove shoes were the polarising trend that only style innovators would go near (I wrote about them here), but this summer they’re on track to be a high street blogger favourite.

The block-heeled ballet pumps have filtered down to entry price points now (Topshop, Mango and Office have them), although the high end versions from Martiniano (one of the originators) are still the most refined looking. I prefer the slender shape to the wider squat ones, but there is a bit of variety out there, plus lots of colour options.

To go with, the most popular jeans worn at the shows were the Vetements ones, but Levi’s Wedgie jeans and Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal vintage Levi’s 501s (with customised raw hems) are a good, less spendy alternative. The crucial detail is to keep them hovering above the ankle, to counterbalance the frump factor of the shoe. Oh yes, there’s a strict science to this styling lark…

SHOP GLOVE SHOES BELOW…

Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Main image: We Wore What