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Toga AW16 green dress

When people ask me my favourite designer label, my mind tends to go blank. Because ‘Celine’ or ‘Raf Simons’ or ‘Helmut Lang circa 1995’ is not very original and also because (shhhh,don’t tell), I hardly ever buy designer clothes these days.

But here’s a good one: Toga. I love Toga for its sweet spot between interesting and wearable, and dressy but not trussed up. The proportions are off-kilter (I’m very much feeling the voluminous sleeves), the quality is amazing for the price and I like that it’s not overexposed.

Toga is known for its cultish Toga Pulla shoes and brilliant knitwear. It’s designer Yasuko Furuta also makes the most wonderful mannish coats and deconstructed shirts. Her LFW shows are a highlight for the poetic layered styling and standout accessories. I could go on, but I’ll let Matches do the rest.

Toga AW16 is in the ‘coming soon’ section of Matches Fashion, so have a nose below (I’m especially partial to this little green number) …
Toga aw16 tulle dress
Toga aw16
Toga aw16 asymmetric sweater
Toga AW16

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Vogue.co.uk
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Quote of the day: Agnès b

Agnes b quote of the day

“Since we launched, we’ve always sold the 12mm and 16mm striped tops, and we won’t stop. It’s a garment you know you can keep forever. It works for children, men and women. David Bowie loved it. We have pictures of him towards the end of his life wearing the larger stripe. No one knew it was Agnès b. I never told anyone that we were dressing him.”
Love this interview with Agnès b in the FT, I have bought so many of her tees over the years.

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: DIOR, VOGUE, PRADA, SONIA RYKIEL X LANCOME, CHAMPION

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

1. DIOR FINALLY NAMES ITS NEW DESIGNER
Maria Grazia Chiuri heads to Dior as artistic director
An exciting week for Dior, who finally named Maria Grazia Chiuri as its incoming artistic director. I wasn’t convinced by the other suggestions but I love Chiuri’s work at Valentino and it will be interesting to see her take on modern femininity at Dior. Oh and let’s not forget possibly the real reason she’s been hired. Accessories, baby! Dior’s shoes and bags are about to get a lot more attention. We won’t have long to wait to see the results, Chiuri starts next week with her first show slated for September 30th.


2. VOGUE ARABIA LAUNCHES

Vogue Arabia
Just when you thought the magazine industry was dying on its knees (that’s all I’ve been hearing lately), Condé Nast reveals a new launch. Vogue Arabia is in the works (to be edited by Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, above) but the interesting part is it’s launching with a website first, with print to follow later. Style.com Arabia has the story.


3. PRADA IS COMING TO NET-A-PORTER

Prada by Virginia Arcaro via Dazed
‘Luxury brand embraces e-commerce’ so shouldn’t be news, but, well it is. Prada is set to launch on Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter and Mytheresa, with Net-a-Porter’s delivery coming as soon as next week (diarise Friday 15th).


4. SONIA RYKIEL X LANCÔME

Sonia Rykiel X Lancome collab
Coming very soon: this colourful collab from Sonia Rykiel X Lancôme. Tapping into the signature stripes and playful élan of Rykiel, I’m all about the illustrated packaging. The Sonia Rykiel Draws Paris for Lancôme collection launches in August.


5. THE CHAMPION EFFECT

Vetements X Champion collaboration for SS17
Normcore fave Champion was thrilled to work with Vetements as one of its favoured best-of-the-best brands to partner with for ss17. Racked has an interview with Champion’s Chief Global Design Officer here to explain its enduring appeal.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Prada by Virginia Arcaro for Dazed
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: WANDA NYLON, GUCCI, BALENCIAGA, VETEMENTS

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


1. WANDA NYLON WINS ANDAM

Wanda Nylon wins ANDAM prize
Major props to designer Johanna Senyk whose Wanda Nylon label just won the ANDAM fashion prize. (more…)