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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
IMAGES: Dior

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

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: SAINT LAURENT, DKNY, MAC, KAREN MILLEN

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

1. TEAM HEDI
hedi slimane

I’ve read two articles about Hedi Slimane this week. One is a very long interview by Dirk Standen on Yahoo Style, and the other is a critique by Alex Fury in The Independent. Both are very good but I had to disagree with Fury’s negative assessment of Slimane at Saint Laurent. (more…)

Gucci reinvented

Gucci Aw15 Alessandro Michele

So, after many a furrowed brow and clenched jaw, the fash pack has come round to Alessando Michele’s vision for Gucci. I liked it from the first, rushed menswear AW15 collection, which repeated itself in essence for womenswear AW15. We have just seen Cruise 2016 presented in New York, more young, studious-looking models in vintage-inspired threads of a non-specific nature. Michele’s schtick seems to be about the romance and human touch of fashion, hence his Cruise show was presented as girls walking in off the street into a setting of Persian rugs and toile de jouy chairs. Clever and relatable. And beautiful too. (more…)