Dior

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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RETAIL REPORT: Covent Garden – should a high street be more like a department store?

Oliver Sweeney Henrietta Street Covent Garden menswear destination

In the battle between bricks and clicks, the high street has suffered, but department stores have done well to up their game. They have become nimble at keeping pace with fashion, worked harder to collaborate with brands on pop-ups and events, and just seem more dynamic places to be. It’s something the rest of the high street can learn lessons from and I’m already seeing its influence.

Covent Garden got the memo some time ago. OK, it’s not quite a high street but it’s a shopping district that misplaced its mojo for a while and has since redeemed itself. In the 80s it was incredibly stylish and vibrant. At its peak, London’s cool set gravitated towards the Meccas of Paul Smith, Jones and thrift emporium Flip. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARGARET HOWELL, JOHN SMEDLEY, HILL& FRIENDS, DIOR

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

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Margaret Howell for Tate by John Hooper

Every year Mr DRG and I talk about going to St Ives and I’ve still never been. Oh well, this summer St Ives (kind of) comes to us with Tate Britain’s new exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World. To accompany it, there’s a lovely Hepworth-inspired capsule collection from Margaret Howell, including a smock, work shirt, dungarees and silk scarves. Buy them here. (more…)

Fine jewellery reimagined: Dior Rose des Vents

dior jewellery Rose Des Vents sketches

Contemporary fine jewellery is undergoing something of a metamorphosis. Chanel’s Coco Crush line of 18 karat gold bangles and rings recently launched at Net-a-Porter (Chanel’s first foray into e-commerce), Delfina Delettrez has opened in Mount Street, while Repossi and Dauphin are currently the coolest jewellers in Place Vendôme. (more…)