Dries Van Noten

Buy it now: New in for autumn

JW Anderson spoon pendants

It’s a bit cloudy today so I’m doing a new-in autumn shopping round-up. Starting with these stunning J.W. Anderson spoon pendants (above). These have just gone into Selfridges and J-W-Anderson.com – How delicious do they look? Also piquing my interest are the shoes and loafers from Dries Van Noten and Paul Smith, which I would wear with grey wool socks and my cropped tailored Joseph trousers.

Knitwear is a bit of a fetish of mine and the best bits tend to get snapped up fast. I love the school uniform colours of the Valentino sweater and the Marni mustard ombre menswear knit. Either would be a nice partner to the Dolce & Gabbana sheer tie neck blouse. Finally, you can’t go wrong with a camel coat – this one from Isabel Marant is relatively affordable at £620…

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Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

What to steal from the menswear SS16 shows: satin bomber jackets

Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2016

Satin bomber jackets are set to be the big commercial hit for next Spring if you take your cues from the Paris menswear runways. Saint Laurent’s are faithful to the classic souvenir jacket while Valentino’s are the most youthful in sunny yellow with Hawaiian florals. Louis Vuitton’s are a bit more special-looking (more…)

The DRG Antwerp shopping guide

T Koetshuish Antweerp vintage store

I had a very naughty start to the year, choosing to bunk off LCM and go on holiday instead. Tsk indeed! I definitely recommend it though. We picked Antwerp for our city break, our flight was half empty and the three days dawdled by at a pleasantly snail-like pace. We went with no great plans other than to mooch around flea markets, eat moules and just enjoy some we-time. OK, we didn’t have much luck on the flea market front but I did discover a wealth of brocante vendors, vintage boutiques and fancy goods emporia to satisfy my shopaholic tendencies. Here then, is my DRG shopping guide to Antwerp…

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I advise catching the early Friday flight from City airport so you arrive with a whole day stretched out ahead. Taxis are a bit of a faff in Antwerp so we decided to do everything on foot, taking the scenic route from our posh B&B (the beautiful BOULEVARD LEOPOLD, separate post coming soon) in the Jewish quarter. (more…)

Retail report: Selfridges ramps up its luxury ready-to-wear with a nod to Dover Street Market

Selfridges-designer-galleries-celine

It feels like Selfridges has been tweaking its third floor Designer Galleries for ever! Finally its finished and the verdict is quite the A-Z of modern luxury fashion. In short, the Selfridges buy has been Dover Street Market-ified. (And  that sentence right there gets the award for clunkiest sentence of the year. Soz.) I still remember the third floor as it was eons ago – contemporary labels like Anglomania alongside A.P.C, Whistles and Joseph. Pffft, this is so not that. Contemporary and denim have all been shunted up to the fourth floor, leaving gleaming aisles of expensive statement-wear. Of course, I can’t actually afford any of it.

It’s a textbook exercise in taste and wealth though. (more…)