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Grenson X Disneyrollergirl Insta Meet

So my funny little Grenson Insta-meet plan worked out a treat!

We scheduled a date just before Fashion Week to gather DRG readers and Insta friends together to talk shoes, style and social. And we ended up playing quite a few games of six degrees of separation as we realised that this person knew that person, who followed that person who had lots in common with that other person. It’s all about the micro community, I tell ya!

It was really nice to meet Kate Jones who asked me to write about my favourite artwork for her blog a while ago. She came with her family who ended up in deep conversation with Grenson owner Tim Little, most likely about why there is no kids’ line – yet (clearly they should call it Little Grenson). And fabulous Sarah Tubbs who I first met at Alyson from That’s Not My Age’s book launch and who trekked to London from Wiltshire again, just for us! It was also great to meet Annette and Haruko for the first time, and the gorgeous Julia Little who provided the delicious treats and drinks.

Of course, shoes had to factor. I wore my Grenson Nanette boots which look like retro ski boots and feel like walking on clouds thanks to the light-as-air sole.The reason I wanted to partner with Grenson is because their shoes have the mix of contemporary styling with classic roots that I love and that The New Garconne is all about. The loafers and sneakers were also very popular.

As it was Fashion Week eve, Leica loaned me its brilliant Sofort camera for a few days, which is perfect for these sorts of soirees. Here’s me and DRG collaborator Emma Miranda Moore (she’s on the other side of the camera for once) trying out the selfie mode function. The Sofort takes beautiful warm-toned shots that are so much nicer than a phone camera. Plus it’s super-streamlined and weighs next to nothing. Film, as with all these instant cameras, is pricy but as in the good old days of film photography, it just means you’re more selective about what you photograph…

Grenson X Disneyrollergirl Insta Meet
Grenson X Disneyrollergirl Insta Meet
Grenson X Disneyrollergirl Insta Meet

Thanks to everyone at Grenson for hosting and to all who came to our little meet-up. See if you can spot yourself in this wee Grenson film

WORDS/IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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Burberry’s Brits



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What did everyone make of the Burberry show last week? I loved it! After the initial buzz of the evening wore off, I canvassed some fashion industry opinion, and found the reactions to be 50/50 mixed. While Burberry is very much in favour of opening up Fashion Week to the wider public with its shop-the-runway model, in many ways I think you need to be there IRL to feel the full impact of the shows. (more…)



Come to my Grenson London meet-up



DisneyRollerGirl X Grenson

This Wednesday, I’m hosting a jolly get-together at Grenson’s lovely Soho store in London. It’s all an excuse to step away from the social media screen and meet IRL, just like our old blogger meet-ups back in the day. As much as I love making connections online, it’s good to meet face to face, and I particularly want to get to know some of the people I’ve been talking to on social media for the past couple of years. (more…)



Burberry photography exhibition: Here We Are



Martin Parr Burberry photography exhibition

I always look forward to the Burberry LFW show but September’s show is going to be even better than usual. Christopher Bailey has curated a Burberry photography exhibition called Here We Are, celebrating some of our British photography greats. On display to the public from 18 September – 1 October it’s co-curated by Lucy Kumara Moore, director of Claire de Rouen Books and gives a hint to the theme of the autumn collection. (more…)