gentlewoman style

Gentlewoman style: The Gigi

Ana Gimeno Brugada in The Gigi womenswear

I was going to include The Gigi in my post on double-breasted jackets but I decided it needed its own dedicated post.

Here’s stylist Ana Gimeno Brugada wearing The Gigi, a spin-off of the popular Italian menswear brand, Boglioli. The womenswear offer is essentially Ana personified, from the relaxed tailoring pieces to the insouciant styling.

If you’re the kind of girl who likes the idea of wearing a pyjama top to dinner, then this is up your strada. What’s interesting is that apparently formalwear is on the decline as customers balk at the excessive pricing and just prefer a more laid back look. So The Gigi embraces the shabbier variety of suit styling, with crumpled cotton layers (I love the piped edges) and slipper-esque footwear rather than brogues or oxfords.

GQ calls it ‘detached elegance‘. It’s not for everyone but it speaks to me…
The Gigi womenswear
The Gigi womenswear
The Gigi womenswear
The Gigi womenswear

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Ana Gimeno Brugada; The Gigi womenswear
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Gentlewoman style: Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier watch

Cartier watch Jackie Kennedy

Cartier watches are everywhere at the moment. In this fab Sofia Coppola ad for the revived Cartier Panthere, in a new exhibition at The Design Museum (more info to come) and in a Christie’s sale happening in New York in a couple of weeks.

This gold Cartier Tank was a gift to Jackie Kennedy by her brother-in-law, Prince Stanislaw Radziwill in February 1963. (more…)

Take your time: the bespoke shirt

Turnbull and Asser bespoke shirt for women

The French may have Charvet, but we have Turnbull & Asser. In matters of sartorial excellence, a bespoke shirt has to be one of life’s great not-so-little luxuries. So in the name of research, I took up the offer of trying out the service.

Shirts factor big in my book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman and they’re also enjoying a major fashion spotlight moment, especially those of gargantuan, deconstructed proportions. And yet here’s a fascinating fact: only about 1% of Turnbull & Asser bespoke shirts are made for women. (more…)