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Levi’s 501 ways to wear*

Levi's 501 Ways to Wear campaign

You’ve got to hand it to Levi’s for taking the renewed love for 501s and running with it. First came the hipsters with their vintage flea market finds, then the street style brigade, teaming their reclaimed-from-the-archives favourites with classic stiletto pumps. Next, Levi’s decided to revive the originals, in blue and white, followed by the recent 501 CTs, a slimmer, tapered cut jean. Bingo! Cue 501 mania, with a whole new generation discovering the wonders of a true blue indestructible 5-pocket jean.

Me? I like mine as un-tampered-with as possible. E.g. a roomy boy fit, in naturally-aged indigo blue and a small turn up. (Go to a Levi’s tailor shop and they’ll do a beautiful turn-up job, for free.) The great thing about this style and length is it works with everything; I’ve worn mine with 4 inch Charlotte Olympia cigarette heels, stack-heeled boots, brogues, loafers and Converse.

So what, pray, am I doing prancing around in the above GIF? Oh that. That’s the new Levi’s ‘501 Ways to Wear’ campaign, which features me alongside a host of other European creatives-slash-Levi’s-fanatics, each representing our own version of 501 style. Let me tell you, smizing and ‘catwalking’ simulateously is hard!

To check out the full campaign, and – crucially – shop the looks, head over to the Levi’s 501 Ways To Wear site. Live in Levi’s? Some of us really do….

Levi's 501 Ways To Wear

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Levi’s; Disneyrollergirl

*THIS IS A SPONSORED POST PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LEVI’S*

Old money, old Vuitton

louis vuitton classic bag

Sometimes I miss classic, old school, old money Louis Vuitton – no bells, no cyber whistles. It takes me back to my old au pairs with their tan-strapped cross body monogrammed bags, belted camel coats and stack heeled boots. (And denim flares, it was the late 70s.) Oh yes, I had very chic au pairs….

classic louis Vuitton bag

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
SECOND IMAGE: Idea Books/ Instagram

Vintage Coach repurposed

Coach Vintage at Barneys. Vintage Coach bags sourced by Coach, repurposed and sold in a collaboration with Barneys

You know a heritage brand is on the up again when fans start to clamour for its vintage numbers. It happened with Gucci, it’s probably happening with Coach and I imagine it will happen with DKNY.

When a classic brand goes through a downturn and then an upswing, it creates a new swell of interest around it. So with Gucci, suddenly all the buzz around Alessandro Michele had people scouring their lofts and closets for long-neglected snaffle loafers and printed scarves. Online consignment site Vestiaire Collective already did a brisk business in selling pre-loved Gucci, but the renewed interest has brought a whole new rush of customers on the hunt for pre-Michele Gucci (more…)

Would you buy a monogrammed Burberry trench?

Burberry monogrammed trench

Burberry is surely the king of fashion customisation. So far it has monogrammed scarves, ponchos, perfume bottles and now, trench coats. Starting this week, you can monogram your trench coat using an online tool that gives you up to three initials in a selection of 15 thread colours. The beauty of the online tool is that it lets you preview what your monogrammed trench will look like before you press the ’buy’ button.

The monogramming trend does throw up one quandary for me however. (more…)