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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…

1. MARGARET HOWELL PAYS TRIBUTE TO BARBARA HEPWORTH
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.


2. JOHN SMEDLEY’S UNISEX KNITS

John Smedley unisex knitwear

John Smedley is one of my go-tos for all-season knitwear. Just landed is Singular, a unisex offering of waffle textured extra-fine merino wool jumpers. The utilitarian styling and neutral colourways remind me of school uniforms and 1950s gym kit – in a good way obvs. The sweater is £145 and the T-shirt is £115. Buy them here.


3. THE RETURN OF EMMA HILL

Emma Hill launches Hill And Friends

While we wait to see what Hillier Bartley (from Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley) brings this autumn; the news arrived this week of an accessories brand from Emma Hill. Do we need another accessories brand? Well, as Hill was the brains behind the Mulberry revamp and Gap’s early noughties successes it would be prudent to pay attention to what Hill & Friends delivers when it launches in September. A collaboration with former Mulberry brand director, Giorgia Fendley, the SS16 collection will be sold at Net-a-Porter.com and Hillandfriends.com the day after the LFW presentation. Join here for updates.

4. DIOR’S VIRTUAL REALITY BACKSTAGE BEAUTY
Dior uses 3-D virtual reality to let customers virtually go backstage at its fashion show

This is a clever and unexpected concept from Dior. Clearly, live streaming and Instagramming the show is just not enough; these days punters want to feel even more immersed in the backstage experience. Well that seems to be the view from Dior, who is promoting its Dior Show beauty line (which I love) with some rather fancy virtual reality action in selected stores. Fash & Mash has the story.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

Hot or not?

Lightweight knits for Spring

What to wear when it’s spring, sunny but chilly in the shade? I default to merino knits that are lightweight but warm and don’t pill up like fluffy cashmere. And denim of course, but I’m looking beyond just jeans to all the clever shapes that have emerged in stiff deep indigo, or gentle chambray blue.

Some of my best merino wool finds come from the men’s department, especially Reiss, whose menswear is brilliant right now, while Paul Smith menswear has lovely extra fine merinos is gorgeous colour palettes. J.W. Anderson is another find, and Vivienne Westwood’s knits are all-year perennials. I can’t not mention my favourite Sibling sweater right now, featuring Madonna in the ‘Borderline’ days. Hell yes please to that.

Denim-wise, Joseph is killing it with its structured shapes in classic sky blue – a bit offbeat but still very wearable. And MIH Jeans just gets better and better – I’m still obsessed with this kimono jacket

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Bruce Weber

Making transitions

transitional dressing for Spring

So the clocks just went forward and April is in sight but I’m still welded to my winter woolies. April is a transitional month for me, when I want to break out lighter, brighter colours but I’m not quite ready to detach from my cashmere layers. Plus, it still rains bucketloads, so a sensible top layer is non-negotiable.

Some things I swear by: Hanro vests and camisoles (there’s a new one out – ‘Ultralight’, 70g of mercerised Pima cotton, half the weight of the classic Hanro camisole. Can’t get enough of these), Levi’s 501s (there are the new C&Ts if you want the fashion version, or the old school ones in mid-blue are my go-to), cashmere socks (in pastel colours, from Paul Smith or Johnstons of Elgin) and Church’s shoes (new service launching soon – take in an old pair and get £40 off a new pair or a repair).

But on my transitional want list are J W Anderson merino knits, a Tim Coppens jacket, Charlotte Olympia’s kitty bag and the signature J Crew lipstick. Shop the edit below…

Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Main image: Miranda July by Stella Berkovsky

Tanya Ling X Queene & Belle

Tanya ling cashmere for Queene & Belle

Tanya Ling is quite the lady of the moment. She has long been on my radar for her ravishing illustrations of Vuitton’s collections, she has an addictive Instagram feed and a giant assemblage of her line paintings is the sight that greets you on entering Alex Eagle’s inspiring new lifestyle store in South Kensington. (more…)