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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: WOOD WOOD X DISNEY, A.P.C, LIBERTY, SHANG XIA, NIKE

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. WOOD WOOD WARPS DISNEY ICON

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Get ready for a very cool Disney collaboration with Danish brand Wood Wood coming to London. Wood Wood chose to stretch and distort classic 30s cartoons of Mickey Mouse, printing the designs on clothes and accessories for men and women. The prints are quite subversive so I’m surprised Disney gave it the go ahead – it’s known for being extremely protective of the brand’s imagery. The collection goes into Liberty, Good Hood and Mytheresa.com on 3rd November.


2. A.P.C LOVES L.A

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A.P.C’s Jean Touitou is banking big on Los Angeles with a new store on Melrose and two more to come by the end of the year. As always, he’s refreshingly frank with his views – I enjoyed this interview on Style.com in which he expounds on how New York and Paris have lost their creative lustre and what he’s doing to push the A.P.C minimalist aesthetic forward. (But first, please admire the lush shiny flooring – above – made from Spanish ceramic bricks that nods to the Hispanic heritage of the area.)


3. LIBERTY’S PERSONAL BEAUTY CALL

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Liberty has just launched a bespoke beauty personal shopping service that I think will do really well. You make an appointment and get a one-to-one with a specialist who gives you unrushed, unbiased advise on Liberty beauty products. The two hour service costs £80 redeemable against purchases. It definitely feels like Liberty has noticed how consumers want trusted, user-friendly advice rather than hard sell and I’d say a lot of that has to be down to blogger influence. It reminds me of the John Gustafson service that Fenwick introduced in the 90s (so successful that the waiting list stretches to years). Read more on Liberty’s bespoke beauty here.


4. SHANG XIA IN SHANGHAI

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“What is precious in life? Space is precious, time is precious, love is precious.” I love this quote from Shang Xia’s founder, CEO and artistic director Jiang Qiong’er. The Hermes-owned Chinese brand is in expansion mode, and following Paris and Beijing, this month opened its third store in Shanghai. Its main premise is to draw on Chinese craft and heritage to create a high quality brand for the modern Chinese luxury customer. The quote is from this article in Time Out Shanghai.


5. NIKE UPS THE FASHION ANTE WITH SUPERMODEL CAMPAIGN

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Clever Nike is embracing the fashion crowd as never before. Its forthcoming collaboration with Pedro Lourenço was launched with much fanfare last week, starring as it does Karlie Kloss in the campaign shots. As with everything, authenticity is at its core. The product is highly fashionable but function has to come first. But it clearly doesn’t hurt to have Karlie (and a chunk of her million+ Instagram following) endorsing the brand…

WORDS: NAVAZ BATLIWALLA/DISNEYROLLERGIRL

Gentlewoman style: Bally AW14

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Can we take a minute to appreciate the new-look Bally, under the creative direction of Pablo Coppola? Emphasising the Bally ‘codes’ of precision and craftsmanship, there’s a focus on grown up wardrobe staples with a slightly relaxed flair – tailored trousers, boxy handbags, mannish coats, boyfriend shoes…

The ‘gentlewoman’s corner’ bag is my favourite, with its lopped-off corner. Continue reading

Harrods’ new shoe floor is retail heaven

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Will we ever tire of buying shoes? Judging by the last few years, it would appear our appetites are bigger than ever. Each shiny new footwear department (some big enough to have their own postcode), mall and ecom site just opens up more possibility, choice and downright longing.

Harrods’ Shoe Heaven floor has become a thing of legend and it’s only just opened. Continue reading

Perfect pairing: Mansur Gavriel and Il Bussetto

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Could there be anything chicer than vegetable tanned leather right now? Those saturated colours, that unmistakable polish? Mansur Gavriel thinks not. The brand is all the rage at the moment, for its pared-back totes and bucket bags. This article in the LA Times last week explains its success. Simple, modern shapes, a reasonable price point and their signature contrast-coloured innards contribute, but the leather is a key factor. Continue reading

DUSAN: fashion’s best-kept secret

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How have I not heard of Dusan before? I discovered it two days ago on a rail at The Shop Of Bluebird while prepping for a shoot – luxe tabard-esque layers that nod to The Row and Chloe in refined fabrics and muted tonal colours (with prices to match).

Amelia, the Bluebird PR told me that the collection pretty much sells itself – “we have complete sell through every season”. And she flagged up the coats especially, “every time I walk past, there’s someone trying one on”. I did some Googling and I discovered it’s a 15-year old brand, designed by Serbian-born Dusan Paunovic, based in Milan. And the best bit? Paunovic is a proud celebrity-avoider. Continue reading

Gentlewoman style: Sofie D’hoore AW14

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Sofie D’Hoore is a new name on my radar which I discovered in Fenwick this week. It’s one of those stealth luxury lines, in the same vein as A.P.C, Studio Nicholson, Celine and Margaret Howell. I really like the understated styling. And the coats. Which I tried on (all of them) and they were perfect. Continue reading

Pretty little things

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Off anywhere nice on your hols? Of course you are. In which case you’ll be wanting to pack a few personal treats of the luxe, lace variety in your Globe-Trotter luggage. Agent Provocateur’s summer lingerie is big on saccharine sweetness with a side serving of neon in the details. Continue reading

Oh Dior! The new watches have landed – just in time for the ‘Ramadan Rush’

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“Women are the future of watches, there’s huge potential in women’s watches that is only half exploited today.” So said Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH’s watch unit earlier this year. He must be rubbing his hands this month as the summer influx of middle-Eastern customers arrive to shop up a storm at our luxury department stores.

Just arrived at Harrods in time for the so-called ‘Ramadan rush‘ is the Dior VIII Montaigne collection. Continue reading

Editorial shoot: Slip it to me

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There’s a time and a place for logo-waistband cotton smalls… but this isn’t one of them. No, this is the time for sweet nothings, lace fripperies and sheer silk sets, preferably in neon-accented colours or playful floral prints. I scooped up a caseful of Agent Provocateur goodies for my latest Disneyrollergirl editorial shoot, with Chiara Romagnoli behind the lens. If you’re in the mood for bright smalls, I recommend the candy-coloured lace bras, lovely under sheer blouses or summer’s indispensible white boyfriend shirt.

The bodysuits are nothing short of fabulous, whether frilly and bohemian, or gamine in black ruffles. And should you be on the lookout for decadent nightwear-slash-loungewear, then I can highly recommend the signature satin pyjamas – beautifully cut and seductive as hell…

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Ana (left): Fluera camisole, £65 and matching shorts, £45, Agent Provocateur
Chloe: Marylou bodysuit, £175, Agent Provocateur

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Chloe: Marylou bodysuit, £175, Agent Provocateur

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Anna: Fluera camisole, £65, Agent Provocateur

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Ana: Fluera floral camisole, £65 and shorts, £45, Agent Provocateur

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Chloe (left): Phoenix bra, £125 and briefs, £110, Agent Provocateur
Ana: Brittnie bra, £75 and briefs, £55, Agent Provocateur

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Ana: Luna lace camisole, £125; Bobbie spotty briefs, £65, Agent Provocateur

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Ana (left): Petunia black bra, £110 and briefs, £85; suspenders, £145; silk stockings, £60, Agent Provocateur
Chloe: Theodora bodysuit, £395, Europa holdups, £10, Agent Provocateur

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Chloe: Theodora bodysuit, £395, Agent Provocateur

CREDITS:
Photography and video: Chiara Romagnoli
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Hair: Simon Izzard at David Artists
Make-up: Annabel Callum at Frank
Models: Chloe Coles at Union Models; Ana C at Milk Management

*THIS SHOOT WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AGENT PROVOCATEUR*

What to steal from the menswear shows: Loewe SS15

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Jonathan Anderson’s new-look Loewe has has rave reviews so far, with its reworked logo, ad campaign and SS15 menswear all giddily received by the critics. For spring-summer 2015, Anderson’s inspiration came from pre-rave Ibiza references so it’s heavy on rustic-looking but luxurious fabrics and simple, bohemian shapes (given Anderson’s ultra-modern ambi-sexual treatment).

My standouts are the suede polo shirts, nappa biker jackets, soft suitcases and ‘Meccano’ Oxford shoes (which are on the site now). And I’m totally tying my scarves like this from now on…

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