What’s in store from Selfridges this Christmas?

Personalised Mini moet champagne Selfridges

I know it’s not cool to talk about Christmas when the clocks have only just gone back but let’s be realistic. The shopping season starts early these days, and stores have to do what they can to grab attention. Last week saw Selfridges unveil its Christmas offer, ‘Journey to the Stars’ which is themed around constellations – aka everything to do with the galaxy, astrology, spiritualism and mysticism.

Selfridges is also maximising its offer on personalisation as it has done for the last two years. Christmas is the one season when people love to customise their gifting. (Tip: make sure your giftee really wants that novelty sweater embroidered with their initials, they’ll have a hard time eBaying re-gifting it otherwise.) (Side note: please tell me Christmas jumpers were just a one year blip?) While the personalised Nutella jar of yesteryear is back again, this year’s biggie is the mini Moet champagne bottle (above), that can be customised with a photo.

As a first, Selfridges is showcasing its entire Christmas gift offer both in store and online. So you can either go the convenience route and just click to buy your Fornasetti Astro pattern plates (coming soon), starsign perfume (below), or Jo Malone London cracker (my edit below will help you). Or you can be rewarded for braving the shop floor. There’s a host of ‘experientials’ to enjoy, including a psychic and mystical playground called the ‘Astrolounge’ and accessories from The Unseen (that respond to the environment around them in spooky ways).  Oh and there’s a £24,000 Star Wars battle pod to play with.


WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

New season fashion books

The History Of Modern Fashion Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl

Years and years and years ago, I remember gearing up for my first term at fashion college. We were given a list of things we needed to buy, which necessitated a trip to R. D. Franks in Market Place (off Oxford Circus) to stock up on essential books and magazines. (more…)

Introducing CristaSeya

CristaSeya Edition 5

Introducing a new way of producing fashion collections. In ‘editions’ rather than ‘collections’. With all editions available all the time. This is the thinking behind CristaSeya, a new-ish name I discovered on Instagram that I’m still getting my head around.

The shapes are generous and utilitarian – wide-legged martial arts pants, giant tee and tunic shapes with huge sleeves you can roll up. Plus drawstring fastenings with fat rope-like draw-cords and extremely expensive-looking but relaxed (and very oversized) felted tailoring.

The ‘transversal lifestyle’ brand has just been profiled by New York Times T Magazine and is helmed by former stylists Cristina Casini and Keiko Seya, who revel in finding the best suppliers for each type of thing they want to sell (be that Italian cashmere, Japanese wooden combs or Tibetan Yak blankets). It’s a very appealing aesthetic and sensibility and in the UK is currently only available in what happens to be my three fave shops – Dover Street Market, Mouki Mou and Hostem.

That’s about all I know about them so far, oh, other than that they’ve been nominated to represent France for the International Woolmark Prize…

CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: CristaSeya


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Saint Laurent couture made to order

“It will be used only for ‘friends of the house,’ and can be both for men or women, daywear or evening wear. Hedi Slimane decides these orders case by case. Unlike a couture collection, this is an even more exclusive definition.” So quoth an unnamed Saint Laurent exec in the New York Times on the subject of the new Yves Saint Laurent made to order service. When everything is accessible, what could be more desirable than entry to the most exclusive even-money-can’t-buy-entry fashion club of all? (more…)