Paul Smith

RETAIL REPORT: Covent Garden – should a high street be more like a department store?

Oliver Sweeney Henrietta Street Covent Garden menswear destination

In the battle between bricks and clicks, the high street has suffered, but department stores have done well to up their game. They have become nimble at keeping pace with fashion, worked harder to collaborate with brands on pop-ups and events, and just seem more dynamic places to be. It’s something the rest of the high street can learn lessons from and I’m already seeing its influence.

Covent Garden got the memo some time ago. OK, it’s not quite a high street but it’s a shopping district that misplaced its mojo for a while and has since redeemed itself. In the 80s it was incredibly stylish and vibrant. At its peak, London’s cool set gravitated towards the Meccas of Paul Smith, Jones and thrift emporium Flip. (more…)

Buy it now: New in for autumn

JW Anderson spoon pendants

It’s a bit cloudy today so I’m doing a new-in autumn shopping round-up. Starting with these stunning J.W. Anderson spoon pendants (above). These have just gone into Selfridges and J-W-Anderson.com – How delicious do they look? Also piquing my interest are the shoes and loafers from Dries Van Noten and Paul Smith, which I would wear with grey wool socks and my cropped tailored Joseph trousers.

Knitwear is a bit of a fetish of mine and the best bits tend to get snapped up fast. I love the school uniform colours of the Valentino sweater and the Marni mustard ombre menswear knit. Either would be a nice partner to the Dolce & Gabbana sheer tie neck blouse. Finally, you can’t go wrong with a camel coat – this one from Isabel Marant is relatively affordable at £620…

SHOP THE POST BELOW:

Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

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

THE LFW want list: Margaret Howell and Paul Smith AW15

1 Margaret-Howell-aw15-London-Fashion-weekThis season’s London Fashion Week was big on straight-to-consumer ‘buy it now’ thinking. But typically, when you really need to buy it now, there’s no such tech to be seen. Ahhh I know, first world blogger probs, eh?

Both Margaret Howell and Paul Smith AW15 really did have lots of things that I’m gagging for in my wardrobe right now. (more…)