shoes

Buy it now: Francesco Russo

Francesco Russo shoe designer

Gianvito Rossi has become one of the best selling shoe brands at Net-a-Porter and Harvey Nichols with his classic stiletto pumps making him a favourite for women who need a sharp no-frills shoe with a kick of glamour. But as he pivots into a more fashion-centric sphere, who does one go to next for a sexy cigarette pump with a twist?

I like Francesco Russo, who Harvey Nichols is touting as “one of the most sensational shoe designers to emerge in a long time”. His leopard-print slingbacks and suede cutaway pumps have the kind of ruler-straight heel that I love (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CARTIER, MARI GIUDICELLI, LANVIN, PAUL SMITH, DOVER STREET MARKET

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

1. CARTIER X SOFIA COPPOLA
Sofia Coppola for Cartier
If, like me, you feel like you haven’t seen enough of Sofia Coppola lately, Keep It Chic has news. Apparently, Sofia Coppola has teamed up with Cartier as a ‘friend of the brand’. Whatever that means, I think I’ll like it…. (more…)

Revisiting glove shoes

Glove hoes and denim

Two trends I definitely saw a lot of on the showgoers at London Fashon Week, were too-short, frayed-edge jeans and jolie laide ‘glove shoes’, most often worn together. Last summer, glove shoes were the polarising trend that only style innovators would go near (I wrote about them here), but this summer they’re on track to be a high street blogger favourite.

The block-heeled ballet pumps have filtered down to entry price points now (Topshop, Mango and Office have them), although the high end versions from Martiniano (one of the originators) are still the most refined looking. I prefer the slender shape to the wider squat ones, but there is a bit of variety out there, plus lots of colour options.

To go with, the most popular jeans worn at the shows were the Vetements ones, but Levi’s Wedgie jeans and Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal vintage Levi’s 501s (with customised raw hems) are a good, less spendy alternative. The crucial detail is to keep them hovering above the ankle, to counterbalance the frump factor of the shoe. Oh yes, there’s a strict science to this styling lark…

SHOP GLOVE SHOES BELOW…

Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Main image: We Wore What

Chanel codes: the two-tone slingbacks

Chanel slingbacks AW15

I won’t lie, I’m struggling with the idea of next season’s chunky-soled flatforms with their tacky gold chain (here and here) or lit-up soles. This season’s Chanel is far more me, the very same two-toe slingbacks that Gabrielle Chanel used to wear – completely unmodified.

Chanel put this shoe on all its models for the AW15 show and is giving it a big push with a series of videos. Four in fact, and very charming they are too. I’ve got to say, someone at Chanel is doing an outstanding job on the content front …

WORDS AND IMAGE: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl