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I’m surprised how much I love these hats by Karl Lagerfeld for Maison Michel. Each named after one of his celebrity model coterie (there’s Kendall, Poppy, Anja, Karlie and Cara), the shapes are classic Maison Michels, with added flourishes by Karl.
The best ones are the ‘Karlie’ peaked caps with a silk lace or chiffon mini-veil (below). What’s genius is that you can wear them multiple ways and you know I’m a sucker for a fashion multi-tasker. Wear the lace over your face as a veil; spin it back to front, legionnaire-style; or tuck the lace underneath so it’s invisible and just wear it as a casual cap. Three for the price of one, not a bad deal…
Buy Karl Lagerfeld for Maison Michel at Selfridges and Maison Michel, Burlington Arcade, W1
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Karl Lagerfeld
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).
Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Main image: Miranda July by Stella Berkovsky
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1) IS AMAZON LOOKING TO BUY NET-A-PORTER?
The big news story of the week was the one that reported Amazon is in talks to buy Net-a-Porter. As Amazon has been desperate to carve a slice of the high end e-commerce pie for, well, ever, this is an interesting move. Business of Fashion has the best analysis*. (*Drat, BOF is down for maintenance! Forbes has the story here, with an update saying Amazon denies the talks…)
2)YOHJI YAMAMOTO X SANRIO
Just when I thought I’d grown out of Hello Kitty, along comes this curveball. Yohji Yamamoto has teamed up with Sanrio to design Kitty’s, a new line of character-based clothing and accessories. The tees, sweats and jackets will feature the likes of Hello Kitty and My Melody, with product dropping in Tokyo’s Isetan Shinjuku store and a shopping centre in Osaka.
3) CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA LAUNCHES SNEAKERS
What does the Charlotte Olympia girl wear in her athleisure downtime? Why, Charlotte Olympia sneakers of course – sexy, pop arty, chi-chi ones in blush pink satin, animal print and gold leather trim. Get them at Charlotte’s new boutique in Harvey Nichols and online at Harveynichols.com from April (from £345).
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Net-a-Porter via Vogue; Yohji Yamamoto via Masaryk.tv
Is ‘Agender‘ the new normcore? It’s a new word to get our heads around but it’s essentially not a new concept. It’s Selfridges‘ description for the current vogue for gender-neutral dressing, in which we take away the gender stereotypes around clothing and just wear what we feel like. Not ‘he’ or ‘she’ but ‘me’. Continue reading
I can’t pretend I’m not thrilled that beauty is going through a natural phase for Spring. I much prefer peachy cheeks and a balmy lip to labour-intensive make-up theatrics. That said, it’s not all nude lips and smoky eyes, Givenchy’s spring palette is unapologetically candy-coloured with some fun tricks up its sleeves. Continue reading
I’m feeling thoroughly spoilt on the colour-pop matte lipstick front. Bobbi Brown has expanded its new-ish Art Sticks line of fat lip pencils with three hi-vis shades; Hot Pink and Hot Orange (both shown above) and Hot Berry (not shown).
If you love a bright, matte mouth, these are great no-faff tools that deliver excellent coverage without feeling like they’re sucking the life out of your lips. They’re very matte, so they will feel a little dry, but the finish on the lips is beautiful and dramatic. Sold!
WORDS AND IMAGE: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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. Continue reading
The voluminous, boxy silhouette is hands down the defining shape for this decade. I love anything that’s oversized, masculine and luxurious but I can’t help wondering how much longer the Celine aesthetic can endure?
Whistles has managed to boil the essence down to a signature that works for its own customer; tailored trousers, walkable shoes, sleek bags and brilliant coats that are directional (but not overwhelmingly so) and practical. And warm! Continue reading
The new foundation formulas just keep on coming. I’ve had quite a lot of successes recently; I’m currently flipping between Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin foundation. But NARS has popped up with its new All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (£32), promising a full coverage, oil-free formula with 16-hour wear all in one drop.
It’s an interesting foundation. Continue reading
Hey Topshop satin matte lipsticks, where have you been all my life? I’m late to this party but these affordable mattes are seriously superb. At £8 the formulations and shades feel and look beautiful and are streets ahead of most high street ranges. Continue reading