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Bally’s Mayfair welcome

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Bally’s not holding back with its slick new vision. First came the collections, overseen by creative director, Pablo Coppola, followed by the relaunched website. Now the biggie – this week sees the unveiling of a brand new Bond Street flagship store, repositioned on the opposite side of the road to its previous premises and at 4,320 square feet, much bigger in scale.

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, we can expect the same clean, modernist lines and details that the Swiss brand has incorporated into its leathergoods for over 160 years. I love the idea of a feature stock wall inspired by this Bally store, originally designed by Marcel Breuer.

Bally of course wants the world to know of its arrival, and it’s starting by befriending its neighbours. To coincide with the store launch, it has produced an online editorial campaign called #BallyMayfairWelcome, celebrating a few of the independent businesses in the nearby W1 streets. You can read all about the campaign on the excellent Bally blog, Function And Modernity (which highlights all things functional and, well, modern).

One of these businesses is The Mount Street Deli, my own favourite Mayfair spot for slowing down, de-teching (yes I do sometimes step away from the Tweet button) and watching the world go by. It may be situated slap bang in the midst of the fanciest fashion boutiques in Europe, but The Mount Street Deli maintains the friendly air of a village deli, with its English pies and handwritten chalk boards…

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For more insight into the #BallyMayfairWelcome series and to watch the videos, head over to the Bally blog and Youtube channel. And don’t forget to swing by the chicest corner shop in Mayfair, when Bally opens its New Bond Street doors from 22nd October.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Bally

*THIS POST WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BALLY*

Watch this: Harrods Inside The Studio with Matthew Williamson

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The life of a fashion designer is more fascinating (and varied) than ever. Researching and designing the collections is the creative bit but then come the extras; production, promotion, collaborations, not to mention the social media and editorial that have become such solid components of building a brand.

Harrods has decided to explore the mystique around designers and their processes by giving us a behind-the-curtain peek into four British designers and their businesses. The Inside The Studio campaign launches this week with Matthew Williamson, followed in the coming weeks by Rupert Sanderson, Antonio Berardi and Alice Temperley. I’ve partnered with Harrods, trailing the crew as they filmed in the studios of Matthew Williamson. On arrival at the industrious Queens Park atelier, I was greeted by a production crew of 11 and a groaning breakfast table overlooked by a supersized photo of Kate Moss and Jade Jagger modelling the designer’s first ever ‘Electric Angels’ collection. Ever since that 1997 debut (rising from the ashes of the 90s minimalist era), I’ve loved the Williamson colour palette, always upbeat and slightly jarring but beautifully so.

As the Harrods crew set up their interview with Matthew and his muse, artistic director Georgie MacIntyre, I busied myself nosing around the studio, pattern cutters, mood boards and just-finished SS15 collection. Outfits were hung on rails ready to be styled with the appropriate jewellery and accessories in preparation for the London Fashion Week show. If you like colour, this looks like a joyous place to work – the bookshelves are colour-coordinated, there are evocative mood boards everywhere and even something as humble as a zip or a cotton reel becomes an excuse for some psychedelic colour-play…

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In the Inside The Studios film, Matthew explains that his brand “has a super-clear DNA, it’s rooted in that sense of a bohemian jet-set sensibility. That’s always the cornerstone and the anchor to every collection. The challenge for me creatively is to move that forward.” Enter Georgie, whose encapsulates the brand with the kind of nonchalance that can rock mismatched prints one minute and a chiffon gown the next. As Matthew told me, “Georgie makes what I do slightly cooler than it would be without her!”

Matthew has become as famous for his legion of famous friends and social media followers as his hyper-natural prints and embroideries. He was late to the social media game but now thrives on the immediacy of the reaction he gets on Instagram. “It’s a pure brand to customer interaction and it’s become such valuable feedback,” he says. It’s interesting to me how designers have put themselves in front of cameras so readily, whether their phone cameras on Instagram, or film cameras for projects like Inside The Studio. Clearly, we all now know the value of storytelling, hence me, Harrods and Matthew Williamson grabbing every last nugget of information and insight as a potential piece of content.

The Inside The Studio campaign continues with more interviews and films to come from Rupert Sanderson, Antonio Berardi and Alice Temperley. Head over to Harrods.com to watch the stories unfold and follow the hashtag #HarrodsInsideTheStudio to join the conversation on social media.

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Words and images: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net

*THIS POST WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HARRODS*

Content meets commerce: Introducing the Harrods.com ‘Inside The Studio’ campaign

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Harrods is giving a big push to its digital content, bolstering its e-commerce with rich, online editorial. This month, I’m partnering with Harrods to spread the word on its latest editorial campaign, Inside The Studio.

In the run up to the British Fashion Awards, Harrods has teamed up with Alice Temperley, Antonio Berardi, Rupert Sanderson and Matthew Williamson to show us what we really want to see… what actually goes on in the ateliers? Continue reading

London Fashion Week SS15: part 2 of my Oxford Street Fashion Showcase blog

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Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015 Show Finale

The second part of my London Fashion Week SS15 trend round-up for the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase is now live at Oxfordstreet.co.uk. Continue reading

London Fashion Week: blogging for the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase

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I’ve been working with Oxfordstreet.co.uk as part of the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase this season, reporting on SS15 trends from London Fashion Week. My first post has gone live, highlighting some of next season’s emerging looks (that you can buy into now if you follow my advice). Click here to read. 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

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*

Editorial shoot: Girl with a Dior earring

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What to do when Dior calls and asks if you’d like to interpret its fall 2014 collection Disneyrollergirl-stylee? First you grab your creative collaborator, (thank you photographer Emma Miranda Moore), then you descend on the Dior showroom, making a beeline for all those epic accessoriesthat knitted neck-warmer, those Mise En Dior tribal earrings, the moonscape scarf, bejewelled necklaces and the newest version of my favourite Grand Bal Plisse Soleil watch. Plus of course, a few select clothing choices to go with.

The fall 2014 collection is Dior’s equivalent to pre-fall but there are killer pieces amongst the commercial numbers. The silk leopard-spot coat is as couture-fabulous as you’d expect in its cut and print but its extravagant volume is even more striking when worn as casually as a dressing gown (subtext: ‘I woke up like this’). Ditto the silk slip dress with its integrated baby blue cardigan; the most relaxed evening dress you ever saw or the ultimate in decadent nightwear? You decide. And in yet another attempt to deconstruct Dior a little, we have Raf’s ultimate ode to his beloved youth culture, the MA1 as a 3-way coat that unzips at the waist to become a jacket and skirt of New Look-esque proportions. Be assured, this is not your mother’s Dior…

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Silk twill scarf with orchid moonscape (above), £230, Dior

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Silk twill scarf with orchid moonscape, £230; Dior Vernis nail lacquer in Palais Royal, £18.50; fragrance, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet eau de toilette, £55 (for 50ml), all Dior

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Wool and silk sleeveless dress, £2,700; Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil 36mm watch in stainless steel, diamonds and mother-of-pearl, £16,000; Mise En Dior tribal earring with red resin pearls and palladium finish, £290, all Dior

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Silk jumpsuit, £3,700; Diorigin bracelet in metal with gold finish adorned with smoky crystals and orange pony, from £2,000; Dior Addict FluidStick in Pandore, £26, all Dior

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Mise En Dior tribal earring with red resin pearls and palladium finish, £290, Dior

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Leopard-print silk coat, £2,900;  Diorigin necklace with blue and grey crystal stones (worn as a bracelet), £1,800; both Dior

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Leather Perfecto jacket, £4,700; Lady Dior panther printed pony effect calfskin bag, £3,400;  Mise En Dior tribal earring with green resin pearls and palladium finish, £290, all Dior

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Khaki and orange nylon coat, £4,000; wool and silk sleeveless dress, £2,700; Diorigin astrakhan cuff, £2,250; Mise En Dior tribal earring with green resin pearls and palladium finish, £290; fragrance, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet eau de toilette, £55 (for 50ml), all Dior

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Wool and silk short sweater, £1,150; black wool pants £790, Diorigin necklace with blue and grey crystal stones, £1,800; Mise En Dior tribal earring with red resin pearls and palladium finish, £290, all Dior

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Wool and silk short sweater, £1,150; black wool pants £790; Diorigin necklace with blue and grey crystal stones, £1,800;  Mise En Dior tribal earring with red resin pearls and palladium finish, £290, all Dior

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Khaki and orange nylon coat, £4,000; wool knit collar, £270; Mise En Dior tribal earring with red resin pearls and palladium finish, £290, all Dior

Top image: Leopard-print silk coat, £2,900;  silk dress, from £2,000; Diorigin necklace with blue and grey crystal stones (worn as a bracelet), £1,800; Mise En Dior tribal earring with green resin pearls and palladium finish, £290, all Dior

All fall 2014 items available from DIOR, 31 Sloane Street, SW1 – Dior.com – 0207 172 0172; Beauty stockists: Dior.com – 0207 216 0216

[Credits:
Photography: Emma Miranda Moore
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Hair: Mark Francome Painter
Make-up: Linda Andersson
Model: Alicia Davis at Models 1]

*THIS SHOOT WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DIOR*

Vacation booked? Well timed, H&M’s swimwear collection just landed*

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The June issues of my favourite glossies have just landed, signaling a klaxon for all things holiday and beach-related. How timely then, that H&M’s swimwear campaign has also launched, featuring Gisele Bundchen in her natural habitat, that is, reclining on a rock dressed in little more than the skimpiest of bikinis and a spray of sea foam. Continue reading

VIDEO: My spring edit for McArthurGlen

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Did I mention my love of outlet shopping? Not just any old outlet but one with a good mix of the classic brands that I wear on a regular basis. Like, you know, Gap,Lacoste, Joseph, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren… And oh look, here they all are at Cheshire Oaks! AKA one of the vast McArthurGlen designer outlets and one I’ve never been to – until now.

McArthurGlen invited me up one sunny Saturday to discover the outlet and work on a video edit of my seasonal fashion picks. Continue reading

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