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Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2015

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Burberry is still all about outerwear for me. The Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2015 collection is heavy on voluminous, textured coats and slim bottoms and I’m noticing a big focus on furry-looking shearlings that are casual, cosy and effortless-looking. I’m also a sucker for a too-short sleeve. Yes please.

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What Asos did next – get ready for the ‘new in’ app

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There’s no denying that Asos has had a tough year this year, with younger, sexier, leaner upstarts snapping at its heels (hello Missguided and Boohoo). But it’s fighting back for SS15 with some excellent product and clever customer service initiatives. What does the Asos girl want? Newness. When does she want it? All the time. And so Asos is launching ‘New In’, a new Tinder-like app that let’s you swipe yay or nay to the Asos new-in feed, adding your choices to your profile. It cuts away all the clutter, leaving you with only the freshest product deliveries. (You’ll have to wait a little longer though, it doesn’t launch for a few weeks.)

Another thing I discovered at the Asos press day last week was its innovative approach to personal shopping. It has recruited its personal styling team via a combination of their own personal style, styling ability, social feed and dedication to customer service. It makes sense to the Asos customer, who will follow a particular ‘personal stylist’ because they love their aesthetic. Each stylist is set up with their own Asos-approved Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram profiles to engage their followers to the max. The direct and converstional contact of Instagram is a decidedly more engaging tool that traditional methods of enquiry like email, and feels suited to the instant-info expectations of today’s young online shopper. Plus, UK shoppers can choose their favourite stylist for one-to-one shopping advice via the online stylist’s chat feature.

For next season, the product is looking great too. Most impressive are the romantic structured dresses adorned with lace, embroidery and applique. There’s also a good dose of raw-edged denim (90s references will run and run) and jewellery is going strong with delicate single earrings proving to be the ear cuff of SS15…

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl; Instagram

Would you buy Tom Ford’s minaudiere-friendly Lips & Boys mini lipsticks?

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So much hysteria over a lipstick! But you can kind of see why Tom Ford’s Lips And Boys collection of 50 minature lippies is causing a storm. Ford does make exceedingly good lipsticks and these tap into our desire for teeny trinkets while also being rather practical (yep, I totally fell for the marketing schpiel – whoops). Plus, each one is named after a man Ford has known (Alexander is named after his two-year-old son, fyi).

As Ford puts it, handbag real estate is at a premium at night time. There really is no place for a chunky lipstick in today’s micro clutch, so these fulfill the need for weeny makeup to match the weeny jewelled minaudiere. “People carry teeny-tiny little bags today, and are trying to fit their iPhone, money and a key,” he told WWD. “I think the idea of a small bag is modern, and you need to be able to fit a lipstick into that small space. It seems that there’s a trend these days to miniaturise things.”

The lipsticks arrive in the US on November 28th at 12:01am on Tomford.com. In the UK, Selfridges is first in line with a one day flash sale selling the mini-me lipsticks on 1st December. You can sign up here. But will you? If you’re not caught up in the pre-Christmas frenzy, then there’s also the chance to buy on Tom Ford counters from 26th December. (Hmmm, is Boxing day the new Christmas eve for shopaholics, I wonder?) But remember, they will be limited edition so I can’t see them hanging around for long.

If you prefer the traditional type of Tom Ford lipstick, this season sees a new matte lipstick released from his popular line of vitamin-enriched lip products (below). As expected, the colour palette is stunning, with glamorous berry and red shades as well as the default pinky nudes for the smokey-eye-pale-lip brigade. The Tom Ford Lip Color Matte collection (£37) comes in eight shades with a rich, satin-matte finish (I tried and loved Ruby Rush, a pigment-packed deep red). It’s available at Harvey Nichols, Harrods and John Lewis.

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Tom Ford

Buy it now: Joseph AW14

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In terms of sheer lust, Joseph is one of the shows I most look forward to at London Fashion Week. It’s the combination of easy, wearable silhouettes, plus inventive styling and perfect casting that results in a memorable show where you genuinely want to buy everything, not just admire from afar.

Joseph’s heritage lies in generously proportioned knitwear and 80s-90s layers, but modern Joseph is much more of a 90s-00s minimalist-masculine mash-up. Continue reading

Could Farfetch click & collect be an ecommerce game changer?

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Oooh here’s a clever move from Farfetch. It’s just rolled out a new Click & Collect service, whereby you can order from one of its international indie retailers but instead of having your order sent to your home or office, you can pick up from another of its retailers located more conveniently to you. With over 100 boutiques currently taking part globally, this could potentially be a real game changer. Continue reading

Borrowed from the boys: Paul Smith AW14

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It seems everyone is jumping on the unisex/androgyny/ambi-sex bandwagon lately, but one of the brands that does it best is Paul Smith. Perhaps it’s not immediately obvious, I just think his menswear – the colours, shapes, prints – swings both ways. Continue reading

One for the boys: Tom Ford’s beard maintenance kit

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nails it again. Who knew beard oil was a must-have? But clocking the trend for beards and their maintenance, he has just introduced a mini range of beard grooming products including Swiss-made beard combs (£28) and the soon-to-be-cult conditioning beard oil (£40). Continue reading

Winter picks from Net-a-Porter

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According to Editd.com, luxury stores have bought into more winter warmers, earlier in the season this year. Net-a-Porter alone has grown its autumn offer of outerwear by 117% compared to last year. Maybe it knows something we don’t? Colourful fake furs are key, as are oversized, slouchy shapes. I’ve noticed a lot of sophisticated-looking fake furs (as opposed to those Big Bird types from a few seasons ago) – I guess that’s the Shrimps effect. The all-enveloping poncho too is a big player, thanks to Issa’s cheery patterns and Burberry’s genius blanket wraps…

I’m still a fan of classics, so I’ve included a cape (from Saint Laurent) and a duffle (Burberry Brit) in my latest Net-a-Porter edit. And I’m trying to wean myself off the navy jumpers so I’m gravitating more towards Jonathan Saunders’ stripes and Bella Freud’s typography. While we’re on the subject, don’t forget that clocks go forward this weekend…

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Buy it now: Topman’s top coats

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Seriously loving Topman’s current coat campaign. This winter its focus is on classic men’s coats that have their roots in menswear tailoring heritage. The updated navy mac (£90) and houndstooth single breasted number (£90, above) are my favourites, and the camel overcoat (just don’t call it a Crombie) would be perfect if it was a bit longer. Note that Topman sizes start at an XXS (just saying). Continue reading

Dior’s new age embraces past, present and future for ss15

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Picture the scene: on arrival at the pap-packed arch of the Musee du Louvre courtyard, you’re greeted by the Dior show venue – a giant mirrored cube. Could this be construed as the ultimate symbol of our modern, narcissistic times? A reflection of us in all our peacock-y finery? This I wondered as I joined pretty much every other show-goer in taking an obligatory selfie to share immediately (cos if you didn’t record it and instantly share it, then you clearly weren’t really there). Continue reading

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