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Is Gucci about to have a Saint Laurent moment? Remember the brouhaha at first sighting of Hedi’s womenswear debut? It wasn’t pretty. (The reaction I mean, I liked the clothes.) The reaction was similarly confused when new Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele first showed his menswear collection in January. It was so removed from heritage Gucci, sexy Tom Ford Gucci or sophisticated Frida Giannini Gucci that lots of hands were wrung.
I think it’s promising though. To me it’s youthful-spirited, next-gen Gucci and I can’t wait to see it worn by the creative, bright young things (and bright old things) it’s meant for. Luxury isn’t what it used to be in terms of exclusivity, but in terms of craft and quality, all the elements should be there. I really want to see this close up so I can judge for myself but in the meantime, reviews have been mostly positive. Early signs suggest that this could be turnaround time for Gucci…
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
Images: WWD; Style.com
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
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! Here’s a taste of what we can look forward to next autumn. Yay to these mandarin ankle-swinger trousers!
And here’s my pick of the best that Whistles has to offer right now…
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Is there anyone better at translating its brand ‘codes’ into make-up? I think not. Chanel has done it again with its new limited edition Les Intemporels de Chanel palette and nail polish, which pay homage to the classic 2.55 bag.
The five eyeshadows in the L’Intemporel De Chanel palette (£47) are embossed with the unmistakable chain motif, while the dramatic colours are an interesting choice – unapologetically intense shades of green and purple, the blackest of blacks, plus silver white and soft gold to highlight. They almost look like little jewels in a jewellery box…
For nails there’s Intemporel (£18), a molten silver designed to reflect the metal chain of the bag. To be honest, the collection suggests winter to me rather than spring, but I kind of like that Chanel goes against the grain. That said, these were the colours used for Chanel’s SS haute couture show and the effect in that was soft and pretty. I guess you can go either way – it’s all in the application.
Les Intemporels de Chanel has just arrived on counter and can be found at Chanel Covent Garden, Selfridges W1, Selfridges Manchester, Chanel Boutiques, Fenwick Newcastle and House of Fraser Glasgow.
WORDS AND PICTURES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
For someone who pretty much lives in Levi’s and jumpers I’m weirdly drawn to multi-textured and multi-layered dressing. Especially when it’s expertly and poetically styled. This must explain my attraction to LFW designers Toga and Phoebe English, both of whom have secured a well deserved spot on the presentation schedule in recent seasons.
Toga‘s presentations are great because they’re staged really beautifully with models on plinths so you can go up close for a proper look. The styling is always impeccable with this Japanese brand, whose bags and shoes have as much cult status as the clothes. Continue reading
Dream coats (and trousers, sweaters and dresses) at DKNY AW15. This has to be my favourite DKNY collection in years. The hair, make-up, colour palette and styling (Donna said this is for the ‘ageless working woman‘) are perfect… 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
…fire up the Nespresso and devour the Toast early spring book. Ahhh, doesn’t that feel better? Here are a few things I’ve earmarked…
Porter has finally found its voice as a magazine for independent, cultured, grown up women. While it’s powered by Net-a-Porter, thankfully it’s not just another shopping magazine, the shoppable content is balanced with profiles and features on non-fashion subjects too. Continue reading