Introducing Jigsaw A-Line

JIGSAW AW15 Sheepskin Jacket £495 Soft Stretch Polo Neck Sweater £129 Richmond Indigo Skinny Jeans £79

How great is it to see the British high street embracing style conscious ‘mid century modern’ women with well made, classic cuts that have contemporary flair? Whistles has successfully led the charge here for a while, M&S is doing so much better and Jigsaw is the latest to up its game.

As Lisa Armstrong pointed out in The Telegraph, Jigsaw was amazing in the 90s but then it lost its mojo. I remember the John Pawson-designed store and Juergen Teller campaigns and it was even successful enough to have snooty PRs who could afford to ignore you if your publication wasn’t cool enough for them.

However it’s not entirely Jigsaw’s fault that things slipped. The market changed as we entered the decade of Tom Ford’s Gucci, Juicy Couture, Victoria Beckham and Britney. Grungy minimalism just wasn’t cool in the 00s and I think they decided to grow up with their customer which resulted in too much sensible work wear and an over-abundance of pastel knits. Fast forward a little and Top Shop Unique, Zara and Cos have stepped forward to fill the Jigsaw-shaped hole for the 40+ market.

Props to the brand for taking risks again. Its store in Duke Street may be slightly off the beaten track but it’s making a statement in its bid for the aspirational Mayfair customer. And the product in there looks wonderful, from the menswear it launched three years ago to the current AW15 collection (below)…

2 JIGSAW AW15 Double Faced Wrap Coat £298 Flannel Wrap Jacket £179 Silk Cotton Polo Neck Sweater £79 Flannel Tailored Joggers £110 Phoebe Tassel Loafer £149
JIGSAW AW15 Luxury Wrap Coat £350
JIGSAW AW15 melange knit tabard £129 cashmere cloud sweater £98 wool flannel slouch trousers £120 leather trainers £98
JIGSAW AW15 Melange Knit Back Coat £298 Soft Boucle Sweater £98 White Cotton Shirt £79 Wool Herrinbone Track Pants £79 Leather Trainers £98

This week sees the latest initiative from Jigsaw, a collection called A-Line (below). Arriving in 6 stores (and online), Jigsaw A-Line is a big step up from mainline Jigsaw with prices around the £300 mark for trousers and £700 for coats. These are designed as timeless ‘artisan-inspired’ pieces with UK and Italy-sourced fabrics to justify the prices. I’m guessing they expect to be positioned alongside the likes of Joseph and Nicole Farhi. The oversized, loosely-tailored coats (£695) are my winners, along with the culottes (£295), chunky knits (£295) and a beautiful tulip-print silk charmeuse top (£295). Buy it HERE.

Jigsaw A-Line AW15 Left Sorrel Stretch Double Face Wool Top £350 Willow Fine Gauge Cashmere Roll Neck £150 Bess Bi Colour Viscose Drape Culottes £395 Block Heel Sandal £249
A-Line by Jigsaw AW15
A-Line by Jigsaw AW15
A-Line by Jigsaw AW15

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Jigsaw

Top 5 styling moments from Dior SS16

DIOR SS16 top 5 styling moments
For SS16, Dior womenswear is lighter and less structured than ever. As is his way, Raf riffs on the dualities of past and future (with a hint of space age in the bags), masculine and feminine (rugged shapes over delicate lingerie styling) and luxury and utility.

Here are my top 5 styling highlights…


One of the most easily translatable looks was the cropped scallop-hemmed knits with pushed-up sleeves worn over white organdie cami-knickers. Don’t worry, IRL, these will be shorts…
Dior ss16 cropped sweater


The gentle sportswear influence of striped duchesse satin parkas and tennis-player pleats were echoed in the bags. My standouts were the leather barrel bags and the (slightly space-agey) metallic leather totes.
Dior ss16 barrel bags
Dior ss16 metallic tote bag


Throwing on a scarf any old how just will not do. Dior suggest you wind your silk scarf tourniquet tight (um, not literally!) and secure with an asymmetric choker. Or alternatively, achieve the layered look with one of these new grosgrain-ribboned chokers…
Dior ss16 grosgrain choker
Dior ss16 scarf choker
Dior scarf ss16


Beauty-wise, Peter Philips offered handsome boyish brows with rosy pink washes on eyelids, cheeks and lips. Dior’s rose gold Color and Contour crayon (out next spring) was drawn along the lashline, with Lip Glow balm layered under Dior Addict lipstick in Delight. These palettes look rather enticing too…
Dior ss16 makeup


Ever since the Mise En Dior earring craze, single earrings have been a bit of a thing at Dior. For SS16, Guido fashioned well-behaved ponytails with ‘ear-partings’ to show off the overstated single ear baubles.
Dior ss16 earring

WORDS: Navaz batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Dior; Vogue; Kevin Tachman

Top 5 styling moments from Gucci SS16

Gucci ss16 by Kevin Tachman for Vogue

When fashion editors go ga-ga at a re-see, you know a brand has struck commercial gold. Example: Gucci’s SS16 collection, which ticks every accessory box you can think of, giving you umpteen options to add your own imprint to Alessandro Michele’s lavish vision.

Here are my top 5 styling takeaways…

Michele set the scene last season with his ornate finger jewels and has firmly cemented this as an ongoing Gucci trope. Which makes absolute sense for the Gucci accessory coffers; why buy one ring when you can have a whole fistful of them? Even better, why not layer them over your equally ornate gloves? Only at Gucci…
Gucci ss16 rings and gloves
Gucci ss16 by Kevin Tachman for Vogue rings and gloves

Last seen clinging to Carrie Bradshaw’s lapel, the corsage has migrated to the throat, disco-fied with sequins and sparkle rather than whimsical frou-frou. Not sure how this translates to everyday, but it will most certainly be cropping up in magazine editorials and on the street style brigade…
Gucci ss16 corsage
Gucci ss16 corsage

You know how I feel about mules but fighting this is futile. And weirdly I rather like the Michele take on a mule – solid-heeled, adorned with decadent hand-painted snakes and leather leaves, plus a toile de jouy lining. I would swap the tea-coloured pop socks for a chunky grey cashmere ankle sock…
Gucci mules ss16 - with lavish snake embellishment
Gucci ss16 pop socks and mules
gucci ss16 snake embellished mule

Super-sized heirloom earrings look strangely appropriate when colour-matched to a demure, bow-necked dress or paired with a Bowie-esque lamé suit and studious glasses …
Gucci jumbo earrings and glasses
Gucci ss16 earrings

About that eyewear. It was refreshing to see Gucci focussing on glasses rather than sunglasses (and canny too, hey glasses are a major accessory category remember?). And the standouts were definitely the oversized bejewelled variety, especially when accompanying the most twinkly of lurex knits or a straight-out-of-Grey-Gardens coat…
Gucci ss16 glasses
Gucci glasses ss16

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Kevin Tachman for Vogue; Vogue Runway; GPS Radar; Gucci/Instagram

Buy it now: Jil Sander Navy AW15

Jil Sander Navy aw15
I’m surprised Jil Sander Navy doesn’t get a lot more attention. It’s easily one of the better diffusion lines; the cuts are great, the quality is good and it’s all highly wearable. The knits have a whiff of prep school uniform, as do the sensible shirts, while the skirts are slightly risque (but never too much) with strategically-placed splits. (more…)