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Virginie Viard is leaving, so who’s next for Chanel?



Everyone’s got their hot take on who will replace Virginie Viard at Chanel.

While Chanel sales are up, speculation is that’s more down to price hikes and beauty purchases than Virginie’s designs (I can verify Chanel’s skincare is the best!).

The online criticism of Virginie’s collections can’t be good for brand image, even if the heritage is seemingly bulletproof.

Many people – understandably – hark to Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel as the benchmark and look to a return to that golden era of wit and spectacle.

But I feel Chanel is looking for a reset. The recent mega-popular exhibitions cementing Gabrielle Chanel’s original ‘garconne’ ethos, showcasing her chic, pared back designs (and even influential beauty packaging) helped to restate the timeless pre-Karl vision of Chanel. The brand needs someone who understands the house codes, yet can inject youthful modernity to boost its heritage and thus appeal to a cross-generational audience.

My money’s on Hedi Slimane. He has history with the brand as a close friend of Karl, and he clearly knows the codes. He has an innate understanding of youth culture and can bring his network of arty tastemakers to the brand campaigns, while keeping the collections highly desirable.

When can we place our bets?

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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Trend report: what to wear for SS24



Bally SS24

Spring is properly here, so it’s off with the coats and on with the T-shirts. LOL April Fool! Alas no, it’s still pretty chilly in NW10, so my Spring trend report is leaning a little towards knits and waterproofs for another few weeks. But amongst the leather outerwear and aristo-inspired Barbours and barn jackets, there are skin-baring T-bar shoes, shiny, happy tinted lip oils and molto pops of primary colour (the Italians do it better). (more…)



Celine AW24: retro-modern minimalism plus a lipstick line



Celine Winter 24

Still a bit gutted that Hedi didn’t end up at Chanel. Ah well, Celine’s gain. Nothing crazy new to see here but his brand of retro-modernism for Winter 24 (just teased in a film) looks contemporary and cool – yet surprisingly un-grungy – in the way only Hedi’s can. (more…)



Perfect pairing: office cowboy



Office Cowboy style Giedre Dukauskaite

On my radar: executive realness with a side of rodeo swagger. Niche I know, but I’m feeling the office cowboy vibes courtesy of Giedre Dukauskaite.

Maybe it’s the tension between corporate conformity and wild west rebellion. Whatever, I think the combination of power tailoring (I just copped this blazer), plus subtle saloon bar details – the belt*, the boot*, the shirt styling* – is one worth getting involved in. (more…)