In this week’s episode, I’m interviewing Navaz Batliwalla on her recently published book The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman. As well as her work as a freelance fashion consultant and editor, Navaz writes the fashion blog, Disneyrollergirl, which was listed as one of the Top 40 Blogs That Really Count by The Times. In her book, Navaz describes the style of the ‘Modern Gentlewoman’: sophisticated, yet practical; influenced by menswear, but with a distinctly feminine twist. With over 1 million followers of her fashion boards on Pinterest, Navaz has clearly captured a style philosophy that resonates with the modern woman.
I picked up The New Garconne on a whim in Foyles and then had to buy it, as I was instantly enthralled by Navaz’s fascinating interviews with women who embody the ‘gentlewoman style’, such as Bella Freud, Lyn Harris and Caroline Issa.
In this interview, Navaz shares her definition of what it means to be a ‘modern gentlewoman,’ as well as her challenges in bringing the book together and how she managed to pin down such prominent women to interview. I also love her suggestions for wardrobe staples and top fashion destinations in London.
Listen for some fabulous style inspiration!