Fashion meets art: my collection is bigger than yours

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Nope, still not bored with this year’s fashion-art love affair. Which is just as well as it’s only set to intensify. Late October sees the big reveal of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris (above), showcasing the LVMH corporate collection of art. The 126,000 square foot ‘glass cloud’ is rumoured to be the venue for the next Vuitton womenswear show, so expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with art-fashion-architecture amazingess of the highest order…

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Meanwhile, across the pond there’s more fashion-art fabulosity to be had the same month when the Met unveils its exhibition of cubist masterpieces donated by Leonard Lauder. That’s not just any old cubist masterpieces. The not-too-shabby 78-strong collection includes 33 Picassos, 17 Braques and 14 Légers and is said to be worth $1.1bn and the most important collection of its kind. The art donation by Lauder, chairman and heir of the Estée Lauder beauty empire, is the largest single art donation in history and is accompanied by an additional $22m endowment to fund the Met’s new Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art.

“I selected the Met as the way to share this collection because I feel that it’s essential that Cubism—and the art that follows it, for that matter — be seen and studied within the collections of one of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world,” said Lauder.

So beauty bloggers, don’t feel too bad about your lipstick and Advanced Night Repair habit. Clearly those Estée Lauder profits have gone to a very deserving home that we can all benefit from (plane ticket permitting). Nice work Mr Lauder sir.

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Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 20th

[IMAGES: Fondation Louis Vuitton via LVMH and Vanity Fair; Fernand Léger, Composition (The Typographer) 1918-19. Oil on canvas promised gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection]

Form through colour: art and textiles

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If you love colour and geometric graphics it’s hard not to be drawn to the work of Josef Albers. Showing at Somerset House for another two weeks (until 31st August) is FORM THROUGH COLOUR, an exhibition of Christopher Farr textiles inspired by the works of Josef Albers, his wife Anni Albers and contemporary artist Gary Hume.

The Alberses (help, what’s the plural of Albers?) were influential Bauhaus artists – Josef specialising in colour theory, and Anni in textiles and weaving although both were multi-disciplinary. Josef Albers’ famous ‘Homage To The Square’ series is a way of showing how colours ‘read’ differently depending how they’re positioned. But they also make very pretty paintings. And textiles, as shown here.

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The exhibition is a collaboration with rug company Christopher Farr, so there are some items that you can buy – we went home with two Anni Albers cushions as well as Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color book, the result of his years heading up the design faculty at Yale. I also downloaded the Interaction of Color app, a playful colour exploration tool developed by the Josef and Anni Albers foundation in partnership with Yale University Press. It’s a great experimental plaything for designers and students, or even kids.

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FORM THROUGH COLOUR is at Somerset House until 31st August.


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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…


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Louis Vuitton has just opened its first London ephemeral store (don’t call it a pop-up)  at Dover Street Market. Stocked with the best bits from Nicolas Ghesquiere’s debut Vuitton collection, this is the first chance to snatch up those covetable (and probably collectible) runway pieces. And the fun doesn’t stop at RTW. The edit of accessories – including jewellery, sunglasses, shoes and of course those incredible bags and leathergoods – is as enticing as the clothes. Sister stores have opened simultaneously at Dover Street Markets In New York and Tokyo.



The latest Yahoo news is that some key editorial names have been added to the site’s fashion roster. Joining Joe Zee are V Magazine’s Sarah Cristobal (above), CR Fashion Book’s Dora Fung and Into The Gloss’s Nick Axelrod. The new-look Yahoo Style is rumoured to launch around Fashion Week. (Hopefully someone will get their hands on the UK site soon too…)



Is this the future of editorial? Condé Nast’s shopaholic bible, Lucky magazine is being married with BeachMint as an ecommerce-editorial site. The Lucky Group will still be part of Condé Nast and continue to produce a print mag ten times a year, but it will be complemented by a multi-brand shopping site, powered by BeachMint. Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg said. “By adding an e-commerce component to Lucky, we’re fulfilling the brand promise — to create the ultimate shopping resource and provide advertisers with the ability to truly integrate at every point within the customer journey.” The New York Times has more on the story here.



The last three days have seen the ultimate in experiential retail courtesy of Marc Jacobs and its fragrance licensee Coty. A pop-up in the ‘beauty quarter’ of Covent Garden gave us the UK debut of Marc Jacobs’ tweet shop, in which customers could pay for a Daisy mini perfume, trinket or manicure (with the not-available-in-the-UK Marc Jacobs nail colours) just by tweeting with the #MJDaisyChain hashtag. The most creative tweets got the chance to win a Marc By Marc Jacobs handbag and there was no shortage of Insta-friendly props to use as well as a dedicated Vine booth. I got very snap-happy with the gigantic perfume bottles and daisy-decorated cake pops. The ephemeral nature of the store, plus the genuine excitement of the punters made this a really engaging and fun consumer experience in which no money changed hands but Marc Jacobs’ social following were handsomely rewarded with content and freebies. “We’ve got a deeply engaged follower group who are spontaneous, creative and give a lot to us,” Natalie Moon, UK marketing director at Coty told Marketing Week. “This was a chance for us to give something back to them.”


[Sarah Cristobal image via The Coveteur]

Buy it now: Jonathan Saunders X Lyle & Scott AW14

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The Jonathan Saunders for Lyle & Scott AW14 collection is technically for guys, but, well, you know what I think about that sort of thing. I would absolutely wear every one of these jazzy golfy beauties. Just arrived at Oki-Ni, Liberty, Present and Lyle & Scott

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Liberty Best Of British Open Call 2014: top tips

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I noticed I’m getting a lot of blog traffic from people searching for Liberty Best Of British Open Call. This is the very popular X-Factor-esque competition that Liberty runs to find the next wave of home-produced talent. Alas, registration for this summer’s open call on 30th August is full to capacity, but if you have managed to nab a slot, then do re-read my post from a couple of years ago when I helped judge the fashion entries.

The post includes tips on how to present yourself (you only get a few minutes), price your work, what to research and how to stand out. Here are some quick tips. They’re relevant for any designer going to meet with a retailer about potentially stocking their collection…

Rehearse a couple of times beforehand so that you’ll feel prepared and less nervous

Pre-empt the kind of questions you might get asked and have your answers ready

If there’s an interesting story behind your brand or product, tell it (but keep it brief), it will help you stand out

Remember to pause for breath so that the buyers can ask questions. This will help your nerves too

If you can, leave something physical and visual (a press pack, printed images) as a reminder

Think quality, not quantity. One or two amazingly finished samples are more memorable than lots of average bits and pieces

Try to visit the store beforehand to familiarise yourself with any recent changes, new departments, competitor brands etc. If you can’t, at least check out the store’s blog or social media for up to date news

Research what the latest buzz about the store is (is it sustainability? artisanal products? Affluent overseas customers?). For example, Liberty is filming its second series of its documentary, a useful thing to know if you’re making small talk

Make sure you flag up why this product is so right for the store

Know who your competitor brands are and if they are stocked in this store

Emphasise what make your product special and if there are ways you can make it unique to that store (special colourways, a personalisation service?)

Have an idea of what similar products in your market go for

Be prepared to be a little flexible on pricing (perhaps you can consider cheaper fabrics or fewer details)

For more tips and advice, read the full article, click HERE.

DUSAN: fashion’s best-kept secret

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How have I not heard of Dusan before? I discovered it two days ago on a rail at The Shop Of Bluebird while prepping for a shoot – luxe tabard-esque layers that nod to The Row and Chloe in refined fabrics and muted tonal colours (with prices to match).

Amelia, the Bluebird PR told me that the collection pretty much sells itself – “we have complete sell through every season”. And she flagged up the coats especially, “every time I walk past, there’s someone trying one on”. I did some Googling and I discovered it’s a 15-year old brand, designed by Serbian-born Dusan Paunovic, based in Milan. And the best bit? Paunovic is a proud celebrity-avoider. Continue reading

Christian Louboutin Beauté launches at Selfridges

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One more sleep til the Christian Louboutin Beauté pop-up at Selfridges. As pop-ups go, I predict this is gonna be a biggie. To recap: Christian Louboutin is launching his beauty empire Christian Louboutin Beauté with an iconic red nail colour. To experience it in the flesh, head to Selfridges Oxford Street tomorrow (ideally not all at once) where you can buy the astonishing dagger-heel shaped bottles from a dedicated ‘Loubiville’ beauty space. The pop-up will be in the main beauty hall, in front of Shu Uemura (that’s next to MAC, and on the right hand side of the Information desk). Basically, just follow the hordes of red-soled fanatics. Continue reading

Menswear AW14 edit: fantasy shopping for Mr DRG

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It’s new-season new-in time at Mr Porter, so I couldn’t resist doing a little fantasy shopping for Mr DRG. There’s no question that I have to include a little Saint Laurent and Paul Smith in my edit, they both consistently deliver on cut, colour and print (this geometric pocket square is just jazzy enough in its muted colour palette). Sunspel‘s basics are another easy inclusion, you can’t get more classic than its loopback sweats in old-school navy. Sachajuan is a Swedish haircare line and I will confess it’s the packaging that’s speaking to me here. And for an understated sneaker that’s a step up from a Stan Smith, there’s no arguing with the grey suede Original Achilles from Common Projects


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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…



Get ready for another stealth-luxe handbag line, this one’s coming from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie. The minimalist menswear accessory brand now has a women’s leather range, currently on sale exclusively at Barneys. “Our female fans have been egging us on to unleash this for a long time. There was definitely a pent-up demand for it,” co-founder Byron Peart told Continue reading


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I’m literally drowning under new fragrance samples right now, but I’ve narrowed down my current three favourites that are launching this autumn. They’re all very different and I do admit to being swayed as much by the branding as the scent in some cases…


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Like Burberry, Jo Malone London is very good at evoking that traditional romantic, slightly windswept Brit imagery. Continue reading

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