THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BYREDO BAGS, SOPHIA WEBSTER, RODARTE X SUPERGA, HARVEY NICHOLS’ SNEAKER CONCEPT

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

1. BYREDO BAGS ARE COMING
Byredo bagsWho doesn’t love Byredo? The scents, the packaging, the whole brand concept. This Spring, founder Ben Gorham is extending the brand into its first retail store and launching leathergoods. Of the leather line, called Byredo Nécessaire de Voyage, Gorham says, “Leather kept coming up in historical contexts tied to perfume. The first people to sell perfume were gantiers, who scented the gloves they made. It makes sense to me. We’ll see how much sense it makes to other people.” The Byredo bags are being stocked at Barneys and the store will open in New York’s Wooster Street in April.


2. SOPHIA WEBSTER THE COLLABORATION QUEEN

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Sophia Webster is so on point with her collaborations. At LFW, camera phones went crazy for her Coca Cola collab which themes her goodtime-girl bags and shoes in the jazzed-up Coke colourway. Meanwhile, how about this collaboration with Gooey tech cases? The iPhone and iPad mini cases have Webster’s conversational graphics emblazoned on them and are designed to stick to shiny glass and metal surfaces, leaving hands free. They’re available exclusively at Selfridges until March 15th, or from the Goo.ey site from March 16th.


3. RODARTE X SUPERGA

Superga and Rodarte collaborste on capsule sneaker line
Rodarte + Superga = two words you wouldn’t immediately put together. But they make rather cosy companions in the latest capsule collab from Superga. With six styles, featuring a graphic lattice print mixed with denim or tweed, they’re modelled in the press pics by fellow L.A. fashionphile, Gia Coppola. At the moment it looks like they’re only available on the US Superga site, buy them here.


4. HARVEY NICHOLS UNVEILS ITS SNEAKER DESTINATION

Harvey Nichols The Sneaker Concept space dedicated to high fashion trainers

In other sneaker news, some are claiming we have reached ‘peak sneak’ as Fashionista reports on the waning of trainer appeal. Harvey Nichols begs to differ though. The store has invested heavily in the sports shoe craze, with  the launch this week of ‘The Sneaker Concept‘, a retail space dedicated to designer kicks. Choose from over 120 of the most desirable styles from fashion and sportswear brands including Acne, Y-3, Adidas and Common Projects. Here are a few of my picks…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
BYREDO IMAGE: Gustav Almestal/Wall Street Journal

On trial: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

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Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

The new foundation formulas just keep on coming. I’ve had quite a lot of successes recently; I’m currently flipping between Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin foundation. But NARS has popped up with its new All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (£32), promising a full coverage, oil-free formula with 16-hour wear all in one drop.

It’s an interesting foundation. I like a lighter coverage which due to the high pigment, this delivers in one drop (not one pump), meaning this not inexpensive product really goes far. You have to shake the bottle well, and it dries quickly so I find that quickly buffing it in with my fingers to blend it is the best way to apply. The result is a natural finish that manages to blur a few blemishes. That could be down to the new Even Tone Technology designed to neutralise redness, dullness and discoloration. Is it luminous? I wouldn’t say so. It feels slightly matte on (but light, not cakey or heavy), yet as the day progresses I do notice a bit of shine on my combination skin.

This foundation has had mixed reviews but I like it a lot. For winter I prefer my foundation a bit creamier and glowy but this will definitely be coming out for the summer, when my skin generally needs less coverage. And for now, I can wear it with a wee drop of oil added (thanks British Beauty Blogger for that tip), which helps it go even further.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation comes in 20 shades, is dermalogically tested and fragrance, paraben and oil free. Buy it at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, ASOS and Lookfantastic.com.

London fashion week AW15: designers with a 360-degree view

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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. For AW15 we get the usual wonky proportions and multi-textured approach that I love, with long dresses worn over check trousers, and tailored tactile coats belted over midi skirts over sheer gauzy trousers.

Fabrics are important for Toga’s designer, Yasuko Furuta. She develops them herself, which is why the price point is high, but the return on investment is originality and the type of pieces that you want to hang onto. My favourite element is the integral straps that let you sling a cardigan or a coat half-on-half-off across the body…

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Toga AW15 LFW

Phoebe English is another designer I admire for her clever consistency. She also produces ‘360-degree’ clothes that have as much interesting stuff going on at the back as at the front. For her AW15 presentation at Somerset House she showed her sheer fishnet skirts and trousers with plain dress shirts and simple bandeaus. Everything came in black or white apart from an explosion of flesh-coloured rubber ruffles. Styled together it looked complex and arty but look closer and you realise that these pieces stand up on their own and are surprisingly adaptable.

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WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

THE LFW want list: Margaret Howell and Paul Smith AW15

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1 Margaret-Howell-aw15-London-Fashion-weekThis season’s London Fashion Week was big on straight-to-consumer ‘buy it now’ thinking. But typically, when you really need to buy it now, there’s no such tech to be seen. Ahhh I know, first world blogger probs, eh?

Both Margaret Howell and Paul Smith AW15 really did have lots of things that I’m gagging for in my wardrobe right now. I played Margaret Howell bingo with my seat mate, scoring points for every appearance of a tweed coat, masculine trouser or white shirt. But jokes aside, the appeal of Margaret Howell from season to season is the nuanced attention to detail. There’s a host of signature elements but they chop and change, so it’s not as predictable as we like to think.

Next season’s Margaret Howell woman is extremely refined, from her neatly tucked-in cable knits to her longer length skirts and kilts (kilts are definitely trending for AW15 btw), worn with Falke ankle socks and patent flat pumps (no bingo point for me here, I predicted loafers or brogues). On my want list are the macs and blazers and I must also mention the shoulder bags – substantial satchels in luxe black and tan leather.
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From Paul Smith it was the coats that did it for me – tailored masculine ones in charcoal grey or oversized muted checks. I also loved the boyish trouser suits and long culottes, styled with thick-heeled boots and scruffy ponytails. (Don’t miss the beautiful, atmospheric video at the end…)
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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Images: Margaret Howell; WWD (Paul Smith)

Watch the Burberry Prorsum AW15 live stream – and request your personalised Burberry Tweetcam photo

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Enjoyed the February showers? It’s all to whet your appetite for today’s Burberry Prorsum AW15 show, which, by the way, you can watch here via the live stream. The show starts at 1pm GMT and this season you can enjoy some extra fun with Burberry and Twitter. Burberry has partnered with Twitter to offer fans the chance to capture pictures of the Burberry Prorsum LFW show, live from the runway. Continue reading

London Fashion Week AW15: let’s hear it for the girls

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Shrimps Hannah Weiland Aw15

In these days of Insta-journalism, a fanciful theme is a gift to the time poor and attention-deficit. It helps tell the story of a collection which is what selling clothes is all about. And our young female designers are particularly adept at it.

On the first day of London Fashion Week, we saw evocative tableaux styled as an art class and a gossipy teen gathering courtesy of Molly Goddard and Le Kilt respectively. Meanwhile, Shrimps gave us beautifully vacant aliens landed on a glittery planet surrounded by stalagmites. Continue reading

Ask Alison: On fashion weeks, double screening and the importance of influencer clicks

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Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ guest post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, on how brands are using new social strategies to monetise fashion week

Fashion month has kicked off and already the digerati style-set are hot on the heels of the latest ‘influencers’ and their preferred social media platforms. As fashion designers, media publishers, retailers and luxury brands all assess their ROI (return on investment) across social media spend, it’s influencer clicks and double-screening activities that are driving digital trends this season. Continue reading

Feature: How fashion influencers are disrupting the modelling industry

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Cara Delevinge snapping selfies on the Giles catwalk; Kendall Jenner announcing her Estee Lauder gig on Instagram; the entire Victoria’s Secret show strategically hashtagged on every social stream going – welcome to the world of modeling 2.0. Boom! Suddenly the era of Versace’s lip-syncing supermodels seems rather quaint.

But then I remind myself that it’s nearly 25 years later and the fashion industry itself has undergone its own metamorphosis. Continue reading

London life: West Thirty Six

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West Thirty Six Golborne Road

This is the time of year when I get asked about my favourite London hangouts for all those guide-to-LFW type features. In truth, I’m a creature of habit. West London is my stomping ground and I’m loathe to venture East if I can help it. So here’s a new West London eaterie to add to the list – West Thirty Six.

WHERE: Situated in Golborne Road, a stone’s throw from Portobello, this characterful street is one of London’s unspoilt (for now) hidden treasures. Continue reading

DKNY AW15

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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

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