THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Gap, Versace, Gucci, NARS

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

1. WOULD YOU BUY A COFFEE FROM GAP?
Gap Lion coffee + Records shop in oxford street
Last week, Gap added a coffee-cum-record-shop (a collaboration with East London’s Lion Coffee + Records) to its Oxford Street store in a move to entice a younger, cooler customer. Will it work? I’m not the target market, so I can’t say, but I love a store with a nice café, so I’ll definitely check it out…


2. VERSACE MADE SOME (SORT OF) EMOJIS

Versace launches emoji app
Lots of buzz about the Versace emoji app (which is really an ad for the blingtastic Versace emoji t-shirts). However, the app is a bit flawed, as they’re not emojis that you can add to your keyboard, rather it’s more of a photo editing app. (When is a luxury brand going to do this right?) But hey, points for trying and it’s one that the hardcore fans will love regardless.


3. FLORENCE WELCH FOR GUCCI

florence welch is the face of gucci jewellery and watches
Looks like Gucci is ramping up awareness of its watches (not my cup of tea) and jewellery (totally into it) by appointing Florence Welch as its ‘face’ (no pun intended). I’m a celebrity-avoider, but I think this one’s a good match and thankfully not the usual generic watch ad fare…


4. NARS ATTACK

Nars arrives at Netaporter

New to Net-a-Porter is NARS, so you can now get your fix of Dragon Girl lip pencil and Dual Intensity blush alongside your Mansur Gavriel shoes and Saint Laurent camera bag. Come summer, if you want the IRL experience, then NARS will be a new arrival to Covent Garden’s ‘beauty quarter’, with a store coming to King Street. Read more on WWD.

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Quote of the day: WWD

Tommy Hilfiger ss16

“We’ve had people try to use this as an opportunity to launch their careers. You’re merely a guest, a spectator. You can’t go there trying to pick the brains of designers in the industry. There are no photo opps. You have to sign a code of conduct.”
WWD has published an eye-opening insight into the companies selling fashion week tickets to non-industry spectators

Written in the stars

Personalised Valentine's gifts from Smythson

Just when did astrology get so fashionable? Let’s not question it. If you’re a fan, you’ll be interested to know about these personalisation gift ideas from two of my favourite luxury brands for Valentine’s Day (and beyond).

Smythson Written in the stars astrology signs

A couple of weeks ago I got to meet the fabulous Shelley von Strunckel at Smythson in Bond Street, where she gave a talk about astrology to introduce Smythson’s new collection of zodiac sign motifs. These motifs can be stamped on all manner of Smythson leather goodies and the service is complimentary on purchases over £175 in selected Smythson stores until Sunday. (After that, there will be a charge.)

I love the little prompt cards that Shelley wrote to help clueless lovers pick the right gift for their partner. Mine (Virgo) is spot on:

What they think they want: A Virgo’s taste is refined and recognisable, they stick to the tried and true. What they really want: The cleverest Virgo gift puts a new spin on something that’s become tradition.

Yup that’s me to a tee! Shelley is a former fashion buyer so we bonded over jewellery and designer chitchat and unbelievably, I didn’t once mention mercury retrograde (it’s a Virgo thing).

Chloe astrology sign charms

By complete coincidence (or alignment of the stars, perhaps?), Chloé has also teamed up with an uber-astrologer to launch its Valentine’s astrology jewellery. Its zodiac charms can be found in Chloé boutiques and as an extra gift, Susan Miller (of Astrologyzone fame) has written exclusive love horoscopes to unlock the characters behind each star sign.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Smythson; Disneyrollergirl; Chloé

What to buy from Chanel Spring 2016 beauty

Chanel Spring beauty 2016 Sunkiss Ribbon powder blush and lipstick in Mighty

If Chanel’s spring colour palette doesn’t put a cherry blossom carpeted spring in your step, well, I don’t know what will. The timing always coincides with that point in the season when you just can’t take much more darkness and gloom. As it happens, for spring 2016 the colour saturation seems to be dialled up just that extra little bit.

The collection is called L.A. Sunrise, so it’s young, fun and slightly kitsch. The main attractions for me are the Sunkiss Ribbon blusher (above and below) and the lip colours. The blusher is immediately collectable with its logoed ‘ribbons’ of colour in several shades of pink from bright coral-orange to muted rose. As is usual with this sort of multi-colored blush, you can get playful with it, using it all over for an illuminating peachy ‘glow’, just under the cheekbones, or as a wash to highlight certain areas, like temples or forehead. (Tip: the pigmentation is pretty good so go easy on that almost-neon fuchsia hidden in the corner.)

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon blusher

Onto the Chanel Rouge Allure Coco Shine lipsticks. Instant love! This is my ultimate fast-beauty lipstick because the colours have enough pigment to stand out, along with iridescence for shine, plus they’re beautifully hydrating. All three shades are zingy mood-boosters – from Shipshape, a vibrant orange and Energy, a raspberry red, to Mighty, a candy pop pink. Mighty looks terrifying in the bullet but it’s quite sheer on the lips. It’s a cool blue-toned pink that looks amazing with the Sunkiss Ribbon blush or any warm-toned coral blusher. (If you prefer cream blush, try it with Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick).

For eyes, the emphasis is on swimming pool blues and greens, offset by purple. I’m a big fan of the Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow pots and for Spring they come in Griffith Green (below, a sort of turquoise algae shade), Ocean Light (electric blue) and the warm, neutral Moonlight Pink (A pretty shell-pink). Here’s Griffith Green, with two longlasting waterproof eyeliners in Fervent Blue and Purple Choc.

For nails, I like the contrast of Sunrise Trip, the darkest, deepest indigo-violet blue with the sugary bright lip and cheek colours. It feels suitably David Lynch don’t you think?
Chanel Sunrise trip nail polish

Also pictured is the new Chanel Chance Eau Vive hair mist, because if anyone’s going to wear Chanel hair mist, it’s probably the kind of girl who wears bubblegum pink Chanel lippie and shops in the new ($152 million) Chanel store on Rodeo Drive, right…?
Chanel Hair Mist

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WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl