THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ALL SAINTS, LOUIS VUITTON, GUCCI

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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.ALL SAINTS IS ALL GROWN UP

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I’ve been tracking All Saints’ gradual transformation for a while now and wow, the metamorphosis is complete! Its latest Instagram campaign, #HappyMondays is really very cool, a celebration of its ‘Iconic’ leather jacket worn by up and coming models and tastemakers who lend their own personality and style cred to the pictures. Obviously it’s not the first time we’re seeing this sort of campaign, but I dunno, somehow this feels authentic and unique to All Saints. Its hipster-lite kid is growing up and branching into Acne/Rick Owens territory and the off-duty model casting and styling (plus photography by Matteo Montanari) echo that.

2. LOUIS VUITTON’S L.A ART HAPPENING

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Oh, what would most brands do to have the budget of a Vuitton or a Chanel! In its latest conscious coupling of art and fashion, Louis Vuitton is staging an exhibition in L.A’s art district, bringing the SS15 collection and show to the public in multi-media installation form. ‘Louis Vuitton Series 2 — Past, Present and Future’ is an ambitious multi-room affair merging a 360-degree slide show, 3d-printed figurines, product displays (obvs) and ‘immersive’ (fancy new word for 2015!) hologram projections, all designed to bring Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Vuitton show experience, influences and inspirations to life in a non-conventional way. The exhibition runs from February 6th-22nd at 1135 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles.


3. GUCCI REINVENTED

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So we finally got confirmation. Alessandro Michele is Gucci’s new creative director, as of Wednesday’s announcement. Michele is tasked with increasing Gucci’s fortunes, no mean feat as Gucci apparently accounts for about half of Kering’s total luxury business. Key to the appointment it seems, is Michele’s cool, youthful aesthetic. (Some might say a little Hedi-esque but what’s wrong with that?) It’s a move away from the traditional, logo-fied Gucci and that’s important for Kering’s international expansion as the Asian luxury customer’s tastes become more mature, diverse and adventurous. Let’s see what Michele delivers for womenswear in a few weeks (meanwhile, I’ll leave you with Katie Grand in this ‘menswear’ look from her Instagram…).

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: All Saints; Lea Colombo/Dazed; Getty; Instagram

What to steal from the menswear shows: Margaret Howell AW15

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What to steal from the Margaret Howell menswear 2015 show? Mainly the coats – dun-coloured peacoats, a structured trench, and the single breasted mac I’ve been looking for for yonks. As always, I look for details. Such as the length of the trousers – a bit too short to show off contrast-coloured socks; the tucked in jumpers, and the fine-knit poloneck worn under a suit jacket. All elements to adopt right now…

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In other news, Margaret Howell has just opened a store in Florence, and very nice it looks too. A little taste of post-modern British styling in sunny Tuscany – why ever not?

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Style.com

McQ AW15 menswear

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Love the proportions of these McQ AW15 menswear pieces and the styling which to me nods to 1980s clubbers and subcultures. The MA1 and denim jacket hark back to the kids at the legendary Wag Club, while the supersized culottes layered over trousers remind me of the new romantic days of Billy’s and Taboo (“Would you let yourself in?”). Break down the styling though and you have a completely wearable, commercial collection…

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Words: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
Images: WWD

Raf Simons SS15 campaign

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You know Spring is in sight when the Raf Simons SS15 campaign drops. As usual, shot by the dream team of photographer Willy Vanderperre and stylist Olivier Rizzo, the simple compositions allow the graphic collaged elements to jump off the page…

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The DRG Antwerp shopping guide

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I had a very naughty start to the year, choosing to bunk off LCM and go on holiday instead. Tsk indeed! I definitely recommend it though. We picked Antwerp for our city break, our flight was half empty and the three days dawdled by at a pleasantly snail-like pace. We went with no great plans other than to mooch around flea markets, eat moules and just enjoy some we-time. OK, we didn’t have much luck on the flea market front but I did discover a wealth of brocante vendors, vintage boutiques and fancy goods emporia to satisfy my shopaholic tendencies. Here then, is my DRG shopping guide to Antwerp…

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I advise catching the early Friday flight from City airport so you arrive with a whole day stretched out ahead. Taxis are a bit of a faff in Antwerp so we decided to do everything on foot, taking the scenic route from our posh B&B (the beautiful BOULEVARD LEOPOLD, separate post coming soon) in the Jewish quarter. Continue reading

What to steal from the menswear shows: Gucci AW15

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Big boys blouses, double breasted coats, swishy scarves and fur-lined slippers. Yes please to all of the above and well done Alessandro Michele for giving Gucci a cooler (if slightly Saint Laurent-ified) feel. Apparently he and his team worked around the clock to completely redesign the SS15 collection, after Frida Giannini’s swifter-than-expected exit from Gucci… Continue reading

Buy it now: The Net-a-Porter clearance sale

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Er hello, how good is the Net-a-Porter clearance sale? Moschino phone cases and accessories are going for a song – tell your teens! Ditto the J Crew jewellery – now’s the time to buy your statement necklaces (fifty bucks a piece – oh my!). Personally I’m all about these Givenchy earrings and Saint Laurent rings. Don’t dither…

What to steal from the menswear shows: Prada AW15

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As with last season, Mrs Prada ponders the relationship between men and women, showing both menswear and womenswear on the same stage for Prada AW15. “What are the unexpected possibilities, the various relationships that may occur between the way men and women can or would dress? The way they represent themselves? This is a subject always under investigation.”

My main takeaways from the Prada menswear AW15 show are bare legs and bovver boots (for girls) and Paul Weller hair (for boys). Plus, who’s going to be first to wear their sleeves turned up just so…? Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AG JEANS, DIOR, LANVIN

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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. ALEXA CHUNG FOR AG JEANS

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As a certified celebrity-avoider, I rarely pay attention to celeb collaborations. The Alexa Chung for AG Jeans collection is the exception. There’s a lot to like in these simple denim pieces and you can actually believe that Alexa had something to do with them (although I wish she’d gone easy on the faux faded bits). Continue reading

Celebrating the ‘retirement renaissance’ with Selfridges’ Bright Old Things

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This month I’m looking forward to a second viewing of The Heart Of Bruno Wizard, a truly heartwarming documentary about one of London’s unsung creative spirits. 64-year-old Bruno Wizard is a one off and his story is a colourful one. (The story of how the film came about is pretty cool too, you can read it here.)

Bruno was a resident of the legendary Warren Street squat (look out for fellow squatters, Stephen Jones and Marilyn in the film) whose bands The Rejects and The Homosexuals performed perfect three minute punk songs and never sold out – unlike some of their contemporaries. Bruno seems to have umpteen lives as the film narrates his many ups and downs throughout the decades. We arrive at the present day in which his spirit is unbroken, his mind as lucid as ever and his character charming but always unpredictable.

The film is out on DVD this month which you can now buy at Selfridges. Continue reading

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