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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Mr Porter, Glossier, Tiffany, Anya Hindmarch and more!



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

1. INTRODUCING MR.P – FUTURE-PROOF FASHION FROM MR PORTER

Mr P by Mr Porter
Mr Porter has entered the own-label fray with Mr P, a collection of ‘future-proof’ pieces. Alongside core staples, there will be five limited-edition capsules every year, each inspired by a style icon. It’s a clever way to do things, aligning with Mr Porter’s editorial strategy, which focuses on style personalities and how to emulate their looks. My picks from the first drop are the merino-cashmere cable knits, the loop back grey sweat and a gorgeous black leather aviator jacket. Prices are fairly reasonable (for a high end brand) with knits around the £200 mark, although I’m eager to see the 15-gauge cashmeres promised in the press release… (Buy it here.)


2. DON’T MISS THE GLOSSIER LONDON POP-UP

Glossier London pop-up shop
I must be the only person in the bloggersphere who doesn’t own a piece of Glossier. That will change this week when I go to the Glossier London pop-up. It’s open from 15-22 November at 32 Portland Place, W1B 1NA. I’m making a beeline for the Glossier Cloud Paint and maybe the Milky Jelly Cleanser. Any other recs?


3. AT TIFFANY, THE EXTRAORDINARY AND THE EVERYDAY

Tiffany flagship store by Joshua Bright for New York Times

First look at Reed Krakoff’s new vision of Tiffany. Bringing the extraordinary and the everyday together on the home and accessories floor of the Fifth Avenue flagship, it’s all about combining irreverance with craftsmanship. Plus, you now really can have breakfast at Tiffany’s


4. BICESTER VILLAGE IS NOW BIGGER AND BETTER

Bicester Village Luke Edward Hall pop-up
If you’re planning a Christmas shopping expedition, I highly recommend a trip to Bicester Village. It’s now 30% bigger and has its own station that transports you straight into the village, complete with cushy waiting area that’s more like a VIP airline lounge (think Lalique scented candles, leather armchairs, phone charging stations and coffee table books everywhere). Mulberry and Smythson are my suggestions for foolproof gifting potential, while Prada, Gucci and the new Acne Studios are ideal for self-gifting. And there’s a gorgeous British Collective pop-up (above) created by Luke Edward Hall selling his wonderful ceramics alongside British gift candy from Chinti & Parker, Tom Dixon and Laurence King books.

5. YOUR SELVEDGE JEANS JUST GOT MORE VALUABLE

Closure of Cone Mills Denim plantNew York Times Chase Pellerin
Tragic news for denim heads, the famous Cone Mills denim plant in North Caroline in closing. The plant is the last major US manufacturer of selvedge denim, the kind of dark, non-stretch denim that supplies Levi’s for its 501s. The owners (who acquired the plant a year ago) blamed changing market demands and foreign competition as reasons for closure. It’s expensive and it seems consumers prefer the lower cost of cheap, fast fashion stretch denim (which, in my opinion, isn’t true denim). Where will brands get their denim instead? The New York Times suggests Japan, where old American looms have famously been put to work by Japanese competitors. Although as those looms age, the skilled workforce able to mend them is also in short supply. I’m fantastising that Levi’s might step in to save it…


6. ANYA HINDMARCH SMELLS

Anya Hindmarch scented candles
The inimitable Anya Hindmarch is bringing her quirky-luxe humour to beauty. She’s just launched Anya Smells, three scented candles elevating the everyday scents of Coffee, Baby Powder and Sun Lotion to elegant scent-sorial lifestyle objet status (aided by Perfumer H’s Lyn Harris). I can honestly say each one is sublime. But if I had to choose, I’d pick Sun Lotion. Not a hint of coconut, but an escapist blend of bergamot, orange flower, cedar wood, vanilla and musk. Perfume next? See more here

IN OTHER NEWS…

Must watch: You must see the Grace Jones film, Bloodlight and Bami. An excellent, humanising portrayal of the music icon, there’s drama, humour, style, pathos and fabulous music.

These Mai Couture blotting papers remind me of my beloved 2000s Chanel blotters, ultra-fine face blotting sheets that come in a chic tear-off pad. What’s new about the 2017 iteration is these come with added skincare benefits. I use Mai Couture Rosehip Oil papers, impregnated with rosehip oil to take away shine while adding vitamins, Beta-carotene and essential fatty acids to pep up skin on the go. (Buy them at BeautyMART.)

Must read: here’s a long read on the freaky, stalker-inducing side of social media. Broadly’s essay looks at a novel and a film that explore how Instagram makes you ‘basic, boring and completely deranged’…

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES:  Mr Porter; Glossier; Joshua Bright for The New York Times; Disneyrollergirl; Chase Pellerin  for The New York Times; Anya Hindmarch
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Quote of the day: Tiffany Bartok on Kevyn Aucoin



Kevyn Aucoin Christy Turlington Burns

“Kevyn was the OG of social media before it even existed. His column in Allure was basically a collection of Instagram posts. I know if he were here now, he’d be voicing his political views right alongside his work and sharing selfies.”
Tiffany Bartok, director of Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story, Fashion Week Daily

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IMAGE: Fashion Week Daily
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Buy it now: trouser jeans



Me+Em wide leg jeans
I’m very pleased with my new Arket trouser jeans. I wanted something smarter than my runaround 501s and Nudies and these fit the bill. They’re in a rigid indigo denim, quite high waisted and straight through the calf so they can be worn over heeled boots. And they’re a mere £55. The other good thing is that all Arket clothes have a unique code so that you can reorder the same style in the future.

Me+Em also has a very handsome pair of similar trouser jeans (top and below). This is a jean to be paired with a vintage YSL dotty chiffon blouse and matching YSL lip stain for winter drinks, when you’re a dyed-in-the-wool jeans girl but want to up your game. (Side note: I wear mine with a straight stack heel. The spindly stiletto look is a bit too 90s Gwyneth for me…)

Me+Em trouser jeans
Me+Em smart wide leg jeans

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I’d love to see Phoebe Philo at Burberry



Phoebe Philo at Burberry

Christopher Bailey is leaving Burberry next year after 17 years at the brand. I don’t often get too involved in the designer merry-go-round discussions as these days it happens so frequently. And honestly, there aren’t many designers that I’m interested in on a personal level. But Phoebe Philo’s name has been thrown in the ring and that’s one that I think would be a great coup for Burberry.

Phoebe has a genuine cool factor that someone like Stuart Vevers (whose name has also been mentioned) doesn’t have. He’s a nice guy and has done a great job at Coach but he doesn’t intrigue me. Phoebe just seems more fascinating. Remember her ragga phase? I love that there’s a real history of youth culture there, she’s the generation that would have worn Burberry (or aspired to) way back when and we all know that she’d rather be based in London. Plus rumours have been swirling that she’s ready to leave Celine. I’d love to see what she does with beauty too. (OK, Burberry Beauty is licensed but Burberry still has creative control over imagery, marketing and advertising.)

There’s nothing more seductive for a designer than getting hold of a brand that’s at a turning point. New CEO Marco Gobbetti was previously CEO of Celine; I wonder if he can persuade her…

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