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Quote of the day: Alex Katz

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“I like generic. I get a pair [of Levi's 501s] every year and that’s about it. I’ve paid to have suits made, and it was incredibly expensive and then I never wear them. My wife and I were nominated for some best-dressed award in Europe and they asked, ‘What’s your favorite jacket?’ I told them it was red nylon from L.L. Bean, and that was the last I heard of that!”
Alex Katz, T Magazine

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: VOGUE.COM, RICK OWENS, POP MAGAZINE, KAREN MILLEN

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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. US VOGUE.COM GETS BLOG-IFIED

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The New York Times ran a story last week ahead of the revamp of Vogue.com. It pointed out that The Cut gets four million monthly unique visitors against Vogue’s 3.3 million. Cue last Wednesday’s big reveal for the newly redesigned Vogue.com. The result? It feels younger, pacier and as Manrepeller pointed out, more bloggy. If it wants more page views I think it will get them, but I hope it doesn’t just blend into the sea of ‘Twelve Ways To Get Blahblahblah’s that’s already out there…


2) RICK OWENS’ SELFRIDGES TAKEOVER

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Tomorrow sees the unveiling of ‘The World Of Rick Owens‘ as part of Selfridges’ ‘The Masters’ celebration of the most iconic names in fashion. As well as a curated Wonder Room dedicated to Owens and exclusive destination areas of menwear and womenswear, there will be a 25-foot flame-carrying Rick Owens torso presiding over the entrance of the store. Just a small tribute then…


3) POP WILL EAT ITSELF

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Pop (culture) really is eating itself this month. Pop magazine  featured Grimes on a zeitgeisty Instagram-style cover for its autumn issue, designed by Richard Prince no less. Opinion has been divided on The Fashion Spot. Some said it was lazy and “verging on gimmicky”, others said the “idea of parodying Instagram is so good,” and one said, “this constant pandering to 14-year-olds … is really saddening”. Ah well, I guess pop art is supposed to provoke…


4) KAREN MILLEN GROWS UP

Interesting times for Karen Millen (also known as ‘Sharon Millen’ in some quarters). The once-cheesy destination for bodycon dresses and naff heels has gradually undergone a Victoria Beckham-like transformation and arrived at its sophisticated conclusion. (I admit I was surprised to discover Chloe-esque pieces like this on a recent visit.) To mark the turning point there’s a new face of the brand, and a new service. Head to the Brompton Road flagship this week and you can try the ‘Tailored in London’ service, a customisation service that lets you build tailored pieces from personalised components. It’s a way to highlight the brand’s British heritage and especially the fact that these products are designed, cut and finished in the Shoreditch studio. And to promote all that, Game of Throne’s Sophie Turner has been unveiled as the face of the brand in a very watchable video by Glen Luchford. Not bad Karen Millen…

130 years of Hanro: Archive in progress

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Fashion archives have become quite a thing in recent years. But have you ever wondered what goes into creating them? It’s something I’m a little obsessed with. When I ask brands about their archives, I usually hear either that everything is kept in an off-site, temperature-controlled, white-gloves location (think heritage luxury brand) or, more commonly, “it’s all stuffed in a back room full of jumbled up rails and we’d never allow visitors inside.” Continue reading

Le Kilt: A classic reimagined

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I love it when designers start off with one product item before slowly expanding into other areas. It’s much easier to get your head around their aesthetic and it gives you a hook to latch onto too. Example: Le Kilt. Samantha McCoach grew up watching her grandmother make kilts and forever inspired, launched her own modern kilt line this year (it’s currently stocked at Dover Street Market).

Here’s a sneak peek at her SS15 line (look away now Topshop, ASOS et al), isn’t the styling and casting just perfect? Check out her answers to my nosy questions below…

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DISNEYROLLERGIRL: Did you always know you would be a kilt maker?
SAMANTHA MCCOACH: Not at all. My gran made me a small Black Watch kilt one Christmas. I wore it all winter with everything. It was smart, casual and chic all in one. I started to think about how this little kilt had so easily fitted in to my own wardrobe. My gran then started to make kilts for some of my close friends and that’s really how Le Kilt stated.

DRG: What’s the best thing about kilt making?
SM: Mastering one thing. There’s loads to learn about modern day kilt making for me yet and that’s really exciting. I’m really lucky to be working with a factory in Scotland who have been making kilts for years!

DRG: Where do you source your fabrics from?
SM: I currently source fabrics from British mills, but find inspiration and small off-cuts all over the place.

DRG: What’s your favourite tartan?
SM: Black Watch will always be a classic favourite, it was the start of Le Kilt. However I also love the brighter, more bold colourways. I’ve been mixing a yellow MacLeod of Lewis tartan kilt with some bright Nikes over the summer.

DRG: Do you wear kilts? How do you wear them?
SM: All the time. With almost everything I own. I stick to the same sort of uniform mostly. Shirts, crew neck sweats, tailored blazer and oxblood George Cox monkey boots mostly.

DRG: What sort of people are buying Le Kilt?
SM: The Le Kilt girl is modern, youthful and classic. It’s early days to know who’s buying them but I hope there’s a space in a few girls’ wardrobes for the timeless kilt.

More information can be found at Lekilt.co.uk

Gentlewoman style: Atlantique Ascoli

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This new shirt-centric brand is a good example of what I call ‘gentlewoman style’. The shapes are utilitarian but feminine, while the white cotton-linen fabrics nod to indestructible men’s shirts. Paris-based Atlantique Ascoli is inspired by her cache of Victorian blouses as well as Cristobal Balenciaga, which is reflected in the balloon-shaped sleeves and ruffle collars. Continue reading

New-look Coach AW14 arrives at Net-a-Porter

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It’s crunch time for Coach. Will Stuart Vevers’ new ready-to-wear vision sell or not? (They’ve certainly spent considerable budget on the launch.) You be the judge.

Net-a-Porter has first dibs on the Coach AW14 collection
which is pitched at the more luxury end than Coach customers would expect. Continue reading

The Louis Vuitton dream coat

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This is possibly my favourite coat from the AW14 collections. It’s men’s, it’s double-face cashmere, it’s Louis Vuitton and it’s way out of my budget.

It’s perfect though. I love this style of overcoat and the maroon stripes add a bit of old school military flavour (by way of Helmut Lang). I also like the styling with the wool and alpaca scarf layered underneath. Continue reading

Perfect pairing: Mansur Gavriel and Il Bussetto

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Could there be anything chicer than vegetable tanned leather right now? Those saturated colours, that unmistakable polish? Mansur Gavriel thinks not. The brand is all the rage at the moment, for its pared-back totes and bucket bags. This article in the LA Times last week explains its success. Simple, modern shapes, a reasonable price point and their signature contrast-coloured innards contribute, but the leather is a key factor. Continue reading

Coming soon: Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation and Le Blanc de Chanel in a pump bottle!

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This weekend I’ve been testing out the new Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation which launches on August 29th. First things first, the packaging is amazing. How could you not love a powder pot with its own dinky kabuki brush? Continue reading

Slippers for hipsters: Mahabis

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I stumbled on these Mahibis slippers via a Facebook ad of all things. But I think they’re really cool.

After being subjected to three ‘ageing raver’ DJ types having a serious discussion about slippers a while ago, I said ‘someone needs to hurry up and exploit this market’. I was thinking along the lines of Stussy, Junya or Nike even, the brands that people of my generation grew up with and respect, because we want comfy slippers, but we also still love our credible brands and aren’t ready for Bhs.

While we wait for Stussy et al, in stepped Mahabis. Just launched this summer, these indoor-outdoor slippers look like a hybrid of old school Keds, felt Birkenstocks and those neoprene sock shoes you wear on the beach. Continue reading

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