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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… (more…)

Gucci ad campaign SS16 by Glen Luchford

GUCCI ad campaign for ss16 by Glen Luchford

You know a designer’s doing well when they polarise industry opinion so strongly. Personally I’m still loving Alessandro Michele at Gucci, especially the semi-wasted dreamy vibe of this ss16 Gucci ad campaign, shot by Glen Luchford in Berlin. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY, CHURCH’S, BURBERRY

It’s been a slow couple of weeks so the DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus. But it’s back for 2016 – here’s the latest ranking of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY IS COMING TO HARRODS
Marc Jacobs Beauty Harrods

Only a few more weeks until we get an official London stockist for Marc Jacobs Beauty. Although the Marc Jacobs store in Mount Street has been selling it quietly since 2014, Harrods will be stocking it from next month. (more…)

Louis Vuitton’s Final Fantasy

Louis Vuitton Final Fantasy Lightning Square Enix

High fashion is going all sci-fi and I don’t know how I feel about it. Current example: Louis Vuitton’s Series 4 ad campaign just launched (on Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Instagram of course), featuring Lightning from Square Enix’s Final Fantasy game* (above). Readers, Instagram exploded.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a high fashion brand presented as Final Fantasy video game characters; remember this Arena Homme+ Prada editorial from 2012? It was a menswear editorial to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series, but female favourite Lightning also made a cameo…

For the Vuitton campaign, the brand went one better with a fully animated Insta-video made in collaboration with computer game company Square Enix’s director Tetsuya Nomura. It’s all very dynamic and cool, and definitely something different. And it taps into the merging of fantasy and reality that Generation Y is so obsessed with (related: the rise of Cosplay).

It’s interesting because it’s so far removed from the origins of Vuitton, a heritage trunk-making company at heart. Yet, Ghesquiere is a known sci-fi geek, who has worked hard to modernise what we know as Vuitton. The entire Louis Vuitton SS16 show was, after all, an homage to all things futuristic and anime. And for pushing those boundaries, he should be applauded.

So  although I’m firmly rooted in the reality camp, I’ll reserve judgment for now. Just don’t hold me to it if you see me sporting a Sailor Moon tiara come Spring…

Louis Vuitton Final Fantasy Lightning Square Enix
Louis Vuitton Final Fantasy Lightning Square Enix 2

*man, that means nothing to me, just had to Google the lot

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Louis Vuitton Final Fantasy Series 4 ad campaign for SS16; Louis Vuitton ss16 collection