White jeans. To some, they conjur up visions of skinny super-stretchy Vicky Beckham jeans accompanied by WAG-era plat-heeled Tributes. But not me. For my generation, a white jean (only an original-cut Levi’s boy-fit 501, mind,) signals 80s euro cool – especially when cropped at the ankle and accompanied by Gucci loafers, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, an obscure style mag and an exotic Italian beverage, supped at a pavement table. Ahhhh, the days of thinking a cappuccino outside Bar Italia was the height of sophistication… (more…)
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. MARGARET HOWELL PAYS TRIBUTE TO BARBARA HEPWORTH
Every year Mr DRG and I talk about going to St Ives and I’ve still never been. Oh well, this summer St Ives (kind of) comes to us with Tate Britain’s new exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World. To accompany it, there’s a lovely Hepworth-inspired capsule collection from Margaret Howell, including a smock, work shirt, dungarees and silk scarves. Buy them here.
John Smedley is one of my go-tos for all-season knitwear. Just landed is Singular, a unisex offering of waffle textured extra-fine merino wool jumpers. The utilitarian styling and neutral colourways remind me of school uniforms and 1950s gym kit – in a good way obvs. The sweater is £145 and the T-shirt is £115. Buy them here.
3. THE RETURN OF EMMA HILL
While we wait to see what Hillier Bartley (from Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley) brings this autumn; the news arrived this week of an accessories brand from Emma Hill. Do we need another accessories brand? Well, as Hill was the brains behind the Mulberry revamp and Gap’s early noughties successes it would be prudent to pay attention to what Hill & Friends delivers when it launches in September. A collaboration with former Mulberry brand director, Giorgia Fendley, the SS16 collection will be sold at Net-a-Porter.com and Hillandfriends.com the day after the LFW presentation. Join here for updates.
4. DIOR’S VIRTUAL REALITY BACKSTAGE BEAUTY
This is a clever and unexpected concept from Dior. Clearly, live streaming and Instagramming the show is just not enough; these days punters want to feel even more immersed in the backstage experience. Well that seems to be the view from Dior, who is promoting its Dior Show beauty line (which I love) with some rather fancy virtual reality action in selected stores. Fash & Mash has the story.
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
How to look like you’ve just come back from a week in the Balaerics in under ten seconds. Open Estee Lauder Limited-Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Allover Illuminator (£33). Twist up stick. Stroke on tops of cheekbones and bridge of nose. blend with a finger. Voila!
This stick comes in one deep peachy-pink shade with just the right amount of golden highlights. It’s less pink than my holy grail Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint, and less matte than Chanel’s new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick (blog post coming soon). I guess it’s the Estee Lauder version of a Nars The Multiple stick, but with more of a sun-blushed finish. You can also use it on decollete and shoulders (do people do this?). It really does remind me of that moment when you come back from the beach, all sleepy but nicely sun-kissed.
Also in this Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Collection, is the Limited-Edition Bronze Goddess lluminating Powder Gelée (£32) – a non-powdery powder that gives a lovely ‘uplighting’ effect. It’s designed to be used as a highlighter but I like it as a light, all-over illuminating veil. Either way, it’s very subtle and easy to use. I do find the packaging terribly 70s though…
Then, there’s the Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray (£29). This is scented with Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent; it’s clean, floral and suitably summery with the perfect ratio of floral and fruity notes with a hint of vanilla and coconut.
I adore this; it’s just the kind of happy but sophisticated scent you’d expect from Estee Lauder, with added skin-conditioning properties. Scent aside, this is a very similar product to the Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil, right down to the identical shaped bottle and placing of the type on the bottle. Who am I to say if it’s exactly the same formula inside? Tom Ford Beauty is produced by Estee Lauder though so it wouldn’t be surprising. This is a smaller and thus less expensive bottle and the fragrance is just as good as Tom’s so it’s a great pre-holiday buy. (That’s if you can track it down – I’ve had to link to the U.S Estee Lauder site because it seems to be sold out in the UK.)
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If you’re not familiar with Very Exclusive, let me enlighten you. It’s a new e-commerce site that’s positioned at a contemporary price point, selling fashion and beauty brands including Carven, Joseph, Equipment and By Terry. The buy is a good mix of work-appropriate classics and more fun, fashion-forward pieces. But here’s the interesting bit: it has a unique ‘take three’ service that lets you pay in three installments, interest-free.
I’ve been watching the site grow since its launch early this year. I like the side-by-side fashion and beauty mix and am a little bit obsessed with the Maria Black jewellery. In fact, the accessory buy is great if you like to update with smaller, entry-point treats as they become even more affordable when you split the cost over three months.
But better than that is… the Very Exclusive sale! I’m a strategic sale shopper so I’ve been rooting through for Equipment shirts and everyday jewellery, but there are lots of colourful, playful pieces in the mix as well (hello Red Valentino collar). If you like Marc By Marc Jacobs, now is the time to snap it up before it gets ‘folded’ into the Marc Jacobs line (there’s a ton to choose from), but the Peter Jensen sweats, Carven bags and Joseph separates are also well worth snapping up. P.S. there’s up to 60% off now too.
Here’s some shopping inspiration to get you started…
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
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