Brands

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Burberry, Harrods, Nike, Muji, Stella McCartney

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

BURBERRY X HARRODS TAKEOVER
Burberry Harrods christmas takeover 2016
It’s been yonks since Harrods did one of its superbrand takeovers. Interesting to see that Burberry is booked in for the next one, a Christmas affair that’s said to be a push by Burberry to cultivate the local consumer. I’m sure it will do no harm in reinforcing the British brand in the eyes of Harrods’ mostly tourist clientele too. Personalised product will be key, as well as the chance to buy select delights from Burberry’s Thomas’s café in the famous food hall.


KIM JONES FOE NIKE

Kim Jones X NikeLab
The NikeLab X Kim Jones windrunners have landed, a collaboration that goes to the core of the Kim Jones DNA. Way before he was a twinkle in LVMH’s eye, Jones was a fixture on the British street wear scene, with his own label and later Umbro collections steeped in 80s ‘casual’ influences. The collection is designed as a travel kit for Olympic athletes and features Nike Windrunner jackets (with a new almost-seamless construction), tees, shorts and trousers that fold away into compact pouches. The NikeLab x Kim Jones: Packable Sport Style collection is available online and in select NikeLab stores.


3. MUJI DOES MAKE-UP

Muji does make-up
I’d be willing to bet that a fair whack of Muji profits come from its beauty blogger-approved acrylic make-up organisers. Understandable then, that Muji has decided to create a make-up line to go in them. Currently only available in Japan, Allure has the low-down here


4. STELLA MCCARTNEY TAPS ED RUSCHA

Stella McCartney by Ed Ruscha
Gotta love Stella McCartney’s links to iconic 60s artists. She’s collaborated with the likes of Peter Blake before, this time she’s tapped into the wordy work of Ed Rushca. Layering his graphic statements over campaign images featuring Amber Valetta, it’s all about spreading the #StellaCares ethos of ethical (think: meat-free) living.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
NIKE IMAGE: Dexter Navy for i-D
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Toga talk

Toga AW16 green dress

When people ask me my favourite designer label, my mind tends to go blank. Because ‘Celine’ or ‘Raf Simons’ or ‘Helmut Lang circa 1995’ is not very original and also because (shhhh,don’t tell), I hardly ever buy designer clothes these days.

But here’s a good one: Toga. I love Toga for its sweet spot between interesting and wearable, and dressy but not trussed up. The proportions are off-kilter (I’m very much feeling the voluminous sleeves), the quality is amazing for the price and I like that it’s not overexposed.

Toga is known for its cultish Toga Pulla shoes and brilliant knitwear. It’s designer Yasuko Furuta also makes the most wonderful mannish coats and deconstructed shirts. Her LFW shows are a highlight for the poetic layered styling and standout accessories. I could go on, but I’ll let Matches do the rest.

Toga AW16 is in the ‘coming soon’ section of Matches Fashion, so have a nose below (I’m especially partial to this little green number) …
Toga aw16 tulle dress
Toga aw16
Toga aw16 asymmetric sweater
Toga AW16

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Vogue.co.uk
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How to discover niche fragrances

Selfridges fragrance concept space ground floor

Perfume departments are becoming all about discovery, mimicking the feel of concept stores like Colette and The Avery Perfume Gallery. Selfridges has taken its cue from this, with a new fragrance and home scent destination on the ground floor, dedicated to a mix of niche brands old and new. It’s a far cry from ye olde big brand approach. For starters, no-one will assault you with a flacon of Angel. Instead, there are islands of products, with the cult faves Fornasetti, Diptyque, Penhaligon’s, and Frederic Malle rubbing shoulders with lesser-known brands, many of which are very new.

It’s a place to linger and lose yourself, learn about what tickles your senses and find original gifts for difficult-to-choose-for people. (Tip: no-one could be disappointed with Cire Trudon’s zingy new Cyrnos candle or a Fornasetti trinket tray.) And the best bit of all, there’s zero hard sell. It’s all the brainchild of new director of beauty, David Legrand, who arrived from Sephora to help Selfridges become less about brands and product and more about experience.

Read on for some of my highlights…

JUSBOX I admit it; I smell with my eyes. And the first thing you notice about Jusbox (pronounced ‘juice box’) is the bottles with their vinyl record shaped stoppers and graphic packaging. The brand is centred around the icons, emotions and social environments of music, with scents such as Beat Café (a warm and woody ode to counter culture) and Use Abuse (a cocktail of white tuberose and sandalwood notes dedicated to eighties excess). And in a cute retro riff, they come in 78ml bottles.

THE FRAGRANCE KITCHEN The Fragrance Kitchen (or ‘TFK’) has been around since 2012 but is new to Selfridges. There are six lines including ‘Self Portrait’, a tribute to inspiring artists; ‘Modern Heritage’, blending old with new; and ‘Signature’, fresh unisex scents for every day. The founder is Kuwait’s Sheik Majed Al-Sabah, who watched his grandmother mix perfume by hand and decided to continue the tradition. Blending Middle Eastern ouds and Taif rose with the expertise of Grasse perfumers, the result is an original brand with an engaged millennial following. It’s not uncommon for the Sheik’s Snapchat followers to come in requesting perfumes they’ve seen on social media.

FREDERIC MALLE Liberty may have monopolised sales until now but Selfridges finally has its very own Frederic Malle corner. I have the Dries van Noten perfume which is one of my most worn scents. But there are plenty of others to discover from one of the world’s best loved perfume brands.

LOLA JAMES HARPER I first spotted Lola James Harper in Colette in Paris a few months ago, seduced by the simple packaging and typography. And also the feel-good, narrative names, such as The Coffee Shop of J.P, derived from founder Rami Mekdachi’s own family, life and travels. The scents are lovely – evocative, familiar and sophisticated. Newest to the line is a range of six eau de toilettes (£75), designed to stand the test of time in tall, slim deco bottles. I’m enjoying Little By Little With Joy, a gentle cloud of orange blossom that instantly reminds me of my French BFF, Virginie. I also love the sound of Just Say Yes, a romantic rose-based eau de toilette and Everything Will Come Together, a reassuring hug of vetiver.

GRI GRI I wrote about Gri Gri the fragrance ‘for tattooed skin’ a few weeks ago. Founder Anais Biguine has a fascination for tattoos and the type of people who have them, so created these fragrances as something of a tribute. It’s for adventurous, spiritual types so expect exotic notes of dried grass, green tea and herby spices delivered in refined glass bottles.

FORNASETTI Fornasetti is about both the olfactory experience and the beautiful object. As well as the heady scented candles and incense, there are divine trinket trays for keeping desk side.

AVERY PERFUME GALLERY This concept store has outposts all over the world and sells a number of niche fragrances (I love Re Profumo) alongside its own recently launched collection. The brand’s ceramic animals make up part of the enticing displays that draw you into the new Selfridges fragrance department.

Jusbox at Selfridges fragrance concept space ground floor

Jusbox at Selfridges fragrance concept space ground floor
Frederic Malle Selfridges fragrance concept space ground floor
Lola James Harper at Selfridges fragrance concept space ground floor
Fornasettti at Selfridges fragrance concept space ground floor
Fornasettti at Selfridges fragrance concept space ground floor

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: top to bottom – Selfridges fragrance space; Jusbox x 2; Lola James Harper; Fornasetti x 2
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Quote of the day: Agnès b

Agnes b quote of the day

“Since we launched, we’ve always sold the 12mm and 16mm striped tops, and we won’t stop. It’s a garment you know you can keep forever. It works for children, men and women. David Bowie loved it. We have pictures of him towards the end of his life wearing the larger stripe. No one knew it was Agnès b. I never told anyone that we were dressing him.”
Love this interview with Agnès b in the FT, I have bought so many of her tees over the years.