THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LYST, MIU MIU, ATTERLEY ROAD, SUPERMARKET SARAH X MONKI

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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. LYST GOES GLOBAL

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Lyst has just raised £40 million in funding from some of the biggest fash-and-tech investors. The aggregated shopping site now has a universal shopping cart that lets you shop from multiple etailers really easily, and the new funding will allow it to expand its services globally. “This round of funding allows us to take Lyst to fashion consumers around the world. We are already seeing a higher conversion by as much as five times through our universal cart – its widespread adoption by the industry’s leading brands and stores is a testament to the unique platform we have built and the volumes of sales it is generating,” said founder Chris Morton. I’ve seen the site grow from a teeny bags and shoes site (that was a super-cool concept, even then), to this immense global player. Big congratulations!


2. MIU MIU – THIS IS AWKWARD

Miu Miu autumn 2015 campaign Jamie Hawkesworth

Ooh new Miu Miu AW15 campaign. Jamie Hawkesworth took the pics and their bad lighting and awkward styling (by Olivier Rizzo) remind me of a certain golden era of fashion advertising from the early 90s, when Juergen Teller led the anti-fashion fashion charge.


3. ALL CHANGE AT ATTERLEY ROAD

Atterley Road gets a revamp

Womenswear etailer Atterley Road has had a spruce-up with everything from the team, the creative direction, and even the name undergoing a revamp. With a new CEO freshly installed from ASOS, as well as a new creative director (also ex-ASOS), we can expect some excitement for the middle-market etailer. Early signs are good, going by these Celine-lite pictures.


4. SUPERMARKET SARAH X MONKI

Supermarket Sarah Monki

I’m a big fan of Supermarket Sarah, she of the endlessly fun shoppable wall installations. This month, Supermarket Sarah goes from online to offline, as she teams up with Swedish chain Monki to take her concept worldwide. The shop-in-shop inspired campaign arrives in store and on Monki.com on 6th May as well as at Supermarketsarah.com.

Beauty basics: Embryolisse and Dr Hauschka

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Dr Hauschka embryolisse moisturisers

When it comes to make-up, I hold my hand up and fully admit to preferring the luxe experience. One or two brands aside (hello Topshop), I like my lipsticks in weighty bullets and my powder compacts to close with a clunk. Skincare on the other hand, goes both ways. While I’ve been exploring a lot more serums and whatnot lately, especially during the winter, I’m also a big fan of pharmacy basics – the more pedestrian-looking, the better.

Rose Nurturing Body Cream

One in particular that I like is Dr Hauschka, the organic German brand. I just love how non-nonsense and utilitarian it looks. I use the body oils religiously; I find the Moor Lavender one is lovely and calming as a massage oil or as a rich body moisturiser. And then there are the rose creams which are a bit of a cult thing. I initially found the Rose Day Cream slightly heavy, so switched to the Rose Day Cream Light (£29.50), which is also better for the warmer months. The scent is very rosy, but I seem to like that as I get older! There’s also a Rose Nurturing Body Cream (£26), with a light, body butter-y consistency and a subtle scent.  And it does indeed feels nurturing (why don’t more brands use words like ‘nurturing’, ‘caring’ and ‘cosseting’ in their names?).

embryolisse laboratories lait creme concentre

Embryolisse is one of those brands, like Bioderma, that everyone raved about because they couldn’t buy it here. In France they’re very affordable and they’re what make-up artists swear by (they’re paraben-free and cruelty-free). Embryolisse is new to me but I’ve been trying out the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré and its lightweight sister, the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Fluid. Both are excellent and good value because they perform multiple tricks.

I use them as creamy make-up removers but you can also use them as a moisturiser, primer and all round skin-soother. The thick-n-creamy Concentre (£20) is a good winter option, but at the moment I’m all about Lait-Creme Fluid which comes in a huge pump bottle. Two pumps will deliver a generous amount of milky fluid to cover your face, which you massage in, before removing with cotton wool. The consistency is perfect if you like to spend time gently massaging in your makeup remover. At £28 for 500ml, this is going to last some time and I love the functionality of the pump and the just-milky-enough viscosity.

WORDS AND IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

Vogue Festival 2015 – the highlights

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Vogue Festival 2015

Four years in, the Vogue Festival is firmly established, mixing A-list talks with smaller panel discussions, styling workshops, the obligatory makeover stations and opportunities for one-on-one careers advice with Vogue staffers. It’s a pretty good example of a brand extending its reach well beyond the printed (or digital) page, to touch the lives of its next generation reader. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: COS X MR PORTER, MARTIN MARGIELA, J&M DAVIDSON

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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. MR PORTER X COS

Cos for Mr Porter collection

Mr Porter and Cos, could there be a better combination? Clearly they thought not. Coming May 7th is a capsule collection boasting the sort of clean lines and versatile colour palette that spell success for both parties. I’ll be having a sniff around for the best bits so watch this space. Continue reading

Buy it now: British Beauty Blogger X Clinique for Latest In Beauty*

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British Beauty Blogger Clinique beauty box for Latest In Beauty

Jane Cunningham at BritishBeautyBlogger is on fire at the moment! Every beauty box project she does seems to turn to gold and today sees the latest – a special collaboration with Clinique for Latest In Beauty. Continue reading

ASK ALISON: IS IT A STORE OR A HOME?

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Freunde-von-Freunden-Apartment 2

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ guest post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, on how brands are merchandising their store environments to inspire customers to feel at home

More and more digital brands want to lay down physical roots and create their own permanent stores. At the same time, retailers are ramping up online sales initiatives for increasingly digitally savvy shoppers. So now we have the trend to make showroom-style spaces resemble highly curated homes and apartments. Which makes us want to buy everything and move in. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: SHINOLA, L’OREAL, TIFFANY, LANCOME, UNITED NUDE

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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. SHINOLA BAGS GET A BIGGER FOCUS

Shinola co-design directors Richard Lambertson and John Truex

Somehow I missed the memo that Richard Lambertson and John Truex had parted ways with Tiffany. Continue reading

Rouge Dior Brillant: Goodbye lip gloss, hello pigmented lip oil

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Rouge Dior Brillant lip gloss

If this is the future of lip gloss then please count me in. The new generation of hybrid balm-gloss-lipstick is a brilliant innovation and from those I’ve tried, I can’t see any downside.

I’ve talk about YSL’s Volupte Tint-In-Oil before; now here’s the Dior version, a new, improved take on its Rouge Dior Brillant lipgloss (£26.50). Continue reading

The Chanel Coco Crush fine jewellery store at Netaporter is open

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Chanel Coco Crush fine jewellery netaporter

The Chanel Coco Crush fine jewellery pop-up shop at Net-a-Porter has been open for one hour and already pieces are sold out. (So if you were thinking of splashing £13,500 on the 18-karat yellow gold cuff, sorry you weren’t quick enough). What you can still buy (at time of writing) are the five gold rings. In white gold or yellow gold, they have the signature Chanel ‘quilting’ effect and range from £1,400 to £2,325. You can buy them from the pop-up e-com shop until 6th May.

Click quickly now…

Coachella calling – but it’s not what you think

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Alexander Lewis Spring summer 15

When someone says ‘Coachella dressing’, I don’t think they quite picture Alexander Lewis’s refined cashmeres and expertly tailored blazers traipsing the plains. Well of course they don’t, but stay with me. Lewis specialises in ‘situation dressing’ and his situations tend to be rather creative. His SS15 has just arrived in store, an extension of his resort 15 collection where the situation was ‘My Grandmother on MDMA at Coachella’. Ahhh, all becomes clear right? Continue reading

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