Thoughts on the new Gucci

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Gucci Aw15

Is Gucci about to have a Saint Laurent moment? Remember the brouhaha at first sighting of Hedi’s womenswear debut? It wasn’t pretty. (The reaction I mean, I liked the clothes.) The reaction was similarly confused when new Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele first showed his menswear collection in January. It was so removed from heritage Gucci, sexy Tom Ford Gucci or sophisticated Frida Giannini Gucci that lots of hands were wrung.

I think it’s promising though. To me it’s youthful-spirited, next-gen Gucci and I can’t wait to see it worn by the creative, bright young things (and bright old things) it’s meant for. Luxury isn’t what it used to be in terms of exclusivity, but in terms of craft and quality, all the elements should be there. I really want to see this close up so I can judge for myself but in the meantime, reviews have been mostly positive. Early signs suggest that this could be turnaround time for Gucci…
Gucci Aw15
Gucci Aw15
Gucci Aw15
Gucci Aw15
Gucci Aw15

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
Images: WWD; Style.com

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BYREDO BAGS, SOPHIA WEBSTER, RODARTE X SUPERGA, HARVEY NICHOLS’ SNEAKER CONCEPT

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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. BYREDO BAGS ARE COMING
Byredo bagsWho doesn’t love Byredo? The scents, the packaging, the whole brand concept. This Spring, founder Ben Gorham is extending the brand into its first retail store and launching leathergoods. Of the leather line, called Byredo Nécessaire de Voyage, Gorham says, “Leather kept coming up in historical contexts tied to perfume. The first people to sell perfume were gantiers, who scented the gloves they made. It makes sense to me. We’ll see how much sense it makes to other people.” The Byredo bags are being stocked at Barneys and the store will open in New York’s Wooster Street in April.


2. SOPHIA WEBSTER THE COLLABORATION QUEEN

sophiw webster collaborates with Gooey on tech cases
Sophia Webster is so on point with her collaborations. At LFW, camera phones went crazy for her Coca Cola collab which themes her goodtime-girl bags and shoes in the jazzed-up Coke colourway. Meanwhile, how about this collaboration with Gooey tech cases? The iPhone and iPad mini cases have Webster’s conversational graphics emblazoned on them and are designed to stick to shiny glass and metal surfaces, leaving hands free. They’re available exclusively at Selfridges until March 15th, or from the Goo.ey site from March 16th.


3. RODARTE X SUPERGA

Superga and Rodarte collaborste on capsule sneaker line
Rodarte + Superga = two words you wouldn’t immediately put together. But they make rather cosy companions in the latest capsule collab from Superga. With six styles, featuring a graphic lattice print mixed with denim or tweed, they’re modelled in the press pics by fellow L.A. fashionphile, Gia Coppola. At the moment it looks like they’re only available on the US Superga site, buy them here.


4. HARVEY NICHOLS UNVEILS ITS SNEAKER DESTINATION

Harvey Nichols The Sneaker Concept space dedicated to high fashion trainers

In other sneaker news, some are claiming we have reached ‘peak sneak’ as Fashionista reports on the waning of trainer appeal. Harvey Nichols begs to differ though. The store has invested heavily in the sports shoe craze, with  the launch this week of ‘The Sneaker Concept‘, a retail space dedicated to designer kicks. Choose from over 120 of the most desirable styles from fashion and sportswear brands including Acne, Y-3, Adidas and Common Projects. Here are a few of my picks…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
BYREDO IMAGE: Gustav Almestal/Wall Street Journal

Ask Alison: On fashion weeks, double screening and the importance of influencer clicks

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Burberry-X-Line- emoji-London-Fashion-Week

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ guest post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, on how brands are using new social strategies to monetise fashion week

Fashion month has kicked off and already the digerati style-set are hot on the heels of the latest ‘influencers’ and their preferred social media platforms. As fashion designers, media publishers, retailers and luxury brands all assess their ROI (return on investment) across social media spend, it’s influencer clicks and double-screening activities that are driving digital trends this season. Continue reading

Feature: How fashion influencers are disrupting the modelling industry

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Julia Sarr-Jamois

Cara Delevinge snapping selfies on the Giles catwalk; Kendall Jenner announcing her Estee Lauder gig on Instagram; the entire Victoria’s Secret show strategically hashtagged on every social stream going – welcome to the world of modeling 2.0. Boom! Suddenly the era of Versace’s lip-syncing supermodels seems rather quaint.

But then I remind myself that it’s nearly 25 years later and the fashion industry itself has undergone its own metamorphosis. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: THE ROW, APPLE X PINTEREST, STOWAWAY, MIH JEANS

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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. THE ROW’S UPTOWN MOVEThe Row to open a New York store in 2015
Coming not-quite soon: The Row has earmarked a store for New York. OK, it’s not due til the end of the year, but I’m sure the Upper East Side townhouse store will be worth waiting for… Continue reading

A Premiere Classe ticket to Paris

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Vaska Bags premiere Classe Paris

Fashion shows may get all the Fashion Week media love but there’s a whole other side that people don’t see. They’re the less glamorous workhorses of the fashion calendar; the showrooms, re-sees and trade shows. While the menswear shows took all the Paris glory last month, I spent three days in a parallel universe with the team from Who’s Next and Premiere Classe, getting an insider’s look at the biannual trade show, with a few added leisure activities thrown in. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: JAEGER, MOTHER OF PEARL, A.P.C, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD X OPENING CEREMONY, CAROLINE ISSA X NORDSTROM

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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. KIRSTY HUME WAKES UP JAEGER

Jaeger ss15 featuring kirsty Hume
It takes a while to wake up a snoozy brand but Kirsty Hume in Jaeger’s ss15 campaign grabbed my attention. If the clothes are as good as the ads… Continue reading

Win a Kurt Geiger Saffiano tote: From London With Love*

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Kurt Geiger and Cordwainers at London College of fashion Saffiano bag design project

Who doesn’t love a Saffiano leather bag? And a Kurt Geiger one at that? That’s a hypothetical question of course, these textured leather totes have helped contribute to blockbusting sales for Kurt Geiger, thanks to their classic proportions, agreeable price and durability. (Ever seen a scruffy looking one? Me neither.) To celebrate our love for the Saffiano tote and coincide with Valentine’s Day, Kurt Geiger has come up with a design project with the second year BA accessory design students at Cordwainers at London College Of Fashion. Continue reading

Ask Alison: Finery London’s creative pop-up showroom

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Finery London Greek Street pop up

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ guest post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, on last week’s experiential retail pop-up from FINERY LONDON

A good pop-up still has its place and this one blends a few retail trends at once. As a taster prior to its launch onto the ‘premium high-street’, last week online fashion site Finery London opened a week-long pop-up showroom that mixed physical creativity with digital experimentalism. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ALL SAINTS, LOUIS VUITTON, GUCCI

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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.ALLSAINTS IS ALL GROWN UP

All Saints Instagram Happy Mondays biker jackets

I’ve been tracking AllSaints’ gradual transformation for a while now and wow, the metamorphosis is complete! Its latest Instagram campaign, #HappyMondays is really very cool, a celebration of its ‘Iconic’ leather jacket worn by up and coming models and tastemakers who lend their own personality and style cred to the pictures. Continue reading

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