The British Fashion Awards 2014 – place your bets!

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This year’s British Fashion Awards is set to be the most exciting yet, for me anyway.

Anyone want to place bets on the following?

Emerging Womenswear Designer.
Aargh, how can I choose between Marques and Tait? I’ll go for Tait though in light of his LVMH award:
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Marques’Almeida
Thomas Tait

Establishment Designer. It’s a tough call for me between Preen and Margaret Howell but it would be nice to see Margaret Howell get some real recognition from the cool-biased BFC. As a business she makes a ton of money, her ad campaigns are infinitely inspiring, her designs really do endure and I must say she makes a very good coat…
Margaret Howell
Preen
Roland Mouret

Womenswear Designer. Surely this has to go to JW Anderson? He’d win on looks alone but for sheer multi-tasking, brand building (his own and Loewe) and Instagram prowess, the gong should go to him.
Christopher Kane
Erdem
JW Anderson

Menswear Designer. I’d like this to go to Paul Smith but I have a feeling it will go to Bailey/Burberry…
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
JW Anderson
Paul Smith
Tom Ford

Accessory Designer.
Eek tough call betwen Anya and Charlotte. Anya’s bags have had an outstanding year though *cough* *SolangeKnowlesgate*
Anya Hindmarch
Charlotte Olympia
Nicholas Kirkwood

International Designer. I absolutely can’t choose, don’t make me! (OK then, Raf clinches it for hotness, artiness and New Order fan-ness) (But I think it should be a three-way tie)
Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent
Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton
Raf Simons

Red Carpet Designer. Yawn. Who cares. NEXT!
Alexander McQueen
Mary Katrantzou
Roksanda

Creative Campaign. Odd category. Odd nominees. Someone explain please?
Lanvin
Louis Vuitton
Vivienne Westwood

The British Fashion Awards take place on December 1 at the London Coliseum. Vogue has all the info…

Farfetch looks east with Restir

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Funny to think Farfetch.com has never had a Japanese store in its community of international retailers. Now it does, Tokyo based Restir is the winner of the Farfetch Superstore prize and its edit of upscale ‘indie’ brands has just gone on the site.

I have only been to Japan once, in the 90s when I went on a tour of about 10 cities. At the time you had the über high end Yohjis and Commes or the Shibuya streetwear stores but not much in between.

Restir’s look is indie (a bit edgy with interesting cuts and details, but wearable – think Atto, Marques’Almeida and Toga Pulla) mixed with polished pieces such as Bionda Castana shoes. Its own line, Le Ciel Bleu fills in the blanks of easy basics with a sportswear twist.

Shop my Restir edit below…

Words: Navaz batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Image: Farfetch

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: NORDSTROM, GAP, MULBERRY, COACH

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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. NORDSTROM’S SECRET WEAPON

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I keep reading about Nordstrom doing original things with digital and experiential retail and now I know why. Its director of creative projects is one Olivia Kim, formerly of Opening Ceremony, AKA queen of the clever collab and someone who just knows how to make retail exciting. Continue reading

Watch this: Harrods Inside The Studio with Matthew Williamson

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The life of a fashion designer is more fascinating (and varied) than ever. Researching and designing the collections is the creative bit but then come the extras; production, promotion, collaborations, not to mention the social media and editorial that have become such solid components of building a brand.

Harrods has decided to explore the mystique around designers and their processes by giving us a behind-the-curtain peek into four British designers and their businesses. Continue reading

What to expect from WIRED RETAIL 2015

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Wired Retail

Luxury conferences and tech conferences are all the rage so it’s no surprise whatsoever to see Conde Nast stepping up its conference game. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: HELMUT LANG PERFUME, LONGCHAMP THE BOOK, GALLIANO THE CONCEPTUALIST

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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. HELMUT LANG PERFUME RETURNS

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Woah, big story of the week for me is this one. Helmut Lang the original fragrance is back! And with the proto-minimalist packaging intact too. Not sure where we can buy it in the UK, but it’s being sold on the Helmut Lang US site right now. Continue reading

Who buys designer jewellery online?

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Who buys jewellery online? It’s a funny one because you’d think it was such a no-no… for all sorts of reasons. Sizing for one – I never know what my ring size is. And security for another, I’m not sure I’d trust a £5,000 delivery coming through the post and being left with a neighbour (or abandoned on a doorstep as some carriers are wont to do). Then there’s the whole luxe factor; isn’t fine jewellery meant to be experienced in a luxury store with all the pampering that goes with it? Continue reading

Content meets commerce: Introducing the Harrods.com ‘Inside The Studio’ campaign

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Harrods is giving a big push to its digital content, bolstering its e-commerce with rich, online editorial. This month, I’m partnering with Harrods to spread the word on its latest editorial campaign, Inside The Studio.

In the run up to the British Fashion Awards, Harrods has teamed up with Alice Temperley, Antonio Berardi, Rupert Sanderson and Matthew Williamson to show us what we really want to see… what actually goes on in the ateliers? Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: VALEXTRA, CHANEL, FACONNABLE, STORM

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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) ALVARO GONZALEZ EXITS VALEXTRA

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Triennale bag from @valextra. Deceptively simple #valextra #alvaro

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What next for Valextra? It’s a shame Design Director Alvaro Gonzalez has left the building, I thought things were going so well. It’s still one of my favourite artisanal luxury brands though – any guesses who’s in next? Continue reading

The DRG Style Index: Marques’Almeida X Topshop, Louis Vuitton, J. Crew, Farfetch Discover, Shinola, Christopher Kane X NARS

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The DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks while Fashion Month took over. But it’s back with this week’s round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. ON YOUR MARKS FOR MARQUES’ALMEIDA X TOPSHOP

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Roll on October 9th. Marques’Almeida’s 68-piece collection for Topshop is looking pretty good, with all the M’A hallmarks intact. Shredded denim, delicious true-blue washes, an overall rough-n-ready aesthetic…watch this one fly. (P.S, if you’re eyeing up the parka, be fast, it’s predicted to go first…) Continue reading

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