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On my radar: Violette



Estee Lauder new Global Beauty Director Violette

A great hire by Estee Lauder, they have appointed French MUA, Violette (whose YouTube channel I’ll admit I hadn’t seen until now) as their Global Beauty Director.

I just love the ‘real’ way she films herself doing her make-up, fly-on-the-wall style without looking at the camera. And I’m a sucker for a French accent in these sorts of films. Check out her channel here.

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IMAGE:  Violette by Estee Lauder
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: OFF-WHITE, SYKES LONDON, LEBON, AMAZON AND MORE!



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

1. OFF-WHITE X JENNY HOLZER
Off White Jenny Holzer collaboration SS18
I loved all the techy utilitywear in the Off-White SS18 show. And of course the genius Off-White Jenny Holzer collaboration, with poetry she had sourced printed strategically onto clothes and projected on the walls of the Pitti Palace. This W Magazine interview is a great read.


2. JO SYKES IS BACK

Sykes London by Jo Sykes womenswear for on the go career women
Great to hear that Jo Sykes has returned with Sykes London, a contemporary-priced label for the on-the-go career woman. The classic silk shirt that she designed for Freda at Matches Fashion is still one of my most-worn wardrobe staples.


3. WOULD YOU SPEND $10 ON LUXURY VEGAN TOOTHPASTE?

Lebon toothpaste
I’m obsessed with my teeth and I’m not gonna lie, the branding of Lebon toothpaste is extremely seductive. It’s vegan, comes in lots of flavours and I’m sooo tempted by the ‘Sweet Extravagance’ variety which is flavoured with ‘the most exclusive roses from Grasse’. Naturally…


4. AMAZON HAS (HOPEFULLY) SOLVED THE RETURNS CONUNDRUM

Amazon Prime Wardrobe Jeff Bezos
Amazon is planning to solve the challenge of online returns with Amazon Prime Wardrobe, a service that lets customers pay after they’ve tried on and decided what to keep. It will also incentivise by giving a discount based on how many items the customer keeps. Now it just needs to sort out its not-so-inspiring product offer, says Retail Week…(sub req)

IN OTHER NEWS…

More Amazon: this is a super-fascinating (and slightly terrifying) podcast about the power of Amazon and the future of retail.

Farfetch is taking over the world, one nation of shopaholics at a time. Yep, it’s just joined forces with Chinese ecom behemoth JD.com. Read more here.

Is the millennial make-up bubble bursting? After The Estee Edit flopped, its parent brand Estee Lauder announced it’s pumping more funds into Gen X-targeted Victoria Beckham Beauty. And this week along came KKW Beauty from Kim Kardashian who told the New York Times (sub req) that she’s looking less at Insta-contour products and more at anti-aging formulas. Well, they do say it’s the 35-plus market that has the cash to spend. (And if that’s you, I suggest you check out Nadine Baggott’s excellent Youtube channel. Everything you wanted to know about acids, AHAs and serums but were too baffled to ask…)

That said, Selfridges is banking big on the youngsters. New  additions to its beauty hall are Huda Beauty and 3INA

Ever wondered what a freelance fashion journalist really does? This Glossy story is pretty accurate. FML

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IMAGES:  Dazed/Antonio Giacometti; Sykes London; Olivier Granet; Matthew Ryan Williams/The New York Times
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Vogue, Style.com, The Estee Edit, Deciem and more!



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

1. VENETIA SCOTT APPOINTED FASHION DIRECTOR OF BRITISH VOGUE
Venetia Scott appointed Vogue Fashion director
It’s been such a weird week this week. We’re still in post-election chaos and then the news of the West London tower block fire has shocked and horrified us all. I’ve lived in West London all my life so this is very close to home. But there were a few chinks of good news. I’m really happy to hear that Venetia Scott has been appointed Fashion Director of Vogue. I’m a huge fan of her photography and styling and can’t wait to see where she’ll take the fashion.


2.  R.I.P PART 1: STYLE.COM (AGAIN)

Farfetch swallows up Style.com
It’s a shame that Style.com as an etailer never really hit its stride. This week it merged with Farfetch in what seemed like a very rushed announcement. The Style.com URL now redirects straight to Farfetch.com and the content side of Farfetch will be boosted by the Conde Nast machine. It sounds like the plan is still to monetise all Conde Nast’s editorial content, so we’ll see how that one plays out…


3. R.I.P PART 2: THE ESTEE EDIT

What to buy from The Estee Edit
Estee Lauder’s millennial-focused brand The Estee Edit has been retired after just one year. I think it has some great products but maybe just too many that sounded the same. Personally I was a little overwhelmed by all the ‘glow’ SKUs. There were some standouts though – namely the Pore Vanishing Stick (a great mattifier – I use this every day) and Dissolve the Drama 2-in-1 Make-Up Remover and Cleanser. It’s not all bad though. Estee Lauder Company plans to double the offer of Victoria Beckham Beauty instead…


4. ESTEE LAUDER INVESTS IN DECIEM. INTERNET FREAKS OUT

 ESTEE LAUDER INVESTS IN DECIEM
Oh wait. More ELC news. The Internet is up in arms at the news that the Estee Lauder Company has bought a minority share in niche beauty brand Deciem. Owners of The Ordinary as well as nine other well-priced skincare disruptors, founder Brandon Truaxe was apparently quite vocally anti-Estee Launder in the early days. Sigh… it seems that every start-up has its price. Here’s his promise to customers

IN OTHER NEWS…
Apparently blog ghostwriters are all the rage. I knew I was going wrong somewhere…

Pout Case is a phone case that thinks it’s a makeup palette. Gimmick or genius?

Google has opened a virtual fashion archive that lets you deep dive into all manner of fashion and cultural institutions. It’s the virtual rabbit hole to end them all…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Vogue, Business of Fashion, Disneyrollergirl, Deciem
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: 24 Sèvres, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Cobra, Craig Green



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

1. LVMH ECOMMERCE HAS LAUNCHED
Maison Rabih Kairouz 24 Sevres
24 Sèvres is aiming to deliver the ultimate luxury ecommerce experience. The just-launched site from Le Bon Marché (owned by LVMH) will stock over 150 luxury brands including Louis Vuitton & Dior, plus special collaborations and exclusives. (more…)