Perfect pairing: Mansur Gavriel and Il Bussetto

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Could there be anything chicer than vegetable tanned leather right now? Those saturated colours, that unmistakable polish? Mansur Gavriel thinks not. The brand is all the rage at the moment, for its pared-back totes and bucket bags. This article in the LA Times last week explains its success. Simple, modern shapes, a reasonable price point and their signature contrast-coloured innards contribute, but the leather is a key factor. The bags are produced at a tannery in Tuscany and because of their hand made nature and current in-demand status, they’re understandably in short supply. (But that makes a bag more desirable, right Hermes?). Matchesfashion.com is expecting a delivery soon…

Il Bussetto is an accessory brand that keeps popping up on my radar. Launched in 2004, its vegetable-tanned coin purses, business card holders and iPhone covers are made in Italy using an age-old Tuscan technique of moulding wet leather on wooden forms. After the leather has been cut, it’s hand-painted, then dried, polished and waxed.

Again it’s the simple designs and glossy, colour-saturated leather in classic shades that appeal to me. They make cigar holders too, which I misread as cigarette holders. I definitely think they need to make a cigarette-case holder on a strap. (Not that I smoke but it would be the perfect mini-mini shoulder bag.) But my standout piece is the unisex Tacco coin holder. I’ve always loved this clam shell shape, it feels tactile in the hand and is a great example of easy, practical design. And of course, it partners perfectly with a Mansur Gavriel tote.

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BURBERRY, RAF SIMONS, MCM, CHANEL, LYST

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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. BURBERRY WINS THE #ALSICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

As with all pop culture phenomena, there’s a bit of a debate raging around the #alsicebucketchallenge. Sure, it’s a great vehicle for self promotion, but if it raises awareness and cashola then who cares? One of my favourites was Saks Fifth Avenue’s Marigay McKee (AKA the goddess of grooming) who then nominated retail rivals Bergdorf’s, Barneys and Bloomingdale’s. Naturally, Burberry utilised its iconic trench (clever Burberry), and here’s the Topshop team taking on the challenge having been nominated by ASOS. Continue reading

On Gap, M&S, and the fashion paradox of Dressing Normal

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Well, isn’t Gap’s new ‘Dress Normal’ campaign interesting?

As we all know, this year’s buzzword ‘normcore’ is steeped in anony Gap-style dressing, so Gap has nodded to that in its Dress Normal strapline. But don’t expect 90s-tinged bland-chic. Gap’s imagery is far more elevated and beautiful, so we’re shown not normal people (thank God, I’m a bit over normal people), but Hollywood elite types in ‘normal’ situations to represent modern-day Gap.

My favourite is Angelica Huston (top) having a coffee in a gorgeously lit diner situation (as opposed to a normcore Starbucks). Continue reading

Fashion meets art: my collection is bigger than yours

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Nope, still not bored with this year’s fashion-art love affair. Which is just as well as it’s only set to intensify. Late October sees the big reveal of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris (above), showcasing the LVMH corporate collection of art. The 126,000 square foot ‘glass cloud’ is rumoured to be the venue for the next Vuitton womenswear show, so expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with art-fashion-architecture amazingess of the highest order… Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LOUIS VUITTON, YAHOO, LUCKY, MARC JACOBS

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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. DOVER STREET MARKET LONDON HOSTS ITS FIRST ‘EPHEMERAL’ VUITTON STORE

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Louis Vuitton has just opened its first London ephemeral store (don’t call it a pop-up)  at Dover Street Market. Stocked with the best bits from Nicolas Ghesquiere’s debut Vuitton collection, this is the first chance to snatch up those covetable (and probably collectible) runway pieces. Continue reading

Liberty Best Of British Open Call 2014: top tips

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I noticed I’m getting a lot of blog traffic from people searching for Liberty Best Of British Open Call. This is the very popular X-Factor-esque competition that Liberty runs to find the next wave of home-produced talent. Alas, registration for this summer’s open call on 30th August is full to capacity, but if you have managed to nab a slot, then do re-read my post from a couple of years ago when I helped judge the fashion entries.

The post includes tips on how to present yourself (you only get a few minutes), price your work, what to research and how to stand out. Continue reading

How influential are fashion influencers?

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There’s an interesting shift going on in fashion right now, that Fashionista summed up quite succinctly. It’s all about those stylish women whose job descriptions you can’t quite put your finger on because they morph so readily from one thing into another. It all stems from street style though, a certain fashion insider with a certain look, who gets a following on blogs then on her own Instagram (it’s usually a ‘her’) and then… lands her own collection. Continue reading

On Louis Vuitton and creativity in advertising

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I’ve finally seen the much talked-about Louis Vuitton ‘series 1′ ad campaign on a printed page and my favourite images by far are the ones of Charlotte Gainsbourg by Annie Leibowitz. Which surprised me as I expected to be more excited by Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber. I love Gainsbourg shot in an artist’s studio setting (whose, I wonder?) but mostly it’s the muted, moody lighting. It feels personal, warm and portrait-y where the others feel like fashion shoots. Continue reading

Quote of the day: Olivier Rousteing

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“I love seeing a Zara window with my clothes mixed with Céline and Proenza! I think that’s genius. Continue reading

Brand lessons: Gail Federici

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A while ago I was invited to tea at Claridges to meet Gail Federici. Although I’ve cut down on the meet-and-greets, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grill this dynamic beauty pioneer on the rise of female entrepreneurs and the very modern culture of self-branding. Continue reading

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