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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: American Apparel, Blouse, Connolly, Crabtree & Evelyn 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. AMERICAN APPAREL VS LOS ANGLES APPAREL

Los Angeles Apparel from Dov Charney
So American Apparel has relaunched, following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy last November. Now owned by Canadian manufacturer Gildan, the website secretly relaunched last week, although not everything is made in the U.S.A. And just to confuse things, former AA owner Dov Charney has also launched his new brand. Called, um, Los Angeles Apparel, above, it looks similar to its predecessor and will be available worldwide “soon”, according to its Instagram.


2. PUT YOUR BLOUSE ON

Blouse by Geoffrey Finch
Lovely to see the return of Geoffrey Finch (previously creative director at Topshop and Antipodium) with his new label, Blouse. The debut collection consists of gender-neutral tees and shirts with eye-catching details, all made in London. Buy it at Matchesfashion.com.


3. CONNOLLY ONLINE

Connolly England blazer and shirt dress

If you ever get a chance to visit the Connolly store in Mayfair, just do it! It’s the most sublime retail experience, with tactile fabrics everywhere, the lushest leather goods, bespoke furniture and in-store photography exhibitions. It’s like visiting your most tasteful friend’s quiet-luxe apartment where everything’s for sale. If not, check the line out at Matchesfashion.com, where you can just catch its late summer staples. I recommend the short sleeve wool-linen knit top and the cotton poplin Mandarin collar shirt dress.


4. CRABTREE & EVELYN REVISITED

Crabtree and Evelyn
Beauty stalwart Crabtree & Evelyn has had some sort of rebrand and it looks so much more appealing. (Thanks British Beauty Blogger for the heads up.) I’m a hand cream nut, so I’m tempted by every one of these now they’re in sleek but colourful packaging. Buy it here.

IN OTHER NEWS…

I’m torn between reading a book and filling my head up with shit… “I’ve been doing it for a couple months and it’s worked. I’m reading, like, three books right now. I’m putting something in my mind. It feels so much better than just reading the Internet and not remembering anything.” via Time

Bally remembers the outstanding styling of NYC’s Guardian angels

Artist Cindy Sherman’s new Instagram account has caused quite the media stir. Are these macabre selfies a commentary on our narcisstic culture? She won’t explain so you’ll have to make your own mind up

Closer to home, former Vogue editor Alex Shulman broke the internet with her holiday bikini selfie. When people used to meet Shulman, they would express surprise that she was the editor of Vogue because she didn’t dress like a fashion victim. She would laugh, “Well I am the editor of Vogue, so this is what the editor of Vogue looks like!” With her candid snap, she’s making a bold statement about body positivity and how we present ourselves and should be applauded

For the best nostalgic streetstyle, revisit the digital archives of my fave style documenter, anthropologist Ted Polhemus

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, Hermès, Grailed



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

1. CALVIN KLEIN HOMES
Calvin Klein Madison Avenue Homes and interiors
It’s all eyes on Raf Simons as the new-look Calvin Klein finally materialises. For starters, there’s lots of news about Raf Simons’ reimagining of the Madison Avenue flagship store. The industrial yellow interior (by collaborator Sterling Ruby) is temporary while the store awaits a full renovation. But I’m more interested in the renewed homes offer with its mix of ‘found’ and designed objects including Homer Laughlin coffee mugs, Rose Cabat ceramics and Italian vintage glassware. Sounds good to me.


2. VICTORIA BECKHAM X ESTEE LAUDER ROUND TWO

Victoria Beckham X Estee Lauder skin perfecting powder
Not gonna lie, I really like the Victoria Beckham X Estee Lauder makeup. There’s a new drop about to land and the Skin Perfecting Powder is talking to me. £62 though – ouch. Read more here.


3. HELLO HERMÈSMATIC

Hermesmatic pop-up
It’s not my taste, but I love the concept of the Hermès ‘Hermèsmatic’ customisation ‘laundromat’. Revamp your tired old Hermès scarves (you know, all those tatty scarves you have lying around) with a dip-dye treatment by Hermès’ skilled colourists. After the dye process, watch your scarf being tumbled to deliver a soft ‘vintage-scarf’ feel. The concept is coming to Manchester’s King Street from 5th October along with scarf styling workshops that you’d be mad to miss.


4. GRAILED FOR WOMEN

Grailed Heroine womens resale site. Image by JAKE HATELEY LOUIS-VUITTON
Coming in September, a sister site to designer resale site Grailed. W magazine reports that “Heroine is based (like Grailed) on peer-to-peer buying and selling that feels like being part of a club of like-minded enthusiasts.” I’d be interested in a study that shows how men and women approach this sort of shopping differently. I love Vestiaire Collective but I don’t feel the community element is that strong. Is this sort of thing more of a competitive sport with guys? Do they relish the geek factor of tracking hard-to-get stuff down more than women? If women’s shopping were more like men’s, would the peer pressure encourage me to shop more? On balance, maybe I’m better off without…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES:  Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, Hermes, Jake Hateley/Louis Vuitton
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Perfect pairing: J Brand X Bella Freud



J Brand x Bella Freud denim collection AW17

The J Brand X Bella Freud collab is such a good fit. It’s Bella’s first foray into denim and tapping into J Brand’s denim knowledge and customer base will help to expose her to bigger international markets, while retaining her English boy-girl attitude. I’m glad it hasn’t gone off on a wonky L.A. girl tangent!

Alongside the denim jeans, jackets, skirts and limited edition jumpsuit (available exclusively at jbrandjeans.com & bellafreud.com) are Bella’s signature knits in cashmere and merino wool. (more…)



Quote of the day: Heist



Isabelle Martin Fellu X Heist
“We [the brands] don’t actually know what ‘nude’ is. We can take a stab at a range of colors, but we have no idea what the distribution of skin tones is. What are the Pantone shades that are important, and how do you transfer those from Pantone into fabric dyes from rayon to cotton to cashmere?”
Toby Darbyshire, CEO of bodywear brand, Heist on facing the challenge of skin-toned hosiery, Lean Luxe

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