Business of fashion

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BELLA FREUD, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, UNIQLO, J CREW, BURBERRY, L’OREAL

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

1. BELLA FREUD – THE SHOP
Bella Freud launches cashmere and is opening a Bella Freud store
Bella Freud is opening a shop! And has launched cashmere! And has great advice for new designers in this interview from Fashionista


2. LOUBOUTIN LIPSTICKS ARRIVE THIS WEEK

Louboutin Lipsticks
…And Selfridges has the exclusive. If you’re ready to splash £60 on a lippie please can I be your BFF, then get to Selfridges on September 1st. [UPDATE: buy it HERE]


3. UNIQLO X LEMAIRE

Lemaire X Uniqlo look book
The full look book for UNIQLO X LEMAIRE is out and for me it’s all about the square cut knits and men’s coats. See the other looks here. (P.S is anyone else getting COS vibes from the micro site design?)


4. J.CREW BACK TO BASICS

J Crew Regent Blazer
Vogue reports that J. Crew is going back to basics (think ballet flats and cashmere) for AW15. I’ve seen this collection and it’s good. I definitely think championing the classics (in a contemporary way, of course) is the way to go… The Regent blazer with satin lapels gets my vote.


5. DESIGN YOUR OWN BURBERRY SCARF

Burberry scarf bar

Clever clever Burberry is soooo good at ‘affordable luxury’, with its monogrammed perfume bottles, brilliant makeup and now… design-your-own scarves. OK, they’re not that affordable but people will pay more for personalisation. The Burberry Scarf Bar launches on 2nd September online and in-store…


6. HOW L’OREAL IS INNOVATING DIGITALLY IN CHINA

Loreal Makeup Genius app
Interesting insights into how L’Oreal’s digital initiatives (like the Makeup Genius app) are helping it clean up in China. Read here

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AESOP, VOGUE, AMERICAN APPAREL, HILLIER BARTLEY

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

1. AESOP UNCOVERED
Aesop Dennis Paphitis interview
Aesop is one of those brands that keeps popping up, seemingly without too much effort (i.e, it’s not rammed down your throat by advertisers) (more…)

Introducing CristaSeya

CristaSeya Edition 5

Introducing a new way of producing fashion collections. In ‘editions’ rather than ‘collections’. With all editions available all the time. This is the thinking behind CristaSeya, a new-ish name I discovered on Instagram that I’m still getting my head around.

The shapes are generous and utilitarian – wide-legged martial arts pants, giant tee and tunic shapes with huge sleeves you can roll up. Plus drawstring fastenings with fat rope-like draw-cords and extremely expensive-looking but relaxed (and very oversized) felted tailoring.

The ‘transversal lifestyle’ brand has just been profiled by New York Times T Magazine and is helmed by former stylists Cristina Casini and Keiko Seya, who revel in finding the best suppliers for each type of thing they want to sell (be that Italian cashmere, Japanese wooden combs or Tibetan Yak blankets). It’s a very appealing aesthetic and sensibility and in the UK is currently only available in what happens to be my three fave shops – Dover Street Market, Mouki Mou and Hostem.

That’s about all I know about them so far, oh, other than that they’ve been nominated to represent France for the International Woolmark Prize…

CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5
CristaSeya Edition 5

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: CristaSeya

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: SAINT LAURENT, DKNY, MAC, KAREN MILLEN

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

1. TEAM HEDI
hedi slimane

I’ve read two articles about Hedi Slimane this week. One is a very long interview by Dirk Standen on Yahoo Style, and the other is a critique by Alex Fury in The Independent. Both are very good but I had to disagree with Fury’s negative assessment of Slimane at Saint Laurent. (more…)