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Gucci Aw15 Alessandro Michele

So, after many a furrowed brow and clenched jaw, the fash pack has come round to Alessando Michele’s vision for Gucci. I liked it from the first, rushed menswear AW15 collection, which repeated itself in essence for womenswear AW15. We have just seen Cruise 2016 presented in New York, more young, studious-looking models in vintage-inspired threads of a non-specific nature. Michele’s schtick seems to be about the romance and human touch of fashion, hence his Cruise show was presented as girls walking in off the street into a setting of Persian rugs and toile de jouy chairs. Clever and relatable. And beautiful too. (more…)

EXCLUSIVE*: Alexander Lewis Resort 2016 – the woman, the situation, the mood

Alexander Lewis resort 2016

All of Alexander Lewis’s passions collide this week with the unveiling of his Resort 2016 collection. The half-Brazilian, London-based designer, whose collections are based on envisaging a situation for his women and building a narrative and collection around that, has always focused on pre-collections. But as we all know, the so-called in-between season has recently flourished into the most important money-making season on the calendar.

For Resort 2016, Alexander Lewis imagines his muse in a sophisticated Sao Paulo setting, getting dressed for an evening with her girlfriends, having taken a dance class with voguing duo Aya Sato and Bambi. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: EBAY, THE ROW, OLYMPIA LE-TAN, CLUB MONACO

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

1. EBAY VALET IS HERE

EBAY and GARANCE DORE launch Ebay Valet

It seems everyone’s trying to crack the luxury fashion resale nut. In the same week that UK-based Covetique closed, eBay extended its eBay Valet service to include high end fashion (helped by Garance Dore, above). eBay Valet is the service that allows you to box up your fashion rejects and let someone else take care of the listing. (more…)

Quote of the day: Sarah Doukas on the rise of Insta-models

Insta-models - How Instagram is influencing the currency of supermodels

“The looks are obviously still first and foremost, but if you have two girls who are both perfect for something, without a shadow of a doubt the one with the [bigger] social following would win the job,” (more…)