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Chanel Rouge Noir returns

Chanel Rouge Noir Limited Edition

Would it be too much of a stretch to pin the ‘fashion-isation’ of beauty onto Chanel and its major moment with the iconic ‘Vamp’ nail? This year marks two decades since Uma Thurman sported the eggplant-hued mani (renamed Rouge Noir for commercial purposes) in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, scoring never-seen-before stampedes as well as initiating an era of product placement in movies that’s since become commonplace. (more…)


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


Burberry Christmas ad campaign

I got to attend the unveiling of the new Burberry Christmas ad in the Regent Street flagship on Tuesday and as expected, it was fun, stylish and very British. And it totally made me want to see Billy Elliot. The celeb-filled event completely overshadowed the week’s other Burberry news, that the brand is consolidating all its sub-brands under one big Burberry-checked umbrella. So no more Burberry Brit, London or Prorsum – just ‘Burberry’ (which is what we all called it anyway). (more…)

What’s in store from Selfridges this Christmas?

Personalised Mini moet champagne Selfridges

I know it’s not cool to talk about Christmas when the clocks have only just gone back but let’s be realistic. The shopping season starts early these days, and stores have to do what they can to grab attention. Last week saw Selfridges unveil its Christmas offer, ‘Journey to the Stars’ which is themed around constellations – aka everything to do with the galaxy, astrology, spiritualism and mysticism.

Selfridges is also maximising its offer on personalisation as it has done for the last two years. Christmas is the one season when people love to customise their gifting. (Tip: make sure your giftee really wants that novelty sweater embroidered with their initials, they’ll have a hard time eBaying re-gifting it otherwise.) (Side note: please tell me Christmas jumpers were just a one year blip?) While the personalised Nutella jar of yesteryear is back again, this year’s biggie is the mini Moet champagne bottle (above), that can be customised with a photo.

As a first, Selfridges is showcasing its entire Christmas gift offer both in store and online. So you can either go the convenience route and just click to buy your Fornasetti Astro pattern plates (coming soon), starsign perfume (below), or Jo Malone London cracker (my edit below will help you). Or you can be rewarded for braving the shop floor. There’s a host of ‘experientials’ to enjoy, including a psychic and mystical playground called the ‘Astrolounge’ and accessories from The Unseen (that respond to the environment around them in spooky ways).  Oh and there’s a £24,000 Star Wars battle pod to play with.


WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Quote of the day: Alessandro Michele

Gucci Cruise 2016 campaign

“If the industry stopped thinking that fashion is just a product, that would be much better. Because that’s something that has happened in the past 10 years…and it can destroy fashion.”
Gucci’s Alessandro Michele, The South China Morning Post