Design

Brand new bag

Boss aw16 camera bag

When it comes to bags versus shoes, I’m much more of a bag girl. Bags are practical, they’re harder working, while shoes only really do one job. A new bag feels a bit like a new back-to-school pencil case, symbolising potential and possibility. Oh, the places we’ll go!

I’m a self-confessed double-bagger. I like a chuck-everything-in tote (I use this Smythson one – tip: the zip version is a really great price right now ) as well as a smaller, easy-access cross body bag. I love all the camera bags doing the rounds – such as these newbies from Hugo Boss, which I spotted a while ago at the press day. Much less spendy are these chunky beauties from J. Crew (called the ‘Signet’) that come in fifteen varieties. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Marni Trunk Mini, and although they’re hella ubiquitous, the Guccis are just so user-friendly!

Tote-wise, Hill & Friends is the new line from Emma Hill (ex-Mulberry) and the smiley face hardware and upbeat colour palette of the Happy Zippy bag are a good foil to the sensible proportions. (If you’re colour-shy, I think the maroon is just perfect.) While I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago, I came across the Herve Chapelier store, which is tote heaven. So many permutations of their signature tote, I loved all the grained leathers…
tote bags and camera bags

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Hugo Boss; Disneyrollergirl
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Burberry, Harrods, Nike, Muji, Stella McCartney

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

BURBERRY X HARRODS TAKEOVER
Burberry Harrods christmas takeover 2016
It’s been yonks since Harrods did one of its superbrand takeovers. Interesting to see that Burberry is booked in for the next one, a Christmas affair that’s said to be a push by Burberry to cultivate the local consumer. I’m sure it will do no harm in reinforcing the British brand in the eyes of Harrods’ mostly tourist clientele too. Personalised product will be key, as well as the chance to buy select delights from Burberry’s Thomas’s café in the famous food hall.


KIM JONES FOE NIKE

Kim Jones X NikeLab
The NikeLab X Kim Jones windrunners have landed, a collaboration that goes to the core of the Kim Jones DNA. Way before he was a twinkle in LVMH’s eye, Jones was a fixture on the British street wear scene, with his own label and later Umbro collections steeped in 80s ‘casual’ influences. The collection is designed as a travel kit for Olympic athletes and features Nike Windrunner jackets (with a new almost-seamless construction), tees, shorts and trousers that fold away into compact pouches. The NikeLab x Kim Jones: Packable Sport Style collection is available online and in select NikeLab stores.


3. MUJI DOES MAKE-UP

Muji does make-up
I’d be willing to bet that a fair whack of Muji profits come from its beauty blogger-approved acrylic make-up organisers. Understandable then, that Muji has decided to create a make-up line to go in them. Currently only available in Japan, Allure has the low-down here


4. STELLA MCCARTNEY TAPS ED RUSCHA

Stella McCartney by Ed Ruscha
Gotta love Stella McCartney’s links to iconic 60s artists. She’s collaborated with the likes of Peter Blake before, this time she’s tapped into the wordy work of Ed Rushca. Layering his graphic statements over campaign images featuring Amber Valetta, it’s all about spreading the #StellaCares ethos of ethical (think: meat-free) living.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
NIKE IMAGE: Dexter Navy for i-D
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How to discover niche fragrances

Selfridges fragrance concept space ground floor

Perfume departments are becoming all about discovery, mimicking the feel of concept stores like Colette and The Avery Perfume Gallery. Selfridges has taken its cue from this, with a new fragrance and home scent destination on the ground floor, dedicated to a mix of niche brands old and new. It’s a far cry from ye olde big brand approach. For starters, no-one will assault you with a flacon of Angel. Instead, there are islands of products, with the cult faves Fornasetti, Diptyque, Penhaligon’s, and Frederic Malle rubbing shoulders with lesser-known brands, many of which are very new. (more…)

Quote of the day: Agnès b

Agnes b quote of the day

“Since we launched, we’ve always sold the 12mm and 16mm striped tops, and we won’t stop. It’s a garment you know you can keep forever. It works for children, men and women. David Bowie loved it. We have pictures of him towards the end of his life wearing the larger stripe. No one knew it was Agnès b. I never told anyone that we were dressing him.”
Love this interview with Agnès b in the FT, I have bought so many of her tees over the years.