Design

Margaret Howell AW17 – suited up



Margaret Howell check suit by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue, 1986

I’ve had Margaret Howell tailoring on the brain, after spotting a version of the above image on my favourite editorial throwback Instagram account, @Magazine_Fan. It’s a UK Vogue shot of Jeny Howorth by Peter Lindbergh from 1986, featuring a double-breasted jacket with structured power shoulders. Interestingly, thanks to the small houndstooth check and subtle colour scheme, it hasn’t aged too badly.

Thirty-ish years later, Margaret Howell is still turning out excellent suiting (more…)



Harrods Salon de Parfums: see, touch, smell



Floraiku fragrance at Harrods Salon de Parfums 6th floor

It takes a lot to get me to an 8.30am press launch, but the addition of seven new boutiques to the Harrods Salon de Perfums did the trick. Joining the original ten boutiques, this 6th floor haven is a destination for serious scent seekers.

Let’s talk personalisation and experience, two big lifestyle trends that are a gift to luxury retailers. At Harrods they’re expected by wealthy overseas customers, who demand excellence and uniqueness from every visit. With bricks and mortar retail struggling overall, it’s the ‘wow’ experiences that get people talking and – crucially – returning for more. (more…)



Positive fashion: Nisolo shoes



Nisolo shoes elayna leather sneaker

Love the Elayna trainer from ethical artisanal startup, Nisolo. Lean Luxe brought the brand to my attention by praising it for its non ‘Etsy factor’ branding and operation. What the hell does that mean? It referred to the often twee, not-quite-there brands that have good intentions but don’t quite cut it on execution and delivery. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Helmut Lang, Sephora, Mackintosh, Pat McGrath Labs 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. HELMUT LANG’S RADICAL RELAUNCH

HELMUT LANG FALL 1999 RTW

The most interesting part to me about the new Helmut Lang structure, hiring an editor, instead of an overall creative director, is the plan for a regular reissue of archive Helmut Lang pieces. (more…)