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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: VETEMENTS, SAINT LAURENT, COMME DES GARCONS, TOPSHOP, MULBERRY

It’s been a busy week for fashion with Vetements, Comme des Garçons and Saint Laurent dominating the feeds. And a sad loss for design with the shocking news of the passing of architect Zaha Hadid. Here’s my latest DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, rounding up the brand stories that grabbed my attention…

1. THE OTHER GVASALIA
Vetements CEO Guram Gvasalia of Vetements interviewed by Sarah Mower
“Today, I don’t consider Louis Vuitton to be a luxury brand. Yes, the quality is luxury, but if you can go to the store and get whatever you want, it’s not luxury.” Guram ‘brother of Demna’ Gvasalia, the CEO of Vetements, was interviewed by Sarah Mower two weeks ago, giving a candid insight into the nitty gritty of fashion and retail. 1Granary published the best bits… (more…)

Buy it now: Francesco Russo

Francesco Russo shoe designer

Gianvito Rossi has become one of the best selling shoe brands at Net-a-Porter and Harvey Nichols with his classic stiletto pumps making him a favourite for women who need a sharp no-frills shoe with a kick of glamour. But as he pivots into a more fashion-centric sphere, who does one go to next for a sexy cigarette pump with a twist?

I like Francesco Russo, who Harvey Nichols is touting as “one of the most sensational shoe designers to emerge in a long time”. His leopard-print slingbacks and suede cutaway pumps have the kind of ruler-straight heel that I love (more…)

Old money, old Vuitton

louis vuitton classic bag

Sometimes I miss classic, old school, old money Louis Vuitton – no bells, no cyber whistles. It takes me back to my old au pairs with their tan-strapped cross body monogrammed bags, belted camel coats and stack heeled boots. (And denim flares, it was the late 70s.) Oh yes, I had very chic au pairs….

classic louis Vuitton bag

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Quote of the day: Calvin Klein

calvin klein is writing a book

“I used to get great pleasure discovering models, finding young women and men who had never modeled before, and took them on trips around the world. But now, it’s the world of the Kardashians, and people are interested only in how many followers a model has on social media and that’s how they negotiate her or his fee. I am happy that I built a global brand without social media.”
An enlightening interview with Calvin Klein, WWD