THE DRG STYLE INDEX: OSMAN X AMAZON FASHION, JOHN LOBB, H&M, SIMONE ROCHA X J BRAND, KURT GEIGER

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

1. OSMAN FOR AMAZON FASHION

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Someone is giving Osman an almighty great push on the PR and marketing front as he seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment. I just noticed this Osman collection on Amazon.co.uk
and surprisingly, it looks really luxe and beautiful. Amazon has tried hard to sell high end brands on its site but it never quite achieves the Net-a-Porter aesthetic that I’m guessing it’s aiming for. Until now. I never thought I’d say this, but there’s even a Christmas jumper that looks cool, a unisex one at that, and it’s a (comparative) steal at £95. See more here.


2. FIRST LOOK AT PAULA GERBASE FOR JOHN LOBB

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I’m more of a Church’s girl myself but I was interested to know that John Lobb has a small clientele of female customers for its classic shoes. Paula Gerbase’s artistic direction debut will appear at LCM in January – here’s a little insight from the New York Times of what we might expect (contrary to my expectaction, it doesn’t involve clothing).


3. H&M COLLABORATIONS – THE BOOK

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What could define the millennial’s high-low approach to fashion better than H&M’s legendary designer collabs? This month sees the launch of a brick-like coffee table book that unpacks each and every collaboration, from the first Karl Lagerfeld one in 2004, to the most recent sport-luxe offer from Alexander Wang. It’s beautifully produced and packaged (indeed, to me it looks, smells and feels exactly like Self Service) and serves as an extended essay on the last ten years of fashion itself as well as a celebratory pat on the back for H&M. Alongside contributions from Alex Fury, Jessica Michault, Melanie Rickey and Charlie Porter is my piece on Matthew Wiliamson. You can find it in selected H&M stores at €9.90 with 25% of proceeds going to UNICEF.


4. SIMONE ROCHA FOR J BRAND

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Just in at Dover Street Market is Simone Rocha’s denim collab with J Brand. Simone Rocha isn’t an obvious denim fit but that’s what’s good about this mini collection. It marries her romantic ruffles with stiff utilitarian shapes, all in a perfect palette of red, blush pink and black. From December 1st it will also be available at Selfridges, Net-A-Porter and Browns.


5. KURT GEIGER’S SAFFIANO SUCCESS

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Sales are up, way up at Kurt Geiger, with handbag sales increasing 50% so far this year. Why? Mainly due to the popularity of its Saffiano leather bags. These hardwearing, textured bags (you know, like these) are the great levellers of the handbag world, putting in appearances at Kurt Geiger, Michael Kors and Prada alike. There’s even more good retail news for Kurt Geiger handbag lovers – the brand is opening its Oxford Street flagship store early next year.

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IMAGES: AMAZON, NEW YORK TIMES, DISNEYROLLERGIRL, J BRAND, KURT GEIGER

Who are you? Louis Vuitton’s celebration of monogram

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So here’s something I never knew: Karl Lagerfeld was once a boxer! Hence his monogrammed Louis Vuitton boxing gloves and punchbag as his contribution to the latest Louis Vuitton collaboration, Celebrating Monogram. It’s a pretty great project, not just because of the breadth of talent that was called upon to take part (Cindy Sherman! Rei Kawakubo! Frank Gehry!), but for the end results as well.

Quick recap: To mark its 160th anniversary, Louis Vutton asked its favourite creatives to reimagine its classic monogram in a bag or accessory of their choice. Being Vuitton of course, there were no limits. Sherman wins the prize for most spectacular – she produced an astonishing dress-up trunk with drawers for various costume props, a light-up mirror, a detachable case and a messenger bag. Gehry’s offering was a ‘Twisted Box’, like his buildings it’s beautifully wonky but utterly elegant. And Louboutin’s ‘Classic Caddy’, the campest of shopping trollies is arguably the most fun and commercial.

For me, this motley assortment of monogrammed treasures amounts to a study of identity. For what else do monograms stand for but a representation of who we are? And in this case, how we see ourselves. It also sums up where we are in the world right now – doesn’t everything come back to identity? And it’s interesting to see these designers and brands looking at themselves through the products of another brand. “It was like going to school. You have a sort of duty: You have to marry your own identity with a strong identity, which is Louis Vuitton’s. That was the homework,” Christian Louboutin told the New York Times. I noticed too that a lot of these special creations come with a mirror, should you want to regard your reflection and ponder ‘who am I?’ (Or simply reapply your lipstick in the most fabulous way.)

Of all the bags, the one I’m determined to get my hands on is the Rei Kawakubo. With its cut-out holes (that look a bit like a screamy face), it’s  a perfect union of Comme idiosyncracy with the most classic of Vuitton ‘Sac Plat’ totes. And making the dust bag part of the design is typical Comme topsy-turvy, back-to-front thinking…

REI KAWAKUBO’S BAG WITH HOLES
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FRANK GEHRY’S TWISTED BOX
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CINDY SHERMAN’S STUDIO IN A TRUNK
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CHRISTIAN LOUBUTIN CLASSIC CADDY
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KARL LAGERFELD’S PUNCHING BAG
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MARC NEWSON’S FLEECE BACKPACK
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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Louis Vuitton

Charlotte Olympia gets serious

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Here’s a tiny peek at my Charlotte Olympia SS15 press day highlights. The way out west theme offers these cactus super-wedges and the kitty flat realised as a moccasin – there’s seriously no end to the kitty obsession… Continue reading

Retail report: Selfridges ramps up its luxury ready-to-wear with a nod to Dover Street Market

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It feels like Selfridges has been tweaking its third floor Designer Galleries for ever! Finally its finished and the verdict is quite the A-Z of modern luxury fashion. In short, the Selfridges buy has been Dover Street Market-ified. (And  that sentence right there gets the award for clunkiest sentence of the year. Soz.) I still remember the third floor as it was eons ago – contemporary labels like Anglomania alongside A.P.C, Whistles and Joseph. Pffft, this is so not that. Contemporary and denim have all been shunted up to the fourth floor, leaving gleaming aisles of expensive statement-wear. Of course, I can’t actually afford any of it.

It’s a textbook exercise in taste and wealth though. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: WOOD WOOD X DISNEY, A.P.C, LIBERTY, SHANG XIA, NIKE

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

1. WOOD WOOD WARPS DISNEY ICON

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Get ready for a very cool Disney collaboration with Danish brand Wood Wood coming to London. Wood Wood chose to stretch and distort classic 30s cartoons of Mickey Mouse, printing the designs on clothes and accessories for men and women. The prints are quite subversive so I’m surprised Disney gave it the go ahead – it’s known for being extremely protective of the brand’s imagery. Continue reading

Winter picks from Net-a-Porter

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According to Editd.com, luxury stores have bought into more winter warmers, earlier in the season this year. Net-a-Porter alone has grown its autumn offer of outerwear by 117% compared to last year. Maybe it knows something we don’t? Colourful fake furs are key, as are oversized, slouchy shapes. I’ve noticed a lot of sophisticated-looking fake furs (as opposed to those Big Bird types from a few seasons ago) – I guess that’s the Shrimps effect. The all-enveloping poncho too is a big player, thanks to Issa’s cheery patterns and Burberry’s genius blanket wraps…

I’m still a fan of classics, so I’ve included a cape (from Saint Laurent) and a duffle (Burberry Brit) in my latest Net-a-Porter edit. And I’m trying to wean myself off the navy jumpers so I’m gravitating more towards Jonathan Saunders’ stripes and Bella Freud’s typography. While we’re on the subject, don’t forget that clocks go forward this weekend…

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MAIN IMAGE: SAINT LAURENT AW14

The British Fashion Awards 2014 – place your bets!

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This year’s British Fashion Awards is set to be the most exciting yet, for me anyway.

Anyone want to place bets on the following?

Emerging Womenswear Designer.
Aargh, how can I choose between Marques and Tait? I’ll go for Tait though in light of his LVMH prize:
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Quote of the day: Thomas Maier

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“I think nobody needs another fashion show. I think all of you sit in so many fashion shows that you can’t take it anymore at the end of the season. And you have to look at so much crap, too, that you probably don’t even want to see.”

Always good to hear what Thomas Maier has to say. Here he shares his thoughts on everyday design, fashion show fatigue and the intersection of physical and digital in retail. Via Style.com.

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: NORDSTROM, GAP, MULBERRY, COACH

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

1. NORDSTROM’S SECRET WEAPON

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I keep reading about Nordstrom doing original things with digital and experiential retail and now I know why. Its director of creative projects is one Olivia Kim, formerly of Opening Ceremony, AKA queen of the clever collab and someone who just knows how to make retail exciting. Continue reading

Watch this: Harrods Inside The Studio with Matthew Williamson

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The life of a fashion designer is more fascinating (and varied) than ever. Researching and designing the collections is the creative bit but then come the extras; production, promotion, collaborations, not to mention the social media and editorial that have become such solid components of building a brand.

Harrods has decided to explore the mystique around designers and their processes by giving us a behind-the-curtain peek into four British designers and their businesses. Continue reading

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