THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ALL SAINTS, LOUIS VUITTON, GUCCI

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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.ALL SAINTS IS ALL GROWN UP

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I’ve been tracking All Saints’ gradual transformation for a while now and wow, the metamorphosis is complete! Its latest Instagram campaign, #HappyMondays is really very cool, a celebration of its ‘Iconic’ leather jacket worn by up and coming models and tastemakers who lend their own personality and style cred to the pictures. Obviously it’s not the first time we’re seeing this sort of campaign, but I dunno, somehow this feels authentic and unique to All Saints. Its hipster-lite kid is growing up and branching into Acne/Rick Owens territory and the off-duty model casting and styling (plus photography by Matteo Montanari) echo that.

2. LOUIS VUITTON’S L.A ART HAPPENING

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Oh, what would most brands do to have the budget of a Vuitton or a Chanel! In its latest conscious coupling of art and fashion, Louis Vuitton is staging an exhibition in L.A’s art district, bringing the SS15 collection and show to the public in multi-media installation form. ‘Louis Vuitton Series 2 — Past, Present and Future’ is an ambitious multi-room affair merging a 360-degree slide show, 3d-printed figurines, product displays (obvs) and ‘immersive’ (fancy new word for 2015!) hologram projections, all designed to bring Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Vuitton show experience, influences and inspirations to life in a non-conventional way. The exhibition runs from February 6th-22nd at 1135 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles.


3. GUCCI REINVENTED

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So we finally got confirmation. Alessandro Michele is Gucci’s new creative director, as of Wednesday’s announcement. Michele is tasked with increasing Gucci’s fortunes, no mean feat as Gucci apparently accounts for about half of Kering’s total luxury business. Key to the appointment it seems, is Michele’s cool, youthful aesthetic. (Some might say a little Hedi-esque but what’s wrong with that?) It’s a move away from the traditional, logo-fied Gucci and that’s important for Kering’s international expansion as the Asian luxury customer’s tastes become more mature, diverse and adventurous. Let’s see what Michele delivers for womenswear in a few weeks (meanwhile, I’ll leave you with Katie Grand in this ‘menswear’ look from her Instagram…).

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: All Saints; Lea Colombo/Dazed; Getty; Instagram

What to steal from the menswear shows: Margaret Howell AW15

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What to steal from the Margaret Howell menswear 2015 show? Mainly the coats – dun-coloured peacoats, a structured trench, and the single breasted mac I’ve been looking for for yonks. As always, I look for details. Such as the length of the trousers – a bit too short to show off contrast-coloured socks; the tucked in jumpers, and the fine-knit poloneck worn under a suit jacket. All elements to adopt right now…

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In other news, Margaret Howell has just opened a store in Florence, and very nice it looks too. A little taste of post-modern British styling in sunny Tuscany – why ever not?

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IMAGES: Style.com

What to steal from the menswear shows: Gucci AW15

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Big boys blouses, double breasted coats, swishy scarves and fur-lined slippers. Yes please to all of the above and well done Alessandro Michele for giving Gucci a cooler (if slightly Saint Laurent-ified) feel. Apparently he and his team worked around the clock to completely redesign the SS15 collection, after Frida Giannini’s swifter-than-expected exit from Gucci… Continue reading

What to steal from the menswear shows: Prada AW15

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As with last season, Mrs Prada ponders the relationship between men and women, showing both menswear and womenswear on the same stage for Prada AW15. “What are the unexpected possibilities, the various relationships that may occur between the way men and women can or would dress? The way they represent themselves? This is a subject always under investigation.”

My main takeaways from the Prada menswear AW15 show are bare legs and bovver boots (for girls) and Paul Weller hair (for boys). Plus, who’s going to be first to wear their sleeves turned up just so…? Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CAROLINE ISSA FOR NORDSTROM, LISA ELDRIDGE FOR LANCOME, A DETACHER, JOAN DIDION FOR CELINE

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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. FIRST LOOK AT NORDSTROM SIGNATURE & CAROLINE ISSA

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This week we got a first look at Nordstrom Signature & Caroline Issa, the collection that Issa has produced with the US department store. Vogue has the scoop here (and I have my eye on this timeless leather coat). The collection launches on February 9th and will come out four times a year. Continue reading

Book report: some recent recommendations

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Books and bookshops – two of my favourite things. In fact, I may have bought more books than clothes last year. And it was a good year for book shops. Who can forget the publicity coup that was the Great (accidental) Waterstones Lock-In? Then there was the big reveal of Foyles in Charing Cross Road and the brand new Maison Assouline store in Piccadilly. Continue reading

Celebration time

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I don’t know how these passed me by but I just spotted these Karen Walker pics on Honestly WTF. To celebrate ten years of eyewear success, Walker released ten limited edition sunglasses designs in special gold frames with gold mirrored lenses. I love my Karen Walker sunnies so I’m happy to raise a glass to another 10 years. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BURBERRY X VSCO, POLAROID’S NEW CAMERA, LACOSTE GETS A REVAMP

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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. BURBERRY X VSCO

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Everyone knows about Instagram, but VSCOcam is another photo social networking app that’s gaining popularity with photography fans and brands. Its filters are stunning and it lends itself to professional photographers and brands who want to create galleries (called ‘grids’) of a superior standard. Here’s one I discovered from VSCOcam and Burberry which lets users upload their own images to a ‘grid’ dedicated to rainy weather. Continue reading

Quote of the day: Ben Kirchhoff

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“The way the industry works, you’re driven to do all these grandiose shows, all these things that are incredibly expensive. And then one day, the sponsorship runs out. You’re on your own.”
Ben Kirchhoff, Style.com

Quote of the day: Raf Simons on fast tech

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“I have a huge disinterest in technologies that accelerate cultural speed. Immediately, they make me uncomfortable. But I’m fascinated by what society is becoming, and its evolution. I am watching the behaviour more than the thing itself…I am more interested in mystique and romance, what’s difficult to find, aesthetics that are not in your face. There are things you immediately know are surface, and other things the opposite, and I’m more interested in the opposite. When you find everything so easily, you don’t look deeply anymore and you don’t investigate anymore. And you get bored.”
Raf Simons, Style.com

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