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London Fashion Week AW15: let’s hear it for the girls

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In these days of Insta-journalism, a fanciful theme is a gift to the time poor and attention-deficit. It helps tell the story of a collection which is what selling clothes is all about. And our young female designers are particularly adept at it.

On the first day of London Fashion Week AW15, we saw evocative tableaux styled as an art class and a gossipy teen gathering courtesy of Molly Goddard and Le Kilt respectively. Meanwhile, Shrimps gave us beautifully vacant aliens landed on a glittery planet surrounded by stalagmites. (more…)

Ask Alison: On fashion weeks, double screening and the importance of influencer clicks

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Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ guest post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, on how brands are using new social strategies to monetise fashion week

Fashion month has kicked off and already the digerati style-set are hot on the heels of the latest ‘influencers’ and their preferred social media platforms. As fashion designers, media publishers, retailers and luxury brands all assess their ROI (return on investment) across social media spend, it’s influencer clicks and double-screening activities that are driving digital trends this season. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: THE ROW, APPLE X PINTEREST, STOWAWAY, MIH JEANS

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

1. THE ROW’S UPTOWN MOVEThe Row to open a New York store in 2015
Coming not-quite soon: The Row has earmarked a store for New York. OK, it’s not due til the end of the year, but I’m sure the Upper East Side townhouse store will be worth waiting for… (more…)

A Premiere Classe ticket to Paris

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Fashion shows may get all the Fashion Week media love but there’s a whole other side that people don’t see. They’re the less glamorous workhorses of the fashion calendar; the showrooms, re-sees and trade shows. While the menswear shows took all the Paris glory last month, I spent three days in a parallel universe with the team from Who’s Next and Premiere Classe, getting an insider’s look at the biannual trade show, with a few added leisure activities thrown in. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: JAEGER, MOTHER OF PEARL, A.P.C, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD X OPENING CEREMONY, CAROLINE ISSA X NORDSTROM

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

1. KIRSTY HUME WAKES UP JAEGER

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It takes a while to wake up a snoozy brand but Kirsty Hume in Jaeger’s ss15 campaign grabbed my attention. If the clothes are as good as the ads… (more…)

The DRG STYLE INDEX: GARETH PUGH, TIM COPPENS, GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY X ASOS, WOOD WOOD X CHAMPION

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

1. TEN YEARS OF GARETH PUGH

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Was it really ten years ago that Gareth Pugh first showed in London? It certainly was, and he’s marking the occasion by returning to show on the LFW schedule. There’s also a retrospective exhibition, showing at the Galleria Melissa store in Covent Garden from February 11th until May. (more…)

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

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

1.ALLSAINTS IS ALL GROWN UP

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I’ve been tracking AllSaints’ 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. (more…)

What to steal from the menswear shows: Margaret Howell AW15

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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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… (more…)