Introducing: Éadaoin Ní Drisceoil

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Love Éadaoin Ní Drisceoil‘s graduate collection, which I discovered on Instagram. Based on the Virgin Suicides, it picks up on the ‘obsessions and passions that consume girls throughout the turbulent years of adolescence’. Translation: awkward layers, odd proportions and mismatched fabrics, not to mention ill at ease styling and an unhealthy fixation with pink. Continue reading

Quote of the day: Bernhard Wilhelm

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“It’s one of the first decisions you have to make as a fashion designer. Do you want to be corporate or do you want to be free? It’s very hard to be free, you will have to work more, you will make less money or no money. You will have to suffer, but you have your freedom. Do you choose the obvious or the not so obvious? I guess I’m the not so obvious.”

Bernhard Wilhelm, Apartamento magazine

[Image: Daniel Trese/Apartamento]

The DRG Style Index: John Lobb, Paul Smith, Ebay

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, featuring the brands currently buzzing on on my radar…

1. PAULA GERBASE HEADS TO JOHN LOBB

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This is rather exciting news for John Lobb. The British shoemaker, owned by Hermes, has appointed Paula Gerbase as artistic director. I don’t know the full story but I’m guessing the brand wants to expand beyond footwear (Berluti-style), and hiring a buzzy young luxury designer is a good way to do it. Continue reading

The Bicester Brit factor

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Bicester Village Designers Collective

What better way to spend a weekend than heading down Oxfordshire way to Bicester Village? If you do, you’ll be well rewarded, with the fifth British Fashion Council Designers’ Collective pop-up offering plentiful pickings of our celebrated womenswear talent. Curated by Yasmin Sewell, this year’s edit is the best yet (no filler!) and better still, it comes with a new art twist. The Royal Academy has jumped on board, so there are limited edition prints to buy from Royal Academians including Gary Hume and Grayson Perry. Continue reading

Marc Jacobs Resort and the Tramp girl comeback

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Eighties cocktail girl is back. So says Marc Jacobs, who for the first time presented his resort 2015 collection as a mini show. Styling deets to note: semi-sheer black hose, classic T-strap stilettos (echoing Givenchy aw14), grown up up-dos and Friday-nights-at-Tramp makeup. Dresses are short and tailored, not body con. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: SELFRIDGES, VOGUE, THOMAS TAIT, COCA COLA

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My weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranks the brand stories that have most resonated with me, in order of interest. This week includes Thomas Tait’s big break and how Vogue monetises its Insta feed…

1 SELFRIDGES BETS ITS MONEY ON IT BAGS

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Selfridges loves a sweeping gesture and here’s one that’s hard to beat. It’s launching a destination accessories department which will see its luxury handbag offer double in size. (Does the world need more Celine bags? Clearly it does.) Continue reading

Quote of the day: Karl Lagerfeld

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“Don’t insist too much about the young. One day they will be less young. And then people are not interested anymore because they’re not a young designer. Say ‘designer.’ If they’re good, they are ‘designer.’ If they are not OK, they need the word ‘young designer.’ In a way, it’s an insult.”
Karl Lagerfeld on LVMH’s Young Fashion Designer Prize, New York Times

[Image: Kevin Tachman/Vogue.com]

Gentlewoman style: how to wear primary colours

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Summer is when I get (a little bit) more adventurous with colour so I’m well into all the primary brights we’re seeing popping up everywhere. Rich royal blue is an easy choice for the colour-shy as it’s almost a neutral so I’d wear that in a bomber jacket or rain mac (I’m currently looking for the perfect single-breasted mac). My manicure of the moment is Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour in Impassioned, a candy apple red that can skew either formal or casual. I also can’t get enough of Kelly green, especially in a fun print (hello Mother Of Pearl shorts), while a sunny shade of yellow lends itself beautifully to accents – this jolly Fendi key fob for example. Finally, thank you Keep It Chic for alerting me to Thomas Maier’s Cruise 15 collection. You can’t buy it now but as inspiration for a relaxed red suit, it serves very nicely…

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CELINE, MICHAEL KORS, GRAZIA, GLOBE-TROTTER

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My weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranks the brand stories that have most resonated with me, in order of interest. This week, Céline goes east and Grazia goes into etail…

1. CELINE’S BEIJING STRATEGY

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So the small, discreet, exclusivity rule doesn’t count when it comes to China. Hello Céline fashion show in Beijing! Céline staged a big-ass fashion show in a celeb-packed venue in Beijing’s art district last week to showcase its AW14 collection. The likes of pop star Faye Wong (above) arrived properly attired the Céline way with mannish coat robed over the shoulders. Why the fanfare from this usually reserved brand? Continue reading

Welcome to Pradasphere (and don’t forget your souvenirs)

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When it comes to immersive, experiential retail, you can’t really beat Harrods and its epic store takeovers. Chanel and Dior have had their turn and this month saw the unveiling of Pradasphere, a fusion of shop windows (40 in total), pop-up shop, cafe and exhibition.

The exhibition on the fourth floor is the big draw. It starts with glass cabinets telling the story of the beginnings of the 101-year-old brand. Originally purveyors of leathergoods, we’re shown vitrines of ancient paper packaging, handbag frames and luxurious vanity sets for the travelling classes. All give an air of revered Milanese shopkeeper to the proceedings, nicely bringing us back to retail. Continue reading

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