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
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. This interview on Business of Fashion caught my eye…
2. MASSIMO VITALI FOR GAP X FRIEZE
Frieze London has been and gone in a flash! As with Frieze New York, Gap worked with Frieze and Visionaire on a range of artist collaboration sweatshirts that were sold at the fair. I didn’t manage to get to Frieze so I’m gutted to have missed out on this Massimo Vitali sweatshirt, but rumour has it they may appear in select Gap stores this week.
3. IS BLUE FARRIER IN NEXT AT MULBERRY?
I wondered where Blue Farrier might be heading next after it was announced last week that she has left her post as creative director of Issa. Rumours suggest she could in the frame for the Mulberry top creative gig since Emma Hill’s departure (ages ago now). Please let it be true! Farrier has a similar eye to Hill when it comes to youthful luxe and I think she really understand British heritage done in a modern way. Others in the frame are Johnny Coca (at Céline) and Hannah MacGibbon (ex Chloé). Farrier was also at Chloé for a while, back in the Phoebe Philo days. Funny (or perhaps intentional) how all roads lead to Phoebe and Chloé, no?
4. COACH x PEANUTS
Collaborations with cult cartoon characters are nothing new, however I do like this one. Two American icons come together in the form of Coach and Peanuts. Coach is making an effort to cement itself as a brand with its finger on the pulse, so its Peanuts collab features luxurious leather accessories embossed with Charles Schulz’s famous sketches. For the uber-fan, there’s the limited edition leather Snoopy dolls. Any takers? The collection lands in the UK on November 1st.
Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Images: Olivia Kim via Business Of Fashion; Gap; Blue Farrier by Phil Dunlop via London Fashion Week Daily; Coach
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I can’t complain. London’s had one of the best and longest summers of recent years, with endless hazy sunshine stretching all through September. Utter bliss! But now it’s about cosying up and hunkering down and for many that means food, friends and family.
Just after London Fashion Week, I went to the launch of Sasha Wilkins’ (aka Liberty London Girl) clever new book, aptly called Friends, Food, Family. It’s full of Sasha’s legendary (if you follow her blog or tweets) comfort food recipes including triple-layer lemon cake, halloumi, avocado and chickpea salad, and fried gnocchi with mozzarella and tomatoes (yes, lots of veggie options). Continue reading
This post is a little late because I had so much post-LFW catching up to do.
Simone Rocha is a favourite for Londoners and has finely tuned her unique communion-chic aesthetic. I loved how the models’ heads were swathed in sheer, flower-scattered voiles. Also, those pink lace-ups… Continue reading
I’ve been working with Oxfordstreet.co.uk as part of the Oxford Street Fashion Showcase this season, reporting on SS15 trends from London Fashion Week. My first post has gone live, highlighting some of next season’s emerging looks (that you can buy into now if you follow my advice). Click here to read. Continue reading
If there was any doubt that phones are now fashion accessories, last week rammed that thought home. With Apple‘s major unveiling during New York Fashion Week with key fashion press in the front row and Natalie Massenet representing (will she be selling the new Apple devices on Net-a-Porter?), the fashionisation of our everyday tech gear is indisputable.
OK the big fuss was all around the smart Watch but the general consensus among the fashion contingent is it ain’t all that (yet). Continue reading
London designers are known for their youthful experimentation but they’ve becoming equally adept at delivering polished wearability. Day two’s highlights included Lucas Nascimento’s sheer, precision-cut layers (above and below), Joseph’s serene sportswear and Whistles’ luxe leather separates.
Even J.W Anderson surprised with extreme commerciality on his catwalk (combined with clever creativity of course), giving us that spring perennial ‘nautical chic’ his way, involving strategic cut-outs and rope details all accessorised with fetishy floppy leather hats. Continue reading
London Fashion Week kicked off with two buzzy new names. Faustine Steinmetz showed as part of New Gen with her first presentation, a clever exploration of couture and branding, set in the suitably arty ICA.
I’m so impressed by this young designer, whose obsession for hands-on labour and figuring things out results in mind boggling textile experiments. On display were denim-look jackets of polyester styled out like Shibori (“It’s not Shibori at all! I actually handpainted it, I just like that look,” Steinmetz told me), and a jeans-n-jacket combo made from unravelled layers of upcycled denim creating a tufty fringe effect. Continue reading
Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP who unpacks her physical-meets-digital findings so far from the SS15 fashion show season…
The fashion show is dead. Long live the interactive, digital brand experience now taking place during New York and London fashion weeks, where consumers, influencers and their collective social media clout are the preferred global audience. Continue reading
Oh, what a busy year it’s proving to be for London’s Dover Street Market. This month marks its tenth year and to celebrate it’s doing what it does best, collaborating with its fashion friends to create more retail excitement than ever.
Let’s not forget, when Dover Street Market opened in 2004 it was the first store of its kind, a weird and wonderful melange of mega-brands, just-emerging designers and street wear – ever changing and always unpredictable. Twice a year it operates its ‘tachiagari‘, shutting up shop for three days while it installs a completely new vision for the new season.
This year, following its tachiagari in July, it’s shaken things up again by adding a scattering of ‘market stalls’ (complete with striped awnings) selling DSM souvenirs to delight the store’s avid retail tourists. Continue reading