Liberty Best Of British Open Call 2014: top tips

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I noticed I’m getting a lot of blog traffic from people searching for Liberty Best Of British Open Call. This is the very popular X-Factor-esque competition that Liberty runs to find the next wave of home-produced talent. Alas, registration for this summer’s open call on 30th August is full to capacity, but if you have managed to nab a slot, then do re-read my post from a couple of years ago when I helped judge the fashion entries.

The post includes tips on how to present yourself (you only get a few minutes), price your work, what to research and how to stand out. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY X ICA, MOLESKINE POP-UP, MARGIELA FINE JEWELLERY

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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. GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY IN CONVERSATION

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There’s a lot of buzz around Russian designer-artist Gosha Rubchinkiy right now and the ICA has tapped into the curiosity by inviting him to discuss his multi-faceted approach to fashion at its Culture Now talks event on August 29th 31st. I would give you the details, except the tickets have already sold out. Soz. [UPDATE: The curator, Angela Hill has left a comment to point out that the talk is actually on the 29th and there are now a few more tickets available.]

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Afro Hair and Beauty Live: the highlights

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Last month saw the 33rd year of the Afro Hair and Beauty Live show at Islington’s Business Design Centre, the biggest show of its kind in Europe. Knowing how big the UK black beauty market is (black women are said to spend six times more on hair and beauty), I intended to go to this but in the end had conflicting commitments. Instead, TOLU OGUNSOLA attended on my behalf and here she reports on her top three finds…

MR & MRS MILLI’S

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Just as I expected, I was greeted with a great buzzing atmosphere as I entered Afro Hair And Beauty Live. People were talking excitedly here, there and everywhere about what products they wanted to buy and blaring music further amped up the excitement for all involved. Natural hair has definitely taken off in the past year or so, with women of colour taking a vested interest in returning back to their roots as it were. Continue reading

The art of shibori with MiH Jeans

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I can’t say I’d ever get bored of the plain white shirt, but if I did, I know how I’d switch it up. Thanks to the team at MiH Jeans, I got the chance to try my hand at shibori, the ancient Japanese art of folding, pleating and twisting fabric to achieve mind boggling effects with indigo dye. Our teacher was the patient and all-round wonderful Niki Livingston, an artist who experiments with shibori from her studio in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Beauty bits: Afro hair and beauty show, Lipstick Queen, Selfridges, Calvin Klein, Into The Gloss, Estee Lauder, Acqua Di Parma

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THIS WEEKEND: THE AFRO HAIR AND BEAUTY SHOW

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No plans for the Bank Holiday? Don’t forget to head to the Afro Hair & Beauty Show 2014 at Business Design Centre in Islington (30th-31st May). A mecca for product junkies and trend hunters, it’s the biggest hair & beauty exhibition of its kind in Europe. Tickets are £12 on the door. Continue reading

Watch the live stream of the first ever Louis Vuitton Cruise show here

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What a month it’s been for Cruise shows! And it doesn’t stop, because today sees the first ever Louis Vuitton Cruise show, taking place in Monaco at 6pm GMT.

Cruise shows are clearly the new RTW and I don’t know whether to envy or pity the editors and VIPs being flown from one continent to another in this vast show of excess newness and grandeur.

Pull up a pouffe next to me and watch the live stream here….

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

Introducing Selfridges Beauty Project (and a can’t-miss special offer)

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Wow, what a month May is looking to be for retail! Last week, Harrods opened its Pradasphere exhibition-café-shop-windows takeover, Fendi unveiled its 3-floor Bond Street flagship, Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium arrived in Mayfair and Selfridges just launched its summer ‘Beauty Project’.

An epic nationwide store concept (online and offline), The Beauty Project is a look at beauty, not just from a product point of view but in a wider sense, giving us experiential retail and discussions around how we see beauty. Continue reading

Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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So best dressed from last night’s Met Gala? Gotta be Tabitha Simmons in Dolce & Gabbana and Hamish Bowles and his outstanding cape-work, no? Plus a shoutout is in order for Hamish Bowles’ top notch pap work on Instagram

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DRG Style Index: Gap, Fendi, Commes Des Garcons, Saint Laurent, John Lewis

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The DRG Style Index has a bit of an art theme running through it this week. Here’s my ranking of the brand stories that grabbed my attention…

1. GAP IS PARTNERING WITH FRIEZE ART FAIR
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This year, Gap has partnered with Frieze New York (opening May 9th) and Frieze London to produce exclusive merchandise in a ‘white cube’ setting that will double as a café. A joint effort with Visionaire, the US collab will produce limited edition tees from the likes of Alex Katz (above), Richard Phillips and Peter Lindbergh. Continue reading

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