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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: H&M BEAUTY, SUPERGA, BROWNS, DIOR, RAF SIMONS

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

1. H&M’S BIG BEAUTY PUSH

H&M beauty launch via The DRG Style Index

There’s something interesting kicking off in the high street beauty space. I think it’s similar to what happened with jeans and shoes a while ago, when the UK chain stores invested heavily in fashion-forward designs, outdoing the specialists at their own game. Topshop’s make-up is five years old this month and the product quality, design and branding are as good as many of the more premium brands. & Other Stories shook things up with its experiential retail approach, while Urban Outfitters is also jumping into the beauty space in a bigger way, stocking Tonymoly from Korea among others. Next: H&M is launching a 700 piece beauty line in September. Yes, H&M has dabbled in beauty before but not in any serious way. And in keeping with its new eco-conscious focus, this new endeavour will include products that are organic, Ecocert-certified, and sustainable. That’s not all. A higher-end premium beauty line is also pencilled for release, so keep your eyes peeled.


2. SUPERGA X LIBERTY ART FABRICS COLLECTION

Superga X Liberty Art Fabrics

I’m kind of over all the Liberty X Nike collabs. They were novel for a while but they don’t excite me much any more. Instead I prefer these, a new collab between Superga and Liberty Art Fabrics. There’s something a little bit 80s Euro exchange student about this collection – I’m thinking Best Company ice cream coloured ankle-crop cords, Invincta rucksack, Agnes B tee and Ray-Ban aviators. Ahhh innocent days…


3. BROWNS GOES OMNI-CHANNEL

Browns is acquired by Farfetch in a push for Omni-channel retail
It’s all change this week for Browns. One of the first multi-brand luxury boutiques in the UK, the 45-year-old business has been superseded in recent years by younger upstarts, including MatchesFashion and MyTheresa. And Farfetch of course, who made shopping from indie stores a global possibility. Farfetch has now acquired Browns, hoping to reinvent it for the millennial generation of luxury consumers. Owner Jose Neves will run Browns as a separate entity (Net-a-Porter’s Holli Rogers will be its CEO), using it as a testing hub for Farfetch’s ambitious omni-channel retail strategies.


4. FLIP FLOPS FOR DIOR

Flip flops on the Dior runway for Cruise 2016

Can Dior do for the humble flip flop what Isabel Marant did for the slide and Celine did for the Birkenstock? I loathe flip flops, but am oddly drawn to the flip-flop-and-boy-trouser combo seen on the Dior Cruise 2016 runway…


5. RAF IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Raf Simons dancing at the Dior Cruise 2016 party

Is Raf Simons angling to be the new Olivier Rousteing? The ‘camera-shy one’ of fashion was papped dancing at the Dior Cruise party last week and has been giving heaps of interviews to promote the Cruise show in Cannes. An eagle-eyed Youtuber also spotted the Apple Watch adorning his wrist during this Business of Fashion interview. Whatever next – Raf selfies on Snapchat Periscope…?

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
DIOR IMAGE by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage

Top 5 styling moments from Dior AW15

Dior RTW Fall Winter 2015 Paris

The verdict on Dior AW15 is that these highly commercial RTW pieces wll fly off the rails. I’m quite taken with the accessories and beauty direction too. Here are my favourite styling elements…

1.WALKING-ON-AIR BOOTS
These ankle gripping boots with Lucite heels were unmissable, giving the illusion of walking on air. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CARVEN, UNIQLO X LEMAIRE, DAMIR DOMA, ANOTHER MAGAZINE

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

1. ALEXIS MARTIAL TO CARVEN
Carven aw15
I loved what Alexis Martial did at Iceberg so I’ll be interested to see how he develops Carven. This week we heard that Martial and Adran Caillaudaud (most recently at Givenchy) are the new co artistic directors at Carven, with Martial focusing on RTW and Caillaudaud on accessories. (more…)

Thoughts on the new Gucci

Gucci Aw15

Is Gucci about to have a Saint Laurent moment? Remember the brouhaha at first sighting of Hedi’s womenswear debut? It wasn’t pretty. (The reaction I mean, I liked the clothes.) The reaction was similarly confused when new Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele first showed his menswear collection in January. It was so removed from heritage Gucci, sexy Tom Ford Gucci or sophisticated Frida Giannini Gucci that lots of hands were wrung. (more…)

London fashion week AW15: designers with a 360-degree view

Toga aw15 london fashion week

For someone who pretty much lives in Levi’s and jumpers I’m weirdly drawn to multi-textured and multi-layered dressing. Especially when it’s expertly and poetically styled. This must explain my attraction to LFW designers Toga and Phoebe English, both of whom have secured a well deserved spot on the presentation schedule in recent seasons.

Toga‘s presentations are great because they’re staged really beautifully with models on plinths so you can go up close for a proper look. The styling is always impeccable with this Japanese brand, whose bags and shoes have as much cult status as the clothes. (more…)

THE LFW want list: Margaret Howell and Paul Smith AW15

1 Margaret-Howell-aw15-London-Fashion-weekThis season’s London Fashion Week was big on straight-to-consumer ‘buy it now’ thinking. But typically, when you really need to buy it now, there’s no such tech to be seen. Ahhh I know, first world blogger probs, eh?

Both Margaret Howell and Paul Smith AW15 really did have lots of things that I’m gagging for in my wardrobe right now. (more…)

Watch the Burberry Prorsum AW15 live stream – and request your personalised Burberry Tweetcam photo

Enjoyed the February showers? It’s all to whet your appetite for today’s Burberry Prorsum AW15 show, which, by the way, you can watch here via the live stream. The show starts at 1pm GMT and this season you can enjoy some extra fun with Burberry and Twitter. Burberry has partnered with Twitter to offer fans the chance to capture pictures of the Burberry Prorsum LFW show, live from the runway. (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: 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

Jaeger ss15 featuring kirsty Hume
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…)