THE DRG STYLE INDEX: VOGUE.COM, RICK OWENS, POP MAGAZINE, KAREN MILLEN

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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. US VOGUE.COM GETS BLOG-IFIED

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The New York Times ran a story last week ahead of the revamp of Vogue.com. It pointed out that The Cut gets four million monthly unique visitors against Vogue’s 3.3 million. Cue last Wednesday’s big reveal for the newly redesigned Vogue.com. The result? It feels younger, pacier and as Manrepeller pointed out, more bloggy. If it wants more page views I think it will get them, but I hope it doesn’t just blend into the sea of ‘Twelve Ways To Get Blahblahblah’s that’s already out there…


2) RICK OWENS’ SELFRIDGES TAKEOVER

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Tomorrow sees the unveiling of ‘The World Of Rick Owens‘ as part of Selfridges’ ‘The Masters’ celebration of the most iconic names in fashion. As well as a curated Wonder Room dedicated to Owens and exclusive destination areas of menwear and womenswear, there will be a 25-foot flame-carrying Rick Owens torso presiding over the entrance of the store. Just a small tribute then…


3) POP WILL EAT ITSELF

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Pop (culture) really is eating itself this month. Pop magazine  featured Grimes on a zeitgeisty Instagram-style cover for its autumn issue, designed by Richard Prince no less. Opinion has been divided on The Fashion Spot. Some said it was lazy and “verging on gimmicky”, others said the “idea of parodying Instagram is so good,” and one said, “this constant pandering to 14-year-olds … is really saddening”. Ah well, I guess pop art is supposed to provoke…


4) KAREN MILLEN GROWS UP

Interesting times for Karen Millen (also known as ‘Sharon Millen’ in some quarters). The once-cheesy destination for bodycon dresses and naff heels has gradually undergone a Victoria Beckham-like transformation and arrived at its sophisticated conclusion. (I admit I was surprised to discover Chloe-esque pieces like this on a recent visit.) To mark the turning point there’s a new face of the brand, and a new service. Head to the Brompton Road flagship this week and you can try the ‘Tailored in London’ service, a customisation service that lets you build tailored pieces from personalised components. It’s a way to highlight the brand’s British heritage and especially the fact that these products are designed, cut and finished in the Shoreditch studio. And to promote all that, Game of Throne’s Sophie Turner has been unveiled as the face of the brand in a very watchable video by Glen Luchford. Not bad Karen Millen…

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LOUIS VUITTON, YAHOO, LUCKY, MARC JACOBS

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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. DOVER STREET MARKET LONDON HOSTS ITS FIRST ‘EPHEMERAL’ VUITTON STORE

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Louis Vuitton has just opened its first London ephemeral store (don’t call it a pop-up)  at Dover Street Market. Stocked with the best bits from Nicolas Ghesquiere’s debut Vuitton collection, this is the first chance to snatch up those covetable (and probably collectible) runway pieces. 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: 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: Penny Martin

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“For me, the future is going to be about in-person transactions and real conversations, skills and sharing in real spaces, rather than the cabaret of the nameless we’ve witnessed over the past decade.”
Interesting insights from The Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin on The Business Of Fashion

From the vaults: Kirsten Owen

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Kirsten Owen in no make-up make-up, smiling and having a cheeky fag on the cover of Vogue Italia. In a plain black jumper. No coverlines. Just fantastic, no? (from September 1997, by Steven Meisel…)

Beauty bits: Marc Jacobs Beauty, Allure Youtube, Tom Ford, Lipstick.com, contour mania, the Taviettes, Diptyque, YSL

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY COMES TO LONDON

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So Marc Jacobs Beauty arrived in London a couple of weeks ago and no one knew. Not even British Beauty Blogger! I stumbled upon the entire range of it in the Marc Jacobs Mount Street store (after a quick recce of Celine – retail heaven). It’s not cheap but the colours are stunning and the lipstick packaging is right up there with Chanel’s push-click cases. The staff are super helpful and encourage you to try the products, but I haven’t yet. I definitely will soon though… Continue reading

You’ve been Vogued

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Having seen the evolution of fashion blogs over the last seven years (this blog started in 2007), I’m interested in the shift from blogs to brands. Many of the fashion blog pioneers have extended their remit, transforming their blogs into successful creative businesses.

And this approach has spread beyond the bloggersphere to the wider world, hence these days, far from simply aspiring to ‘be a celebrity’ (how 2010!), everyone wants to ‘be a brand’. This thought was crystalised last weekend at the third Vogue Festival (in association with Harrods) at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Vogue, one of the biggest publishing brands is not content with being a print publication. It wants to be a multi platform destination, an event, a lifestyle brand. And as such it has created a means to engage with its future customers, who themselves have become pretty well versed in the stepping stones of brand-building. Continue reading

Vogue time

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4 Nigel Shafran Paris Avenue Montaigne

What a surprise to see a Nigel Shafran shoot in Vogue. And styled by Joe McKenna too. Shafran’s last Vogue shoot was 21 years ago and he has brought his quiet observational style to the the UK title with this ode to consumerism (beating Karl to the punch), shot in the temples of Vuitton, Chanel and Celine on Avenue Montaigne… Continue reading

Clique’s interactive print-to-mobile magazine launches – with exclusive Katie Eary product

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Has anyone quite nailed the ‘shop-from-the-printed-page’ experience that publishers are currently obsessed with? So far we’ve seen a few attempts, with Harper’s Bazaar US and Look magazine employing Blippar technology to bring existing magazine content to life – while hopefully generating extra revenue.

New to the space is Clique, a free print magazine mailed to its target audience, with every item shoppable, sharable and watchable by smartphone. Continue reading

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