Samsung and Apple go head to head for the fashion pound

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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). Because fashion is about looks, and as Suzy Menkes said, “I would imagine that geeks would love it more than aesthetes”.

So let’s put watches aside and talk about what’s happening with phones. On that front Samsung and Apple are going head to head. On the same day that Apple announced its Apple Watch, it also revealed that the new iPhone offer will include an ‘iPhone 6 Plus’. This model will have a 5.5 inch screen, so we’ve reached the point where Apple, famed for its weeny phones, has decided it would like a bite of the ‘phablet’ market. I love my Samsung phablet (the Galaxy Note 3). With a 5.7 inch screen, it’s a huge phone but I rarely take calls on phones so thats no biggie (actually it’s perfectly comfortable as a phone, it just looks a bit odd when your phone is bigger than your whole head). But it does the job of a tablet twice its size really well, which makes it the perfect accessory for a fashion editor on the go. For bloggers and fashion people, big screens are the way forward. When you spend so much time looking at pictures and video, it’s hard to go back to a tiny phone once you’ve tried one of these.

Tuesday also saw a big reveal from Samsung. Its Samsung Galaxy Alpha (just landed in stores) is iPhone sized, features self-quantifying fitness capabilities and some great camera features. It’s also very chic-looking with its premium brushed metal surround. You know what else is great? Its power saving feature, that lets the phone run for several hours on 10% battery by switching to just the basic apps and draining all the colour out. For me, the only downside compared to the iPhone is the lack of certain apps available on Android. But it definitely has all the important social media ones for the fashion crowd – Twitter, Instagram, VSCOcam, Google+.

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Ask Alison: Digital runways and the evolution of live-streaming at NYFW & LFW

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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…

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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

Shinola watches arrive at Net-a-Porter

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Shinola klaxon! Yummy new Shinola watches have just landed at Net-a-Porter. The Detroit-based brand is getting a lot of attention at the mo for its leather goods, paper goods, watches and own-brand cola (called Shinola Cola obvs).

I like the classic understatement of these. They’re just masculine enough, without looking overly butch. I like the size too. I have tiny wrists so I can’t get away with those gigantic dinner plate watches that everyone loves. You can buy them HERE.

A decade of Dover Street Market

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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

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: RALPH LAUREN, UGG, BURBERRY, RAHUL MISHRA, THE CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL COMPANY, STYLE.COM, APPLE, SAMSUNG

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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. RALPH LAUREN’S POLO PUSH

I had no idea that there wasn’t already a Polo for women. Well, Ralph Lauren is addressing that this month with a mega launch for the brand. It’s weird, Abercrombie and the like have totally hijacked the young women’s Ralph market, but as their fortunes take a dive, this could be a good time for the Ralph Lauren reclaim. Go team Ralph!


2. UGG’S INFLUENCERS

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Credit where it’s due, Ugg’s ad campaigns are pretty stunning. Its latest ‘This is UGG’ campaign, featuring off-duty influencers-of-the-moment Langley Fox Hemingway and Hanneli Mustaparta, would definitely convince me to buy if I aspired to their lifestyles. Campaigns today are no longer about selling product, but forging an emotional connection to a brand. Love or hate it, Ugg does this really well.


3 BURBERRY BANKS ON FRAGRANCE AND BEAUTY

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Lots of hullabaloo this week with the launch of Burberry’s new fragrance, My Burberry. Burberry likes a multi-pronged story (and a digital one) with its launches so this one included several threads. It had supermodels (Kate ‘n’ Cara), customizable bottles (you can add your initials to the ribbon bow) and the obligatory obsession with British weather (perfumer Francis Kurkdjian’s scent evokes an English garden after autumnal rain showers). The scent itself is a very pleasant floral concoction with mainstream appeal to delight Burberry’s many fans. Which is good news because the bigger story here is Burberry’s beauty ambitions. “Our vision is to be a top ten player in luxury fragrance,” says Chief Operating Officer, John Smith.


4. RAHUL MISHRA’S SLOW FASHION MISSION

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Good to see an Indian designer winning the coveted International Woolmark Prize. Having collected his prize in February, Rahul Mishra’s capsule collection of merino wool dresses is now on sale in the UK exclusively at Harvey Nichols. His handworked pieces are a testament to his slow fashion principles. “I want to slow down the process of making a garment so we can employ more and more people,” he says.  “In a country of one billion people, I think of the millions of people who require jobs, they are really talented and how we can bring them to the forefront.”


5. THE CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL COMPANY GOES PUNK

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It’s been interesting to watch the trajectory of The Cambridge Satchel Company. Everyone’s favourite kitchen table success story, it has chosen its collaborators well in an attempt to widen appeal beyond students and suburban mums. This week sees its latest capsule collection, created by artist-designers John Dove and Molly White whose legacies include designs for Mr Freedom, Fiorucci and all manner of 1970s pop culture icons. Known for their SIGNATURE/TRADEMARK 70s animal-print (originally a protest against fur), their graphic Cambridge satchels will go on sale from Friday at retailers worldwide and at Cambridgesatchel.com.


6. CH-CH-CHANGES AT STYLE.COM

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Following last week’s Vogue.com revamp, it turns out Style.com has also just had a facelift. In the fight for online eyeballs, it promises increased news coverage and opinion – a recognition that fashion is now as important a global entertainment phenomenon as music and film. And yay, Tommy Ton will be taking his zoom lens beyond Fashion Week to ‘unearth and spotlight new scenes and subcultures around the world’.


7) APPLE HIRES MARC NEWSON

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Major excitement at the news that Marc Newson has joined BFF Jony Ive on Apple’s design team. Cue much speculation about his exact role and possible involvement in the already-mythical iWatch. All eyes on Apple for Tuesday’s big reveal then…


8) SAMSUNG’S GALAXY NOTE 4 CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH

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While everyone’s buttocks are clenched for Apple’s iWatch announcement next week, I care more about Samsung. Word is that the Galaxy Note 4 super-phone is due some time in October (all the deets HERE). For bloggers, the Galaxy Note 3 has everything – huge screen, long-lasting battery, plus the most excellent stylus pen (aka my favourite toy). If that can be bettered then I’m sold. Sorry Apple, it’s all about phablets from now on…

[Image credits: Style.com/Tommy Ton; Marc Newson and Jony Ive/Vanity Fair]

Last chance to see Matisse – The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern (at 5am if you so desire!)

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As a rule, I don’t do ‘press release’ blogging (aka cut-n-paste blogging) but there’s simply too much info here to do otherwise! So if you haven’t seen Matisse Cut-Outs at Tate Modern yet, why not do it this weekend in the best possible way? In a customer service coup, Tate Modern is turning the last weekend of the exhibition into an interactive extravaganza. All the info is below… Continue reading

Buy it now: Milli Millu AW14

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Milli Millu’s new-season bags are a little smaller than their predecessors. I own the full-sized Zurich in black calf but its new younger sister, the Midi Zurich (above) is just as useful but slightly more transportable. And the azure or berry grain leathers are a great option if you want to step out of your black-grey-khaki comfort zone (hell yes!). Continue reading

Bella Freud Blank Canvas Collection for Fred Perry AW14

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Bella Freud certainly knows how to pick her collaborators. Recent years have seen her work with Christian Louboutin and Barbour and the latest is Fred Perry. You never feel like she has compromised her aesthetic for a quick buck and I think that’s something to be respected in these collab-a-minute times.

Here’s the Bella Freud X Fred Perry AW14 collection, it’s a timely rude girl inspired collection of snug-fitting pique polo shirts, sweater dresses, slogan sweaters (of course) and darling little berets. Continue reading

Burberry’s personalised ponchos

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It’s barely September and already Burberry Prorsum-esque blanket ponchos are all over the high street. How much faster can fashion get? Burberry has a card up its sleeve though, in the form of its monogramming service, which kicks off this week. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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