The DRG Style Index: Marques’Almeida X Topshop, Louis Vuitton, J. Crew, Farfetch Discover, Shinola, Christopher Kane X NARS
The DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks while Fashion Month took over. But it’s back with this week’s round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. ON YOUR MARKS FOR MARQUES’ALMEIDA X TOPSHOP
Roll on October 9th. Marques’Almeida’s 68-piece collection for Topshop is looking pretty good, with all the M’A hallmarks intact. Shredded denim, delicious true-blue washes, an overall rough-n-ready aesthetic…watch this one fly. (P.S, if you’re eyeing up the parka, be fast, it’s predicted to go first…)
2. LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES ‘THE BOOK’
Content-meets-commerce continues to thrive. In the last couple of weeks I’ve raved about the in-house print magazines that Matchesfashion.com and Hermes produce – beautifully and expensively executed tomes that are mailed free to customers (or deposited in stores). This autumn Louis Vuitton is joining the fray with ‘The Book’, its own biannual glossy. LVMH also runs Nowness.com, the online content site, so has clearly seen that content publishing is a viable marketing tool. By the same token, Nicolas Ghesquiere has taken over the Louis Vuitton Instagram account in the run-up to the SS15 show on Wednesday to give us a sneaky hint of what to expect. You can see it here…
J. CREW JOINS LONDON’S LITTLE MANHATTAN
J. Crew is slowly but steadily making its presence felt in London. This month has seen the launch of a new store in Sloane Square (fast becoming Little Manhattan with Club Monaco, Rag & Bone, Tiffany and Kate Spade nicely settled), as well as two J. Crew fragrances. If you find the womenswear a little girly (all those statement necklaces!), then my advice is to head for the men’s knitwear and boys’ blazers. Of the Arquiste For J. Crew fragrances, No 31 is the fruity one and No 57 is the unisex, woody one. (Guess which I chose…?)
4. FARFETCH FOR RETAIL TOURISTS
I’m liking this new physical-meets-digital app from fashion aggregator Farfetch. Capitalising on its global network of independent boutiques, the Farfetch Discover app lets you in on the go-to places recommended by its cache of well-travelled style influencers. Discover the Templehofer Feld Park in Berlin (recommended by The Style Traveller’s Bonnie Rakhit) or the vegan Gratitude Cafe in Los Angeles (suggested by Decades’ Cameron Silver), then click on the map to find out which Farfetch boutique is nearby for a spot of retail tourism.
5. SHINOLA OPENS IN NEWBURGH STREET
Barely a week goes by that Shinola doesn’t get a mention on this site. This week’s news is a biggie – Shinola is opening its first store outside the US right here in London. In Newburgh Street to be precise, where the two-floor store will slot nicely alongside LVC and Redwing, in what’s known as London’s ‘heritage quarter’. For a brand that’s only three years old, Shinola is making impressive progress with its robust Detroit-built watches, leathergoods, journals and bikes. The store will open at 13 Newburgh Street next month.
6. CHRISTOPHER KANE X NARS
The Christopher Kane commerce machine is cranking up nicely. Following this season’s handbag launch, next up is make-up. Coming next May, we’ll see a full colour collection produced by NARS, although what to expect is anyone’s guess as the SS15 collection was decidedly colour-free. But then, Mr Kane is known for his unpredictable surprises…
My favourite colourists and patternists, Eley Kishimoto just unveiled their first collection of hand-printed wallpapers at Decorex International. Yes, some of them are downright tripppy but they’re sooo good!
Eley Kishimoto wallpapers are screen printed to order and you can buy them HERE.
Gap’s ‘new’ creative director, Rebekka Bay is well into her stride now and fittingly for the Dane who came from COS, the look for AW14 is heavily weighted to a darker, Scandi-style aesthetic.
I particularly like the inky indigo blue denim (above) and the dark wool cocoon jacket (below). I’ve tried it on and it’s a great cut, ticking the box for smart but warm very well. Two other things Gap is nailing at the moment: cashmere and sweatshirts. Continue reading
Bobbi Brown is the undisputed queen of nudes. Her shades and textures are second to none – I’ve always relied on her flattering lipsticks since way back in the 90s when she practically invented the no-make-up-make-up look.
This month it’s all about great textures to flatter natural-looking eyes, lips and face. Continue reading
Who needs expensive glossies when you can pick up this standard of editorial excellence free from an Hermes store? The autumn-winter 2014 issues of Hermes’ magazine has a feel of The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man, both in the handsome casting and styling of its womenswear shoots (this one’s shot by Julia Hetta and styled by Camille Biddault-Waddington) and in the quiet and precise mood of its men’s accessory shoot… Continue reading
Tom Ford Beauty launches are always a pleasure. But aside from the posh location and lavish nibbles, it’s the products that really deliver. For autumn, the hero product is the Traceless Perfecting Foundation (£62) which comes in fifteen shades. Its big claim is to deliver a humidity-resistant matte finish so you shouldn’t need more than a cursory touch-up. 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
Will we ever tire of buying shoes? Judging by the last few years, it would appear our appetites are bigger than ever. Each shiny new footwear department (some big enough to have their own postcode), mall and ecom site just opens up more possibility, choice and downright longing.
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