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…

130 years of Hanro: Archive in progress

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Fashion archives have become quite a thing in recent years. But have you ever wondered what goes into creating them? It’s something I’m a little obsessed with. When I ask brands about their archives, I usually hear either that everything is kept in an off-site, temperature-controlled, white-gloves location (think heritage luxury brand) or, more commonly, “it’s all stuffed in a back room full of jumbled up rails and we’d never allow visitors inside.” Continue reading

New-look Coach AW14 arrives at Net-a-Porter

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It’s crunch time for Coach. Will Stuart Vevers’ new ready-to-wear vision sell or not? (They’ve certainly spent considerable budget on the launch.) You be the judge.

Net-a-Porter has first dibs on the Coach AW14 collection
which is pitched at the more luxury end than Coach customers would expect. Continue reading

Coming soon: Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation and Le Blanc de Chanel in a pump bottle!

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This weekend I’ve been testing out the new Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation which launches on August 29th. First things first, the packaging is amazing. How could you not love a powder pot with its own dinky kabuki brush? Continue reading

Slippers for hipsters: Mahabis

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I stumbled on these Mahibis slippers via a Facebook ad of all things. But I think they’re really cool.

After being subjected to three ‘ageing raver’ DJ types having a serious discussion about slippers a while ago, I said ‘someone needs to hurry up and exploit this market’. I was thinking along the lines of Stussy, Junya or Nike even, the brands that people of my generation grew up with and respect, because we want comfy slippers, but we also still love our credible brands and aren’t ready for Bhs.

While we wait for Stussy et al, in stepped Mahabis. Just launched this summer, these indoor-outdoor slippers look like a hybrid of old school Keds, felt Birkenstocks and those neoprene sock shoes you wear on the beach. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BURBERRY, RAF SIMONS, MCM, CHANEL, LYST

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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. BURBERRY WINS THE #ALSICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

As with all pop culture phenomena, there’s a bit of a debate raging around the #alsicebucketchallenge. Sure, it’s a great vehicle for self promotion, but if it raises awareness and cashola then who cares? One of my favourites was Saks Fifth Avenue’s Marigay McKee (AKA the goddess of grooming) who then nominated retail rivals Bergdorf’s, Barneys and Bloomingdale’s. Naturally, Burberry utilised its iconic trench (clever Burberry), and here’s the Topshop team taking on the challenge having been nominated by ASOS. Continue reading

On Gap, M&S, and the fashion paradox of Dressing Normal

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Well, isn’t Gap’s new ‘Dress Normal’ campaign interesting?

As we all know, this year’s buzzword ‘normcore’ is steeped in anony Gap-style dressing, so Gap has nodded to that in its Dress Normal strapline. But don’t expect 90s-tinged bland-chic. Gap’s imagery is far more elevated and beautiful, so we’re shown not normal people (thank God, I’m a bit over normal people), but Hollywood elite types in ‘normal’ situations to represent modern-day Gap.

My favourite is Angelica Huston (top) having a coffee in a gorgeously lit diner situation (as opposed to a normcore Starbucks). Continue reading

Fashion meets art: my collection is bigger than yours

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Nope, still not bored with this year’s fashion-art love affair. Which is just as well as it’s only set to intensify. Late October sees the big reveal of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris (above), showcasing the LVMH corporate collection of art. The 126,000 square foot ‘glass cloud’ is rumoured to be the venue for the next Vuitton womenswear show, so expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with art-fashion-architecture amazingess of the highest order… Continue reading

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

Buy it now: Jonathan Saunders X Lyle & Scott AW14

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The Jonathan Saunders for Lyle & Scott AW14 collection is technically for guys, but, well, you know what I think about that sort of thing. I would absolutely wear every one of these jazzy golfy beauties. Just arrived at Oki-Ni, Liberty, Present and Lyle & Scott

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