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+.
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…
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 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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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