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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Céline, Revlon, Santoni, Save Khaki



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. GET READY FOR CÉLINE E-COMMERCE (AND FINE JEWELLERY)

Celine fine jewellery to launch
News just in: Céline is planning e-commerce by the end of the year. Good news for Céline-ophiles, especially as it’s also working on extending its shoe offer and introducing fine jewellery. That last nugget is interesting to me as fine jewellery is a booming e-commerce category for the luxury sector as more women buy posh baubles for themselves. Smart move.


2. REVLON JUST GOT MORE INTERESTING

Revlon
Happy news – Linda Wells, the much loved former editor of Allure has been appointed as chief creative officer of Revlon. I grew up on Revlon make-up, while Allure sucked me into an interest in the beauty industry so I’m all ears (and eyes and lips) on this one. Revlon’s products are great but the branding… isn’t my cup of tea. One to watch.


3. MARCO ZANINI RETURNS

Marco Zanini X Santoni
The brilliant Marco Zanini is back. Formerly of Halston and Schiaparelli, he’s now working with Italian accessories scion Giuseppe Santoni on a small-scale collection. “What’s relevant right now is integrity, humanity, attention, things made slowly and with love, a focused thinking process, an honest approach; less stuff and more substance,” Zanini told Vogue. Check out the relaxed coats, textured knits and fab shoes here.


4. SAVE KHAKI

Save Khaki X La Garconne
Save Khaki is a menswear name that had bypassed me but it’s on my radar now thanks to Keep It Chic. The purveyor of understated men’s classics has collaborated with La Garconne on a women’s edit. Check it out here and click below to shop the post

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Craig McDean; Glamour; Santoni; La Garconne
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Burberry’s cultural commerce



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No sooner had yesterday’s Burberry show ended than emails started pinging into my inbox from Matches Fashion and Selfridges. New-in within seconds were the voluminous-sleeved lace blouses, asymmetrical cut-out sweatshirts, Portrait bags and deconstructed cable knits.

Not far from the show venue, in the Regent street flagship store, a similar scenario was underway. DRG’s retail editor Alison Bishop WhatsApp-ed me with a video clip of VIP clients shopping up a storm, swarming around the bags and trench coats. By the time I got home, sizes were already running low on the egg-heeled sock boots.

For the second season, Burberry created a see-now-buy-now ‘immersive experience’ at Burberry Makers House, its specially appointed venue off Charing Cross Road. The collection is inspired by the work and process of British sculptor Henry Moore and on entering the venue (after navigating a path between K-pop celeb Kris Wu and his throng of weeping fans), I was greeted first by walls of framed Henry Moore posters, then by giant spot-lit bronzes (about eight in all). Collaborating with the Henry Moore Foundation meant this wasn’t your average ‘inspired by’ collection, it was The Real Deal.

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As well as showing ‘in season’ (instead of six months early), Burberry now shows its menswear and womenswear together. In fact many pieces are interchangeable. So these translate as oversized coats and shirts, shrunken knits, roomy sweatshirts and artist-style work wear. My favourite pieces were the asymmetrical oversized trench coats and sculptural sweatshirts. The egg-heeled shoes are a runaway hit but a bit too statementy for me. (I much preferred the boys’ side-lacing brogues.)

The bronzed sculptures were certainly impressive and a beautiful contextual element of the show. But post-show is when things got more interesting. Where last season’s Makers House had a host of craftspeople demonstrating their sewing, calligraphy and patchworking skills, this time we got a slightly calmer offer.

Upstairs we found an exhibition of Henry Moore sculptures, working models, maquettes and drawings. Alongside are displays of Christopher Bailey’s process. Fabric swatches, garment experiments, Polaroids and inspiration photography are arranged mood board style as last season, to offer a seamless link to the Moore exhibition.

To square the circle, from today Burberry Makers House will also host a display of the catwalk collection, plus a programme of creative events and workshops (think print making, textile printing, life drawing and a wax resist watercolour class – alas, already fully booked). Not to mention that mainstay of any great exhibition or museum – a pop-up café.

Over 20,000 people visited last season’s Makers House and I’m sure a fair few of those went on to buy a souvenir in the shape of a coat or tee. Because that’s the ultimate aim of course, to use culture to shift merchandise. If you notice Burberry ads suddenly greeting you on umpteen billboards, buses, magazines and online banner ads today, don’t think it’s a coincidence. It’s all part of the creative commerce machine.

“What’s clever about this See Now Buy Now phygital retail execution, is the way Burberry manages to translate the live emotion straight from the runway to the rails.” says Bishop.  “Immediately after the in-store screening, Regent Street was buzzing with VIP guests trying on all the beautiful asymmetric knits and voluminous ruffles for size. It’s a 360 luxury brand retail experience that feels very inclusive.”

So, which piece are you going to buy?

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Burberry Makers House is at 1 Manette Street London W1D 4AT. Open from 12-9pm today and 10am-9pm from 22-27th February 2017. Admission is free. More info here.

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl; Vogue.com
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What to buy from Me+Em



Me+Em Oversized Silk Blouse

Last November I had the best evening at Me+Em’s Belgravia pop up, hosting a soiree to promote my book. I never feel that comfortable doing customer-facing events. I haven’t done many and I always feel a bit of a nana, but Me+Em have such lovely customers and it ended up being quite a hoot.

It was my first time getting properly intimate with the product. Me+Em sells mostly online so it’s not a brand I’ll find on my usual Liberty-Selfridges-The-Shop-At-Bluebird sweep. But I’ve seen it in PR showrooms and on other people and I knew it aligned with my tastes. I’d say it’s like a more affordable, less high fashion version of Joseph. (more…)



Buy it now: Leica Sofort instant camera



Leica Sofort instant camera

It turns out Mr DRG and I were both thinking of getting each other the new Leica Sofort instant camera for Christmas. Clearly a sign we should buy one and share it. This is the camera for the person who has everything – rather unnecessary but lots of fun and very good-looking.

I tried one out last night at a Mr Porter Christmas event. If you’ve ever tried a Polaroid or a Fujifilm instant camera, you’ll know how addictive this is. (more…)