THE DRG STYLE INDEX: THE CORNER, PORTS 1961, LVMH PRIZE, MARC BY 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. PORTS 1961 GETS A REFRESH

Ports 1961 aw15 by new creative director Natasa Cagalj

I was invited to the Ports 1961 press day last week to see the debut womenswear collection by new creative director Natasa Cagalj. The brand is undergoing a bit of a reinvention thanks to Cagalj, who is set on delivering wearable, adaptable wardrobe solutions for women. She’s doing this with fantastic coats, jackets and shirts that have a little bit of masculinity in their tailored construction but not too much. I also loved her styling. She has paired these cool, intelligent pieces with idiosyncratic footwear and hats, such as the knotty skate shoes (‘a nod to Romeo Gigli’) above. These early prototype samples got a lot of love on my Instagram.


2. THE CORNER GOES GENDER NEUTRAL

The Corner introduces gender neutral section on its site

So the Selfridges ‘Agender’ effect is seeping through to other areas of retail already. Ecommerce site, The Corner has announced that from June it will incorporate a gender-neutral section on its site. Called “No Gender”, it will sell non-gender-specific pieces from brands including Rick Owens, Rad Hourani, Hood by Air and Ann Demeulemeester.


3. FAUSTINE STEINMETZ AND MARQUES’ALMEIDA IN LINE FOR LVMH FASHION PRIZE

Faustine Steinmetz Aw15 by Disneyrollergirl

Major news from the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize. London has scored very well with three out of eight candidates in the final lineup (why does this feel like Eurovision?!). Congrats to Faustine Steinmetz (above), Marques’Almeida and Craig Green, whose singular visions, creativity and business nous have done them proud in a hugely competitive market. Here’s my first piece on Faustine from 2013.


4. MARC BY MARC JACOBS IN JEOPARDY?

Marc By Marc Jacobs -photo via Dazed  Lea Colombo

Rumours are swirling that Marc By Marc Jacobs is being killed off, or rather, folded into the main Marc Jacobs line. According to WWD’s Bridget Foley, it’s a cost cutting exercise in preparation for the impending IPO. But where will it leave Luella Bartley and Katie Hiller?

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MARC BY MARC JACOBS IMAGE: DAZED by LEA COLOMBO

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: WESTFIELD, APPLE WATCH, GOOGLE, FARFETCH

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It’s all about the tech this week with updates from Google, Apple, Westfield and Farfetch. Read on for my latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, rounding up the brands buzzing on my radar…

1. WESTFIELD TO LAUNCH FUTURE FASHION EVENT

Westfield future fashion digital retail theatre

Westfield is always forward thinking when it comes to experiential retail. Coming soon is its London Future Fashion event, bringing the SS15 trends to life using virtual reality and ‘interactive fashion avatars’ (above). Future Fashion arrives at Westfield London from 27-29th March and Westfield Stratford from 2-4th April and for eight weeks around the event, Westfield will create unique immersive experiences in collaboration with fashion brands in-centre and online.


2. DEPARTMENT STORES GET FIRST DIBS ON APPLE WATCH

apple watch previews in Selfridges, Isetan and Galeries Lafayette

Looks like Apple is also banking on experiential retail to help position its Apple Watch as a fashion must have. The watch, which starts shipping on April 24th, is being previewed at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo and Selfridges in London where bespoke installations will be set up featuring special lighting and animations. Of course, with Angela Ahrendts heading up its retail operations, it’s unsurprising she’s bringing some of her luxury retail magic dust to the proceedings. The special previews will be taking place on April 10th so I’ll be heading down to Selfridges for a nose.


3. GOOGLE OPENS BRICKS AND MORTAR STORE IN LONDON

Google has opened a bricks and mortar store in tottenham court road

Everyone really does want a bite of Apple’s share of the tech market. Finally other tech brands like Samsung and Google are realising the value of hands-on, face-to-face service in a bricks and mortar store. Google’s first bricks and mortar store opened in Tottenham Court Road as a shop in shop in Currys PC World last week, promising us a ‘play, experiment and learn’ environment.


4. FARFTCH SENT ME A SELFIE STICK

Farfetch launches unfollow campaign celebrating creative innovators and pioneers

Why the hell did Farfetch send me a selfie stick last week? Ah, to promote its clever new Unfollowers campaign. I feel a bit sorry for brands having to constantly reinvent the ‘be yourself, you’re an individual’ message, but Farfetch have done it well. The idea is to step away from selfie culture by taking a backwards selfie (hashtagged #unfollowers) and sharing why you see yourself as a leader, not a follower. Check the site for their profiles and videos of creative innovators and rule breakers doing their own style thing.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Throw open the windows

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Toast early spring 2015 book

…fire up the Nespresso and devour the Toast early spring book. Ahhh, doesn’t that feel better? Here are a few things I’ve earmarked…

TOAST PAINTERLY STRIPE PYJAMAS
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The Porter pages

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Porter Magazine Ryan McGinley Natalia Vodianova

Porter has finally found its voice as a magazine for independent, cultured, grown up women. While it’s powered by Net-a-Porter, thankfully it’s not just another shopping magazine, the shoppable content is balanced with profiles and features on non-fashion subjects too. Continue reading

A Premiere Classe ticket to Paris

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Vaska Bags premiere Classe Paris

Fashion shows may get all the Fashion Week media love but there’s a whole other side that people don’t see. They’re the less glamorous workhorses of the fashion calendar; the showrooms, re-sees and trade shows. While the menswear shows took all the Paris glory last month, I spent three days in a parallel universe with the team from Who’s Next and Premiere Classe, getting an insider’s look at the biannual trade show, with a few added leisure activities thrown in. Continue reading

I’m loving it – the Valentine’s edit

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Disneyrollergirl Valentine's Gift Guide - Louis Vuitton me & Me initial necklaces, £270

Valentine’s gift guide klaxon! Don’t worry it’s a twee-free zone. Here are a few buys that have caught my eye in the fashion and beauty sphere. Well, mainly beauty actually. You know I find smelly candles hard to resist, especially when the containers are as um, love-ly as the scents.

Example: Bella Freud’s new Loving candle is a mix of tuberose and sandalwood in a suitably dreamy etched red glass holder. Definitely her sweetest scent yet. Continue reading

Matchesfashion.com’s new spring drops

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Matches new own label RAEY

Gotta love Matchesfashion.com at this time of year. You get the big-ass Matches glossy magazine through the post, plus all the shiny new SS15 deliveries. Among them are a couple of noteworthy new womenswear lines.

I’m excited about Kolor womenswear (the designer of Kolor happens to be Mr Sacai) and Matchesfashion.com’s just-launched own label, RAEY. RAEY is right on target with the clean-lined, boyish silhouettes that have dominated the 2010s, livened up with pops of pink and primrose yellow.

Plus, Matchesfashion.com’s denim focus is spot on for me; ‘forever denim’ in easy boyfriend shapesthrow-on shirting and gently lived-in kimono jackets (thank you MIH Jeans). Shop away below…

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Last chance to shop the LNCC sale

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I haven’t perused LNCC for quite a while but I noticed it’s practically giving away some of its superb sale goodies at up to 80% off. I had a nose around the site and added a few non-sale bits to the mix. The books are always a good bet, as are the accessories and scents… But for cult-status labels (Rick, Raf, Yang and co), you’ll be hard pushed to find better prices than these. To get an extra 20% off the sale price, enter ‘ALTOSTRATUS’ at the checkout…

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Buy it now: The Net-a-Porter clearance sale

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Er hello, how good is the Net-a-Porter clearance sale? Moschino phone cases and accessories are going for a song – tell your teens! Ditto the J Crew jewellery – now’s the time to buy your statement necklaces (fifty bucks a piece – oh my!). Personally I’m all about these Givenchy earrings and Saint Laurent rings. Don’t dither…

On counter now: Tom Ford’s Lips And Boys mini lipsticks

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Tom Ford Lips And Boys Collection At Selfridges

Today’s the day! Tom Ford Lips And Boys (£26) is finally on counter, exclusively at Selfridges until stocks run out. To recap, the range consists of 50 mini sized (0.07 oz /2 g) priced Tom Ford lipsticks named after hot boys. I had a play earlier this month and loved Adriano (below), a smokin’ hot orange-tinged red tribute to some Latino boy or other, no doubt. Continue reading

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