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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARGARET HOWELL, JOHN SMEDLEY, HILL& FRIENDS, DIOR

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

1. MARGARET HOWELL PAYS TRIBUTE TO BARBARA HEPWORTH
Margaret Howell for Tate by John Hooper

Every year Mr DRG and I talk about going to St Ives and I’ve still never been. Oh well, this summer St Ives (kind of) comes to us with Tate Britain’s new exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World. To accompany it, there’s a lovely Hepworth-inspired capsule collection from Margaret Howell, including a smock, work shirt, dungarees and silk scarves. Buy them here.


2. JOHN SMEDLEY’S UNISEX KNITS

John Smedley unisex knitwear

John Smedley is one of my go-tos for all-season knitwear. Just landed is Singular, a unisex offering of waffle textured extra-fine merino wool jumpers. The utilitarian styling and neutral colourways remind me of school uniforms and 1950s gym kit – in a good way obvs. The sweater is £145 and the T-shirt is £115. Buy them here.


3. THE RETURN OF EMMA HILL

Emma Hill launches Hill And Friends

While we wait to see what Hillier Bartley (from Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley) brings this autumn; the news arrived this week of an accessories brand from Emma Hill. Do we need another accessories brand? Well, as Hill was the brains behind the Mulberry revamp and Gap’s early noughties successes it would be prudent to pay attention to what Hill & Friends delivers when it launches in September. A collaboration with former Mulberry brand director, Giorgia Fendley, the SS16 collection will be sold at Net-a-Porter.com and Hillandfriends.com the day after the LFW presentation. Join here for updates.

4. DIOR’S VIRTUAL REALITY BACKSTAGE BEAUTY
Dior uses 3-D virtual reality to let customers virtually go backstage at its fashion show

This is a clever and unexpected concept from Dior. Clearly, live streaming and Instagramming the show is just not enough; these days punters want to feel even more immersed in the backstage experience. Well that seems to be the view from Dior, who is promoting its Dior Show beauty line (which I love) with some rather fancy virtual reality action in selected stores. Fash & Mash has the story.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

Buy it now: The Very Exclusive sale*

Peter Jensen Peanuts Sweatshirt Very Exclusive

If you’re not familiar with Very Exclusive, let me enlighten you. It’s a new e-commerce site that’s positioned at a contemporary price point, selling fashion and beauty brands including Carven, Joseph, Equipment and By Terry. The buy is a good mix of work-appropriate classics and more fun, fashion-forward pieces. But here’s the interesting bit: it has a unique ‘take three’ service that lets you pay in three installments, interest-free.

I’ve been watching the site grow since its launch early this year. I like the side-by-side fashion and beauty mix and am a little bit obsessed with the Maria Black jewellery. In fact, the accessory buy is great if you like to update with smaller, entry-point treats as they become even more affordable when you split the cost over three months.

But better than that is… the Very Exclusive sale! I’m a strategic sale shopper so I’ve been rooting through for Equipment shirts and everyday jewellery, but there are lots of colourful, playful pieces in the mix as well (hello Red Valentino collar). If you like Marc By Marc Jacobs, now is the time to snap it up before it gets ‘folded’ into the Marc Jacobs line (there’s a ton to choose from), but the Peter Jensen sweats, Carven bags and Joseph separates are also well worth snapping up. P.S. there’s up to 60% off now too.

Here’s some shopping inspiration to get you started…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

*THIS POST IS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VERY EXCLUSIVE*

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: EBAY, THE ROW, OLYMPIA LE-TAN, CLUB MONACO

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

1. EBAY VALET IS HERE

EBAY and GARANCE DORE launch Ebay Valet

It seems everyone’s trying to crack the luxury fashion resale nut. In the same week that UK-based Covetique closed, eBay extended its eBay Valet service to include high end fashion (helped by Garance Dore, above). eBay Valet is the service that allows you to box up your fashion rejects and let someone else take care of the listing. (more…)

Troi Ollivierre lipsticks are here!

Troi Ollivierre

Thank you Jane from British Beauty Blogger for the scoop on Troi Ollivierre. The J Crew make-up artist brought out his own line of lippies last year, but they’ve been rather elusive in the UK. But now they’re available online. There are six dense matte shades, all named after boys. George, a flame red is calling my name (not that I need any more orange-red lipsticks)…

Jane has all the info here.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl