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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Uniqlo, John Lobb, Dries van Noten, Niijournal, WattsWhat and more!



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


1. WHAT TO BUY FROM UNIQLO X J.W.ANDERSON

Uniqlo J.W. Anderson LifeWear
Uniqlo unveiled its J.W. Anderson LifeWear collaboration last week, which will launch with 33 pieces in September in the U.K. My guess is that the menswear will sell better than the women’s and those ruffle skirts will get left on the rail. I love the tartan Ultra Light Down Jacket as a vivid insulation piece to wear under another layer.


2. JOHN LOBB FOR WOMEN

John Lobb women's shoes launching in September
Yes it’s happening. John Lobb shoes for women. Creative director Paula Gerbase has produced her first women’s shoes, available from early September. Meet the Rowan, Alba, Willow & Hawkes. (If you need to know the prices, you probably can’t afford them. Sigh…)


3. DRIES IN MOTION

Dries van Noten Film
Damn, the Dries van Noten film won’t be showing in UK cinemas! But you can catch it on DVD and iTunes (but what fun is that?). This SHOWstudio interview with documentarian Reiner Holzemer will make you want to see it even more…


4. NIIJOURNAL MAGAZINE AND EXHIBITION

Niijournal issue 2
The best way to launch a mag these days is on Kickstarter, it seems. Campbell Addy’s magazine Niijournal started as an exploration of racial diversity while studying at Central St Martin’s. Its second issue will launch with a Kickstarter campaign and an exhibition at Protein Studios (31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY) from 28 to 30 July.


5. WATTSWHAT MAGAZINE

WattsWhat Magazine
Another new magazine, available for pre-order now, is WattsWhat, an independent magazine for grown up men that’s not all about watches and yachts. There’s a ton of illustration in it and I love this cover illustration by Andy Tuohy. You can check out my profile of Bella Freud and her menswear strategy inside. Pre-order here


6: CLINIQUE X JONATHAN ADLER

Clinique X Jonathan Adler
Love this colourful collab from Clinique and Jonathan Adler, available now. Go all-out or go home, yeah?

IN OTHER NEWS…

Teens and malls. For every article bemoaning the death of the mall, there’s another telling us teens love them. Here’s the latest from Racked.

Would you sleep in a Muji hotel? I would. The Japanese behemoth is opening hotels in Shenzhen, Beijing and Tokyo.

Does the world need another social network? Amazon thinks it does. Amazon Spark is a shoppable social network (available in the U.S to Amazon Prime app users) aimed at diehard shopaholics. Business Insider has the low-down here (spoiler: it’s a little clunky).

Liking the idea of MOMA’s autumn exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, unpacking the timeless appeal of style typologies including the sari, the LBD, the leather jacket and the blue jean. Read more on WWD.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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Christmas in July: Jo Malone Christmas 2017



Jo Malone Christmas 2017

Christmas in July at Jo Malone London is always an unexpected treat. You just never know what you’re going to get. I mean, would you have predicted pop-art colours and a candy pink perfume bottle for Jo Malone Christmas 2017?

There’s a reason for the cacophony of colour and that’s because Jo Malone London has worked with Jonathan Saunders on the creative concept. Jonathan Saunders ran his own British fashion label for over ten years before exporting his talent stateside as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg. He was clearly a bit homesick though, hence this collab with the very English JML brand.

So from this extremely non-traditional Jo Malone Christmas 2017 collection, here are my highlights.

Firstly, the cologne is an utterly mouthwater concoction called ‘Green Almond & Redcurrant’ (100ml, £92, limited edition). A gourmand cologne with a bit of a bite, the sweet notes come from tonka bean and green almond, and the sharp notes from redcurrant and cedarwood. It’s definitely not too cloying, which is what’s so nice about it and it’s not a predictable Christmas scent either. It also comes with a matching candle (£120).

What do you think of the sugared almond pink and white bottle? And the striped candle? So different, right? Some people might be a little disappointed but I actually think most people will love it. So much fun!

Jo Malone Christmas 2017 Green Almond & Redcurrant cologne
Jo Malone London Green Almond & Redcurrant Cologne 100ml
Jo Malone Christmas 2017 Green Almond & Redcurrant candle

On the cologne front, last year’s Orange Bitters is back (£92 for 100ml). If you like Christmassy citruses then grab one of these. I didn’t manage to get my hands on one but it’s definitely one of my favourite Jo Malone Christmas scents, very nostalgic and instantly uplifting.

Jo Malone Christmas 2017 Orange Bitters cologne

Onto the other fabulously packaged Jo Malone Christmas gifts. The advent calendars are a big deal of course and this year they’re multi coloured. The giant advent calendar is exclusive to Harrods (£300) and the smaller House of Jo Malone London will be available at Selfridges (£136).

Jo Malone Christmas 2017 advent calendar, £300
Jo Malone Christmas 2017 House of Jo Malone London

These miniature soaps are a big highlight. Are they meant to be macarons or chocolates? I thought chocolates as we always go mad for Charbonnel & Walker ginger thins. Anyway, there are three different scented soaps in here if anyone is mad enough to actually use them (Lime, Basil & Mandarin, Red Roses, English Pear & Fresia, £36).

Jo Malone Christmas 2017 miniature soap collection

In the round green box is a trio of body and hand wash, hand cream and cologne (£80) and in the red box, a body creme, body and hand wash and cologne (£78). In the hexagonal boxes are a collection of five mini Colognes (£75) or Cologne Intenses (£94, my favourite types of Jo Malone cologne). These boxes are based on Japanese prints and colours and are just lovely.

Jo Malone Christmas 2017
Jo Malone Christmas 2017 - A festive Affair gift set £80
Jo Malone Christmas 2017 - gift set of mini Cologne Intense selection £94

Oh, the gigantic cracker is back! This is a feat of personalisation, where you can choose the four full-sized products you want inside. What do people do with the empty cracker afterwards? You could probably house a small child in it…
Jo Malone Christmas 2017 - Ultimate Christmas Cracker to customise with products of your choice £214

And of course there are the standard crackers which again have been reinvented in Japanese-inspired graphics. These sell out pretty fast though so don’t leave it to the last minute. (I don’t like hyping things up but hey, just sayin’.)
Jo Malone Christmas 2017 christmas cracker with Blackberry & Bay cologne, Basil & Neroli handwash and English Pear & Fresia Body Creme

The Jo Malone London Christmas 2017 collection is available nationwide from 21st October 2017. While you’re waiting for that, don’t forget that English Oak is out in September.

WORDS AND IMAGES: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
STILL LIFE IMAGES: Jo Malone London
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Glossier, Le Kilt, Colette and more…!



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

1. GLOSSIER TO THE UK
Glossier UK launch
Am I the only person left who hasn’t tried Glossier? The 35 million dollar blogger beauty brand is finally extending its reach worldwide with a big buzz of coverage in the media last week. London is getting the first of the European push (exact date still tbc), which has come about thanks to Glossier’s phenomenally engaged social media fan base. News on exactly who will be stocking the products is also tbc but rest assured there will be a physical presence, the online-offline mix is key to brand DNA.


2. LE KILT’S WOOLMARK WIN

Le Kilt Woolmark Prize British Isles 2017 Sam McCoach

What a great win for Sam McCoach at Le Kilt and menswear designer Matthew Miller who both scooped the International Woolmark Prize for the British Isles last week. McCoach, whose business was based on the Scottish kilts her grandma used to make is using merino wool to explore the possibilities of wool denim (above). She will spend the next few months creating a capsule collection to go forward for the big $200,000 global prize early next year.


3. WHAT’S NEXT FOR COLETTE?

Colette Paris closing down
Paris retail landmark Colette announced it’s shutting up shop at the end of the year. Colette is a must-visit for me on every Paris trip. I always leave with a book, magazine or pointless knick-knack, more as a souvenir of the trip than anything else. Although I always check out the first floor and have enjoyed some great exhibitions in that space, I’ve never gone there to buy RTW, it’s always more an experience thing. Founder Colette Roussaux and her daughter Sarah Andelman own the building and are in talks to lease the space to YSL. Andelman told the New York Times she’ll “continue to do what I do: curate ideas and work with brands on different projects” as a consultant.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Try before you buy is a growing trend in jewellery, fashion, fragrance and even swimwear retail. The New York Times breaks it down.

How to apply KonMari-type thinking to your working day… (via the excellent PER/se newsletter)

I’m kind of against ‘content factories’ but I can’t deny Hypebeast and High Snobiety have nailed the formula. Here’s a fascinating long read  on how they do it.

Be careful what you say. I for one had no I idea that ‘gender fluidity’ isn’t just a fashion term

Caught in a vicious cycle of retail therapy? Try counting your blessings instead

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Glossier, Woolmark, New York Times/Colette
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Monographie, A.P.C, Louis Vuitton, Selfridges and more!



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

1. FRENCH GIRL STYLE: MONOGRAPHIE
Monographie shirt-based womenswear

French girl style? Yeah, we all know it’s a racket but we love it anyway. Here’s the lowdown on the Myth of French Girl style in Racked – it’s a long read but hits the nail on the head. My newest French Girl discovery is Monographie, a shirt-based line by Frenchie Aude Castéja. (more…)