The DRG Style Index: Marques’Almeida X Topshop, Louis Vuitton, J. Crew, Farfetch Discover, Shinola, Christopher Kane X NARS
The DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks while Fashion Month took over. But it’s back with this week’s round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. ON YOUR MARKS FOR MARQUES’ALMEIDA X TOPSHOP
Roll on October 9th. Marques’Almeida’s 68-piece collection for Topshop is looking pretty good, with all the M’A hallmarks intact. Shredded denim, delicious true-blue washes, an overall rough-n-ready aesthetic…watch this one fly. (P.S, if you’re eyeing up the parka, be fast, it’s predicted to go first…)
2. LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES ‘THE BOOK’
Content-meets-commerce continues to thrive. In the last couple of weeks I’ve raved about the in-house print magazines that Matchesfashion.com and Hermes produce – beautifully and expensively executed tomes that are mailed free to customers (or deposited in stores). This autumn Louis Vuitton is joining the fray with ‘The Book’, its own biannual glossy. LVMH also runs Nowness.com, the online content site, so has clearly seen that content publishing is a viable marketing tool. By the same token, Nicolas Ghesquiere has taken over the Louis Vuitton Instagram account in the run-up to the SS15 show on Wednesday to give us a sneaky hint of what to expect. You can see it here…
J. CREW JOINS LONDON’S LITTLE MANHATTAN
J. Crew is slowly but steadily making its presence felt in London. This month has seen the launch of a new store in Sloane Square (fast becoming Little Manhattan with Club Monaco, Rag & Bone, Tiffany and Kate Spade nicely settled), as well as two J. Crew fragrances. If you find the womenswear a little girly (all those statement necklaces!), then my advice is to head for the men’s knitwear and boys’ blazers. Of the Arquiste For J. Crew fragrances, No 31 is the fruity one and No 57 is the unisex, woody one. (Guess which I chose…?)
4. FARFETCH FOR RETAIL TOURISTS
I’m liking this new physical-meets-digital app from fashion aggregator Farfetch. Capitalising on its global network of independent boutiques, the Farfetch Discover app lets you in on the go-to places recommended by its cache of well-travelled style influencers. Discover the Templehofer Feld Park in Berlin (recommended by The Style Traveller’s Bonnie Rakhit) or the vegan Gratitude Cafe in Los Angeles (suggested by Decades’ Cameron Silver), then click on the map to find out which Farfetch boutique is nearby for a spot of retail tourism.
5. SHINOLA OPENS IN NEWBURGH STREET
Barely a week goes by that Shinola doesn’t get a mention on this site. This week’s news is a biggie – Shinola is opening its first store outside the US right here in London. In Newburgh Street to be precise, where the two-floor store will slot nicely alongside LVC and Redwing, in what’s known as London’s ‘heritage quarter’. For a brand that’s only three years old, Shinola is making impressive progress with its robust Detroit-built watches, leathergoods, journals and bikes. The store will open at 13 Newburgh Street next month.
6. CHRISTOPHER KANE X NARS
The Christopher Kane commerce machine is cranking up nicely. Following this season’s handbag launch, next up is make-up. Coming next May, we’ll see a full colour collection produced by NARS, although what to expect is anyone’s guess as the SS15 collection was decidedly colour-free. But then, Mr Kane is known for his unpredictable surprises…
My favourite colourists and patternists, Eley Kishimoto just unveiled their first collection of hand-printed wallpapers at Decorex International. Yes, some of them are downright tripppy but they’re sooo good!
Eley Kishimoto wallpapers are screen printed to order and you can buy them HERE.
I loved hearing about Shiseido Secrets at a recent Shiseido make-up launch. It’s a cute awareness project that flags up its hero products such as its famous eyelash curler. These are apparently a bit of a beauty insider wonder tool, designed as they are for the straightest lashes of them all: Asian ones.
My own Shiseido Secrets include an old product and a new one. I love using Shiseido face wipes. At £16.50, Shisedo Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets (to give them their full name) are an irregular indulgence but they do the best job if you’re a lazy make-up taker-offer. Buy it HERE.
Bobbi Brown is the undisputed queen of nudes. Her shades and textures are second to none – I’ve always relied on her flattering lipsticks since way back in the 90s when she practically invented the no-make-up-make-up look.
This month it’s all about great textures to flatter natural-looking eyes, lips and face. Continue reading
Tom Ford Beauty launches are always a pleasure. But aside from the posh location and lavish nibbles, it’s the products that really deliver. For autumn, the hero product is the Traceless Perfecting Foundation (£62) which comes in fifteen shades. Its big claim is to deliver a humidity-resistant matte finish so you shouldn’t need more than a cursory touch-up. 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.
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
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
This new shirt-centric brand is a good example of what I call ‘gentlewoman style’. The shapes are utilitarian but feminine, while the white cotton-linen fabrics nod to indestructible men’s shirts. Paris-based Atlantique Ascoli is inspired by her cache of Victorian blouses as well as Cristobal Balenciaga, which is reflected in the balloon-shaped sleeves and ruffle collars. Continue reading
It’s crunch time for Coach. Will Stuart Vevers’ new ready-to-wear vision sell or not? (They’ve certainly spent considerable budget on the launch.) You be the judge.
Net-a-Porter has first dibs on the Coach AW14 collection which is pitched at the more luxury end than Coach customers would expect. Continue reading