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Buy it now: Francesco Russo

Francesco Russo shoe designer

Gianvito Rossi has become one of the best selling shoe brands at Net-a-Porter and Harvey Nichols with his classic stiletto pumps making him a favourite for women who need a sharp no-frills shoe with a kick of glamour. But as he pivots into a more fashion-centric sphere, who does one go to next for a sexy cigarette pump with a twist?

I like Francesco Russo, who Harvey Nichols is touting as “one of the most sensational shoe designers to emerge in a long time”. His leopard-print slingbacks and suede cutaway pumps have the kind of ruler-straight heel that I love (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Pop Swatch, Apple Watch, Nike Air Max, Issey Miyake X Iitala

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

1. POP SWATCH RETURNS
Pop Swatch returns
While some watch brands work out how to solve the wearables conundrum, others do what they do best. Example: Swatch, who has just announced the return of the Pop Swatch. Last seen adorning fashionable wrists in the 1990s, these jumbo-sized chunky-faced watches will be coming to a Swatch store near you on 28th April. (more…)

Vintage Coach repurposed

Coach Vintage at Barneys. Vintage Coach bags sourced by Coach, repurposed and sold in a collaboration with Barneys

You know a heritage brand is on the up again when fans start to clamour for its vintage numbers. It happened with Gucci, it’s probably happening with Coach and I imagine it will happen with DKNY.

When a classic brand goes through a downturn and then an upswing, it creates a new swell of interest around it. So with Gucci, suddenly all the buzz around Alessandro Michele had people scouring their lofts and closets for long-neglected snaffle loafers and printed scarves. Online consignment site Vestiaire Collective already did a brisk business in selling pre-loved Gucci, but the renewed interest has brought a whole new rush of customers on the hunt for pre-Michele Gucci (more…)

Buy it now: Softly softly

Soft spring fashion

Oh man, I’m gagging for the clocks to go forward, to rip off my Heattech and dark sweaters and let in the light. Specifically, I’ve got my eye on all the prim-collared broderie anglaise blouses doing the rounds (think Etoile by Isabel Marant and Philosophy) to wear with tailored trousers or Levi’s 501s and polished lace-ups.

It’s still only March though, so I’m trying not to get too carried away. Knitwear still reigns in my house, but hopefully in softer colours like the romantic pink Simone Rocha, or Chinti & Parker’s dove grey (I particularly like the layering-friendly curved hem on this one).

I have quite a few Equipment shirts, but they’re mostly dark neutrals so I think an uplifting upgrade to something in peachy pink could be in order. And although Chanel’s Beige Rose nail colour is a little bit safe, it’s nevertheless a perfect match for spring…

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla
MAIN IMAGE: David Bellemere
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