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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BELLA FREUD, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, UNIQLO, J CREW, BURBERRY, L’OREAL

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

1. BELLA FREUD – THE SHOP
Bella Freud launches cashmere and is opening a Bella Freud store
Bella Freud is opening a shop! And has launched cashmere! And has great advice for new designers in this interview from Fashionista


2. LOUBOUTIN LIPSTICKS ARRIVE THIS WEEK

Louboutin Lipsticks
…And Selfridges has the exclusive. If you’re ready to splash £60 on a lippie please can I be your BFF, then get to Selfridges on September 1st. [UPDATE: buy it HERE]


3. UNIQLO X LEMAIRE

Lemaire X Uniqlo look book
The full look book for UNIQLO X LEMAIRE is out and for me it’s all about the square cut knits and men’s coats. See the other looks here. (P.S is anyone else getting COS vibes from the micro site design?)


4. J.CREW BACK TO BASICS

J Crew Regent Blazer
Vogue reports that J. Crew is going back to basics (think ballet flats and cashmere) for AW15. I’ve seen this collection and it’s good. I definitely think championing the classics (in a contemporary way, of course) is the way to go… The Regent blazer with satin lapels gets my vote.


5. DESIGN YOUR OWN BURBERRY SCARF

Burberry scarf bar

Clever clever Burberry is soooo good at ‘affordable luxury’, with its monogrammed perfume bottles, brilliant makeup and now… design-your-own scarves. OK, they’re not that affordable but people will pay more for personalisation. The Burberry Scarf Bar launches on 2nd September online and in-store…


6. HOW L’OREAL IS INNOVATING DIGITALLY IN CHINA

Loreal Makeup Genius app
Interesting insights into how L’Oreal’s digital initiatives (like the Makeup Genius app) are helping it clean up in China. Read here

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

RETAIL REPORT: Covent Garden – should a high street be more like a department store?

Oliver Sweeney Henrietta Street Covent Garden menswear destination

In the battle between bricks and clicks, the high street has suffered, but department stores have done well to up their game. They have become nimble at keeping pace with fashion, worked harder to collaborate with brands on pop-ups and events, and just seem more dynamic places to be. It’s something the rest of the high street can learn lessons from and I’m already seeing its influence.

Covent Garden got the memo some time ago. OK, it’s not quite a high street but it’s a shopping district that misplaced its mojo for a while and has since redeemed itself. In the 80s it was incredibly stylish and vibrant. At its peak, London’s cool set gravitated towards the Meccas of Paul Smith, Jones and thrift emporium Flip. (more…)

Things to see and do: August and September 2015

LAST CHANCE TO SEE SONIA DELAUNAY AT TATE MODERN ENDS 9th AUGUST
Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern

Drop everything and get down to the Tate. No, now! It’s the last chance to see Sonia Delaunay which finishes on 9th August. (more…)

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. (more…)