THE DRG STYLE INDEX: COS X MR PORTER, MARTIN MARGIELA, J&M DAVIDSON

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

1. MR PORTER X COS

Cos for Mr Porter collection

Mr Porter and Cos, could there be a better combination? Clearly they thought not. Coming May 7th is a capsule collection boasting the sort of clean lines and versatile colour palette that spell success for both parties. I’ll be having a sniff around for the best bits so watch this space.

2. MARTIN MARGIELA THE MOVIE

the artist is absent margiela movie

The floodgates for fashion documentaries have opened but I like the sound of this one. ‘The Artist is Absent’ airs at the Tribeca Film Festival and explores the mystery of Martin Margiela. Isn’t it amazing that several years after he left his own company we’re still intrigued by him? Watch the trailer on Yoox.

http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/margiela-documentary-tribeca-festival-10114299/

3. J&M DAVIDSON IS COMING TO MOUNT STREET

J&M Davidson store on Mount Street

The 30th anniversary celebrations are at full tilt for J&M Davidson. One of those quiet brands that has been around seemingly forever, it has decided to shout a little louder with a store in one of London fanciest streets. The store will open this autumn at 104 Mount Street, selling the classic cuts of coats, separates and knitwear (not to mention the best in luxury totes and leathergoods), that their hardcore fans in London, Paris and Tokyo love them for.

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Buy it now: British Beauty Blogger X Clinique for Latest In Beauty*

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British Beauty Blogger Clinique beauty box for Latest In Beauty

Jane Cunningham at BritishBeautyBlogger is on fire at the moment! Every beauty box project she does seems to turn to gold and today sees the latest – a special collaboration with Clinique for Latest In Beauty.

You can get the full lowdown at British Beauty Blogger, but I’ve been sent a preview box, which only arrived yesterday while I was at Vogue Festival, so I’ve not had time to play. But the box is a real package of gifty heaven, beautifully presented, with pristine folded tissue and everything meticulously arranged inside on a bed of tissue stripes (I’m sure there must be a fancier term for that stuff). In Jane’s email to me, she said, “they are really high production – white glove handled at pick ‘n’ pack, so they really look pristine and those boxes with silver embossing cost a fortune.”

In the box are five of Jane’s favourite Clinique products in generous travel sizes, plus a full sized mascara and Chubby Stick (these are lovely for a not-too-intense finish). I’m looking forward to trying out the make-up remover because I’ve still not found The One in that category. And I love Clinique mascaras so the High Impact Mascara is going on my lashes first thing this morning.

The box costs £18.95 (including postage) for contents worth over £55 and there are some bonus vouchers inside that Jane can tell you all about. You also get a printed booklet in which Jane explains all her choices. No expenses spared here at all. So I would say head over to BBB quick sharp because these boxes are limited and you know what that means*…

*UPDATE: Uh-oh, I said, be quick! The box has already sold out in under ten hours. Well done Jane…!

British Beauty Blogger Clinique beauty box for Latest In Beauty
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Processed with VSCOcamBritish Beauty Blogger Clinique beauty box for Latest In Beauty

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ASK ALISON: IS IT A STORE OR A HOME?

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Freunde-von-Freunden-Apartment 2

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ guest post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, on how brands are merchandising their store environments to inspire customers to feel at home

More and more digital brands want to lay down physical roots and create their own permanent stores. At the same time, retailers are ramping up online sales initiatives for increasingly digitally savvy shoppers. So now we have the trend to make showroom-style spaces resemble highly curated homes and apartments. Which makes us want to buy everything and move in.

LUXURY APARTMENTS
The trend for homely retailing has evolved over the last year or so, kick-started by luxury players such as Louis Vuitton with its decadent Hong Kong L’Appartement by Andre Fu (below), and the personal shopping bachelor pad at Holt Renfrew’s new-men only Toronto flagship. After opening their relaxed, sun-drenched LA flagship, complete with outdoor pool, The Row are eyeing a similarly homely retail destination in NY’s Upper East Side, according to WWD. Ashley Olsen described the LA store as ‘about setting it up as a home and just having the apparel be a part of the space.’

BELOW: L’APPARTEMENT LOUIS VUITTON In HONG KONG
L’Appartement Louis Vuitton

CURATED ROOM-TAILING
Stylists Vanessa Traina and Morgan Wendelborn set up US e-commerce site The Line in 2013 as a place to showcase their personal style across homeware, fashion and beauty products. They launched The Apartment (below), an airy Soho loft space, shortly after as a physical embodiment of the site, where customers can meet with the creatives behind labels stocked, and the pair host discussions, workshops and screenings. This form of curated, one-to-one apartment-style selling adds a valuable aesthetic layer to the online shopping experience, where customers are buying into a lifestyle not just a product range. Whistles has taken a similar approach, hosting its last two seasonal press days in penthouse lofts in London (below).

BELOW: THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE
The Apartment by The Line - home-style retail
The Apartment by The Line

BELOW: WHISTLES PRESS DAY
Whistles Press Day held at  Saint Martins Loft

Alex Eagle is the eclectic curator behind Soho House’s newest retail location, The Store in Berlin (below). There is a stylish lifestyle edit with bit of everything on offer, from designer fashion and accessories, contemporary furniture, homewares and organic food from The Store Kitchen as well as beauty services from Barber & Parlour. It’s designed in the style of a relaxing, homely loft apartment with soft velvet sofas and ‘shabby luxe’ workstations next to the library of books and magazines provided by Idea Books. There’s a florist by Mary Lennox and music by The Vinyl Factory. Everything is set over the spacious ground floor of the Berlin hotel location. ‘I wanted the space to be an open, shoppable private home for everyone to hang out in,’ Eagle said to T Magazine. Suitcase Magazine has a great interview with Eagle where she talks about sourcing localised, new talent across the creative design industries.

BELOW: THE STORE IN BERLIN CURATED BY ALEX EAGLE
The Store Berlin by Alex Eagle
The Store Berlin by Alex Eagle

SHOWROOM MEETS EDITORIAL
The worlds of interiors, design and even real estate are utilising an editorial, stylised approach to sell furniture and homewares. For the newly renovated, but still off-plan central London Saint Martins Lofts scheme, gallerist and designer Marc Peredis has created a warm, minimalist show apartment, exclusively utilising pieces from artists represented in his Soho gallery, 19 Greek Street (below).

Dutch architecture & design magazine Frame created a 3D rendition of its pages at a pop-up shop in the Felix Meritis building for Amsterdam’s temporary cultural festival, Felix & Foam, in 2014 (below). The space, designed by Dutch studio i29, was intended to be a mirrored universe, using reflective surfaces to create a sensory, immersive shopping experience. Frame curated a mix of new talent from the design world, showcased in modernist room sets, set against the grand backdrop of the building’s 18th architecture. In a similar project last year, German online magazine Freunde von Freunden (FvF) furnished a Berlin flat as part of a 3D editorial project for Swiss furnishings manufacturer Vitra (below and top).

BELOW: SAINT MARTINS LOFTS BY MARC PEREDIS
Saint Martins Lofts

BELOW: FRAME POP-UP AT FELIX & FOAM
Frame pop up at Felix and Foam

BELOW: FREUNDE VON FREUNDEN APARTMENT FOR VITRA
Freunde von Freunden Apartment for Vitra

DINING AT HOME
The idea of curating an ‘at home’ experience is also represented by restaurants, where patrons buy into the vision of the chef as much as the food. At my favourite new restaurant and bar, Old Tom & English in London’s Soho, interior designer Lee Broom has created a décor very much an ode to British decadence from a bygone era. The idea was to replicate a 1960s living room, where diners come to join an intimate cocktail party and stay for nibbles.

Danish restaurant Noma in Copenhagen is currently having some time-out from serving food, instead focusing on translating its worldwide reputation into a retail experience. Earlier this year it opened a shoppable pop-up store in Tokyo, selling locally made tableware and furniture in collaboration with Japanese designer and creative director Sonya Park of Arts&Science. And last month, US retailer Club Monaco moved into Noma’s original Copenhagen space for a curated offering of its men’s and womenswear collections as well as local New York-based furniture and homeware designs and vintage collectibles from around the world (below).

BELOW: CLUB MONACO IN COPENHAGEN
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club-monaco-noma copenhagen

ASK ALISON: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Designing retail or restaurant spaces that replicate a home environment takes customers a step closer to imagining a selection of curated products in their own living space. Plus, it’s the perfect antidote to 2D online shopping, making the most of physical presence and tactility as an emotional retail experience.

Follow ALISON BISHOP on Twitter, read her previous guest posts on Disneyrollergirl and discover more of her retail insights on her blog, The Retail Planner.

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: SHINOLA, L’OREAL, TIFFANY, LANCOME, UNITED NUDE

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

1. SHINOLA BAGS GET A BIGGER FOCUS

Shinola co-design directors Richard Lambertson and John Truex

Somehow I missed the memo that Richard Lambertson and John Truex had parted ways with Tiffany. The handbag designers are now co-design directors of leather accessories at Shinola, where WWD reports that leathergoods (which currently make up 10% of sales) are hoping to take a bigger brand focus.


2. L’OREAL PARIS SIGNS SIR JOHN

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Aaaand the latest new bold-face make-up artist to sign to a brand is… one I’ve never heard of before. Sir John is Beyonce’s MUA and has just signed to L’Oréal Paris, where he will work on product development and adding a “cool, modern, digital” approach to the company’s upcoming launches, according to Vogue.com. (And no, that’s not Beyonce in the pic but Google Images didn’t have a lot to choose from…)


3. TIFFANY’S FRANCESCA AMFITHEATROF PROFILED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Francesca Amfitheatrof Tiffany design director. Photo by Christopher Sturma

I loved reading this profile of Tiffany’s design director, Francesca Amfitheatrof in the New York Times. She discusses “dull” good taste, creative experimentation and her friendship with Alexander McQueen: “Whenever I face a problem in the studio, I hear Lee in my ear. It’s him saying: ‘Push it, Francesca. Push it! Do more!’ ”


4. LANCOME LAUNCHES 80TH ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL PLATFORM

Lancome launches micro site You Are Lancome to celebrate its 80th anniversary

Lancôme has gone for a playful idea to celebrate its 80th anniversary. To help engage younger fans, it has launched You Are Lancôme, a fun micro-site in which users can upload self portraits and have them decorated with cute illustration ‘stickers’.


5. UNITED NUDE MAKES 3D PRINTED SHOES

michael young for United Nude 3D printed Young shoes

Things have been quiet on the 3D printing side until now. United Nude, which has always been ahead of the curve with its architectural-looking foorwear, has collaborated with 3D SYSTEMS and five leading architects and product designers on a project for Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The United Nudes Re-Inventing Shoes project, takes a look at how 3D printing can work in shoe design, with envelope-pushing creations from designers including Zaha Hadid and Michael Young (above). Each design is apparently fully-functional, and available to buy in a limited run of just 50.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Shinola via Andrew Redington/Getty Images; Francesca Amfitheatrof via Christopher Sturma/New York Times

GUEST POST: Old Soho meets new Soho at Old Tom & English

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Old Tom And English restaurant and cocktail bar in Soho, London

DRG contributor ALISON BISHOP visits Old Tom & English,  the new-old Soho eating establishment that’s perfect for sipping and snacking

They had me at ‘personal cocktail cabinet’. There’s something about the current trend for home-style retail that puts you instantly at ease, so I was interested to see how the idea could be applied to dining.

Soho’s latest ‘underground’ restaurant, Old Tom & English, is inspired by visiting a friend’s apartment for a dinner party where intimate nooks and crannies invite hushed tones for gossiping and lingering. Continue reading

Rouge Dior Brillant: Goodbye lip gloss, hello pigmented lip oil

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Rouge Dior Brillant lip gloss

If this is the future of lip gloss then please count me in. The new generation of hybrid balm-gloss-lipstick is a brilliant innovation and from those I’ve tried, I can’t see any downside.

I’ve talk about YSL’s Volupte Tint-In-Oil before; now here’s the Dior version, a new, improved take on its Rouge Dior Brillant lipgloss (£26.50). Continue reading

The Chanel Coco Crush fine jewellery store at Netaporter is open

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Chanel Coco Crush fine jewellery netaporter

The Chanel Coco Crush fine jewellery pop-up shop at Net-a-Porter has been open for one hour and already pieces are sold out. (So if you were thinking of splashing £13,500 on the 18-karat yellow gold cuff, sorry you weren’t quick enough). What you can still buy (at time of writing) are the five gold rings. In white gold or yellow gold, they have the signature Chanel ‘quilting’ effect and range from £1,400 to £2,325. You can buy them from the pop-up e-com shop until 6th May.

Click quickly now…

Coachella calling – but it’s not what you think

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Alexander Lewis Spring summer 15

When someone says ‘Coachella dressing’, I don’t think they quite picture Alexander Lewis’s refined cashmeres and expertly tailored blazers traipsing the plains. Well of course they don’t, but stay with me. Lewis specialises in ‘situation dressing’ and his situations tend to be rather creative. His SS15 has just arrived in store, an extension of his resort 15 collection where the situation was ‘My Grandmother on MDMA at Coachella’. Ahhh, all becomes clear right? Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CHANEL’S COCO CRUSH, BYREDO, REVLON, ESTEE LAUDER, AGNES B

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

1) COULD CHANEL’S COCO CRUSH E-COMMERCE LAUNCH BE A GAME CHANGER FOR FINE JEWELLERY?

Chanel Coco Crush Netaporter fine jewellery

There’s more to last week’s news on Chanel planning to launch e-commerce. The big story this week is of a Net-a-Porter X Chanel digital pop-up that opens on Wednesday selling the new capsule fine jewellery line, Coco Crush. The simple shapes featuring Chanel’s signature quilting pattern in 18 carat gold will start at €1,970 for rings, going up to €19,000 for a cuff. What’s interesting (and clever) is that this lets Chanel dip a toe in the e-commerce waters with the help of the very best in the biz. Continue reading

Guest post: H&M’s sustainability drive

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Conscious Exclusive H&M 2015

Retail expert and DRG contributor ALISON BISHOP attends the launch of H&M’s latest sustainability report and its new Conscious Exclusive collection

H&M is really upping its sustainability messaging at the moment. Last Thursday the Swedish fashion giant held its first live-streamed press conference to launch its most recent sustainability report. Continue reading

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