The Louis Vuitton dream coat

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This is possibly my favourite coat from the AW14 collections. It’s men’s, it’s double-face cashmere, it’s Louis Vuitton and it’s way out of my budget.

It’s perfect though. I love this style of overcoat and the maroon stripes add a bit of old school military flavour (by way of Helmut Lang). I also like the styling with the wool and alpaca scarf layered underneath. British winters are so dreary and hard work, your coat is the one thing that can help you stand up to them. That’s the power of fashion, no?

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Perfect pairing: Mansur Gavriel and Il Bussetto

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Could there be anything chicer than vegetable tanned leather right now? Those saturated colours, that unmistakable polish? Mansur Gavriel thinks not. The brand is all the rage at the moment, for its pared-back totes and bucket bags. This article in the LA Times last week explains its success. Simple, modern shapes, a reasonable price point and their signature contrast-coloured innards contribute, but the leather is a key factor. The bags are produced at a tannery in Tuscany and because of their hand made nature and current in-demand status, they’re understandably in short supply. (But that makes a bag more desirable, right Hermes?). Matchesfashion.com is expecting a delivery soon…

Il Bussetto is an accessory brand that keeps popping up on my radar. Launched in 2004, its vegetable-tanned coin purses, business card holders and iPhone covers are made in Italy using an age-old Tuscan technique of moulding wet leather on wooden forms. After the leather has been cut, it’s hand-painted, then dried, polished and waxed.

Again it’s the simple designs and glossy, colour-saturated leather in classic shades that appeal to me. They make cigar holders too, which I misread as cigarette holders. I definitely think they need to make a cigarette-case holder on a strap. (Not that I smoke but it would be the perfect mini-mini shoulder bag.) But my standout piece is the unisex Tacco coin holder. I’ve always loved this clam shell shape, it feels tactile in the hand and is a great example of easy, practical design. And of course, it partners perfectly with a Mansur Gavriel tote.

Coming soon: Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation and Le Blanc de Chanel in a pump bottle!

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This weekend I’ve been testing out the new Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation which launches on August 29th. First things first, the packaging is amazing. How could you not love a powder pot with its own dinky kabuki brush?

The foundation is composed of two powders enriched with a canola oil derivative, designed to offer day-long hydration. So it’s a moisturising powder foundation. These soft-focus powders create a ‘blurring effect’ on the skin caused by light-reflecting micro beads.

The powder is indeed incredibly fine and I found you only need the teeniest bit. It’s very easy to apply; using the kabuki, you just tap off the excess, then buff it in, in small circular motions over your moisturiser and it blends in really smoothly.

The problem I first had was that I used too much and the result was visibly dry cheeks and a bit of a ‘dead’ effect. The next time I tried it, I used a little more moisturiser and a lot less powder. That did the trick. The result was a very nice medium-coverage effect that felt light, but not dry.

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I suspect this formulation is best for those with youthful, hydrated skin rather than dry or combination but I did love applying the foundation with the kabuki. The foundation comes in five shades which I really think is a little skimpy – come on Chanel, time to up your shade offer please. These will retail at £55 but considering how little you need, one pot should last ages.

I’m usually a cream blush girl (Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint is my current go-to) but Chanel’s powder blushers are always lovely. The two new ones (also available 29th August) are 170 Rose Glacier and 80 Jersey (Europe-only limited edition). I tried Rose Glacier (£31, below) on top of the powder foundation. It’s a versatile candy pink with a hint of golden iridescence that you can apply lightly for day and intensify for evening. On the skin it’s not as scary as it looks in the compact and it has the prettiest scent of just-picked roses. I was slightly dubious about putting powder blush on top of powder foundation but everything blended beautifully, with not a flake in sight.

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Finally, good news for all those people who love Le Blanc De Chanel highlighter fluid but hate the bottle. The new version comes in a 30ml pump bottle (below, on counter from 29th August) so no more worries about leaks and spillages. Amen.

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[PS, in the photo I'm wearing Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Queens Of Hearts]

Slippers for hipsters: Mahabis

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I stumbled on these Mahibis slippers via a Facebook ad of all things. But I think they’re really cool.

After being subjected to three ‘ageing raver’ DJ types having a serious discussion about slippers a while ago, I said ‘someone needs to hurry up and exploit this market’. I was thinking along the lines of Stussy, Junya or Nike even, the brands that people of my generation grew up with and respect, because we want comfy slippers, but we also still love our credible brands and aren’t ready for Bhs.

While we wait for Stussy et al, in stepped Mahabis. Just launched this summer, these indoor-outdoor slippers look like a hybrid of old school Keds, felt Birkenstocks and those neoprene sock shoes you wear on the beach. They’re extremely practical, featuring a felt upper (made in Poland) and a wool-mix lining. The collapsible neoprene heel gets them on and off quickly, and the best bit is the customisable element – a removable, Italian-made rubber sole (choose your colour). Developed through 3D printing, this flexible sole protects them if you need to pop outside. I can see them being especially useful for travel, aren’t they the perfect airline and hotel slipper?

Having only launched a few months ago, Mahabis has been embraced by the likes of Hypebeast, and has an engaging social media strategy. I think it has the potential to be massive.

Mahabis are available at Mahabis.com.

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[Images: Mahibis, Hypebeast]

On Gap, M&S, and the fashion paradox of Dressing Normal

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Well, isn’t Gap’s new ‘Dress Normal’ campaign interesting?

As we all know, this year’s buzzword ‘normcore’ is steeped in anony Gap-style dressing, so Gap has nodded to that in its Dress Normal strapline. But don’t expect 90s-tinged bland-chic. Gap’s imagery is far more elevated and beautiful, so we’re shown not normal people (thank God, I’m a bit over normal people), but Hollywood elite types in ‘normal’ situations to represent modern-day Gap.

My favourite is Angelica Huston (top) having a coffee in a gorgeously lit diner situation (as opposed to a normcore Starbucks). Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LOUIS VUITTON, YAHOO, LUCKY, MARC JACOBS

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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. DOVER STREET MARKET LONDON HOSTS ITS FIRST ‘EPHEMERAL’ VUITTON STORE

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Louis Vuitton has just opened its first London ephemeral store (don’t call it a pop-up)  at Dover Street Market. Stocked with the best bits from Nicolas Ghesquiere’s debut Vuitton collection, this is the first chance to snatch up those covetable (and probably collectible) runway pieces. Continue reading

Buy it now: Jonathan Saunders X Lyle & Scott AW14

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The Jonathan Saunders for Lyle & Scott AW14 collection is technically for guys, but, well, you know what I think about that sort of thing. I would absolutely wear every one of these jazzy golfy beauties. Just arrived at Oki-Ni, Liberty, Present and Lyle & Scott

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Christian Louboutin Beauté launches at Selfridges

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One more sleep til the Christian Louboutin Beauté pop-up at Selfridges. As pop-ups go, I predict this is gonna be a biggie. To recap: Christian Louboutin is launching his beauty empire Christian Louboutin Beauté with an iconic red nail colour. To experience it in the flesh, head to Selfridges Oxford Street tomorrow (ideally not all at once) where you can buy the astonishing dagger-heel shaped bottles from a dedicated ‘Loubiville’ beauty space. The pop-up will be in the main beauty hall, in front of Shu Uemura (that’s next to MAC, and on the right hand side of the Information desk). Basically, just follow the hordes of red-soled fanatics. Continue reading

Menswear AW14 edit: fantasy shopping for Mr DRG

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It’s new-season new-in time at Mr Porter, so I couldn’t resist doing a little fantasy shopping for Mr DRG. There’s no question that I have to include a little Saint Laurent and Paul Smith in my edit, they both consistently deliver on cut, colour and print (this geometric pocket square is just jazzy enough in its muted colour palette). Sunspel‘s basics are another easy inclusion, you can’t get more classic than its loopback sweats in old-school navy. Sachajuan is a Swedish haircare line and I will confess it’s the packaging that’s speaking to me here. And for an understated sneaker that’s a step up from a Stan Smith, there’s no arguing with the grey suede Original Achilles from Common Projects

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: WANT LES ESSENTIELS DE LA VIE; MAC X BROOKE SHIELDS; DIET COKE X ASOS

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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. WHAT WOMEN WANT

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Get ready for another stealth-luxe handbag line, this one’s coming from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie. The minimalist menswear accessory brand now has a women’s leather range, currently on sale exclusively at Barneys. “Our female fans have been egging us on to unleash this for a long time. There was definitely a pent-up demand for it,” co-founder Byron Peart told Style.com. Continue reading

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