THE DRG STYLE INDEX: HERMES, SONIA RYKIEL, EBAY, BELLA FREUD

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

A NEW NAME AT HERMES

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This week’s big news is about Hermès’ new artistic director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, who joins menswear artistic director Veronique Nichanian to form an all-female design dreamteam. Vanhee-Cybulski was previously design director at The Row (and formerly of Céline and Maison Martin Margiela) and will start at Hermès after next Fashion Week. I loved what Christophe Lemaire did at Hermes so I’m not sure what to expect from Vanhee-Cybulski. But I’m glad they didn’t go for an obvious ‘name’ with this one, it keeps things interesting.


2. SONIA RYKIEL – BACK TO BASICS

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I love the new, informal mood of Sonia Rykiel’s AW14 ad campaign, shot by Juergen Teller in black & white. But I wish they hadn’t used Giselle. I think she’s too commercial and classic for Rykiel, I would have preferred a fresher face like Edie Campbell or Tati Cotliar.


3. EBAY’S BFC DESIGNER SUPPORT SYSTEM

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Here’s the latest initiative from eBay and The British Fashion Council. Called BFC Contemporary, it’s an effort to shine the spotlight on brands which sit in the space directly below our bold face luxury designers. The BFC will offer the chosen brands business support and mentoring with backing from eBay. And to mark the launch, eBay.co.uk will sell a limited edition item from each designer within a special BFC Contemporary section on the site this September. The five designers are Georgia Hardinge, Zoe Jordan, Alexia Barrell, Prism and Paper London (above). As I mentioned last week, eBay is really pushing for the public to recognise it as a marketplace like Amazon or Asos, and not just an auction site. With 18 million shoppers on eBay.co.uk it hopes to grab some of those eyeballs and direct them to these young contemporary brands.

4. BELLA FREUD LAUNCHES FRAGRANCE

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Last week we got a first sniff of Bella Freud‘s fragrance line – a trio of three EDPs (£65) that have gone on sale at Harvey Nichols and Bellafreud.com. Although they match the names of the cult candles, the fragrances aren’t exactly the same. There are vague similarities though, so ‘Ginsberg is God’ is the light, unisex one, ’1970′ is the sexier woody one, and ‘Je t’aime Jane’ is a romantic floral with a hint of musk. As expected, the packaging is great – handsome glass bottles that slide out of a cardboard slipcase in a book-like fashion. And of course, they’re engraved with the signature typography that has made those sweaters such cultish items.
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New in: Grenson AW14

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New season Grenson shoes for men and women

New season Grenson shoes are starting to drop and they’re amongst the boldest incarnations of trad-looking English footwear I’ve seen lately. I love that so many of these men’s styles also come in women’s sizes.

Monk shoes are still going strong. These croc printed double monk straps (above) are lovely in cherry red which comes in both men’s and women’s versions. I also like the elegant ‘slipper’ loafer (below), a slender tassel loafer that I think looks better on girls than guys. I love this tan leather, perfect with a grey cashmere ankle sock and too-short trousers or perhaps a Sunspel kilt.

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Grenson is understandably proud of its new triple welted collection – look closely and it appears as if there are three graduated ‘steps’ on the sole. These sturdy bad boys were dreamt up by the factory workers, not the design studio for a change. Having its own factory means the Grenson team can be nimble with product design and experiment with ideas. For men there’s a grained ‘Fred’ boot (below) and for women, a ‘Rose’ shoe.

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My other favourite is the military boot, more rugged grained leather, with a commando sole (below). These probably take a bit of wearing in but imagine how great they look as they age. If you ever get the chance, do check out the Grenson shop in Lamb’s Conduit Street where you’ll get plied with proper coffee and can peruse the entire collection and their fab ‘Instagram’ wallpaper. Very nicely done…

Grenson Aw14 military style boot for men and women via Disneyrollergirl blog
Grenson London shoe store Lambs Conduit Street
Grenson London shoe store Lamb's Conduit Street
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Buy Grenson at Grenson.co.uk, Matchesfashion, Mr Porter and The Corner

Beauty bits: Diana Vreeland fragrance, The Beauty Plus, Michael Kors, professional selfies, Cire Trudon, Petra Collins, Louboutin nails, Astier de Villatte

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COMING SOON: DIANA VREELAND FRAGRANCE

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July is the month that the fashion and beauty brands unveil all their Christmas goodies. I try to avoid Christmas In July because I don’t work on a mag any more and frankly, it’s exhausting! But I do the odd department store press day as they usually have the best exclusives. Here’s my favourite from Selfridges: Diana Vreeland fragrance. I have more info coming but it’s the brainchild of one of Mrs Vreeland’s grandsons, it smells refined and luxe and goes on sale at Selfridges on August 21st. Watch this space for updates. P.S, how beautiful are the bottles? Those tassels!


MEET BEAUTY PLUS

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The unstoppable Jane at British Beauty Blogger really is unstoppable; she’s just launched another beauty blog! This one is called The Beauty Plus and is all about age-inclusive beauty… ‪


THE KORS EFFECT

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Here’s a look at the new Michael Kors nail shades, just in at House of Fraser. My favourite is Femme Fatale, a deep, witchy navy that goes on really well with no streaks (it’s the bottom right one and is darker than the picture). It lasted extremely well too. There are nine shades in total at £15 each.


THE SELFIE ECONOMY

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Have you booked your professional portrait session yet, for all those social media profile pics? Apparently empowerment photography is a thing. If you don’t believe me, read When Selfies Won’t Do in the New York Times…


ANYONE FOR A CIRE TRUDON LEATHER CANDLE HOLDER?

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How crazily unpractical fabulous is this Cire Trudon candle-carrier-slash-handbag? It’s a joint collab with La Contrie, a luxe leathergoods company from Paris, who I first discovered at London Fashion Week a year ago. Coming to le Bon Marché and Cire Trudon boutiques in September.


TOP SHELF WITH PETRA COLLINS

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More on selfies, I love this Into The Gloss Top Shelf discussion on teen beauty, feminism and ‘mirror face’…


LOUBOUTIN NAILS ARE HERE

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Give whoever came up with Rouge Louboutin a big, fat medal. My only question is, what took you so long? This epic red nail colour (they’re not calling it a polish) launched last week and even though it sells at £36, that’s not dampened demand. I got a Rouge Louboutin mani yesterday at the launch and I can confirm that it’s a deep, true red packed with pigment that went on like a dream. I asked for my nails to be clipped short and the result was sophisticated but casual. There’s more to the the Christian Louboutin Beaute line which I’ll hopefully blog about next week, but for now, enjoy the David Lynch video on the Christian Louboutin website.


WATCH THIS: ASTIER DE VILLATTE

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If you’re a fan of Astier De Villatte, don’t miss this charming video championing the people behind the brand. I love their candles (all inspired by their favourite places) and their ceramics, which are hand made in that rough-luxe way that appreciates imperfections.

Brand lessons: Gail Federici

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A while ago I was invited to tea at Claridges to meet Gail Federici. Although I’ve cut down on the meet-and-greets, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grill this dynamic beauty pioneer on the rise of female entrepreneurs and the very modern culture of self-branding. Continue reading

Perfect pairing: Nuxe + Agnes B

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Jane at The Beauty Plus (new blog! Do visit!) recently raved about the merits of a boxy tee. I wholeheartedly concur. My boxy tee of choice is from Agnes B, I have been buying these for a least 15 years and as far as I know, the design hasn’t changed. Continue reading

Paris Fashion Week: the Lanvin AW14 re-see

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One of my highlights of Paris Fashion Week was the Lanvin AW14 re-see. On a huge scale, this is where you get to see the commercial workings of Fashion Week at play, where buyers view the pieces they’re really going to stock, and write their orders on the spot. The vast space (a 1920s former railway depot) was a hive of activity, it even had a pop-up café to keep the buyers and clerks fed and watered while crunching those numbers.

I was guided through both the catwalk collections and the commercial collections so I could see the pieces close up and learn what sells and what doesn’t. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: JEFF KOONS, EBAY, SOTHEBY’S, SACAI, CALVIN KLEIN JEANS

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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. JEFF KOONS FOR H&M

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So did you? Get your hands on the much-coveted Jeff Koons for H&M handbag? To celebrate the brand new H&M NYC flagship and the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney, a one-off handbag adorned with Koons’ famous Balloon Dog was produced last week, sadly to the US market only. I wrote about it here. Continue reading

Buy it now: McQ AW14

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Love the new McQ campaign, shot by Karim Sadli. McQ has been up and down for me, I find sometimes the collections are super-cool and other times they dip too far into commercial territory. I have kept some of the earlier printed look books (I don’t think they make them any more) and they really capture the essence of McQ which for me is steeped in outsider-y youth culture with a very British feel.  Continue reading

Calvin Klein’s comeback season

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I’m definitely feeling big Calvin Klein comeback vibes at the moment. The classic logo-waistband pants are back on-radar, those Obsession sweatshirts have been a hit before they’ve even arrived in store, and Christy Turlington’s back in her rightful place as the face of Eternity. Continue reading

Over the counter couture beauty

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The Chanel and Dior AW14 couture collections were so different from each other although they both referenced the past to inform the future. The other thing they had in common was youthful hair and makeup. Chanel’s wayward ‘eighties boy band’ hairpieces (above and below) stole my attention from the clothes, giving the outfits an energetic attitude alongside equally youth-centric Sharpie-pen eyeliner flicks. (Full disclosure: I had a major backcombing habit in my teens.) Continue reading

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