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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: DIOR, VOGUE, PRADA, SONIA RYKIEL X LANCOME, CHAMPION

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

1. DIOR FINALLY NAMES ITS NEW DESIGNER
Maria Grazia Chiuri heads to Dior as artistic director
An exciting week for Dior, who finally named Maria Grazia Chiuri as its incoming artistic director. I wasn’t convinced by the other suggestions but I love Chiuri’s work at Valentino and it will be interesting to see her take on modern femininity at Dior. Oh and let’s not forget possibly the real reason she’s been hired. Accessories, baby! Dior’s shoes and bags are about to get a lot more attention. We won’t have long to wait to see the results, Chiuri starts next week with her first show slated for September 30th.


2. VOGUE ARABIA LAUNCHES

Vogue Arabia
Just when you thought the magazine industry was dying on its knees (that’s all I’ve been hearing lately), Condé Nast reveals a new launch. Vogue Arabia is in the works (to be edited by Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, above) but the interesting part is it’s launching with a website first, with print to follow later. Style.com Arabia has the story.


3. PRADA IS COMING TO NET-A-PORTER

Prada by Virginia Arcaro via Dazed
‘Luxury brand embraces e-commerce’ so shouldn’t be news, but, well it is. Prada is set to launch on Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter and Mytheresa, with Net-a-Porter’s delivery coming as soon as next week (diarise Friday 15th).


4. SONIA RYKIEL X LANCÔME

Sonia Rykiel X Lancome collab
Coming very soon: this colourful collab from Sonia Rykiel X Lancôme. Tapping into the signature stripes and playful élan of Rykiel, I’m all about the illustrated packaging. The Sonia Rykiel Draws Paris for Lancôme collection launches in August.


5. THE CHAMPION EFFECT

Vetements X Champion collaboration for SS17
Normcore fave Champion was thrilled to work with Vetements as one of its favoured best-of-the-best brands to partner with for ss17. Racked has an interview with Champion’s Chief Global Design Officer here to explain its enduring appeal.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Prada by Virginia Arcaro for Dazed
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Calming creativity with 3INA

3INA Make-up workshop at Shoreditch House

On the first weekend after Brexit-gate, what did I do? Did I go into meltdown mode and trigger my own self-destruct Article 50 button? Non! Did I say ‘fuck it’ and spend all my plunging pounds at the Selfridges sale? Nein! Instead, I headed east to a lovely creative workshop for some calming collaging and make-up therapy. (more…)

Hand drawn

Jigsaw White Poplin Wrap Shirt

Do go and see the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern if you can. As well as the flower paintings, New Mexico landscapes and some lovely early synesthesia-inspired abstracts, there’s a room of Alfred Stieglitz photographs of O’Keeffe.

The photos of her hands are pretty well known and for good reason. (more…)

Save the date for my fashion illustration panel and workshop

fashion illustration panel apple store Gill button

Save the date for my fashion illustration panel discussion at the Apple Store Covent Garden on Thursday 14th July. I will be talking to illustrators Gill Button and (newly graduated) Manjit Thapp, as well as fashion features editor of AnOther Magazine, Olivia Singer.

Social media is giving rise to a new visibility for illustrators as brands tap into the playful power of brush strokes and hand rendered work. Designers and publications are discovering and promoting artists on social media, while some illustrators are using the platforms as a shop window to sell work directly to the public, whether that’s prints or stickers. We’ll discuss the changes and challenges, devices and apps and learn how best to leverage social media for illustrators.

The panel is free (just book your place) and will be followed by breakout sessions including one where you can get hands on experience with the iPadPro and Apple Pencil. Read more here.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Gill Button
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