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EXCLUSIVE*: Alexander Lewis Resort 2016 – the woman, the situation, the mood

Alexander Lewis resort 2016

All of Alexander Lewis’s passions collide this week with the unveiling of his Resort 2016 collection. The half-Brazilian, London-based designer, whose collections are based on envisaging a situation for his women and building a narrative and collection around that, has always focused on pre-collections. But as we all know, the so-called in-between season has recently flourished into the most important money-making season on the calendar.

For Resort 2016, Alexander Lewis imagines his muse in a sophisticated Sao Paulo setting, getting dressed for an evening with her girlfriends, having taken a dance class with voguing duo Aya Sato and Bambi. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CHANEL, BURBERRY, J.W.ANDERSON, BLAZÉ MILANO

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

1. MEET CHANEL’S NEW BOY.FRIEND WATCH
Chanel BOY FRIEND WATCH

Big news for Chanel – there’s a major new watch arriving in September, to accompany its other signature styles, the ceramic J12, and the chain-strapped Premiere. The Boy.Friend (named after Boy Capel – get it?) is extremely good looking and comes in both large and small sizes. (more…)

Power portholes at Craig Green

Craig Green Menswear Spring Summer 2016 in London

I’m sitting out LC:M this season but I enjoyed watching the Craig Green SS16 show via Caroline Issa’s Periscope – it felt a bit like I was sitting on her lap!

Like many ‘menswear’ designers, Green showed female models on his runway and certainly lots of the pieces looked interchangeable. One Periscope commenter called it ‘martial arts chic’, and there was a sense of that in the wrapped jackets and judo pants. (more…)

Perfect pairing: RE/DONE jeans + modified Margiela

Re/Done jeans Martin Margiela jumper

My best ever denim discovery was the in-house hem shortening service at the Levi’s flagship store. My second best could well be RE/DONE, the L.A denim brand that does the modifying for you.

I’m old enough to have a deep connection to Levi’s 501s, the iconic jean that hooked me in the 80s, hung on in the 90s, slightly lost us in the 00s and is back and thriving in 2015. But while the market for new or new-old is healthy, it seems there’s still a hunger for genuine, aged, lived-in Levi’s jeans, which is where RE/DONE comes in.

Founders Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur handpick the jeans from their secret suppliers, then with the expertise of their tailor, unpick the seams and restitch them into modern, more flattering cuts. It’s a labour intensive process and so a costly one, but it’s for a specific, discerning customer who wants her jeans to fit just so. In the UK, Selfridges has a selection and as you can see, the modified cut is pretty spot on. You can go for a slouchy boyfriend fit or a slimmer cigarette, or you can try the new-for-summer shorts versions (I love the loose knee-length shorts, but would rather they weren’t quite so distressed).

And to go with the RE/DONEs? I have just the thing. I’m the lucky recipient of Mr DRG’s favourite old Margiela sweater, the one that he recently grew out of, so shrunk in the wash especially for me. The resultant boiled wool effect makes it thicker and cosier, plus – bonus eco points – the leather elbow patches were added by his local dry cleaner, who upcycled them from an unloved Calvin Klein coat. It all chimes nicely with the eco-aware credentials of both Margiela and RE/DONE. Gotta love a happy accident…

ReDone jeans vintage Levi's modified with a contemporary fit
ReDone jeans and customised Martin Margiela jumper
ReDone jeans - vintage 501s modified with an updated cut

Shop RE/DONE at Selfridges here or shop the post below…

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl