Quote of the day: Bernhard Wilhelm

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Bernhard Wilhelm Apartamento

“It’s one of the first decisions you have to make as a fashion designer. Do you want to be corporate or do you want to be free? It’s very hard to be free, you will have to work more, you will make less money or no money. You will have to suffer, but you have your freedom. Do you choose the obvious or the not so obvious? I guess I’m the not so obvious.”

Bernhard Wilhelm, Apartamento magazine

[Image: Daniel Trese/Apartamento]

The DRG Style Index: John Lobb, Paul Smith, Ebay

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, featuring the brands currently buzzing on on my radar…

1. PAULA GERBASE HEADS TO JOHN LOBB

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This is rather exciting news for John Lobb. The British shoemaker, owned by Hermes, has appointed Paula Gerbase as artistic director. I don’t know the full story but I’m guessing the brand wants to expand beyond footwear (Berluti-style), and hiring a buzzy young luxury designer is a good way to do it. Continue reading

Afro Hair and Beauty Live: the highlights

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Last month saw the 33rd year of the Afro Hair and Beauty Live show at Islington’s Business Design Centre, the biggest show of its kind in Europe. Knowing how big the UK black beauty market is (black women are said to spend six times more on hair and beauty), I intended to go to this but in the end had conflicting commitments. Instead, TOLU OGUNSOLA attended on my behalf and here she reports on her top three finds…

MR & MRS MILLI’S

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Just as I expected, I was greeted with a great buzzing atmosphere as I entered Afro Hair And Beauty Live. People were talking excitedly here, there and everywhere about what products they wanted to buy and blaring music further amped up the excitement for all involved. Natural hair has definitely taken off in the past year or so, with women of colour taking a vested interest in returning back to their roots as it were. Continue reading

The Bicester Brit factor

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Bicester Village Designers Collective

What better way to spend a weekend than heading down Oxfordshire way to Bicester Village? If you do, you’ll be well rewarded, with the fifth British Fashion Council Designers’ Collective pop-up offering plentiful pickings of our celebrated womenswear talent. Curated by Yasmin Sewell, this year’s edit is the best yet (no filler!) and better still, it comes with a new art twist. The Royal Academy has jumped on board, so there are limited edition prints to buy from Royal Academians including Gary Hume and Grayson Perry. Continue reading

First look: J.W. Anderson Resort 2015

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Who needs Tumblr when you have Instagram? J.W.Anderson posted his entire Resort 15 collection on Insta yesterday and proved he can do commercial just as well as experimental. My commercial highlights are the trench coats, the diagonal stripes, the twinset and the boxy Harrington. And please check out the pockets on those trousers…

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Retail report: The rebirth of Chiltern Street

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Chiltern Firehouse is the best thing about Chiltern Street, despite the fact that it’s not even properly open yet. While London’s It people have enjoyed countless dinners over the last few months, the hotel and restaurant don’t fully open for another couple of weeks (breakfast and lunch service is due to start at the end of June).

But there are plenty of other reasons to head to this genteel pocket of London, not least its new retail focus. If you skew to the types of brands sold on Mr Porter or Tres Bien and have a Scandi ‘lagom’ attitude to getting dressed, then this is your kind of shopping street. Continue reading

Editorial shoot: Mad Goofy Chica

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What happens in Bristol stays in Bristol, as was the case on our West Country adventure with model-slash-dancer-slash-all-round-creative-entity, Arlie Osborne at Models 1. She showed us the sights – the street art, the waterways, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, oh and the best breakfast in the west (thank you Cafe Kino)…

2 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl-1 ABOVE: Coat, Sandro menswear/// Top, M Missoni AW14/// Trousers, Alexander Lewis pre-fall 14///Shoes, Purified/// Socks, Falke

3 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl-2 4 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl-4 Dress, McQ pre-fall 14/// shoes, Dr Martens AW14/// Socks, Falke

5 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl-3 Dress, McQ pre-fall 14

6 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl-6 Coat, Sandro menswear/// Top, M Missoni AW14/// Trousers, Alexander Lewis pre-fall 14

7 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl-8 8 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl-9jpg Jumper, ESK AW14

9 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl 10 T-shirt, Lulu & Co AW14/// Skirt, M Missoni AW14

10 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl 11 1 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl-12 T-shirt, stylists own///Trousers, McQ pre-fall 14

11 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl 13 T-shirt, stylist’s own///Trousers, McQ pre-fall 14

12 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl 15 Jumper, Jonathan Saunders Pre-fall 14/// Dress, Rag & Bone

13 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl 20 14 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl 18 Sweatshirt, Jonathan Saunders Menswear /// T-shirt, Lulu & Co///Skirt, Sandro/// Bracelet, Cornelia Webb AW14

15 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl 16 Jumper, Jonathan Saunders Pre-fall 14/// Dress, Rag & Bone

16 arlie-Osborne-emma-miranda-moore-disneyrollergirl 21. jpg Coat, Mackintosh AW14/// Dress, McQ AW14

Credits:
Photography: Emma Miranda Moore
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Make-up: Maria Jeetoo
Model: Arlie Osborne at Models 1

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Public School for J Crew, Alexander Olch, My-Wardrobe, Louis Vuitton, Chanel

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It’s the eve of London Collections: Men, so the latest DRG STYLE INDEX is a little bit menswear focussed. Here’s my ranking of the brands on my radar this week…

1) J CREW X PUBLIC SCHOOL

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Every good menswear designer knows there’s more money to be made from womenswear. So naturally it makes sense for (newly crowned CFDA Menswear Designer Of The Year) Public School to work with J Crew on this womenswear collab. Continue reading

Oh Chanel, you had me at ‘Hello’

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Chanel always manages to nail the summer make-up palette. Take a look at this collection (on counter today), which screams spectacular sunsets, fruit popsicles, beachy frolics and unsuitable holiday romances. Continue reading

J.W.Anderson 2.0

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It’s all go at J W Anderson. Jonathan Anderson’s new London HQ is up and running, complete with shiny new CEO. Stratgies are in place to launch an ecommerce website (due 16th June) that represents this very millennial luxury brand, while a pricing structure is also in place to appeal to its equally millennial customer (my understanding is that prices will come down slightly). Continue reading

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