29 September, 2014
Picture the scene: on arrival at the pap-packed arch of the Musee du Louvre courtyard, you’re greeted by the Dior show venue – a giant mirrored cube. Could this be construed as the ultimate symbol of our modern, narcissistic times? A reflection of us in all our peacock-y finery? This I wondered as I joined pretty much every other show-goer in taking an obligatory selfie to share immediately (cos if you didn’t record it and instantly share it, then you clearly weren’t really there). Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, Designers, Fashion shows, Trends
Tagged best fashion blog, Dior, fashion shows, Paris Fashion Week, Raf Simons, SS15, trends
28 September, 2014
The DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks while Fashion Month took over. But it’s back with this week’s round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. ON YOUR MARKS FOR MARQUES’ALMEIDA X TOPSHOP
Roll on October 9th. Marques’Almeida’s 68-piece collection for Topshop is looking pretty good, with all the M’A hallmarks intact. Shredded denim, delicious true-blue washes, an overall rough-n-ready aesthetic…watch this one fly. (P.S, if you’re eyeing up the parka, be fast, it’s predicted to go first…) Continue reading
Posted in Beauty, Brands, Business of fashion, Design, Designers, Magazines, News, Online shopping, Retail concepts, Shopping, Technology, Trends
Tagged beauty, Christopher Kane, collabs, DRG Style Index, Farfetch, fragrance, J Crew, Louis Vuitton, Marques'Almeida, Nars, retail news, Shinola, technology, Topshop
26 September, 2014
My favourite colourists and patternists, Eley Kishimoto just unveiled their first collection of hand-printed wallpapers at Decorex International. Yes, some of them are downright tripppy but they’re sooo good!
Eley Kishimoto wallpapers are screen printed to order and you can buy them HERE.
25 September, 2014
Gap’s ‘new’ creative director, Rebekka Bay is well into her stride now and fittingly for the Dane who came from COS, the look for AW14 is heavily weighted to a darker, Scandi-style aesthetic.
I particularly like the inky indigo blue denim (above) and the dark wool cocoon jacket (below). I’ve tried it on and it’s a great cut, ticking the box for smart but warm very well. Two other things Gap is nailing at the moment: cashmere and sweatshirts. Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, News, Retail concepts, Trends
Tagged AW14, best fashion blog, customisation, denim, Gap, Levi's, trends, Uniqlo
25 September, 2014
I loved hearing about Shiseido Secrets at a recent Shiseido make-up launch. It’s a cute awareness project that flags up its hero products such as its famous eyelash curler. These are apparently a bit of a beauty insider wonder tool, designed as they are for the straightest lashes of them all: Asian ones.
My own Shiseido Secrets include an old product and a new one. I love using Shiseido face wipes. At £16.50, Shisedo Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets (to give them their full name) are an irregular indulgence but they do the best job if you’re a lazy make-up taker-offer. Buy it HERE.
And my new discovery is the Shiseido Sheer And Perfect Compact (£29), a light powder foundation. Deep Ochre (no 80) is my perfect colour match with just the right amount of yellow. Continue reading
24 September, 2014
Slowly falling in love with Jil Sander again. Incoming creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga showed his debut for SS15 and I really like the youthful, school uniformness of the stiff shirting, wrap skirts and cool colour palette.
Someone in Bon magazine (Yasmin Sewell I think) said a while ago that they doubted the relevance of Sander now that other brands have stepped into the Sander space (Celine, The Row). But this younger take could appeal to a new customer, and I always like to support the underdog… Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Business of fashion, Design, Designers, Fashion shows, Trends
Tagged best fashion blog, fashion shows, Jil Sander, Lea Colombo, Rodolfo Paglialunga, SS15, trends
23 September, 2014
Bobbi Brown is the undisputed queen of nudes. Her shades and textures are second to none – I’ve always relied on her flattering lipsticks since way back in the 90s when she practically invented the no-make-up-make-up look.
This month it’s all about great textures to flatter natural-looking eyes, lips and face. Continue reading
23 September, 2014
Who needs expensive glossies when you can pick up this standard of editorial excellence free from an Hermes store? The autumn-winter 2014 issues of Hermes’ magazine has a feel of The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man, both in the handsome casting and styling of its womenswear shoots (this one’s shot by Julia Hetta and styled by Camille Biddault-Waddington) and in the quiet and precise mood of its men’s accessory shoot… Continue reading
Posted in Brands, Design, Magazines, Menswear, News, Online shopping, Photography, Retail concepts, Technology, Trends
Tagged AW14, Camille Bidault-Waddington, Hermes, magazines, retail concepts, scarves, trends
22 September, 2014
Tom Ford Beauty launches are always a pleasure. But aside from the posh location and lavish nibbles, it’s the products that really deliver. For autumn, the hero product is the Traceless Perfecting Foundation (£62) which comes in fifteen shades. Its big claim is to deliver a humidity-resistant matte finish so you shouldn’t need more than a cursory touch-up. Continue reading
21 September, 2014
Er, hello Matchesfashion.com with your rather excellent (and free) The Style Report magazine! The retailer has stepped up its editorial considerably lately, not least with its current cover and feature on Caroline De Maigret.
Everyone’s current favourite French fancy, the interview is soooo good, she is charmingly blunt in the way that only Parisienne women seem to be able to get away with. And of course, she looks imperfectly-perfect in Boo George’s pictures (styled by Verity Parker). Here she is in Marques’Almeida (above), Preen and Isabel Marant… Continue reading
Posted in Books, Magazines, Online shopping, Photography, Trends
Tagged Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Boo George, books, Caroline de Maigret, magazines, Matchesfashion, photography, Preen