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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Shinola, Michael Kors, Fenwick

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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. SHINOLA – ACTING SMALL, THINKING BIG

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Shinola’s been in the news a lot lately since it opened its rather lovely little London store on Newburgh Street. What’s most enlightening is the quietly savvy strategy behind it. For instance, who knew that the brains behind it all is Tom Kartsotis who also founded the mass market watch retailer, Fossil? His approach of creating a story around the manufacturing and people of Detroit has helped imbue the two-year-old watch-and-accessories brand with a romance that really resonates with customers. Having quality products (the watches have Swiss movements but are assembled in Detroit), excellent design and a Bruce Weber-lensed campaign help too, but it’s the ‘Made In Detroit’ provenance and storytelling elements that seem to be hitting the mark.

2. MICHAEL KORS LAUNCHES SHOPPABLE #INSTAKORS

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Michael Kors is always one of the first to try out any new social media initiative. So it’s no surprise to hear of #InstaKors, the shoppable Instagram enabler that lets its (highly engaged) followers shop from the app. As with Marc Jacobs, it’s a landing page on the Kors site that customers can register on, then when they ‘like’ a particular Kors Instagram featuring the #InstaKors hashtag, they get an email alert allowing them to shop. Not all brands’ Insta followers want to shop, but as the Kors feed is heavily product-centric, I can imagine a huge number of Kors fans will…

3. FENWICK AIMS FOR EXPANSION

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Fenwick is my secret little retail haven in the West End. Its relatively small size and spacious layout means it’s more manageable than the likes of Selfridges and it has a genteel, unhurried vibe to match. Plus the buy is brilliant at the moment with plenty of Sofie D’hoore (remember I discovered it in this very store?), Jil Sander Navy and Paul Smith to satisfy my inner gentlewoman. Latest news is that profits are (slightly) up and the store is looking at UK expansion, starting with the relocation of its Bentalls store in Bracknell to a new three-floor location in 2017. First though (one hopes), a fully transactional ecommerce site…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
SHINOLA IMAGE: Jamie McGregor Smith

What Asos did next – get ready for the ‘new in’ app

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There’s no denying that Asos has had a tough year this year, with younger, sexier, leaner upstarts snapping at its heels (hello Missguided and Boohoo). But it’s fighting back for SS15 with some excellent product and clever customer service initiatives. What does the Asos girl want? Newness. When does she want it? All the time. And so Asos is launching ‘New In’, a new Tinder-like app that let’s you swipe yay or nay to the Asos new-in feed, adding your choices to your profile. It cuts away all the clutter, leaving you with only the freshest product deliveries. (You’ll have to wait a little longer though, it doesn’t launch for a few weeks.)

Another thing I discovered at the Asos press day last week was its innovative approach to personal shopping. It has recruited its personal styling team via a combination of their own personal style, styling ability, social feed and dedication to customer service. It makes sense to the Asos customer, who will follow a particular ‘personal stylist’ because they love their aesthetic. Each stylist is set up with their own Asos-approved Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram profiles to engage their followers to the max. The direct and converstional contact of Instagram is a decidedly more engaging tool that traditional methods of enquiry like email, and feels suited to the instant-info expectations of today’s young online shopper. Plus, UK shoppers can choose their favourite stylist for one-to-one shopping advice via the online stylist’s chat feature.

For next season, the product is looking great too. Most impressive are the romantic structured dresses adorned with lace, embroidery and applique. There’s also a good dose of raw-edged denim (90s references will run and run) and jewellery is going strong with delicate single earrings proving to be the ear cuff of SS15…

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl; Instagram

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: OSMAN X AMAZON FASHION, JOHN LOBB, H&M, SIMONE ROCHA X J BRAND, KURT GEIGER

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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. OSMAN FOR AMAZON FASHION

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Someone is giving Osman an almighty great push on the PR and marketing front as he seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment. I just noticed this Osman collection on Amazon.co.uk and surprisingly, it looks really luxe and beautiful. Amazon has tried hard to sell high end brands on its site but it never quite achieves the Net-a-Porter aesthetic that I’m guessing it’s aiming for. Until now. Continue reading

Charlotte Olympia gets serious

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Here’s a tiny peek at my Charlotte Olympia SS15 press day highlights. The way out west theme offers these cactus super-wedges and the kitty flat realised as a moccasin – there’s seriously no end to the kitty obsession… Continue reading

It’s all about the Burberry map scarf…

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Much as I love the Burberry poncho, the silk map foulard is a more realistic proposition. I saw it IRL in Harrods last week (do head up to the new 6th floor Salon De Parfum by the way, it’s the ultimate olfactory experience) in the men’s department as it is indeed part of the Burberry Prorsum men’s AW14 collection.

At the show it was loosely tied over both shoulders, but what I like about this scarf is how thin and therefore malleable, it is. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: NORDSTROM, GAP, MULBERRY, COACH

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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. NORDSTROM’S SECRET WEAPON

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I keep reading about Nordstrom doing original things with digital and experiential retail and now I know why. Its director of creative projects is one Olivia Kim, formerly of Opening Ceremony, AKA queen of the clever collab and someone who just knows how to make retail exciting. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: HELMUT LANG PERFUME, LONGCHAMP THE BOOK, GALLIANO THE CONCEPTUALIST

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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. HELMUT LANG PERFUME RETURNS

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Woah, big story of the week for me is this one. Helmut Lang the original fragrance is back! And with the proto-minimalist packaging intact too. Not sure where we can buy it in the UK, but it’s being sold on the Helmut Lang US site right now. Continue reading

Gentlewoman style: Bally AW14

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Can we take a minute to appreciate the new-look Bally, under the creative direction of Pablo Coppola? Emphasising the Bally ‘codes’ of precision and craftsmanship, there’s a focus on grown up wardrobe staples with a slightly relaxed flair – tailored trousers, boxy handbags, mannish coats, boyfriend shoes…

The ‘gentlewoman’s corner’ bag is my favourite, with its lopped-off corner. Continue reading

Shinola watches arrive at Net-a-Porter

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Shinola klaxon! Yummy new Shinola watches have just landed at Net-a-Porter. The Detroit-based brand is getting a lot of attention at the mo for its leather goods, paper goods, watches and own-brand cola (called Shinola Cola obvs).

I like the classic understatement of these. They’re just masculine enough, without looking overly butch. I like the size too. I have tiny wrists so I can’t get away with those gigantic dinner plate watches that everyone loves. You can buy them HERE.

Buy it now: Milli Millu AW14

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Milli Millu’s new-season bags are a little smaller than their predecessors. I own the full-sized Zurich in black calf but its new younger sister, the Midi Zurich (above) is just as useful but slightly more transportable. And the azure or berry grain leathers are a great option if you want to step out of your black-grey-khaki comfort zone (hell yes!). Continue reading

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