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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AESOP, VOGUE, AMERICAN APPAREL, HILLIER BARTLEY

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

1. AESOP UNCOVERED
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Aesop is one of those brands that keeps popping up, seemingly without too much effort (i.e, it’s not rammed down your throat by advertisers) (more…)

BRAND NEW SMELLIES: JO MALONE LONDON, SHAY AND BLUE, AESOP

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I’m literally drowning under new fragrance samples right now, but I’ve narrowed down my current three favourites that are launching this autumn. They’re all very different and I do admit to being swayed as much by the branding as the scent in some cases…


JO MALONE LONDON WOOD SAGE AND SEA SALT

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Like Burberry, Jo Malone London is very good at evoking that traditional romantic, slightly windswept Brit imagery. (more…)

Packaging porn: Aesop’s gift sets

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There are gift sets and there are gift sets. One for the design-o-phile in your life, these Aesop kits tick the style-meets-function box. Based on the Italian Futurist movement, the graphic typography and bold colour palette are pure packaging porn. And the product inside is just as appealing. There are six sets in total but these three are my favourite, Intensity, Alacrity, Agility

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Beauty futures: What’s new and next in beauty?

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As you might have gathered, I love knowing what’s new and next when it comes to brands and retail and one of my favourite information resources is LS:N Global. The trends and insight network from The Future Laboratory covers global innovation from design, retail and lifestyle sectors and has a free blog called Seed *. Even better than the online content are the regular insight forums held at The Future Laboratory HQ in Shoreditch. Recently, I was invited to cover Beauty Futures, a jam-packed forum that focused on the beauty industry. Over six hours the LS:N Global team unpacked the emerging trends that will affect the way we shop for beauty over the coming years. Here’s my breakdown: (more…)