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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CHANEL, GUCCI, GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY, FIORUCCI

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

1. CHANEL TO STAGE MADEMOISELLE PRIVE EXHIBITION
Chanel MADEMOISELLE PRIVE exhibition coming to the Saatchi Gallery in London

It seems like Chanel is never out of the news and this week it’s to announce a forthcoming exhibition that celebrates the heritage of the house. Luxury brands are getting very skilled at these ‘immersive’ exhibitions, which take visitors on a storytelling journey through how the past informs the present. For this one, the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery will focus on the haute couture, the 1932 high jewellery collection and Chanel No 5. Despite the name, the exhibition will focus on both Gabrielle Chanel’s and Karl Lagerfeld’s influence.


2. GUCCI TO DOVER STREET MARKET

Gucci Dover Street Market

The next stage of the cool-ification of Gucci? A concession at Dover Street Market. Joining Celine and Saint Laurent, it will have its own little corner of DSM in all four stores (starting with Tokyo this weekend). The first look reveals suitably Grey Gardens-esque visual merchandising, with powder pink carpet and velvet buttoned screens.


3.GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY X TIMUR NOVIKOV

Gosha Rubchinskiy and Timur Novikov Dover Street Market

In other DSM news, a collaboration between Gosha Rubchinskiy and Russian Artist Timur Novikov has just launched exclusively at Dover Street Market, London. Rubchinsky has translated Novikov’s naive, graphic motifs into his signature casual tees and shorts.


4 FAREWELL FIORUCCI

Fiorucci

Last week bid a sad and sudden goodbye to Elio Fiorucci, one of the true architects of modern fashion. His optimistic vision embraced fashion, music, experiential retail and I guess lifestyle as we know it now. And who can forget the incredible post-pop graphics used on store branding, carrier bags, advertising imagery and clothing? It’s said that he was working on a book and I remember that Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon had expressed a desire to collaborate. Perhaps we’ll see his estate re-release some fabulous creations to commemorate? Until then, expect to see his influence infiltrate the next couple of seasons’ fashion collections as Tumblr and Instagram explode with his references.

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ESTEE LAUDER, LOUIS VUITTON, MAISON KITSUNE, J.W. ANDERSON

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

1. ESTEE LAUDER’S NEXT-GEN SIGNING
Estee Lauder signs Irene Kim as global beauty contributor

Estee Lauder’s quest to engage the next-gen beauty consumer is going at a cracking pace. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARGARET HOWELL, JOHN SMEDLEY, HILL& FRIENDS, DIOR

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

1. MARGARET HOWELL PAYS TRIBUTE TO BARBARA HEPWORTH
Margaret Howell for Tate by John Hooper

Every year Mr DRG and I talk about going to St Ives and I’ve still never been. Oh well, this summer St Ives (kind of) comes to us with Tate Britain’s new exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World. To accompany it, there’s a lovely Hepworth-inspired capsule collection from Margaret Howell, including a smock, work shirt, dungarees and silk scarves. Buy them here.


2. JOHN SMEDLEY’S UNISEX KNITS

John Smedley unisex knitwear

John Smedley is one of my go-tos for all-season knitwear. Just landed is Singular, a unisex offering of waffle textured extra-fine merino wool jumpers. The utilitarian styling and neutral colourways remind me of school uniforms and 1950s gym kit – in a good way obvs. The sweater is £145 and the T-shirt is £115. Buy them here.


3. THE RETURN OF EMMA HILL

Emma Hill launches Hill And Friends

While we wait to see what Hillier Bartley (from Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley) brings this autumn; the news arrived this week of an accessories brand from Emma Hill. Do we need another accessories brand? Well, as Hill was the brains behind the Mulberry revamp and Gap’s early noughties successes it would be prudent to pay attention to what Hill & Friends delivers when it launches in September. A collaboration with former Mulberry brand director, Giorgia Fendley, the SS16 collection will be sold at Net-a-Porter.com and Hillandfriends.com the day after the LFW presentation. Join here for updates.

4. DIOR’S VIRTUAL REALITY BACKSTAGE BEAUTY
Dior uses 3-D virtual reality to let customers virtually go backstage at its fashion show

This is a clever and unexpected concept from Dior. Clearly, live streaming and Instagramming the show is just not enough; these days punters want to feel even more immersed in the backstage experience. Well that seems to be the view from Dior, who is promoting its Dior Show beauty line (which I love) with some rather fancy virtual reality action in selected stores. Fash & Mash has the story.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

Photo London 2015 – highlights and discoveries

William Eggleston Rose Gallery Photo London

My forays to Somerset House usually involve a frantic schedule of shows and presentations of the London Fashion Week variety, punctuated by the odd short film screening or drinks reception. That’s all going to change come September, with the LFW move to Soho. But there’s now a new reason to head down Somerset House way and it’s all for pleasure rather than work. Photo London, the new four-day art show specialising in photography opened last Thursday (more…)