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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BELLA FREUD, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, UNIQLO, J CREW, BURBERRY, L’OREAL

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

1. BELLA FREUD – THE SHOP
Bella Freud launches cashmere and is opening a Bella Freud store
Bella Freud is opening a shop! And has launched cashmere! And has great advice for new designers in this interview from Fashionista


2. LOUBOUTIN LIPSTICKS ARRIVE THIS WEEK

Louboutin Lipsticks
…And Selfridges has the exclusive. If you’re ready to splash £60 on a lippie please can I be your BFF, then get to Selfridges on September 1st.


3. UNIQLO X LEMAIRE

Lemaire X Uniqlo look book
The full look book for UNIQLO X LEMAIRE is out and for me it’s all about the square cut knits and men’s coats. See the other looks here. (P.S is anyone else getting COS vibes from the micro site design?)


4. J.CREW BACK TO BASICS

J Crew Regent Blazer
Vogue reports that J. Crew is going back to basics (think ballet flats and cashmere) for AW15. I’ve seen this collection and it’s good. I definitely think championing the classics (in a contemporary way, of course) is the way to go… The Regent blazer with satin lapels gets my vote.


5. DESIGN YOUR OWN BURBERRY SCARF

Burberry scarf bar

Clever clever Burberry is soooo good at ‘affordable luxury’, with its monogrammed perfume bottles, brilliant makeup and now… design-your-own scarves. OK, they’re not that affordable but people will pay more for personalisation. The Burberry Scarf Bar launches on 2nd September online and in-store…


6. HOW L’OREAL IS INNOVATING DIGITALLY IN CHINA

Loreal Makeup Genius app
Interesting insights into how L’Oreal’s digital initiatives (like the Makeup Genius app) are helping it clean up in China. Read here

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

RETAIL REPORT: Covent Garden – should a high street be more like a department store?

Oliver Sweeney Henrietta Street Covent Garden menswear destination

In the battle between bricks and clicks, the high street has suffered, but department stores have done well to up their game. They have become nimble at keeping pace with fashion, worked harder to collaborate with brands on pop-ups and events, and just seem more dynamic places to be. It’s something the rest of the high street can learn lessons from and I’m already seeing its influence.

Covent Garden got the memo some time ago. OK, it’s not quite a high street but it’s a shopping district that misplaced its mojo for a while and has since redeemed itself. In the 80s it was incredibly stylish and vibrant. At its peak, London’s cool set gravitated towards the Meccas of Paul Smith, Jones and thrift emporium Flip. (more…)

Buy it now: New in for autumn

JW Anderson spoon pendants

It’s a bit cloudy today so I’m doing a new-in autumn shopping round-up. Starting with these stunning J.W. Anderson spoon pendants (above). These have just gone into Selfridges and J-W-Anderson.com – How delicious do they look? Also piquing my interest are the shoes and loafers from Dries Van Noten and Paul Smith, which I would wear with grey wool socks and my cropped tailored Joseph trousers.

Knitwear is a bit of a fetish of mine and the best bits tend to get snapped up fast. I love the school uniform colours of the Valentino sweater and the Marni mustard ombre menswear knit. Either would be a nice partner to the Dolce & Gabbana sheer tie neck blouse. Finally, you can’t go wrong with a camel coat – this one from Isabel Marant is relatively affordable at £620…

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Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CHANEL, BURBERRY, J.W.ANDERSON, BLAZÉ MILANO

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

1. MEET CHANEL’S NEW BOY.FRIEND WATCH
Chanel BOY FRIEND WATCH

Big news for Chanel – there’s a major new watch arriving in September, to accompany its other signature styles, the ceramic J12, and the chain-strapped Premiere. The Boy.Friend (named after Boy Capel – get it?) is extremely good looking and comes in both large and small sizes. (more…)