Business of Fashion

Gucci reinvented

Gucci Aw15 Alessandro Michele

So, after many a furrowed brow and clenched jaw, the fash pack has come round to Alessando Michele’s vision for Gucci. I liked it from the first, rushed menswear AW15 collection, which repeated itself in essence for womenswear AW15. We have just seen Cruise 2016 presented in New York, more young, studious-looking models in vintage-inspired threads of a non-specific nature. Michele’s schtick seems to be about the romance and human touch of fashion, hence his Cruise show was presented as girls walking in off the street into a setting of Persian rugs and toile de jouy chairs. Clever and relatable. And beautiful too. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: SIMONE ROCHA, PATEK PHILIPPE, PALLAS, INES DE LA FRESSANGE

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

1. SIMONE ROCHA TO MOUNT STREET

Simone Rocha store to open in Mount Street

I’m gobsmacked at all the independent British designers opening stores on Mount Street and nearby. I can’t help asking myself where all the funds are coming from? Simone Rocha is the latest, due to open her first store during London Fashion Week. The store, which joins Christopher Kane, Roksanda and Nicholas Kirkwood on one of the grandest shopping streets in London, will have a personal, creative look to reflect the romantic Rocha sensibility. (more…)

Fine jewellery reimagined: Dior Rose des Vents

dior jewellery Rose Des Vents sketches

Contemporary fine jewellery is undergoing something of a metamorphosis. Chanel’s Coco Crush line of 18 karat gold bangles and rings recently launched at Net-a-Porter (Chanel’s first foray into e-commerce), Delfina Delettrez has opened in Mount Street, while Repossi and Dauphin are currently the coolest jewellers in Place Vendôme. (more…)

Vogue Festival 2015 – the highlights

Vogue Festival 2015

Four years in, the Vogue Festival is firmly established, mixing A-list talks with smaller panel discussions, styling workshops, the obligatory makeover stations and opportunities for one-on-one careers advice with Vogue staffers. It’s a pretty good example of a brand extending its reach well beyond the printed (or digital) page, to touch the lives of its next generation reader. (more…)