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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.

How it’s made: Chanel Mademoiselle Prive glyptic watch

Making of the Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Coromandel Glyptic watch

I know a lot of people don’t bother with watches but I still love them, both as functional objects and as beautiful accessories. Weirdly, I’ve seen hardly anyone with an Apple Watch. I’m intrigued to know what they’re like but so far I’m in the dark.

Meanwhile, the luxury watch houses are going all out, and I really do mean all out, to create stunning feats of artistic wonder with their top-end timepieces. Chanel has done it recently with its Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Glyptic watch. These one-off watches are crafted by hand in limited numbers using astonishing techniques (spoiler alert: they retail from £175,000). (more…)

Buy it now: All the deets on the latest Chanel Les Beiges additions

Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection

Embarrassing admission: I never really got bronzer until I tried Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow a couple of years ago. It’s a good starter bronzer – so finely milled that you really get just the subtlest hint of warmth, but enough to make you look ten times better.

This year, Les Beiges has expanded with more gems to impart a similar tango-free outdoorsy glow. The hero is still the Les Beiges Healthy Glow compact which now comes in two new varieties, both striped to mimic the famous Chanel nautical mariniere top. Chanel Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Mariniere SPF15 is a limited edition compact (£44). Use the lighter shade to enhance radiance (for tops of cheekbones, or above the cupid’s bow), or swirl to blend both the shades together. The pinky shade (no 01) is more of a highlighter, so best for those who aren’t so fussed about looking bronzed, while 02 is your classic tan option. Oh, there’s also a new shade added to the main Les Beiges line – 25 is a little bit pinker and warmer.

Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection Mariniere striped compact n
2 Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection Mariniere striped compacts

There are also three new stick blushers. Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick (£32) does what it says on the, er, stick; it’s a creamy blush stick containing coconut oil and beeswax and has a matte finish. You apply it straight to the cheek from the bullet and blend with fingers for a sheer, non streaky radiant effect. Having tried this I would just say make sure your cheeks are well moisturised before applying. Shade-wise it comes in three wearable shades. No 20 is the darkest of the three, a deep tan-bronze so perhaps best for contouring. No 21 is a perfect deep coral, my default blusher shade, which I’ve been wearing apply sparingly and blend on cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. No 22 is an orangy-peach that would be a great match for paler skintones.

The Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm (£25) is another new product which I love in theory but not so much in practice. It’s an elegant black-cased balm stick, with a lovely sheen and the sheerest hint of pink shade. It feels great on but disappointingly, doesn’t show up enough on me. I’m sure there are better ones out there.

The Les Beiges line pre-empted the whole no make-up make-up look that’s obviously all the rage right now. On that tip, there are two new lip glosses (£22) – a pale pink Rose Tendre and the buff-hued Beige Star – plus four beige nail colours. I have Precious Beige and Beige Pur (£18), both of which are sheer, everyday beiges although Precious Beige has a tiny amount of shimmer. The other two are Lovely Beige and Beige Rose. No, they’re not the most exciting shades ever but they’re the ones I always fall back on so they get two big lacquered thumbs up from me. You can do one coat for a natural, groomed finish or two for a mannequin nails effect (is that still a thing?).

4 Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection nails and lip gloss
5 Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection nail colours in Beige Pur and Precious Beige

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Buy it now: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes

Estee Lauder bronze goddess

How to look like you’ve just come back from a week in the Balaerics in under ten seconds. Open Estee Lauder Limited-Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Allover Illuminator (£33). Twist up stick. Stroke on tops of cheekbones and bridge of nose. blend with a finger. Voila!

This stick comes in one deep peachy-pink shade with just the right amount of golden highlights. It’s less pink than my holy grail Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint, and less matte than Chanel’s new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick (blog post coming soon). I guess it’s the Estee Lauder version of a Nars The Multiple stick, but with more of a sun-blushed finish. You can also use it on decollete and shoulders (do people do this?). It really does remind me of that moment when you come back from the beach, all sleepy but nicely sun-kissed.

Also in this Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Collection, is the Limited-Edition Bronze Goddess lluminating Powder Gelée (£32) – a non-powdery powder that gives a lovely ‘uplighting’ effect. It’s designed to be used as a highlighter but I like it as a light, all-over illuminating veil. Either way, it’s very subtle and easy to use. I do find the packaging terribly 70s though…

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess illuminating Powder Gelee and Bronze Goddess Allover Illuminator stick

Then, there’s the Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray (£29). This is scented with Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent; it’s clean, floral and suitably summery with the perfect ratio of floral and fruity notes with a hint of vanilla and coconut.

I adore this; it’s just the kind of happy but sophisticated scent you’d expect from Estee Lauder, with added skin-conditioning properties. Scent aside, this is a very similar product to the Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil, right down to the identical shaped bottle and placing of the type on the bottle. Who am I to say if it’s exactly the same formula inside? Tom Ford Beauty is produced by Estee Lauder though so it wouldn’t be surprising. This is a smaller and thus less expensive bottle and the fragrance is just as good as Tom’s so it’s a great pre-holiday buy. (That’s if you can track it down – I’ve had to link to the U.S Estee Lauder site because it seems to be sold out in the UK.)

Estee Lauder Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Collection

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