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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: NORDSTROM, GAP, MULBERRY, COACH

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

1. NORDSTROM’S SECRET WEAPON

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I keep reading about Nordstrom doing original things with digital and experiential retail and now I know why. Its director of creative projects is one Olivia Kim, formerly of Opening Ceremony, AKA queen of the clever collab and someone who just knows how to make retail exciting. (more…)

Gentlewoman style: Handsome red

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Spring pastels and summer neons may come and go but rich, handsome red never gets old. For starters, I love simple red sweaters, both for wearing and for tying round waists or shoulders.

Next, red leather accessories have a lovely nostalgic feel – Anya Hindmarch in particular has nailed it with her delicious two-way journal (which can be embossed with initials to personalise). (more…)

What’s your sale shopping strategy?

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Carven-wool-jacket-aw13Eddie-Borgo-braceletMichaela-Buerger-sweater
Miu-Miu-polka-dot-coatChloe-biker-jacketBottega Veneta Earrings

I’m not a fan of sale shopping for the sake of it. I prefer to shop with a purpose so my sale strategy tends to be around useful pieces or one-of-a-kind things you’ll never see again.

Of the sale buys I’ve spotted already, the distinctive Miu Miu coat is only worth buying if you absolutely adore those spots (as I do) because it’s such a season-specific piece. But it’s a great standby for weddings etc and will look as good worn casually unfastened as primly zipped.

The Carven jacket is a good price for the quality and versatility (the faux fur collar comes off so you’ll still be wearing this come spring. Plus click on the picture and you can get another 10% off when you use the code XMAS10). And although the Dolce & Gabbana jewelled heels are still quite pricy, they’re worth it to me as it’s rare to find walkable evening heels that are such a dramatic talking point.

What’s your sale shopping strategy?

TOP ROW L-R: Dolce & Gabbana JEWELLED HEELS, £913 (£1,305); Joseph SWEATER, £186 (£265); Valentino CUFF, £97.95 (£165)
MIDDLE ROW: Carven JACKET, £478 (£683); Eddie Borgo BRACELET, £225 (£375); Michaela Buerger SWEATER, £192, (£320)
BOTTOM ROW: Miu Miu polka dot COAT, £936 (£1,560); Chloe BIKER JACKET, £1,603 (£2,290); Bottega Veneta EARRINGS, £245 (£350)

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Designers! Stop trying to makes mules happen!

Ugh, I won’t be wearing any of these mules for SS14. Shan’t, shan’t, shan’t!

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