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Buy it now: Just one piece from PER/se



PER Se Nebula Coat
The girls from Nom de Mode have pivoted. They’ve introduced PER/se (pronounced ‘per say’ as in the Latin phrase meaning ‘by itself’), a one-piece concept that will produce one design every two months. (more…)



Workshop visit: At Chanel, it’s all wheat, no chaff



Chanel L'Epi brooch fine jewellery Les Bles de Chanel

When did wheat get such a bad rap? What was once revered for giving us our daily bread is now feared for making us fat, tired and irritable. Time for a rebranding campaign perhaps, but who would have expected the redeemer to be…Chanel?

In fact, the notion isn’t quite as eccentric as it seems if you know the history of Chanel. The young Gabrielle Chanel had humble beginnings, spending her childhood in the rural French region of Auvergne, known for its wheat fields. As a young woman she became friends with Salvador Dali, who once gifted her a painting of wheat, a gesture that symbolised success, growth and prosperity. From there on, wheat became one of the signature house codes, woven, embroidered and knitted into many a collection. Fast-forward to 2016 and the humble ear of wheat is the focus of some of the most extravagant Chanel pieces you can buy – from the ‘Les Blés de Chanel’ high jewellery collection. (more…)



Oh la la Lesage



inside Lesage couture embroidery studio with Chanel

“There is only one person who knows how to make this piece; this lady has been working here for thirty years.” This, and many other such factoids are the type of geeky nugget one gobbles up on a visit to the Lesage couture embroidery workshops on the outskirts of Paris. On an industrial estate that’s a step up from your average (think sun-dappled and tree-dotted), it’s where the hands of dedicated embroiderers stitch and bead Chanel’s finest couture showpieces. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY, CHURCH’S, BURBERRY



It’s been a slow couple of weeks so the DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus. But it’s back for 2016 – here’s the latest ranking of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY IS COMING TO HARRODS
Marc Jacobs Beauty Harrods

Only a few more weeks until we get an official London stockist for Marc Jacobs Beauty. Although the Marc Jacobs store in Mount Street has been selling it quietly since 2014, Harrods will be stocking it from next month. (more…)