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Le Kilt: A classic reimagined

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I love it when designers start off with one product item before slowly expanding into other areas. It’s much easier to get your head around their aesthetic and it gives you a hook to latch onto too. Example: Le Kilt. Samantha McCoach grew up watching her grandmother make kilts and forever inspired, launched her own modern kilt line this year (it’s currently stocked at Dover Street Market).

Here’s a sneak peek at her SS15 line (look away now Topshop, ASOS et al), isn’t the styling and casting just perfect? Check out her answers to my nosy questions below…

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DISNEYROLLERGIRL: Did you always know you would be a kilt maker?
SAMANTHA MCCOACH: Not at all. My gran made me a small Black Watch kilt one Christmas. I wore it all winter with everything. It was smart, casual and chic all in one. I started to think about how this little kilt had so easily fitted in to my own wardrobe. My gran then started to make kilts for some of my close friends and that’s really how Le Kilt stated.

DRG: What’s the best thing about kilt making?
SM: Mastering one thing. There’s loads to learn about modern day kilt making for me yet and that’s really exciting. I’m really lucky to be working with a factory in Scotland who have been making kilts for years!

DRG: Where do you source your fabrics from?
SM: I currently source fabrics from British mills, but find inspiration and small off-cuts all over the place.

DRG: What’s your favourite tartan?
SM: Black Watch will always be a classic favourite, it was the start of Le Kilt. However I also love the brighter, more bold colourways. I’ve been mixing a yellow MacLeod of Lewis tartan kilt with some bright Nikes over the summer.

DRG: Do you wear kilts? How do you wear them?
SM: All the time. With almost everything I own. I stick to the same sort of uniform mostly. Shirts, crew neck sweats, tailored blazer and oxblood George Cox monkey boots mostly.

DRG: What sort of people are buying Le Kilt?
SM: The Le Kilt girl is modern, youthful and classic. It’s early days to know who’s buying them but I hope there’s a space in a few girls’ wardrobes for the timeless kilt.

More information can be found at Lekilt.co.uk

Slippers for hipsters: Mahabis

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I stumbled on these Mahibis slippers via a Facebook ad of all things. But I think they’re really cool.

After being subjected to three ‘ageing raver’ DJ types having a serious discussion about slippers a while ago, I said ‘someone needs to hurry up and exploit this market’. I was thinking along the lines of Stussy, Junya or Nike even, the brands that people of my generation grew up with and respect, because we want comfy slippers, but we also still love our credible brands and aren’t ready for Bhs.

While we wait for Stussy et al, in stepped Mahabis. Just launched this summer, these indoor-outdoor slippers look like a hybrid of old school Keds, felt Birkenstocks and those neoprene sock shoes you wear on the beach. Continue reading

Form through colour: art and textiles

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If you love colour and geometric graphics it’s hard not to be drawn to the work of Josef Albers. Showing at Somerset House for another two weeks (until 31st August) is FORM THROUGH COLOUR, an exhibition of Christopher Farr textiles inspired by the works of Josef Albers, his wife Anni Albers and contemporary artist Gary Hume. Continue reading

Liberty Best Of British Open Call 2014: top tips

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I noticed I’m getting a lot of blog traffic from people searching for Liberty Best Of British Open Call. This is the very popular X-Factor-esque competition that Liberty runs to find the next wave of home-produced talent. Alas, registration for this summer’s open call on 30th August is full to capacity, but if you have managed to nab a slot, then do re-read my post from a couple of years ago when I helped judge the fashion entries.

The post includes tips on how to present yourself (you only get a few minutes), price your work, what to research and how to stand out. Continue reading

Perfect pairing: everyday Nikes

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Nike is on a big drive to make things weightless and streamlined, all the better to help you zip through your workout working week. As such, its Tech Hyperfuse windrunner and new Air Max Lunar1s are a winning combination. I’m not a fitness fan (have I mentioned that?) but I love Nike. Continue reading

Quote of the day: Olivier Rousteing

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“I love seeing a Zara window with my clothes mixed with Céline and Proenza! I think that’s genius. Continue reading

Paris Fashion Week: the Lanvin AW14 re-see

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One of my highlights of Paris Fashion Week was the Lanvin AW14 re-see. On a huge scale, this is where you get to see the commercial workings of Fashion Week at play, where buyers view the pieces they’re really going to stock, and write their orders on the spot. The vast space (a 1920s former railway depot) was a hive of activity, it even had a pop-up café to keep the buyers and clerks fed and watered while crunching those numbers.

I was guided through both the catwalk collections and the commercial collections so I could see the pieces close up and learn what sells and what doesn’t. Continue reading

Who is Vetements?

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Right, I’m making it my mission to find out who’s behind the Paris-based label, Vetements. Apparently a collective of designers who have to be anonymous due to commitments at other brands (they’ve all served at Maison Martin Margiela while some have also worked at Balenciaga and Céline), it’s a label that dismisses the concept of ‘fashion’ and theme-y collections for timeless wardrobe pieces that are anything but basic. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: NIKE, HERMES, HARRODS, CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG, MARC BY MARC JACOBS

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

1. NIKE’S NEW AIR MAX LUNAR1 IS HERE

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Heads-up: Nike’s new Air Max Lunar1 trainer (£105) is here, an update on the original Air Max with new ultra-lightweight cushioning and mesh panels to make the cult shoe even more comfortable and flexible. I think they have done a great job adding in new technology while keeping the heritage good looks. Continue reading

First look: J.W. Anderson Resort 2015

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Who needs Tumblr when you have Instagram? J.W.Anderson posted his entire Resort 15 collection on Insta yesterday and proved he can do commercial just as well as experimental. My commercial highlights are the trench coats, the diagonal stripes, the twinset and the boxy Harrington. And please check out the pockets on those trousers…

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