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Bella Freud x Cutler & Gross collaboration

Bella Freud X Cutler & Gross

No DRG Style Index this weekend as I’m preoccupied with Vogue Festival. But instead I’ll leave you with this fab forthcoming collab between Bella Freud and Cutler & Gross. Freud’s collaborations are always well chosen and this one is so good, featuring a unisex sunglasses style with mirrored lenses (£354). “My inspiration comes from the reggae stars and freedom fighters of the 70’s. Their integrity and their glamour, hidden behind reflective lenses, increases their fascination,” said Freud.

I’ve worn Cutler & Gross since the 90s; they’re handmade in Italy and they offer both statement retro styles as well as very classic androgynous styles. This collab is limited to 25 numbered pairs and will launch in June from Bella Freud and Cutler & Gross boutiques or online.
Bella Freud X Cutler and Gross collaboration

Continuing the collaboration theme, I love how Freud has coralled her mates, Marc Hare and Cecelia Chancellor to model the sunnies, while her son Jimmy Fox took the picture. Big ticks all round.

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MAIN IMAGE: Jimmy Fox
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Céline, M.I.H Jeans, Brooks Brothers, Estée Lauder

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

1. M.I.H JEANS LAUNCHES A POP-UP SHOP
mih jeans pop-up shop in Soho
Happy Birthday M.i.h Jeans! Chloe Lonsdale is celebrating 10 years of M.i.h Jeans with a pop-up shop and mini-collection called The Cult Denim Project. Selling ten favourite M.i.h pieces, it includes the chambray boiler suit, which is also one of my favourite M.i.h looks. (more…)

How Levi’s helped define these cool young brands

re/Done upcycled jeans

Oh I do like a happy marriage! What could have been a fraught, competitive relationship has ended in harmony with Levi’s and RE/DONE joining forces recently at Coachella for a bit of a denim-ed up love-in.

If you remember, RE/DONE launched its denim brand last year on the basis of repurposing old Levi’s 501s by re-cutting them into a slightly more contemporary fit. The success of RE/DONE arguably led to the Levi’s 501 revival (ahem, have you seen me in the current campaign?) and happily both brands have seen fit to align in a formal collaboration, rather than compete. (more…)

Models remember 1990s Helmut Lang

1990s helmut lang
Not to get all ‘it was better in the old days’, but thank you Vogue Runway for these personal recollections of some of Helmut Lang’s best shows. Read what Jeny Howorth, Elfie Semotan (top left) and Stella Tennant said about modelling in those unforgettable 1990s shows here. (And enjoy the catwalk pics and soon-to-come videos here…)

Here’s Elfie Semotan…
“Helmut had special ties with a lot of the models and almost everyone who worked for him backstage. (more…)