DRG Style Index

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: FRANCES VALENTINE, BOUCHRA JARRAR, BURBERRY, VETEMENTS, MADEWELL, ESTEE LAUDER

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

1. FROM KATE SPADE TO FRANCES VALENTINE
Shoes from Frances Valentine's spring 2016 collection.
Handbag sales may be on the slide but that isn’t stopping the original Kate Spade dream team from setting up a whole new accessories brand. Kate ‘Valentine’ has teamed up with Andy Spade again to launch Frances Valentine, an accessory line that will focus on shoes. From what I’ve seen so far I’d say it looks a little bit Manolo, a little bit Prada but what I think will be really exciting is the branding. Kate Spade had one of the first really immersive brand websites if you remember, so I think it’s worth signing up here to see the early incarnations when this all launches in March.


2. BOUCHRA JARRAR IS DOING HIGH JEWELLERY

Bouchra Jarrar for Mauboussin by Kacper Kasprzyk
I’m interested to see what Bouchra Jarrar serves up in her high jewellery collection for Mauboussin. I imagine it along the same architectural lines as Repossi and Dauphin, two other high jewellery houses whose have embraced the new younger and cooler uber-luxe customer who buys jewels for herself. The line launches in July during the couture shows and you can read the whole story here.


3. BURBERRY REINVENTS THE FASHION SYSTEM

Burberry ss16
Burberry has made a stand as the first major brand to fully buck the ‘broken’ fashion week system. Having already jettisoned the diffusion lines (Burberry London, Burberry Brit) Christopher Bailey is proposing a complete overhaul, including selling direct to consumers from the runway come September, and also showing menswear and womenswear collections together on the same runway. This makes sense to me. Why pay for two lots of shows and make editors schlep around twice, when you can get more for your time and money by focusing everything into one event? Read more on WWD and Business of Fashion.


4. VETEMENTS TRIES CONSUMER-FOCUSED APPROACH

Vetements ss16 i-D -photo via Jason Lloyd Evans
Hot on Burberry’s heels, Vetements is the next brand to buck the fashion system. Demna and Guram Gvasalia are set to disrupt the schedule next year by showing a single collection of mens and womenswear two months in advance, in January, instead of March. The aim is to show the clothes at the same time as they arrive in store and they have chosen the optimum time to show and ship the product to ensure it stays on the shop floor long enough for people to desire and buy it at full price. Read more on Vogue.com.


5. DARYL K FOR MADEWELL

Daryl K has designed a denim range for for Madewell


Daryl K
is back! She of the perfect 90s-jean-n-boot look has been rather invisible for a couple of decades but it traspires she’s alive and well and doing great things with denim for Madewell. The 18-piece collection goes on sale at Madewell from Monday. Read more here.


6. ESTEE LAUDER INTRODUCES A MILLENNIALS MAKE-UP COLLECTION

Estee Lauder launches The Estee Edit product line via Yaho beauty
There’s no escaping millennials at the moment, especially in the make-up world. Having hit the jackpot with Kendal Jenner, Estee Lauder is continuing the millennials marketing theme with The Estee Edit, an entire collection marketed to young, independent-minded women. Sephora is getting the whole collection in March. Read the story on Fashionista.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Bouchra Jarrar by Kacper Kasprzyk; Vetements by Jason Lloyd Evans/i-D

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: VETEMENTS, MARC JACOBS BEAUTY, MSGM, WOOYOUNGMI

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

1. VETEMENTS JUST OPENED ITS FIRST STORE
Vetements store Dover street Market
Dover Street Market, barometer of all things zetgeisty has given Vetements its first ever store. Situated in DSM’s New York outpost, it’s… well, it basically looks like a curtained-off fitting room, but hey if DSM are calling it a ‘store’ then I’m not gonna argue. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GRENSON X NEW BALANCE, SAINT LAURENT, CHARLOTTE CHESNAIS, JUUN.J

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

1. GRENSON X NEW BALANCE REINVENT THE 576
Grenson X New Balance

The Grenson X New Balance men’s trainers that were unveiled at LCM get my tick of approval. They slightly remind me of when Hermes first did its ‘Quick’ trainer, an understated tan running shoe that was copied far and wide. I love that this is also a classic running shoe style; it’s my favourite 576 model reinvented in a rich Italian grade A calf-skin leather. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GRINDR X J.W. ANDERSON, CELINE, MACKINTOSH, WALES BONNER

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

1. GRINDR’S FASHION PIVOT
J.W. Anderson SS16 Photograph by Chloe Le Drezen
So Grindr is live streaming the J.W. Anderson AW16 menswear show this morning, which isn’t as weird as it sounds. According to the New York Times, Grindr is pivoting to embrace fashion, music and entertainment, not just gay guys looking for a hook-up. In short, Grindr is doing a Snapchat. Sounds like a sensible move. Read more here(more…)