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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

How high street brands are disrupting the beauty industry

Topshop makeup and H&m Beauty - affordable and high quality make up on the high street

High street beauty has officially gone premium. Topshop’s beauty is five years old and thriving, J Crew’s lipsticks are a cult buy and H&M is going large on its beauty offer with a litany of launches happening in the next few months.

While Topshop kicked things off five years ago, launching its in-house make-up line on the LFW catwalk, the game changer was arguably & Other Stories in 2013, which paired a luxury Scandi aesthetic with an inviting experiential retail model. In fact, & Other Stories was intended as a beauty concept but was so appealing, it was extended to fashion. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GRACE WALES BONNER, SELFRIDGES, ESTEE LAUDER, RODARTE X & OTHER STORIES, WHISTLES, DIOR

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

1. BOMBAY ELECTRIC X SELFRIDGES
Bombay Electric opens a pop-up shop at Selfridges

When I worked in India a few years ago, Bombay Electric was a regular stop-off on my beat, where I’d coo over local designers and the odd bit of Japanese kook. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ESTEE LAUDER, LOUIS VUITTON, MAISON KITSUNE, J.W. ANDERSON

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

1. ESTEE LAUDER’S NEXT-GEN SIGNING
Estee Lauder signs Irene Kim as global beauty contributor

Estee Lauder’s quest to engage the next-gen beauty consumer is going at a cracking pace. (more…)