Frederic Malle

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CALVIN KLEIN, H&M, COMMUNITY CLOTHING, ZOEVA, FREDERIC MALLE



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1. FIRST LOOK AT RAF SIMONS FOR CALVIN KLEIN
raf simons for calvin klein creates drama with a dan flavin in store installation
Here’s a first look at what RS for CK will look like. It’s a Dan Flavin installation at the Calvin Klein store in Manhattan, which suggests that Raf is going to go full throttle on the art-ification of fashion. Well of course he is. It’s an area ripe for exploration and if anyone can do it with integrity it’s him. In other news, he’ll be showing the Calvin Klein AW17 menswear and womenswear together at NYFW in February. And he’ll show his own Raf Simons menswear collection there as well.


2. WATCH WES ANDERSON’S H&M AD

H&M is winning the Christmas ad campaign wars for me. The Wes Anderson directed short has all the Wes hallmarks, the trainscape, the window panorama, the pistachio green colour scheme and the regimented choreography. Ok the ending is a bit awkward but that’s Wes for ya. In other news, I just saw this Wes Anderson Amex ad from 2009, he’s a cute actor too…


3. COMMUNITY CLOTHING GETS SUSTAINABLE FASHION RIGHT

Community Clothing
Bravo Patrick Grant for creating Community Clothing, a unisex, conscious clothing company with fashion credentials and a decent price point. All made in Britain. Yep, it can be done. Their Instagram is pretty cool too. Read more here


4. ZOEVA AT CULT BEAUTY

Zoeva makeup brushes
Good news for Zoeva enthusiasts. You can now buy Zoeva makeup brushes at Cult Beauty. Click here and below for my most-used favourites…


5. FREDERIC MALLE PICKS

Valextra Frederic Malle pochette
The Selfridges candle and perfume hall has had a boost now that it opens onto the new accessories hall. I passed through last week and spent a good half hour dousing myself in Frederic Malle scents and unguents. The Une Rose body butter is the best body butter I have ever felt, smelt and seen. The Lipstick Rose EDP is a sweet and heady potion that dries down to a softer powdery violet, and I love the leather perfume pochettes made in collaboration with Valextra (£240).

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
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