Grace Coddington

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: TIFFANY, HARVEY NICHOLS, WAREHOUSE, FINERY, J. CREW

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

1. TIFFANY HIRES GRACE CODDINGTON
Grace Coddington for Tiffany
Ok calm down, Grace isn’t heading into a permanent role, but she has been hired to work her magic on a Tiffany ad campaign. According to WWD, she has gathered and styled a raft of celebrity influencers to star in the Tiffany autumn campaign, which will appear in the September issues. I’ve gotta say, there’s nothing new about this style of influencer-as-model campaign, but if anyone can make it look uber-luxe yet modern, it’s Grace. (Alas, no news yet whether the former model will be starring in it herself.)


2. HARVEY NICHOLS AD STARS A 100-YEAR-OLD MODEL

100 year old Harvey Nichols model
Props to Harvey Nichols for featuring 100-year-old model Bo Gilbert in a campaign to celebrate Vogue’s 100th anniversary. I love the non kitsch, non patronising photography and styling. Just a great, chic portrait of a woman in an amazing, flattering outfit than anyone would look wonderful in. Brilliant!


3. WAREHOUSE REINVENTED

Warehouse reinvented by emma Cook for aw16
While the high street gave us depressing news about Austin Reed and Bhs, one brand is being reinvented. At the Warehouse press day, I was shown the new vision that creative consultant Alasdhair Willis has dreamt up along with design director Emma Cook. Debuting for aw16 in September, the brand has been completely overhauled. Despite celebrating its 40th anniversary, there’s not a ‘heritage’ reference in sight; instead it’s all about a brand new vision that embraces British creativity and eclecticism. To me it feels like the Warehouse woman has grown up and is being positioned in line with Jigsaw, Whistles and Cos. Shapes are more interesting, fabrics are better and the overall vibe is creative but sophisticated. Expect to see this wildlife jacquard coat a lot in the press and adorning ‘key influencers’ during LFW. The stores are getting a major revamp too.


4. FINERY’S FOREVER PIECES

Finery Forever Pieces
Finery is a newish brand that has definitely tapped into the Cos/Whistles/Jigsaw space, giving the creative-minded career woman something to wear that’s fashion-forward, wearable and well made. I like this collaboration with six of its favourite people, who co-created ‘Forever Pieces’ that represent their personal style. Polly Vernon’s classic leather biker jacket is my favourite. I had a look at Selfridges (where the capsule collection is being sold exclusively) and the leather is beautiful. At £295, it’s a faultless buy.


5. J. CREW SAYS SAVE THE BEES

J.Crew Save the Bees T-shirt illustrated by Marcel George
J. Crew has long campaigned for bee-saving and this season it’s giving us an easy way to support the cause. Just landed are three bee-themed tees and a pocket square by illustrator Marcel George, with 50% of the retail price going to benefit the conservation charity Buglife. Buy them at J.Crew.

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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Uniform Wares, Gucci, Rodin, Grace Coddington, Maison Michel, Faustine Steinmetz

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

1. UNIFORM WARES FOR WOMEN
Uniform Wares womens watches
Coming soon from Uniform Wares – women’s watches. I love the understated analogue style of Uniform Wares watches and the women’s line (available to pre-order now) retains the ‘masculine’ good looks of the originals. See more at Uniformwares.com and look out for them at Liberty, Selfridges and Avenue 32. (more…)

Get the M&S coat off Grace Coddington’s back…

M&S-Grace-Coddington

The best thing about the new M&S ad campaign (shot by Annie Leibowitz – what a coup!) is surely Grace Coddington in her mannish alabaster coat.

The all-star cast also includes Tracey Emin, Karen Elson and Olympic gold medal boxer Nicola Adams. A dramatic, last-ditched attempt at salvaging the brand? That’s what some people are saying and it’s true, times have been tricky lately, especially on the fashion front. This is certainly a bold move from Marks & Spencer to reclaim its place as one of our best loved retailers. Style director Belinda Earl has been busily rethinking the collections, pinning her hopes of success on M&S Collection. This is the rebrand of M&S Women, a considered collection that focuses on contemporary staples – with just fashionable enough proportions and colours to appeal to a fashion-literate customer without chasing trends. Let’s face it, M&S is in need of a clear identity and I think we’re all agreed that you can get your fix of neoprene sweatshirts from Zara and New Look; much better for Earl to up the ante in style and quality (and hopefully price) instead.

So the next few weeks will be pretty crucial for Earl and co, as the new collections drop and customers decide whether to buy…or not. Of course, next to tackle is the shop floor experience, but hey, baby steps, yeah? And should you want to get the Grace Coddington look (or Karen Elson’s, my second fave), all the campaign items are available to buy in Marks and Spencer stores and online at www.marksandspencer.com from next month.

In this picture, Coddington is wearing M&S Collection coat, £99; M&S Collection cardigan, £29.50; M&S Collection shirt, £25; M&S Collection treggings, £35; Autograph shoes £45. Here’s a closer look…
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Grace Coddington is i-D’s next cover girl

It’s going to be hard to avoid Grace Coddington over the next few weeks – girl’s got a memoir to promote! But why would you want to avoid the flame-tressed one? So far, I’m loving this i-D cover with its barely-there coverlines, Celine cobalt coat and cheeky wink. On the stands next week, there’s also an interview with i-D’s Terry Jones to look forward to…