THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, Hermès, Grailed

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

Calvin Klein Madison Avenue Homes and interiors
It’s all eyes on Raf Simons as the new-look Calvin Klein finally materialises. For starters, there’s lots of news about Raf Simons’ reimagining of the Madison Avenue flagship store. The industrial yellow interior (by collaborator Sterling Ruby) is temporary while the store awaits a full renovation. But I’m more interested in the renewed homes offer with its mix of ‘found’ and designed objects including Homer Laughlin coffee mugs, Rose Cabat ceramics and Italian vintage glassware. Sounds good to me.


Victoria Beckham X Estee Lauder skin perfecting powder
Not gonna lie, I really like the Victoria Beckham X Estee Lauder makeup. There’s a new drop about to land and the Skin Perfecting Powder is talking to me. £62 though – ouch. Read more here.


Hermesmatic pop-up
It’s not my taste, but I love the concept of the Hermès ‘Hermèsmatic’ customisation ‘laundromat’. Revamp your tired old Hermès scarves (you know, all those tatty scarves you have lying around) with a dip-dye treatment by Hermès’ skilled colourists. After the dye process, watch your scarf being tumbled to deliver a soft ‘vintage-scarf’ feel. The concept is coming to Manchester’s King Street from 5th October along with scarf styling workshops that you’d be mad to miss.


Grailed Heroine womens resale site. Image by JAKE HATELEY LOUIS-VUITTON
Coming in September, a sister site to designer resale site Grailed. W magazine reports that “Heroine is based (like Grailed) on peer-to-peer buying and selling that feels like being part of a club of like-minded enthusiasts.” I’d be interested in a study that shows how men and women approach this sort of shopping differently. I love Vestiaire Collective but I don’t feel the community element is that strong. Is this sort of thing more of a competitive sport with guys? Do they relish the geek factor of tracking hard-to-get stuff down more than women? If women’s shopping were more like men’s, would the peer pressure encourage me to shop more? On balance, maybe I’m better off without…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES:  Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, Hermes, Jake Hateley/Louis Vuitton
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