high street

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARC JACOBS, MAC, H&M, DKNY, ARMANI

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

1. SOFIA COPPOLA FOR MARC JACOBS AW15
sophia coppola in marc jacobs aw15 campaign by david sims

Gasp, Juergen teller didn’t shoot the latest Marc Jacobs campaign. That’s a shame because I loved all the Juergen campaigns, but I can’t complain too much about this shot of Sofia Coppola shot by David Sims. It shows her looking more dramatic than usual, plus how magnificent is that profile..!


2. MAC’S MANHATTAN MAKE-UP STUDIO

MAC to open a 950 square foot makeup studio in Manhattan

MAC is opening a 950 square foot makeup studio in Manhattan for those who want to get their make-up done on the go and learn the how-tos of make-up application. The seven-days-a-week, by-appointment service opens in two weeks with an a la carte menu of services and lessons including winged liner or a full contoured face. In London we now have quite a few drop-in beauty parlours where a quick blow dry or make-up zhuzh can be enjoyed in a glamorous, fun setting. This feels like an extention of that – a million miles away from the hard sell department store experience. New York Times has the story here and you can make an appointment at MACCosmetics.com/MACMAKEUPSTUDIO.


3. H&M‘S EAST LONDON POP-UP

H&M to open Divided pop up In London

The big news of the week is that H&M is cooking up a top secret new brand. The other news is that H&M is opening an experiential pop-up in Brick Lane to target its younger, cooler customers. Over six weeks from July 23rd, the store will sell H&M’s Divided collection, accompanied by various events, workshops and music-related activity. There will be free nail art, jewellery-designing, music pods, late night lock ins and DJ sets, all designed, I imagine to attract the next-gen H&M customers and keep them there.


4. DONNA KARAN EXITS

The DKNY mural on houston street NYC was designed by Peter Arnell in the 1990s

It’s the end of an era as Donna Karan steps down from her brand. The mainline brand was always a bit too luxe and grown up for me but DKNY was such a symbol of New York dynamism back in the 90s. I’ll never forget my first time in Manhattan seeing that gigantic DKNY mural, realised by the brand’s identity creator, Peter Arnell. Read the story on Luxury Daily.


5. ARMANI EMBRACES THE NEW NORMAL

giorgio armani launches new normal line

What to make of the ‘New Normal’ Armani line? The collection and pics are lovely enough, but I wonder if Armani needs another sub-brand (especially when so many others are consolidating theirs into their main lines). Plus, does Armani’s customer really aspire to be normal? I’m intrigued.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Marc Jacobs; MAC; H&M; DKNY via Rob Smith/Flickr; Armani

First look at Whistles AW15

Whistles aw15

The voluminous, boxy silhouette is hands down the defining shape for this decade. I love anything that’s oversized, masculine and luxurious but I can’t help wondering how much longer the Celine aesthetic can endure?

Whistles has managed to boil the essence down to a signature that works for its own customer; tailored trousers, walkable shoes, sleek bags and brilliant coats that are directional (but not overwhelmingly so) and practical. And warm! (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: TIFFANY T, FINERY LONDON, JOHNNY COCA FOR MULBERRY, MARC JACOBS X DAMIEN HIRST

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

1) TIFFANY T PUSHES UP PROFITS

It’s not just me that’s crazy about Tiffany’s new ‘T’ line of minimalist T-motif jewellery. Created by design director Francesca Amfitheatrof, it has helped push up profits for the jeweller which reported a sales uptick of 5%. P.S, if you’re in the market for a new style crush, watch Amfitheatrof in the Google hangout above… (more…)

What Asos did next – get ready for the ‘new in’ app

10 Asos-ss15-press-day

There’s no denying that Asos has had a tough year this year, with younger, sexier, leaner upstarts snapping at its heels (hello Missguided and Boohoo). But it’s fighting back for SS15 with some excellent product and clever customer service initiatives. What does the Asos girl want? Newness. When does she want it? All the time. And so Asos is launching ‘New In’, a new Tinder-like app that let’s you swipe yay or nay to the Asos new-in feed, adding your choices to your profile. (more…)