Ask Alison: Do you speak Hermès?

Hermes launches Hermesistible microsite

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from DRG retail editor, ALISON BISHOP, on how Hermès is using playful storytelling to launch an accessories e-commerce microsite

Hermès has a playful answer to the emotive question of why we shop for luxury: irresistible whimsy.

Via its engaging and fun new website, Hermèsistible, the French luxury brand says ‘just give in to life’s temptations’ and, ‘go with your irrepressible desire’ to buy to that enamel silver bracelet or buckled leather cuff. (more…)

To Frieze, or not to Frieze?

Eduardo Paolozzi by Emma Paolozzi Paul Smith Albemarle Street

I’m not sure if I’ll make it to Frieze London, but if I do it will most likely be Frieze Masters than Frieze.

One of the hits of last year was dealer Helly Nahmad’s depiction of an imaginary collector’s lived-in apartment. I missed it but it famously inspired the set design for Erdem’s Aw15 LFW show.

We all love to see behind the scenes of an artist or creative. There’s definitely something very magical about getting a glimpse of an artist’s messy studio space. Paul Smith has tapped into this with his own Frieze installation in the Albemarle Street store. (more…)

Top 5 styling moments from Dior SS16

DIOR SS16 top 5 styling moments
For SS16, Dior womenswear is lighter and less structured than ever. As is his way, Raf riffs on the dualities of past and future (with a hint of space age in the bags), masculine and feminine (rugged shapes over delicate lingerie styling) and luxury and utility.

Here are my top 5 styling highlights…


One of the most easily translatable looks was the cropped scallop-hemmed knits with pushed-up sleeves worn over white organdie cami-knickers. Don’t worry, IRL, these will be shorts… (more…)

Top 5 styling moments from Gucci SS16

Gucci ss16 by Kevin Tachman for Vogue

When fashion editors go ga-ga at a re-see, you know a brand has struck commercial gold. Example: Gucci’s SS16 collection, which ticks every accessory box you can think of, giving you umpteen options to add your own imprint to Alessandro Michele’s lavish vision.

Here are my top 5 styling takeaways…

Michele set the scene last season with his ornate finger jewels and has firmly cemented this as an ongoing Gucci trope. Which makes absolute sense for the Gucci accessory coffers; why buy one ring when you can have a whole fistful of them? Even better, why not layer them over your equally ornate gloves? Only at Gucci…
Gucci ss16 rings and gloves
Gucci ss16 by Kevin Tachman for Vogue rings and gloves

Last seen clinging to Carrie Bradshaw’s lapel, the corsage has migrated to the throat, disco-fied with sequins and sparkle rather than whimsical frou-frou. Not sure how this translates to everyday, but it will most certainly be cropping up in magazine editorials and on the street style brigade…
Gucci ss16 corsage
Gucci ss16 corsage

You know how I feel about mules but fighting this is futile. And weirdly I rather like the Michele take on a mule – solid-heeled, adorned with decadent hand-painted snakes and leather leaves, plus a toile de jouy lining. I would swap the tea-coloured pop socks for a chunky grey cashmere ankle sock…
Gucci mules ss16 - with lavish snake embellishment
Gucci ss16 pop socks and mules
gucci ss16 snake embellished mule

Super-sized heirloom earrings look strangely appropriate when colour-matched to a demure, bow-necked dress or paired with a Bowie-esque lamé suit and studious glasses …
Gucci jumbo earrings and glasses
Gucci ss16 earrings

About that eyewear. It was refreshing to see Gucci focussing on glasses rather than sunglasses (and canny too, hey glasses are a major accessory category remember?). And the standouts were definitely the oversized bejewelled variety, especially when accompanying the most twinkly of lurex knits or a straight-out-of-Grey-Gardens coat…
Gucci ss16 glasses
Gucci glasses ss16

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Kevin Tachman for Vogue; Vogue Runway; GPS Radar; Gucci/Instagram