JW Anderson

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GRINDR X J.W. ANDERSON, CELINE, MACKINTOSH, WALES BONNER

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

1. GRINDR’S FASHION PIVOT
J.W. Anderson SS16 Photograph by Chloe Le Drezen
So Grindr is live streaming the J.W. Anderson AW16 menswear show this morning, which isn’t as weird as it sounds. According to the New York Times, Grindr is pivoting to embrace fashion, music and entertainment, not just gay guys looking for a hook-up. In short, Grindr is doing a Snapchat. Sounds like a sensible move. Read more here(more…)

Buy it now: Landscape sweaters

Raf Simons SS15

There are landscape sweaters and there are landscape sweaters. I like the ones that have some sort of handmade, homespun element to them, such as J W Anderson’s bucolic offerings for SS15 and Barrie’s cashmere’s (now in the sale). Mary Katrantzou’s Japanese landscape sweatshirt is a winner too. The mass produced ones? Maybe not so much.

For properly rustic landscape knitwear, you could always knit your own from a Sweaterscapes pattern. Or alternatively, there are these rather excellent landscape socks(more…)

Retail report: Selfridges ramps up its luxury ready-to-wear with a nod to Dover Street Market

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It feels like Selfridges has been tweaking its third floor Designer Galleries for ever! Finally its finished and the verdict is quite the A-Z of modern luxury fashion. In short, the Selfridges buy has been Dover Street Market-ified. (And  that sentence right there gets the award for clunkiest sentence of the year. Soz.) I still remember the third floor as it was eons ago – contemporary labels like Anglomania alongside A.P.C, Whistles and Joseph. Pffft, this is so not that. Contemporary and denim have all been shunted up to the fourth floor, leaving gleaming aisles of expensive statement-wear. Of course, I can’t actually afford any of it.

It’s a textbook exercise in taste and wealth though. (more…)

London Fashion Week SS15 highlights: Day 2

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London designers are known for their youthful experimentation but they’ve becoming equally adept at delivering polished wearability. Day two’s highlights included Lucas Nascimento’s sheer, precision-cut layers (above and below), Joseph’s serene sportswear and Whistles’ luxe leather separates.

Even J.W Anderson surprised with extreme commerciality on his catwalk (combined with clever creativity of course), giving us that spring perennial ‘nautical chic’ his way, involving strategic cut-outs and rope details all accessorised with fetishy floppy leather hats. (more…)