Three exciting pieces of Liberty news. London Fashion Week saw a great collaboration between newcomer Richard Quinn and Liberty fabrics, with models swathed head to toe (literally) in exaggerated maximalist florals. Lots of brands collaborate with the Liberty print studio but this is the first time I have seen the print deconstructed as boldly as this. (more…)
As much as we’re all considered digital denizens these days, there are still some areas where we like to mix in a tactile experience. For me that’s writing and correspondence; I just love writing with a pen and paper. And that’s something that U.S. stationery brand Paperless Post has also found with the evolution of its online business.
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. H&M’S BIG BEAUTY PUSH
There’s something interesting kicking off in the high street beauty space. I think it’s similar to what happened with jeans and shoes a while ago, when the UK chain stores invested heavily in fashion-forward designs, outdoing the specialists at their own game. Topshop’s make-up is five years old this month and the product quality, design and branding are as good as many of the more premium brands. & Other Stories shook things up with its experiential retail approach, while Urban Outfitters is also jumping into the beauty space in a bigger way, stocking Tonymoly from Korea among others. Next: H&M is launching a 700 piece beauty line in September. Yes, H&M has dabbled in beauty before but not in any serious way. (more…)
Scent discovery has become something of a recent fascination of mine, odd because I never saw myself as a ‘fragrance person’. Maybe that’s because the fragrance experiences of my youth were really rich and over powering (Dior Poison, YSL Paris, The Body Shop Dewberry – remember those?). And also because perfume was mostly seen as a grown up, luxury pursuit and in my anti-glamorous youth, luxury was far from accessible or cool. (more…)