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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARQUES’ALMEIDA, KAREN WALKER, LN-CC, RONNIE NORTHAMPTON

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

1. MARQUES’ALMEIDA WINS THE LVMH FASHION PRIZE

MarquesAlmeida LVMH Prize

Exciting news of the week was the announcement of Marques’Almeida as the winner of the LVMH prize. I love what these guys have done, consistently refining their raw-edged aesthetic and building their business at a steady pace. They’re already moving on a little from their denim-centric vision, so I’m wondering if we’ll see more of the luxury element of their so-called ‘undone luxury’ in the near future.


2. KAREN WALKER, THE FRAGRANCE

karen walker fragrance available at Harvey Nichols

Another brand with an authentic, youthful aesthetic, Karen Walker has slowly added to her product categories in a strategic way. The sunglasses have become a cult classic of sorts, and this month she has launched her first fragrance trio, exclusively at Harvey Nichols. The packaging is suitably light and poppy, while the fragrances (called ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’) follow suit, A is a verdant fruity floral, B is sweet and peachy and C is the sensual, woody one. Buy the Karen Walker eau de parfum online at Harvey Nichols or at the special pop-up in the London store.


3. LN-CC’S CONSCIOUS DRIVE

The autunomous collecton consciously produced clothing sold at LNCC

Since its buyout by The Level Group, LN-CC has been working to reestablish itself as an important player in luxury retail and ecommerce. Starting from AW15, we’ll see a new focus on consciously produced fashion, which includes a re-think on its fur policy. For the new season, the only exotic skins and furs will be animal by-products, a noble stance from the influential retailer (especially at a time when furs and skins are more popular than ever). I’m rather keen on the patchwork woven pieces from The Autonomous Collection


4. RONNIE NORTHAMPTON’S BOYFRIEND SHOES

Ronnie Northampton Goodyear welted shoes

I’m very excited by this new footwear discovery, Ronnie Northampton. Recent graduate Kirsty Ronnie is passionate about preserving Northampton’s shoemaking skills, designing menswear styles for women, made with traditional techniques. My favourite style is the four tasseled loafer with its elegant, gentlemanly silhouette but quirky detailing. All styles are made to order, so will take a few weeks to arrive and are sold via the Ronnie Northampton website.

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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: THE CORNER, PORTS 1961, LVMH PRIZE, MARC BY MARC JACOBS

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


1. PORTS 1961 GETS A REFRESH

Ports 1961 aw15 by new creative director Natasa Cagalj

I was invited to the Ports 1961 press day last week to see the debut womenswear collection by new creative director Natasa Cagalj. The brand is undergoing a bit of a reinvention thanks to Cagalj, who is set on delivering wearable, adaptable wardrobe solutions for women. She’s doing this with fantastic coats, jackets and shirts that have a little bit of masculinity in their tailored construction but not too much. (more…)

A Premiere Classe ticket to Paris

Vaska Bags premiere Classe Paris

Fashion shows may get all the Fashion Week media love but there’s a whole other side that people don’t see. They’re the less glamorous workhorses of the fashion calendar; the showrooms, re-sees and trade shows. While the menswear shows took all the Paris glory last month, I spent three days in a parallel universe with the team from Who’s Next and Premiere Classe, getting an insider’s look at the biannual trade show, with a few added leisure activities thrown in. (more…)

Fashion meets art: my collection is bigger than yours

LVMH-Frank-Gehry- Fondation-Louis-Vuitton

Nope, still not bored with this year’s fashion-art love affair. Which is just as well as it’s only set to intensify. Late October sees the big reveal of the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton art museum in Paris (above), showcasing the LVMH corporate collection of art. The 126,000 square foot ‘glass cloud’ is rumoured to be the venue for the next Vuitton womenswear show, so expect your Instagram feed to be flooded with art-fashion-architecture amazingess of the highest order… (more…)