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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BARRIE, KILGOUR, HARVEY NICHOLS, A.P.C, MULBERRY

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On this week’s DRG STYLE INDEX, these are the brands that caught my attention…

1. BARRIE TO LAUNCH READY TO WEAR (AND A STORE IS IMMINENT TOO)

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The Made in Scotland ethos is gaining momentum with the launch of a new Barrie RTW collection next month. Designed by Chanel’s Odile Massuger using premium cashmere fibre, we’re promised twenty silhouettes merging clean lines with adventurous motifs and colours – I’m particularly intrigued by the description of handpainted porcelain buttons! Chanel acquired Hawick-based Barrie in 2012 as one of its métiers d’art (if you’e into factory porn, Susie Bubble has a heap of photos here). According to this BBC story, there are also plans to increase the workforce by 100 staff over the next three years, while a Paris store is rumoured for June. Exciting plans indeed…

2. KILGOUR’S RETURN

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Carlo Brandelli is back at Kilgour and planning to re-establish it as an innovator is menswear. For an early look at the new Kilgour direction (concealed fastenings feature), head to Mrporter.com which also has an interview with Brandelli.

3. HARVEY NICHOLS REVAMPS ECOMMERCE

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It’s been a slow slog but the long-promised redesigned Harvey Nichols ecom site is finally here. The homepage leads with bold, bright editorial and it’s big on multi channel retail, promising an equally efficient mobile and instore experience. And customer service has been ramped up too. You can contact style advisors online for instant advice, or arrange to have potential purchases held instore, alongside additional outfit recommendations. Personally I’m more of a ‘bricks’ than ‘clicks’ shopper so I’ll be interested to see if this changes my approach…

4. A.P.C TO OPEN IN LEXINGTON STREET

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A.P.C stores don’t stay in place for long. The Notting Hill branch was my go-to for years, then they disappeared from the West London scene, opting instead for Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. Then we had a Dover Street store for a while (until being ousted by Jimmy Choo) and now we’re in line for a store on Lexington Street, W1. This is good news for me as the streets around Carnaby Street are where I’m most likely to actually part with cash. I love A.P.C for its timeless products but equally for Jean Toitou’s unfashiony approach to the fashion biz. He also has great instincts so when he chooses a location for a store, that’s news in itself. All eyes on Lexington…

5. MULBERRY’S MIXED BLESSINGS

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I’m really hoping for a positive outcome for Mulberry. Last week we heard that its entry-level bags will be lowered in price by about £100 from June onwards as Godfrey Davis (its interim chairman) looks at ways to return the British brand to profit. I admit Mulberry lost my attention for a few seasons as its bags felt overpriced considering their ubiquity. (If you’re spending £1,000 on a bag, surely you want something special, not the same bag dangling from every socialite’s arm?) That said, I love an underdog, and I’m liking the new calf leather Kensal bag, an understated multi-pocket bag named after my very own neighbourhood. At £1,250, I’d be happy to see it drop in price by £100 – or more.

London Fashion Week SS14: Day 3 highlights

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Sophisticated, clean-cut pieces in an electric colour palette and tessellated prints at Preen – accompanied by David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Forbidden Colours. And look at that neon light installation…

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Super-luxe heritage handbags for Asprey AW13

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The luxury spotlight has been trained on the Brits this week – especially when it comes to accessories. As speculation grows on where Emma Hill will go post-Mulberry, we’re also looking ahead to what magic Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley will sprinkle on Marc By Marc Jacobs in their new official roles (as creative director and design director respectively). Continue reading

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW12: DAY 3

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I tried to keep this brief but it didn’t happen so here goes. First up: Margaret Howell. You don’t get many surprises here but that’s OK. With some designers I like to know what I’m getting and for AW12 we’re getting the perfect white shirt, trad fairisles, fitted twinsets, schoolgirl box-pleated skirts, indestructable tweed trench coats (an update on my navy wool one that kept the biting chill out all weekend) and boyish blazers. To finish off – low side ponytails, penny loafers and darling little olive green Tam-o-shanter hats. Continue reading

Mulberry SS12 campaign

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I will never get bored of kitsch, oversized props and girls in ankle socks and wedges so Mulberry’s SS12 campaign is right up my street. Creative direction by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, photos by Tim Walker (obv), props by Andy Hillman and all round fabulosity by Frida Gustavsson and Lindsey Wixson. (Check out the behind-the-scenes pics too…) FUN! Continue reading

Mulberry’s making-of video and more profit rises

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Like other luxury leather-goods brands Hermes and Loewe, Mulberry has created a video to celebrate the makers of its highly collectable bags. The video is narrated by CEO Godfrey Davis and shows workers at the factory in Somerset making handbags and talking about the apprentice programme and new factory extension. Continue reading

AW11 press day highlights part 8

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Bella Freud’s collab with Christian Louboutin: sensible-with-a-hint-of-sexy showgirl bodysuits
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Mulberry’s global push

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Could Mulberry be any more like the British version of Marc by Marc Jacobs (well, creative director Emma Hill did used to work there)? The youthful styling, the quirky branding, the cult status handbags, the It Girl following … it’s certainly ticking all the right boxes. Continue reading

Firenze4Ever part 2: Mulberry’s Tuscan tea party

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Far too much fun was had at the launch of Mulberry’s coffee table book on day 2 of Luisa Via Roma’s Firenze4Ever, where we played with the giant gold Mulberry bag, got tangled up in bag-shaped balloons and decorated our own sponge cakes. Continue reading

Firenze4Ever Part 1

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I was chuffed to bits to be invited to Florence for the weekend as a guest of Luisa Via Roma. Taking part in the third Firenze4Ever blogger event, I got to gad about the cobbled streets of Florence, hob-nob with some of my fellow bloggers from around the world, style my own shoot with the first drop of autumn-winter collections, and stuff my face with cake at Mulberry’s book launch tea party. Continue reading

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