Raf Simons

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AMI, CALVIN KLEIN, HADES KNITWEAR, L’OREAL

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

1. AMI COMES TO LONDON

French brand Ami opens a London store in Duke Street
It’s open! The long-promised Ami menswear store in Duke Street is finally a reality. Alexandre Mattiussi’s menswear brand is like an elevated version of A.P.C and I must say, it looks just as good on a girl…


2. CALVIN KLEIN JUST GOT EXCITING AGAIN (MAYBE)

Is Raf Simons heading to Calvin Klein?
It’s been a week of speculation after news broke that menswear and womenswear creative heads Italo Zucchelli and Francisco Costa were out at Calvin Klein Collection. Word is that Raf Simons is set to take over, but has yet to wait out his Dior non-compete agreement, which won’t free him up until October. This tallies with the latest news that Calvin Klein will take a two-season hiatus from the runway. Aside from the question of how Raf will fare with running the show at a behemoth like Calvin Klein (rumours suggest he would have full control), I’m totally in favour of seeing how he would reinvent it.


3. INTRODUCING HADES KNITWEAR

Hades knitwear inspired by music icons
Confession: I’m not a big fan of the press day schlep, so I tend to cherry pick the ones that will inform my own personal shopping list have the newsiest collections to show. Liberty was great. New for next season are Vivetta, Trademark, Public School, Stella Jean and this newbie, Hades Knitwear. Made with Scottish wool and produced in the UK, these classic sweaters celebrating cult music icons are guaranteed to be an AW16 favourite (although I fear I can see the high street knock-offs coming a mile off).


4. L’OREAL LAUNCHES BEAUTYTUBE

L'Oreal is launching a vlogging school with Youtube
Interesting goings-on at L’Oréal. The beauty giant is working with YouTube on a vlogger tie-up called BeautyTUBE. The online beauty school launches in June and will teach ten French vloggers about video production and beauty know-how. Apparently, it will tie in with a reality TV show which will air on YouTube.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

Why duvet coats?

Norma Kamali sleeping bag coat

In case you hadn’t noticed, duvet coats, puffer* jackets, padded parkas, call them what you will, were all over the AW16 runways. Why duvet coats? The short answer; because it’s always bloody cold! The long answer; well, how long have you got?

Before the AW16 shows kicked off, supersized sleeping bag coats were already on my radar, having seen the above Norma Kamali example on Instagram (side note: do give Magazine_fan a follow if you’re a vintage fash-mag nut). And then the floodgates opened with outpourings of padded down goodness by everyone from Stuart Vevers at Coach to Alexander McQueen (a peachy satin butterfly-embroidered duvet coat fit for a princess), to the Stella McCartney one most likely to be copied by the high street.

padded jacket by Chen Peng in teen vogue (more…)

Quote of the day: Raf Simons

Raf Simons - Image from Interview magazine

“I was so struck by everything I was seeing that I started to cry. I felt so embarrassed. I was like, Oh God, look at the ground, look at the ground, everyone’s going to see you’re crying — like, how stupid to be crying at a fashion show. Then I looked around, and half the audience was crying.”
Raf Simons on the effect of the SS90 Martin Margiela show, The Gentlewoman (via Business of Fashion)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GRACE WALES BONNER, SELFRIDGES, ESTEE LAUDER, RODARTE X & OTHER STORIES, WHISTLES, DIOR

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

1. BOMBAY ELECTRIC X SELFRIDGES
Bombay Electric opens a pop-up shop at Selfridges

When I worked in India a few years ago, Bombay Electric was a regular stop-off on my beat, where I’d coo over local designers and the odd bit of Japanese kook. (more…)