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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: YVES SAINT LAURENT, M. MARTIN, DEBRETT’S, SONIA RYKIEL

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

1. YVES SAINT LAURENT’S UBER-EXCLUSIVE COUTURE
Saint Laurent couture made to order

“It will be used only for ‘friends of the house,’ and can be both for men or women, daywear or evening wear. Hedi Slimane decides these orders case by case. Unlike a couture collection, this is an even more exclusive definition.” So quoth an unnamed Saint Laurent exec in the New York Times on the subject of the new Yves Saint Laurent made to order service. When everything is accessible, what could be more desirable than entry to the most exclusive even-money-can’t-buy-entry fashion club of all?


2. SONIA RYKIEL’S LEFT BANK LIBRARY COMES TO BROOK STREET

Sonia Rykiel Brook Street store bibliotheque

While in town for appointments last week, I went past the Sonia Rykiel boutique in Brook Street. The whole store has been transformed into a pop-up ‘bibliothèque‘, complete with 15,000 books, as well as an outside patio, with chairs and tables. Tres jolie indeed, and these new-season bags looked very appealing too.


3. DEBRETT’S AT HARRODS

The Debrett¹s Drawing Room has opened at Harrods
Watch out Smythson, Debrett’s is on your case. Debrett’s has just opened a stationery concession at Harrods and its pretty tempting for lovers of old school paper goods. I have the Debrett’s Town & Country diary and I love using it. It’s quite big (A5) for carrying around day to day but it’s not at all heavy. In Harrods’ ‘Debrett’s Drawing Room’, you can also find British-made leathergoods and photo frames, alongside antiques and David Linley furniture.


4. INTRODUCING M. MARTIN

M.Martin elevated basics

When it comes to ‘wearable timeless staples’, a lot hinges on the branding and imagery. Because how exciting can a white shirt or camel sweatshirt really get? I’ve just discovered M. Martin, a new line from Alex Gilbert Gaines, a founder of Paper Denim & Cloth, and Jennifer Noyes, who was director of women’s ready-to-wear at Prada USA. These elevated basics have subtle details like piped cuffs and strategically-positioned pockets, and the imagery is lush – lifestyle-y and relatable (but of course, aspirational). And the cloth-covered lookbook that these pictures are from looks like a thing of loveliness in itself.

WORDS:Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Jo Malone Christmas collection – all you need to know

Jo Malone giant Cracker

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Christmas In July, it’s when all the brands showcase their gifting wares to the press in the lead up to working on their Christmas issues. Traditionally, magazines work on their December issue in August, so they need to start planning in July. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ESTEE LAUDER, LOUIS VUITTON, MAISON KITSUNE, J.W. ANDERSON

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

1. ESTEE LAUDER’S NEXT-GEN SIGNING
Estee Lauder signs Irene Kim as global beauty contributor

Estee Lauder’s quest to engage the next-gen beauty consumer is going at a cracking pace. (more…)

Buy it now: The Very Exclusive sale*

Peter Jensen Peanuts Sweatshirt Very Exclusive

If you’re not familiar with Very Exclusive, let me enlighten you. It’s a new e-commerce site that’s positioned at a contemporary price point, selling fashion and beauty brands including Carven, Joseph, Equipment and By Terry. The buy is a good mix of work-appropriate classics and more fun, fashion-forward pieces. But here’s the interesting bit: it has a unique ‘take three’ service that lets you pay in three installments, interest-free.

I’ve been watching the site grow since its launch early this year. I like the side-by-side fashion and beauty mix and am a little bit obsessed with the Maria Black jewellery. In fact, the accessory buy is great if you like to update with smaller, entry-point treats as they become even more affordable when you split the cost over three months.

But better than that is… the Very Exclusive sale! I’m a strategic sale shopper so I’ve been rooting through for Equipment shirts and everyday jewellery, but there are lots of colourful, playful pieces in the mix as well (hello Red Valentino collar). If you like Marc By Marc Jacobs, now is the time to snap it up before it gets ‘folded’ into the Marc Jacobs line (there’s a ton to choose from), but the Peter Jensen sweats, Carven bags and Joseph separates are also well worth snapping up. P.S. there’s up to 60% off now too.

Here’s some shopping inspiration to get you started…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

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