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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Chanel, Levi’s, Clinique, Maison Chateau Rouge, Charlotte Olympia X MAC

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

1. CHANEL JUST LAUNCHED ITS FIRST DEDICATED MEN’S WATCH
Chanel de Monsieur watch Baselworld 2016
It’s been a week of watches as Baselworld, the watch and jewellery fair exhibited all the new launches from the world’s biggest brands. Chanel showed its first dedicated men’s watch, The Chanel de Monsieur, it’s first timepiece to be created entirely at its assembly plant in Switzerland. Yours for €30,000… (more…)

Buy it now: the best beauty and fashion gifts for Chinese New Year

Beauty and Fashion gifts for Chinese New Year include Giorgio Armani's monkey-themed Illuminating Powder

When is it not gift seaason somewhere in the world? Between Christmas and Valentine’s comes the Lunar New Year, AKA, an opportunity for stores to promote some full price product in festive red and gold. Unsurprisingly, it’s the luxury stores who are pulling out the stops to present enticing, Chinese-friendly gifts, especially with monkey-themed motifs or in editions of lucky number eight.

In truth, I’m not seeing a huge amount of innovation. The beauty brands get my vote for gorgeous jewel-like compacts in lovely packaging – for example this Estee Lauder compact and the Giorgio Armani Illuminating Palette – but for leathergoods brands like Jimmy Choo and Mulberry it’s a case of merchandising all the reds and golds together for a simple (but probably quite effective) pick-n-mix offer.

In China, Burberry is doing what it does best, using social platform WeChat to let users digitally unwrap gifts and create personalised digital Lunar New Year envelopes to send to friends and family. But elsewhere, it’s about slapping a monkey on anything and everything and hoping for the best. Here’s my edit.

SHOP THE POST BELOW…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN THE MOVIE, J.W. ANDERSON, LOUIS VUITTON, SEPHORA

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

1. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, THE MOVIE
Alexander McQueen by Nick waplington

So an Alexander McQueen biopic has been announced which should be very interesting. I can’t imagine it’s an easy film to get made, so many people to keep happy. You want to tell a compelling story but equally you need the notoriously protective family, friends and Kering gatekeepers to comply. (more…)

Chez Chanel, the rise of fine jewellery is a lucky talisman

At Chanel, the rise of fine jewellery is a lucky talisman

If you saw the 3-week exhibition Mademoiselle Privé, you’ll know that Chanel straddles the past and present exceptionally well. One of my highlights was the short film shown towards the end, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld in which he finds himself face-to-face with Chanel’s ‘ghost’ brilliantly played by Geraldine Chaplin. “What do you think you’re doing!” she asks Karl, highly unamused. “I’m keeping you alive,” is his answer, explaining how he has reinvented the brand while keeping the house codes top of mind. The film is actually quite a hoot, but the sentiment beneath it is serious business.

Chanel is the most famous luxury fashion house in the world. Its stable of couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, fine jewellery and beauty have been coveted for decades, from the Chanel no 5 perfume worn by Marilyn Monroe to everybody’s favourite 2.55 handbag. And so, while London’s creative and curious queued in a never-ending snake for the Saatchi Gallery exhibition a few weeks ago, I was busy being treated to my own Chanel education, in a guided tour of the actual Chanel apartment in Paris, on a two-day trip hosted by Chanel. (more…)