retail concepts

What’s in the box: the business of beauty advent calendars



unpacking the business of beauty advent calendars

On October 25th, 300 people queued around the block of Liberty’s department store before 8.30am. Not for a new i-gadget, or a half price techy telly, or even a celebrity collaboration. No, they queued for make-up. Or more specifically, for the privilege of buying a £175 box of beauty products, albeit worth over £500.

Welcome to the frenzied, hype-commerce world of beauty advent calendars. A business that’s been booming for the last couple of years and is still growing (according to Google trends). (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Mr Porter, Glossier, Tiffany, Anya Hindmarch and more!



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

1. INTRODUCING MR.P – FUTURE-PROOF FASHION FROM MR PORTER

Mr P by Mr Porter
Mr Porter has entered the own-label fray with Mr P, a collection of ‘future-proof’ pieces. Alongside core staples, there will be five limited-edition capsules every year, each inspired by a style icon. (more…)



Liberty newness



Richard Quinn X Liberty SS18 via Ten Magazine

Three exciting pieces of Liberty news. London Fashion Week saw a great collaboration between newcomer Richard Quinn and Liberty fabrics, with models swathed head to toe (literally) in exaggerated maximalist florals. Lots of brands collaborate with the Liberty print studio but this is the first time I have seen the print deconstructed as boldly as this. (more…)



All about lips: Man Ray for NARS Holiday



Man Ray X NARS

I love how NARS Cosmetics comes up with clever but classic arty collaborations for its special collections. It never seems gimicky because the execution is always beautiful. (Remember the Sarah Moon collection?) This Man Ray for NARS Holiday collection is such a good choice with a mix of simple lip motifs and more statementy photo prints for the palettes. (more…)