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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: WESTFIELD, APPLE WATCH, GOOGLE, FARFETCH

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It’s all about the tech this week with updates from Google, Apple, Westfield and Farfetch. Read on for my latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, rounding up the brands buzzing on my radar…

1. WESTFIELD TO LAUNCH FUTURE FASHION EVENT

Westfield is always forward thinking when it comes to experiential retail. Coming soon is its London Future Fashion event, bringing the SS15 trends to life using virtual reality and ‘interactive fashion avatars’ (above). Future Fashion arrives at Westfield London from 27-29th March and Westfield Stratford from 2-4th April and for eight weeks around the event, Westfield will create unique immersive experiences in collaboration with fashion brands in-centre and online.


2. DEPARTMENT STORES GET FIRST DIBS ON APPLE WATCH

Looks like Apple is also banking on experiential retail to help position its Apple Watch as a fashion must have. The watch, which starts shipping on April 24th, is being previewed at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo and Selfridges in London where bespoke installations will be set up featuring special lighting and animations. Of course, with Angela Ahrendts heading up its retail operations, it’s unsurprising she’s bringing some of her luxury retail magic dust to the proceedings. The special previews will be taking place on April 10th so I’ll be heading down to Selfridges for a nose.


3. GOOGLE OPENS BRICKS AND MORTAR STORE IN LONDON

Everyone really does want a bite of Apple’s share of the tech market. Finally other tech brands like Samsung and Google are realising the value of hands-on, face-to-face service in a bricks and mortar store. Google’s first bricks and mortar store opened in Tottenham Court Road as a shop in shop in Currys PC World last week, promising us a ‘play, experiment and learn’ environment.


4. FARFTCH SENT ME A SELFIE STICK

Why the hell did Farfetch send me a selfie stick last week? Ah, to promote its clever new Unfollowers campaign. I feel a bit sorry for brands having to constantly reinvent the ‘be yourself, you’re an individual’ message, but Farfetch have done it well. The idea is to step away from selfie culture by taking a backwards selfie (hashtagged #unfollowers) and sharing why you see yourself as a leader, not a follower. Check the site for their profiles and videos of creative innovators and rule breakers doing their own style thing.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Feeling at home at the revamped Hermes New Bond Street store

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Making your retail store feel like a home – a relaxing, inviting and luxurious one – is quite the thing right now and Hermès has of course nailed it. Enter exhibit A: its newly re-zhuzhed London flagship in the old Time & Life building in New Bond Street. This year marks its 40th anniversary in this location and it’s celebrated by doubling the size, enhancing the tactile factor and giving us a whole lot more product. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: BYREDO BAGS, SOPHIA WEBSTER, RODARTE X SUPERGA, HARVEY NICHOLS’ SNEAKER CONCEPT

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

1. BYREDO BAGS ARE COMING

Who doesn’t love Byredo? The scents, the packaging, the whole brand concept. This Spring, founder Ben Gorham is extending the brand into its first retail store and launching leathergoods. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: THE ROW, APPLE X PINTEREST, STOWAWAY, MIH JEANS

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

1. THE ROW’S UPTOWN MOVE


Coming not-quite soon: The Row has earmarked a store for New York. OK, it’s not due til the end of the year, but I’m sure the Upper East Side townhouse store will be worth waiting for… Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: JAEGER, MOTHER OF PEARL, A.P.C, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD X OPENING CEREMONY, CAROLINE ISSA X NORDSTROM

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

1. KIRSTY HUME WAKES UP JAEGER


It takes a while to wake up a snoozy brand but Kirsty Hume in Jaeger’s ss15 campaign grabbed my attention. If the clothes are as good as the ads… Continue reading

Ask Alison: Finery London’s creative pop-up showroom

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Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ guest post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, on last week’s experiential retail pop-up from FINERY LONDON

A good pop-up still has its place and this one blends a few retail trends at once. As a taster prior to its launch onto the ‘premium high-street’, last week online fashion site Finery London opened a week-long pop-up showroom that mixed physical creativity with digital experimentalism. Continue reading

What to steal from the menswear shows: Margaret Howell AW15

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What to steal from the Margaret Howell menswear 2015 show? Mainly the coats – dun-coloured peacoats, a structured trench, and the single breasted mac I’ve been looking for for yonks. As always, I look for details. Such as the length of the trousers – a bit too short to show off contrast-coloured socks; the tucked in jumpers, and the fine-knit poloneck worn under a suit jacket. All elements to adopt right now…


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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AG JEANS, DIOR, LANVIN

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

1. ALEXA CHUNG FOR AG JEANS

As a certified celebrity-avoider, I rarely pay attention to celeb collaborations. The Alexa Chung for AG Jeans collection is the exception. There’s a lot to like in these simple denim pieces and you can actually believe that Alexa had something to do with them (although I wish she’d gone easy on the faux faded bits). Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: JIGSAW, LOUIS VUITTON, INTO THE GLOSS

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

1. JIGSAW PROFITS END THE YEAR ON A HIGH

Nice news to end the year on for Jigsaw. The FT reports that sales and profits are up at both Jigsaw and DRG fave The Shop At Bluebird (where sales up up 39% this season – wowza). Continue reading

First look at Chanel Burlington Arcade – the beauty boutique

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Oh yikes, Christmas is only four days away and the cut-off for most online deliveries has pretty much passed. This article in the Evening Standard made me chuckle as I’m such a grumbler about the inconvenience of online shopping, it just isn’t quite there for me yet. So if you still have shopping to do, there’s no option than to hit the stores. And this is where Chanel Burlington Arcade comes in.

Burlington Arcade is quite the prettiest shopping arcade in London. There’s been a bit of a rebranding of it lately, it’s become more of a mini Bond Street, with luxury newcomers such as Barrie knitwear and Maison Michel (both owned by Chanel) moving in, and last Friday’s opening of the latest Chanel beauty boutique. Continue reading