retail news

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

Is Haymarket about to get hipster-fied?

Will St James's Market and Dover street market bring hipsters to Haymarket?

Don’t go thinking Dover Street Market is the only fashion store that’s pitching its tent in Haymarket. Joining it this summer is Jigsaw, which has a new 1000 sq ft flagship opening to house its menswear, womenswear and The Shop at Bluebird concept store. A joint venture between London’s Crown Estate and Canadian firm Oxford Properties, the shopping destination dubbed ‘St James’s Market’ (below) will transform two historic blocks near Haymarket into five flagship stores, plus office spaces and a public square. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CARTIER, MARI GIUDICELLI, LANVIN, PAUL SMITH, DOVER STREET MARKET

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

1. CARTIER X SOFIA COPPOLA
Sofia Coppola for Cartier
If, like me, you feel like you haven’t seen enough of Sofia Coppola lately, Keep It Chic has news. Apparently, Sofia Coppola has teamed up with Cartier as a ‘friend of the brand’. Whatever that means, I think I’ll like it…. (more…)

Beauty snippets: McQueen parfum, By Kilian, Farfetch, Buly 1803, Estee Lauder, Glamour, Fenwick, NARS, Bobbi Brown

I haven’t done a beauty news roundup for yonks but I simply can’t keep up with all the news so I’m putting it all in one place. Deep breath…

A NEW MCQUEEN FRAGRANCE HAS LAUNCHED
Alexander Mcqueen Perfume
Alexander McQueen is relaunching fragrance with McQueen Parfum, a decadent-sounding perfume in an absolutely stunning bottle. Just arrived exclusively at Harrods (more…)