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Muji – the regeneration

Muji New York Flagship on 5th Avenue

Before Uniqlo there was Muji, an emporium of well-made Japanese utilitarian basics where I religiously stocked up on winter camisoles (until they tweaked the ones I loves and I defected to HeatTech). Over the years Muji’s clothing offer has been sidelined by the might of Uniqlo, but it’s fighting back with its New York super store. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: TIFFANY X DOVER STREET MARKET, SEPHORA, JAEGER, SMYTHSON, FENDI

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


1. WANNA BUY A TIFFANY PARTY HAT?

Tiffany X Dover Street Market
Who knew that Rei Kawakubo was such a big Tiffany fan? According to her husband (and Comme des Garcons CEO) Adrian Joffe, she always drags him into a Tiffany store if they’re passing by, hence the latest – albeit unlikely – Dover Street Market collab. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GUCCI, NARS, JO MALONE LONDON, GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY

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1. GUCCI’S GUCCIGRAM IS GENIUS

“#GucciGram is a starting point to tell different stories, which are all united by great freedom. Today creativity is often born and finds its voice in digital media, a vital source of visual culture.” Alessandro Michele With its #GGBlooms and #GGCaleido prints, which layer a dazzling floral bouquet as well as an ever-shifting geometric pattern inspired by the eponymous kaleidoscope over classic double-G print fabric, Gucci underlines our new cultural reality. Namely, we’re all on the Internet, all the time. The way we consume visual art has changed. We don’t need to wait to go to a museum anymore. We just open Instagram on our smartphones and have immediate, intimate access to brilliant photographers and artists around the world who post their work as soon as they create it. Inspiration is drawn as easily from 19th-century Florence as it is from 21st-century technology. Everything is a remix. #GucciGram takes place in this cultural collision. The artists #AlessandroMichele has chosen all take different approaches to Instagram, but what they have in common is their ability to use the Internet to disseminate new forms of imagery. At the forefront of cultural innovation, these artists have chosen to create work on their own terms and present it directly to their audiences in a subversion of the old indirect relationship of artists, curators, and viewers. Gucci on Instagram shows us that we can seek out our own creative voices online and approach culture voraciously. Text by @kchayka

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Gucci’s
dreamy maximalism was made for Instagram, so whoever came up with its current #GucciGram campaign deserves a gold medal. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GRACE WALES BONNER, SELFRIDGES, ESTEE LAUDER, RODARTE X & OTHER STORIES, WHISTLES, DIOR

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

1. BOMBAY ELECTRIC X SELFRIDGES
Bombay Electric opens a pop-up shop at Selfridges

When I worked in India a few years ago, Bombay Electric was a regular stop-off on my beat, where I’d coo over local designers and the odd bit of Japanese kook. (more…)