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Nike is on a big drive to make things weightless and streamlined, all the better to help you zip through your
workout working week. As such, its Tech Hyperfuse windrunner and new Air Max Lunar1s are a winning combination. I’m not a fitness fan (have I mentioned that?) but I love Nike.
To be honest, it’s mostly about aesthetics for me – cue the faithful-to-the-1978-original styling of the jacket and old school realness of the trainers. But it’s about practicality too, I like to get things done fast, so the feather-weight fabric and non-bulky cut of the jacket enable that when I’m running around town. Plus it packs away to nothing so you can fold it into a teeny handbag with room to spare.
My favourite way to wear Air Max isn’t flashy and fashiony but the opposite. I’d describe it as 14-year-old 90s kid meets Joe McKenna – straight leg jeans (my old black Helmut Langs), boxy tee and a classic men’s jumper from Reiss or J Crew. Normcore may be the buzzword of the moment but essentially it’s just clothes that aren’t trying to be sexy, cute, edgy or anything else.
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Buy Nike Air Max Lunar1 at JD Sport
New season Grenson shoes are starting to drop and they’re amongst the boldest incarnations of trad-looking English footwear I’ve seen lately. I love that so many of these men’s styles also come in women’s sizes.
Monk shoes are still going strong. These croc printed double monk straps (above) are lovely in cherry red which comes in both men’s and women’s versions. I also like the elegant ‘slipper’ loafer (below), a slender tassel loafer that I think looks better on girls than guys. I love this tan leather, perfect with a grey cashmere ankle sock and too-short trousers or perhaps a Sunspel kilt.
Grenson is understandably proud of its new triple welted collection – look closely and it appears as if there are three graduated ‘steps’ on the sole. These sturdy bad boys were dreamt up by the factory workers, not the design studio for a change. Having its own factory means the Grenson team can be nimble with product design and experiment with ideas. For men there’s a grained ‘Fred’ boot (below) and for women, a ‘Rose’ shoe.
My other favourite is the military boot, more rugged grained leather, with a commando sole (below). These probably take a bit of wearing in but imagine how great they look as they age. If you ever get the chance, do check out the Grenson shop in Lamb’s Conduit Street where you’ll get plied with proper coffee and can peruse the entire collection and their fab ‘Instagram’ wallpaper. Very nicely done…
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. HERMES LAUNCHES LE BAIN
So here you have the ultimate bathtime experience. Can you think of anything posher than Hermes hand wash or shampoo? Continue reading
When it comes to immersive, experiential retail, you can’t really beat Harrods and its epic store takeovers. Chanel and Dior have had their turn and this month saw the unveiling of Pradasphere, a fusion of shop windows (40 in total), pop-up shop, cafe and exhibition.
The exhibition on the fourth floor is the big draw. It starts with glass cabinets telling the story of the beginnings of the 101-year-old brand. Originally purveyors of leathergoods, we’re shown vitrines of ancient paper packaging, handbag frames and luxurious vanity sets for the travelling classes. All give an air of revered Milanese shopkeeper to the proceedings, nicely bringing us back to retail. Continue reading
Question: what do sexy-shoe designers do when footwear fashions shift from £600 super-stilettos to £100 trainers? Well I guess they switch focus to bags. Is this the reason for Charlotte Olympia’s forthcoming business-friendly line? The new line of work-appropriate leather handbags launches for AW14, focusing on structured top handles, totes and clutch bags. (I love this ruby red ‘Bogart’ top handle, above.)
But shoes aren’t totally neglected. There’s an accompanying ‘Nine To Five’ line of lower-heeled pumps that nod to Dellal-style whimsy (think leopard print and peekaboo details). Served up in a briefcase-style box, complete with matching stockings, look out for them in June on Charlotteolympia.com and Net-a-Porter.com.
I love that this exclusive Sophie-Webster-for-Net-a-Porter collection is called Ida. Ida Petersson is Net-a-Porter’s senior shoes buyer who I first met a few years ago when she was at Harvey Nichols. She’s like a bundle of energy in person, so it’s no surprise that she’s a fan of Webster, whose own aesthetic is equally high on the fizzy fun factor. Continue reading
I do love a bit of serendipity. I’m researching Australian brands for a feature and by sheer coincidence, an email arrived last week introducing me to hand sewn footwear line Feit.
It’s the brainchild of the Price brothers who have a history in streetwear (Tull Price co-founded Royal Elastics in 1996). The brand has taken classic streetwear sneaker shapes and reduced them to the most minimalist lines in high quality vegetable tanned leathers. Continue reading
Ugh, I won’t be wearing any of these mules for SS14. Shan’t, shan’t, shan’t!
Need a good reason to go to Harrods? Of course you do. Well here’s one: Valentino has created it’s very own pop-up shop to celebrate the unstoppable cult of the Rockstud. In situ until the end of the month, the Rockstud Rouge pop-up sells bags and shoes adorned with the famous pyramid studs, amid a selection of Valentino AW13 RTW in the expected shade of crimson. (Can I point out that the walls are studded as well…)
It bags may come and go but the Rockstud is in another league altogether. According to Harrods chief merchant Marigay McKee, “it has dominated the accessories market, growing in demand since its launch.” Continue reading