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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARQUES’ALMEIDA, KAREN WALKER, LN-CC, RONNIE NORTHAMPTON

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

1. MARQUES’ALMEIDA WINS THE LVMH FASHION PRIZE

MarquesAlmeida LVMH Prize

Exciting news of the week was the announcement of Marques’Almeida as the winner of the LVMH prize. I love what these guys have done, consistently refining their raw-edged aesthetic and building their business at a steady pace. They’re already moving on a little from their denim-centric vision, so I’m wondering if we’ll see more of the luxury element of their so-called ‘undone luxury’ in the near future.


2. KAREN WALKER, THE FRAGRANCE

karen walker fragrance available at Harvey Nichols

Another brand with an authentic, youthful aesthetic, Karen Walker has slowly added to her product categories in a strategic way. The sunglasses have become a cult classic of sorts, and this month she has launched her first fragrance trio, exclusively at Harvey Nichols. The packaging is suitably light and poppy, while the fragrances (called ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’) follow suit, A is a verdant fruity floral, B is sweet and peachy and C is the sensual, woody one. Buy the Karen Walker eau de parfum online at Harvey Nichols or at the special pop-up in the London store.


3. LN-CC’S CONSCIOUS DRIVE

The autunomous collecton consciously produced clothing sold at LNCC

Since its buyout by The Level Group, LN-CC has been working to reestablish itself as an important player in luxury retail and ecommerce. Starting from AW15, we’ll see a new focus on consciously produced fashion, which includes a re-think on its fur policy. For the new season, the only exotic skins and furs will be animal by-products, a noble stance from the influential retailer (especially at a time when furs and skins are more popular than ever). I’m rather keen on the patchwork woven pieces from The Autonomous Collection


4. RONNIE NORTHAMPTON’S BOYFRIEND SHOES

Ronnie Northampton Goodyear welted shoes

I’m very excited by this new footwear discovery, Ronnie Northampton. Recent graduate Kirsty Ronnie is passionate about preserving Northampton’s shoemaking skills, designing menswear styles for women, made with traditional techniques. My favourite style is the four tasseled loafer with its elegant, gentlemanly silhouette but quirky detailing. All styles are made to order, so will take a few weeks to arrive and are sold via the Ronnie Northampton website.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Buy it now: Chanel Collection Mediterranee make-up

Chanel Collection Mediterranee

Here’s a brief respite from no make-up make-up. Chanel launched its Collection Méditerranée about ten days ago, a celebration of the Riviera inspired by Coco Chanel’s casual summers of the 1920s. Of course, Chanel invented tanning as a luxury pastime, so the hero item is the limited edition Creation Exclusive Lumière d’été, a camellia-embossed talc-free illuminating powder to gently add a golden highlight to cheekbones and décolleté (below). (more…)

On Trial: Creme De La Mer Reparative SkinTint

Creme De La Mer Reparative Skintint

I’m apologising in advance for the deluge of bronzers and tinted moisturisers you’re about to be hit with. Starting with Crème de la Mer’s Reparative SkinTint with SFF 30. First the bad news: it’s £65 for 40ml. But the good news is it has a tiny nozzle that squirts out the product in miniscule amounts, so there’s zero wastage. And the finish is beautifully glowy and natural-looking. It comes in five skin tones from Very Fair to Tan. (more…)

Hot or not?

Lightweight knits for Spring

What to wear when it’s spring, sunny but chilly in the shade? I default to merino knits that are lightweight but warm and don’t pill up like fluffy cashmere. And denim of course, but I’m looking beyond just jeans to all the clever shapes that have emerged in stiff deep indigo, or gentle chambray blue.

Some of my best merino wool finds come from the men’s department, especially Reiss, whose menswear is brilliant right now, while Paul Smith menswear has lovely extra fine merinos is gorgeous colour palettes. J.W. Anderson is another find, and Vivienne Westwood’s knits are all-year perennials. I can’t not mention my favourite Sibling sweater right now, featuring Madonna in the ‘Borderline’ days. Hell yes please to that.

Denim-wise, Joseph is killing it with its structured shapes in classic sky blue – a bit offbeat but still very wearable. And MIH Jeans just gets better and better – I’m still obsessed with this kimono jacket

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Bruce Weber