Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…
1. AMERICAN APPAREL VS LOS ANGLES APPAREL
So American Apparel has relaunched, following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy last November. Now owned by Canadian manufacturer Gildan, the website secretly relaunched last week, although not everything is made in the U.S.A. And just to confuse things, former AA owner Dov Charney has also launched his new brand. Called, um, Los Angeles Apparel, above, it looks similar to its predecessor and will be available worldwide “soon”, according to its Instagram.
2. PUT YOUR BLOUSE ON
Lovely to see the return of Geoffrey Finch (previously creative director at Topshop and Antipodium) with his new label, Blouse. The debut collection consists of gender-neutral tees and shirts with eye-catching details, all made in London. Buy it at Matchesfashion.com.
If you ever get a chance to visit the Connolly store in Mayfair, just do it! It’s the most sublime retail experience, with tactile fabrics everywhere, the lushest leather goods, bespoke furniture and in-store photography exhibitions. It’s like visiting your most tasteful friend’s quiet-luxe apartment where everything’s for sale. If not, check the line out at Matchesfashion.com, where you can just catch its late summer staples. I recommend the short sleeve wool-linen knit top and the cotton poplin Mandarin collar shirt dress.
4. CRABTREE & EVELYN REVISITED
Beauty stalwart Crabtree & Evelyn has had some sort of rebrand and it looks so much more appealing. (Thanks British Beauty Blogger for the heads up.) I’m a hand cream nut, so I’m tempted by every one of these now they’re in sleek but colourful packaging. Buy it here.
IN OTHER NEWS…
I’m torn between reading a book and filling my head up with shit… “I’ve been doing it for a couple months and it’s worked. I’m reading, like, three books right now. I’m putting something in my mind. It feels so much better than just reading the Internet and not remembering anything.” via Time
Bally remembers the outstanding styling of NYC’s Guardian angels
Artist Cindy Sherman’s new Instagram account has caused quite the media stir. Are these macabre selfies a commentary on our narcisstic culture? She won’t explain so you’ll have to make your own mind up
Closer to home, former Vogue editor Alex Shulman broke the internet with her holiday bikini selfie. When people used to meet Shulman, they would express surprise that she was the editor of Vogue because she didn’t dress like a fashion victim. She would laugh, “Well I am the editor of Vogue, so this is what the editor of Vogue looks like!” With her candid snap, she’s making a bold statement about body positivity and how we present ourselves and should be applauded
For the best nostalgic streetstyle, revisit the digital archives of my fave style documenter, anthropologist Ted Polhemus
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
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