THE DRG STYLE INDEX: American Apparel, Blouse, Connolly, Crabtree & Evelyn and more!
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
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13 August, 2017 @ 10:36 pm
Blouse: Nice but way too £££!. Connolly – how I loved the this understated luxury label back in the day – owning a sheepskin coat and a couple of other items – all worn dearly to death and no longer owned! So looking forward to visiting the Mayfair store. Shulman selfie – how brave of her – unfortunately double-standards – why was this/her body image not refllected in the pages of Vogue whilst she was editor in charge – love to know why?
13 August, 2017 @ 11:28 pm
Ahh well that one I linked was maybe not the best example, as it’s leather. The tees are £65 and some of the shirts are £300 and they’re UK made which is expensive in itself, especially in small quantities. Connolly: you will LOVE the store, it’s so beautiful and the curation of product is really good too, they hve Charvet pocket squares etc! Shulman: she actually did do a lot in terms of trying to persuade brands to have bigger sample sizes etc. She was very vocal about the challenges related to that. I guess when you’re the editor, powerful though you are, you can’t criticise the brands that much as their advertising is the only thing that pays for your magazine.