Beauty

Ask Alison: Is it time for indie beauty brands to get in on duty free shopping?



Niche beauty Duty Free airport beauty Dezeen

Earlier this week, independent beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury made its airport retail debut at World Duty Free in London Heathrow. The week before, the eponymous brand was one of four indie beauty companies (alongside Anastasia, Hourglass and POLA) to be showcased within the DFS downtown store T-Galleria at Galaxy, Macau.

It’s about time these types of self-made or direct-to-consumer beauty upstarts joined the action within the travel retail space. (more…)



Can Verishop solve the ecommerce discovery conundrum?



Can Verishop solve the ecommerce discovery conundrum

Anyone tried Verishop? The new anti-Amazon e-com platform (from former Snap Inc. exec, Imran Khan) is an online marketplace that aims to give a much more elevated experience than the soulless functionality of Amazon.

Pitched as ‘affordable luxury’ for young customers looking for contemporary brands, it’s banking on 24/7 customer service to entice customers, with free shipping and returns, making up the margins with lower marketing spend. (more…)



The DRG Style Index: Dior, Goodhood, Harrods, Comme des Garçons and more…



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

DIOR MEN SS20
Dior menswear SS20
One of my SS20 menswear highlights (again) was Dior, whose creative director, Kim Jones continues to play with ‘feminine’ tropes like organza and embroidery in its menswear shows. My favourite: this embroidered organza bomber covered in painstakingly hand-pleated swirls – immaculately replicated in the hair. (more…)



Buy it now: Chanel cruise beauty 2019



Chanel Cruise 2019 beauty Vision D’Asie: Lumiere et Contraste

If you had to limit yourself to only one beauty thingy, what would it be?

Mine would be a pot or stick of something shiny.

Any sheer, illuminating balm works for me – to go on lids, lips, cheekbones, inner corners of the eye. Chanel’s Cruise 19 beauty collection is sublime and all about the illuminating tools, with an overarching colour palette of earthy-meets-ethereal bronzes, silvers, oysters and taupes. Noisy Huda-style make-up this is not! But it is timeless and investment-worthy, with lush, blendable textures. (more…)