Beauty

What happened when Lisa Eldridge won Audrey Hepburn’s lipstick at auction



Audrey Hepburn Cartier lipstick

“Audrey Hepburn’s lipstick holder should be owned by one person on this earth, and that is me.”

Auctions are the epitome of experiential retail. A thrilling experience, they combine drama, desire, competition, social interaction and a bit of a gambler mentality. I’ve only been to an auction once, years ago, a Christie’s sale of pop art posters and design. It was relatively tame and we ended up with a much-loved Robert Indiana LOVE poster that I *think* Tommy Roberts (of Mr Freedom and Tom Tom fame) also bid for.

If you want a sense of what it’s like to bid for something really coveted, watch Lisa Eldridge’s account of bidding for Audrey Hepburn’s Cartier lipstick holder. (more…)



Westman Atelier has arrived in the UK



Westman Atelier UK

Here she is! Westman Atelier has landed in the UK at Net-a-Porter.

The one-year-old beauty line from make-up artist Gucci Westman, Westman Atelier already has a cult following stateside for its creamy ‘beauty butter’ bronzers and rosacea-friendly foundation sticks and I think will succeed here too.

Westman’s signature look is healthy skin with a touch of natural-looking colour – the classic less-is-more look, if you will. (more…)



Airports want your beauty dollars



Susana Chaves

A few years ago I was obsessed with the concept of ‘airport fashion’. A craze originating in Korea, it was about dressing up for the airport, shopping up a storm in duty free and documenting it all on social media. Back then we were witnessing the rise of K Fashion, street style and the experiential economy, all merging in a retail sweet spot for airports to reposition themselves as luxury shopping malls. In fact, so great was this opportunity that travel retail came to be known as ‘the sixth continent’, with a billion consumers passing through it.

Fast-forward five years and it’s beauty’s turn to grab the spotlight and the um, travellers cheques. (more…)



The Drg Style Index: Fred Perry X Margaret Howell, Sophie Hulme, La Bouche Rouge, Louis Vuitton 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…

PERFECT PAIRING: FRED PERRY X MARGARET HOWELL
Fred Perry Margaret Howell collaboration

I first saw this collab on the SS19 runway back in September. Margaret Howell rummaged through the Fred Perry archive and took inspiration from early tennis sportswear, including the OG Fred Perry polo shirt for this men’s and women’s capsule collection. (more…)