Designers

The perfume that never was



Marni perfume bottle Sybarite

Exhibition idea! All those incredible ideas, expensive mistakes, too impossible-to-produce design innovations that never came to fruition.

Example: this Marni perfume bottle by design firm, Sybarite, who created Marni’s global retail identity during the Consuelo Castiglioni years. Sybarite founders Torquil McIntosh and Simon Mitchell’s fragrance bottle never made it to stores, as Castiglioni decided to keep it for her own private collection.

“It nearly launched until Consuelo decided she loved it so much she didn’t want the public to have it,” (more…)



Quote of the day: Marc Jacobs



Marc Jacobs by Irving Penn 2001

“A younger audience seeing things with fresh eyes isn’t looking for origin or reason. I always looked for origin. I wanted to know where the Adolfo tweed jacket came from. It came from Chanel. I wanted to know where the Chanel one came from. It came from a fisherman. I loved that. It was part of the seduction of anything. How did these things come to be? (more…)



Gentlewoman style: introducing Gerbase



Gerbase by Paula Gerbase

I think I first read about Paula Gerbase’s own name brand in The Gentlewoman. Known for her womenswear line, 1205, as well as being the creative director of John Lobb, her style is certainly very gentlewomanly.

The new line, Gerbase launches imminently and consists of layerable tissue-thin knits, tailoring and fine jewellery (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…)