Films

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…)



Things to see: Halston, the movie



Halston movie Frederic Tcheng

Frédéric Tcheng has done it again. If you loved Dior & I, you have to see HALSTON, which opens in the UK on Friday. It’s the story of legendary designer Halston’s rise and downfall, with a brilliant cast of characters retelling the story.

Alva Chinn, Pat Cleveland and Liza Minelli were my favourites, along with a coterie of hard nosed New York business types relaying the excesses of Roy ‘Hall-ston’ Frowick (his name was originally pronounced Hal-ston, but he rebranded himself with the fancier ‘Hall’ sound). (more…)



A walking portrait of my hood



Folk Navaz Batliwalla

My Facebook feeds are currently full of friends waxing lyrical about the joys of coastal living, having fled London for the simple life. Me? I’m not quite there yet. London’s where I was born and grew up and as a West Londoner I’ve not strayed far from my childhood stomping ground.

In particular I’m passionate about the pocket of London where Portobello meets Golborne Road. This little local stretch is relatively unknown by the masses. You won’t find hordes of tourists and bloggers descending here for their selfies and outfit posts, but you will find a genuine melting pot of character and style.

You can people watch in the flea market, pick up an antique mirror from Les Couilles du Chien, delight in the curiosities of Kokon To Zai, and make a pilgrimage to Rellik, the famous vintage store that specialises in collectable Westwood, Galliano and Comme. Foodies can enjoy a Palestinian feast at Maramia, fish & chips at George’s or queue up for a pastel de nata at Lisboa, the Portuguese coffee shop that’s a local institution.

I gave the folks at Folk a little local walking tour of my hood a few weeks ago (more…)



Deep cuts



cuts book Steve Brooks Gimme 5

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month for CUTS, my hairdresser and London landmark of sorts. It’s a kind of ‘if you know, you know’ thing; it’s been around forever but was never treated as a ‘brand’, rather a word of mouth hangout that does very good hair. (Side note: they came out with the phrase ‘You Look Good’ long before anyone else.)

CUTS started in Kensington Market during the post-punk years, then progressed to Kensington Church Street (I would pass it on the way to school) and ended up in Soho where it’s been for a couple of decades. It’s where I went when I decided to go short in the early 90s. (more…)