It’s been great seeing the slow, steady development of Lyn Harris’s Perfumer H brand. She likes to keep things manageable, working with select partners to sell her candles and exquisite natural perfumes.
Marmalade is still my number one favourite autumn candle smell and you can now buy these beautiful Michael Ruh jewel-coloured glass vessels from the brilliant craft-focused etailer, The Garnered, which ships internationally.
Here’s the latest DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…
RALPH LAUREN IS NICE
In the 20-teens you’re no one if you haven’t had a documentary made about you. The Ralph Lauren story, Very Ralph, airs on HBO this Tuesday, but according to the NYT it’s as saccharine as a Polo ad campaign. In response to the lack of scandalous ‘tea’, Ralph said, “Can people believe there might be people out there who might be honorable? They can’t believe it. They won’t be happy unless they find out that I’m a killer or I did something bad.”
GET READY FOR PRA-DIDAS
In an era where there’s ‘an exciting new brand collab’ every day, the Prada X Adidas union is one of the most buzzworthy. This long-term project aims to “investigate the realms of heritage, technology and innovation – and to challenge conventional wisdom through unexpected strategies,” according to WWD. I would love to see this collab marry all three, rather than exploring each facet separately. I’m not that interested in Prada’s take on a Stan Smith but I’m totally up for some Prada-fied hi-tech Adidas garb. The first drop will be two limited edition Prada for Adidas footwear styles, made by Prada in Italy, landing in December, so not long to wait.
Love him or no, you’ve got to admire Banksy’s business strategy. His new merch site, Gross Domestic Product sells entry point products for genuine fans, e.g. not collectors. So just to nip any ideas of ‘flipping’ (aka buying things with the goal of reselling at a higher price) in the bud, prospective customers are asked to register and answer a joining question, ‘does art matter?’. LOLZ
The next Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute show will be a conceptual affair. ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration’ looks at fashion through the lens of time, especially apt for 2020 I feel. It might not sound as instantly appealing as past shows, but personally, I love the idea. Vanessa Friedman’s musings are worth a read and if you haven’t seen The First Monday In May, you simply must
More exhibition news: London College of Fashion is showing Streetstyle: From Teddy Boys to Grime Kids, from this Friday (Trinity Art Gallery, Unit 22, Hope St, E14 0LG). Exploring the history and evolution of subcultural style, it looks at the underground scenes that helped shape popular culture, with Grime as a modern-day focus. Look out for Zandra Rhodes’ 1977 Conceptual Chic collection and Fiona Cartledge’s 1990s Sign of the Times archive. Note: it’s only on til 7th December, so no snoozing on this one
Kathy Sledge’s new song with Horsemeat Disco is my earworm of the month and her interview on Ross Allen’s NTS show is gold
Yet more listening pleasures, does anyone remember Jo Whiley’s music discussion TV show in the late 90s? In an extended bout of Google rabbit holing, I came across these gems from a 1998 episode with Bernard Sumner, Keith Flint and Jarvis Cocker describing their parts in the early rave years. Listen to part 1 and part 2 here (warning: autoplays!)
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I’ve taken my eye off Acne Studios for a while, but this Jacob Dahlgren collaboration is so good. Of course, we all love a striped knit, but these are off the spectrum! I love all these colour combinations… (more…)
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