Retail concepts

Will Rihanna’s Fenty LVMH RTW collection sell?



Rihanna debuts Fenty RTW line for LVMH

First look at Rihanna’s Fenty RTW collection for LVMH. She’s the first black woman to get her own dedicated high end line at LVMH. It’s pretty amazing considering Hedi, Phoebe and Nicolas haven’t managed to achieve that.

The collection is created with creative director Jahleel Weaver. “Angles, textures, colors – I screen-shoot them constantly, bookmark them, folder them, then text them all to Jahleel,” Rihanna told the New York Times. “Later, we have a conversation. And hopefully, then, the magic happens.” Although I love the imagery, at first look it’s not saying much that we haven’t seen already. It’s in the Loewe, J W Anderson, ‘old Celine‘ mould of exaggerates silhouettes with off-kilter details. (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…)



Shop the post: Liberty’s ‘conscious beauty’ push



Liberty Conscious Beauty

Liberty has launched its Conscious Beauty campaign this month, with the news that searches of ‘vegan beauty’ on Liberty‘s website are up 135% and sales for ‘conscious beauty’ products have increased by 43% year on year.

For the duration of the campaign, Liberty is housing a ‘Beauty Empties’ drop-off point in the store, where all packaging will be collected and recycled with TerraCycle. And here are some DIY tips on upcycling your empty luxury beauty vessels into home decor items. (Side note, if you’re interested in this shift in beauty consumption, don’t miss my panel talk!) (more…)