Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…
I WENT TO THE GOOP STORE AND I LIKED IT
I finally ventured into the Goop London
pop-up store on Westbourne Grove to see what the fuss was about. I didn’t feel bombarded; I did see lots of stuff I wanted to buy. A set of amethyst-coloured tumblers, French Girl eye oil, lots of ecru-coloured cazhmere. Nothing ground-breaking, just comforting lifestyle porn at its best. Apparently it’s now a permanent fixture.
LACOSTE X KEITH HARING
I’m generally over the relentless Disney and Keith Haring collabs. Too many, too frequent, it kind of renders it all a bit meaningless for me. That said, I quite like the look of these lairy Lacoste X Keith Haring polos. The collection launches later in the month and this Spanish link seems to have the best photos.
KITH X ESTÉE LAUDER SKINCARE EDIT
I’ve been drooling over the KITH X Estée Lauder collaboration all week. A capsule edit of Estée Lauder hero skincare products re-packaged in white with a retro Lauder font, it came in a sci-fi style acrylic vanity case and promptly sold out.
LE KILT X FRED PERRY SS19
The fab Sam McCoach has produced her second Le Kilt collection for Fred Perry. It’s all focused around subculture and music, which is no surprise as Fred Perry is very good at championing both. And of course there’s a Spotify playlist to accompany it all too. (P.S. if you haven’t listened to the Chuck D Spotify podcast, ‘Stay Free: The Story of The Clash’ yet, it’s great!)
IN OTHER NEWS…
New York is obsessed with Hudson Yards, home to a shiny new mall, towering residences and a Thomas Heatherwick sculpture-slash-Stairmaster called the Vessel. According to the New York Times, “the Vessel is a 150-foot-high, $200 million, latticed, waste-basket-shaped stairway to nowhere, sheathed in a gaudy, copper-cladded steel… ruinously manspreading beside the Shed.” Yikes. I still want to go though; the pics on Dezeen look spectacular.
If you’re as preoccupied with luxury start-ups and modern retail as I am, you should subscribe to the Leanluxe email. Its founder Paul Munford is great on this Well Made podcast, discussing the latest news in venture-backed, direct-to-consumer businesses.
Business of Fashion (sub req) asks whether Diet Prada, the unofficial Instagram ‘fashion watchdog’ can sustain its success by working with brands. My opinion? As a former anony-blogger, once you show your face and start getting offers to work with PRs, it’s very difficult to be as critically objective as you’d like.
Pat McGrath Labs is bringing her entire makeup collection to Selfridges next month for a three-month residency. The ‘corner shop’, well placed for prime footfall on the corner of Oxford and Duke Streets, will open on 4th April selling Pat’s signature molten eye colours and disco lippies. Plus she’ taking over all the windows. Sign up for the events programme here.
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Goop, Lacoste, KITH, Fred Perry
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