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
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. (Zoom in here if you have a Chrome browser…)
GOODHOOD X JOY DIVISION
To celebrate 40 years of Joy Division’s first album Unknown Pleasures, Goodhood Store has launched a collaboration with a number of brands, shoppable via online raffle. Admittedly, I don’t know what this means. You ‘buy’ the things you want but they don’t get processed until they’ve been picked by lucky dip, maybe? It’s all very modern and hype commerce, which shouldn’t surprise, as Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris is one of the biggest hype beasts out there. The best bits (the collab with Harajuku’s Big Love Records, above) have gone, but the Peter Saville-designed plate and mug are quite tempting.
HARRODS JUST GOT COOL
Niche beauty has officially gone mainstream. Harrods unveiled its new look beauty hall a couple of weeks ago, and while the super brands do look rather fabulous, it’s the smaller players that grabbed my attention. In the ‘play area’ you’re encouraged to park yourself at one of the ‘playground’ mirrors and explore wares from La Bouche Rouge, Surratt Beauty and Kilian. It feels like it’s taken some of that Space-NK-meets-Cult-Beauty discovery magic and injected it with Harrods-style pizzazz. Also noteworthy are the Gucci lipstick counter, the extremely dreamy Hermes perfume boutique and the Aesop destination. Oh and Fueguia 1833, an Argentinian fragrance brand whose founder also makes guitars. As you do… Over the next few months, Harrods is introducing magic mirrors, expert master classes and other experiential in-store activities. Click here for updates.
HONEY DIJON X COMME DES GARÇONS
I can’t wait for the launch of ‘Honey F—ing Dijon’, a T-shirt and DJ bag line from DJ Honey Dijon and Adrian Joffe (aka, Mr Kawakubo and president of Comme des Garçons International). Dijon (real name: Honey Redmond) has the best fashion and music taste – not to mention a killer Pinterest board.
IN OTHER NEWS…
Jony Ive is leaving Apple. Ive is the product designer arguably responsible for the smooth-edged, detail-free, minimalist aesthetic we see all around us, from i-gadgets to COS-style retail stores. Apple’s Chief Design Officer, he is officially departing the company to go it alone, setting up a company called LoveFrom. But fear not, he’s reportedly taken on Apple as his first client. With fellow product designer Marc Newson also joining LoveFrom, I think we can expect a few fashion-led projects and collaborations in the pipeline
This month I’ve been all-consumed by teen and Gen Z culture for the latest ‘The Beauty Conversation’ newsletter. If you’re intrigued by the craze for AirDropped memes or want to know how street wear is schooling a generation of entrepreneurs, click here (and don’t forget to subscribe)
I’m eking out the last few pages of Simon Parkes’ ‘Live at the Brixton Academy’, his brilliant memoir of how he built my favourite live music venue. It’s not your average beach read but it’s super fun and full of fascinating music biz
Meanwhile, I’m so here for this Rauchenberg oral history…
Did you hear the scandal about the Goop-exec-slash-Instagram-influencer who staged her own wedding proposal (and allegedly sent a pitch deck to brands to buy ad spots on her Stories)? Unfortunately the Fashion Ambitionist deck was leaked to press while she was in the midst of her ‘surprise proposal’. Awkward! If you want to gen up, first you need to read Taylor Lorenz’s Atlantic scoop that broke the story, then read the NYT update
Space geeks, don’t miss the BBC’s ‘8 Days: To the Moon and Back’, a gripping re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moon landing, complete with the actual cockpit dialogue from Aldrin and co. It’s being shown on Wednesday 10th July on BBC2. I’ve seen a preview and it’s fab
If you listen to one podcast this month, it should be Rich Roll in conversation with Cal Newport, associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World”. Listen here if you want to know why social media apps are shooting your focus to bits (spoiler: it’s not your fault)
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Dior Men SS20; Goodgood; Harrods by Disneyrollergirl; Honey Dijon by Document Journal
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