Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. OSMAN FOR AMAZON FASHION
Someone is giving Osman an almighty great push on the PR and marketing front as he seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment. I just noticed this Osman collection on Amazon.co.uk and surprisingly, it looks really luxe and beautiful. Amazon has tried hard to sell high end brands on its site but it never quite achieves the Net-a-Porter aesthetic that I’m guessing it’s aiming for. Until now. I never thought I’d say this, but there’s even a Christmas jumper that looks cool, a unisex one at that, and it’s a (comparative) steal at £95. See more here.
2. FIRST LOOK AT PAULA GERBASE FOR JOHN LOBB
I’m more of a Church’s girl myself but I was interested to know that John Lobb has a small clientele of female customers for its classic shoes. Paula Gerbase’s artistic direction debut will appear at LCM in January – here’s a little insight from the New York Times of what we might expect (contrary to my expectaction, it doesn’t involve clothing).
3. H&M COLLABORATIONS – THE BOOK
What could define the millennial’s high-low approach to fashion better than H&M’s legendary designer collabs? This month sees the launch of a brick-like coffee table book that unpacks each and every collaboration, from the first Karl Lagerfeld one in 2004, to the most recent sport-luxe offer from Alexander Wang. It’s beautifully produced and packaged (indeed, to me it looks, smells and feels exactly like Self Service) and serves as an extended essay on the last ten years of fashion itself as well as a celebratory pat on the back for H&M. Alongside contributions from Alex Fury, Jessica Michault, Melanie Rickey and Charlie Porter is my piece on Matthew Wiliamson. You can find it in selected H&M stores at €9.90 with 25% of proceeds going to UNICEF.
4. SIMONE ROCHA FOR J BRAND
Just in at Dover Street Market is Simone Rocha’s denim collab with J Brand. Simone Rocha isn’t an obvious denim fit but that’s what’s good about this mini collection. It marries her romantic ruffles with stiff utilitarian shapes, all in a perfect palette of red, blush pink and black. From December 1st it will also be available at Selfridges, Net-A-Porter and Browns.
5. KURT GEIGER’S SAFFIANO SUCCESS
Sales are up, way up at Kurt Geiger, with handbag sales increasing 50% so far this year. Why? Mainly due to the popularity of its Saffiano leather bags. These hardwearing, textured bags (you know, like these) are the great levellers of the handbag world, putting in appearances at Kurt Geiger, Michael Kors and Prada alike. There’s even more good retail news for Kurt Geiger handbag lovers – the brand is opening its Oxford Street flagship store early next year.
WORDS: NAVAZ BATLIWALLA/DISNEYROLLERGIRL
IMAGES: AMAZON, NEW YORK TIMES, DISNEYROLLERGIRL, J BRAND, KURT GEIGER