Frieze

The Drg Style Index: Wales Bonner, Muji, Chanel, Shiseido, WeChat, Nike 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…

WALES BONNER WINS
Wales Bonner SS19 by Harley Weir

It’s been a big old week for Grace Wales Bonner. On Wednesday she was named as the winner of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund £200k prize, while also collaborating with Dior on its 2020 Resort collection and hosting a ‘devotional meditative sound experience’ in New York with Solange Knowles, as part of Frieze. The prize win is a pretty good accolade, not that it’s the magic bullet people assume it is. Thomas Tait, who won the LVMH Prize in 2014, opened up recently about the reality behind the facade of young designer ‘success’. It’s still tough out there… (more…)



Quote of the day: Eric N. Mack



Eric N Mack

“You could always take the side streets, but you’d be missing out. On the glances, the attraction. The pops of colour. The commotion. The pulse in pacing. The busted Ugg boots, crispy Tims, coifed head-wraps and denim jeans, gathered at the ankle.”

Artist Eric N. Mack, on the nuances of style, Frieze. (more…)



To Frieze, or not to Frieze?



Eduardo Paolozzi by Emma Paolozzi Paul Smith Albemarle Street

I’m not sure if I’ll make it to Frieze London, but if I do it will most likely be Frieze Masters than Frieze.

One of the hits of last year was dealer Helly Nahmad’s depiction of an imaginary collector’s lived-in apartment. I missed it but it famously inspired the set design for Erdem’s Aw15 LFW show.

We all love to see behind the scenes of an artist or creative. There’s definitely something very magical about getting a glimpse of an artist’s messy studio space. Paul Smith has tapped into this with his own Frieze installation in the Albemarle Street store. (more…)



A decade of Dover Street Market



1 MAIN DSM 10th Anniversary-Facade by RK (3)

Oh, what a busy year it’s proving to be for London’s Dover Street Market. This month marks its tenth year and to celebrate it’s doing what it does best, collaborating with its fashion friends to create more retail excitement than ever.

Let’s not forget, when Dover Street Market opened in 2004 it was the first store of its kind, a weird and wonderful melange of mega-brands, just-emerging designers and street wear – ever changing and always unpredictable. Twice a year it operates its ‘tachiagari‘, shutting up shop for three days while it installs a completely new vision for the new season.

This year, following its tachiagari in July, it’s shaken things up again by adding a scattering of ‘market stalls’ (complete with striped awnings) selling DSM souvenirs to delight the store’s avid retail tourists. (more…)