gentlewoman style

Gentlewoman style: École de Curiosités



Ecole de curiosites white matisse jacket

New brand alert! Weepingly expensive but how beautiful. I discovered École de Curiosités via the Tiina The Store e-newsletter. It’s a Franco-Japanese brand by designer Hans Ito, produced in France from delicious-sounding new and vintage fabrics like ‘typewriter cotton’. Very much in the Egg-meets-Sofie-D’Hoore mould, it’s all roomy dresses,  boyish shirts and relaxed linen tailoring. (more…)



The DRG retail index: John Lewis & Partners, M&S, Jigsaw, Zara X Giorgia Tordini, Reformation



Zara fall 2018 trends Giorgia Tordini

Here’s ALISON FARRINGTON’S latest monthly retail round up, celebrating experimentalism and innovation on the high street. We are more than ready for autumn/winter collections newness, so it’s preview time for John Lewis & Partners, M&S, Jigsaw, and Zara’s latest Studio Collection. Meanwhile there’s a late summer high-low fashion fix in-store from Reformation’s relaunch in the UK, courtesy of Browns.
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Positive fashion: Bite



Bite AW18

Two new positive fashion names on my radar: one is a fashion label and the other is an editorial site.

Make it Last, is a Swedish site that focuses on sustainable style of the non-crunchy kind. Everything is so calm and lagom and mostly vicuna-hued. And it has opened my eyes to so many lovely brands – including perfumers Stora Skuggan, auctioneers Bukowskis and … Bite. (more…)



Buy it now: Blazé Milano



Blaze Milano

Last week I rediscovered a ten-year-old Helmut Lang blazer in my wardrobe that I don’t think I’ve ever worn because it always felt slightly too big. When I tried it on this time, it fitted perfectly (I just think the sleeves need a tiny alteration) and the structure of the shoulders really makes an incredible difference if you have a tendency to slouch (more…)