It will be interesting to see the evolution of legacy luxury houses as a new generation of company leaders takes over. Rimowa (now owned by LVMH) has placed 26-year-old Alexandre Arnault (son of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault) at its helm and is already attracting millennials with its recent Supreme and Off-White collabs (I quite like the Off-White see-thru case). LVMH also just installed another son, Antoine Arnault in a role managing image and communication for the conglomerate.
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…
1. AMI LAUNCHES WOMENSWEAR
Having shown women wearing its menswear collection on its runways for successive seasons, Ami has official launched womenswear. Apparently, it noticed that 35-40% of sales were made to women and decided to act. Good call! I’ve always liked the typically Parisian smart-casual menswear from Ami, especially the knits and leather jackets. (more…)
There were many major fashion and beauty trends that dominated 2017. Sock trainers, ginormous puffer jackets, ultra matte lips, overpriced merch tees. I didn’t embrace a single one. But I did indulge in a classics revival or two. White denim, the Burberry check and western boots are a few that are still going strong. AndBeauty Pie and Glossier were the two beauty bandwagons I couldn’t resist jumping on.
For the coming year, my favourite unofficial visual search engine, Pinterest tells me that cleansing oil saves are up 555%, derma roller saves are up 345% and ‘vitamin C serum’ saves are up 3379%. I’m already converted to cleansing oils and I’ve only slightly dabbled in vitamin C – maybe this will be the year I go for it? (more…)
Prada’s retro arty AW17 collection has arrived online. These men’s hand knits jumped off the screen the first time I saw them back in January, an example of Miuccia Prada’s yearning for “reality, normality, simplicity”. (more…)