Raf Simons

Why duvet coats?



Norma Kamali sleeping bag coat

In case you hadn’t noticed, duvet coats, puffer* jackets, padded parkas, call them what you will, were all over the AW16 runways. Why duvet coats? The short answer; because it’s always bloody cold! The long answer; well, how long have you got?

Before the AW16 shows kicked off, supersized sleeping bag coats were already on my radar, having seen the above Norma Kamali example on Instagram (side note: do give Magazine_fan a follow if you’re a vintage fash-mag nut). And then the floodgates opened with outpourings of padded down goodness by everyone from Stuart Vevers at Coach to Alexander McQueen (a peachy satin butterfly-embroidered duvet coat fit for a princess), to the Stella McCartney one most likely to be copied by the high street.

padded jacket by Chen Peng in teen vogue (more…)



Quote of the day: Raf Simons



Raf Simons - Image from Interview magazine

“I was so struck by everything I was seeing that I started to cry. I felt so embarrassed. I was like, Oh God, look at the ground, look at the ground, everyone’s going to see you’re crying — like, how stupid to be crying at a fashion show. Then I looked around, and half the audience was crying.”
Raf Simons on the effect of the SS90 Martin Margiela show, The Gentlewoman (via Business of Fashion)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: GRACE WALES BONNER, SELFRIDGES, ESTEE LAUDER, RODARTE X & OTHER STORIES, WHISTLES, DIOR



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. BOMBAY ELECTRIC X SELFRIDGES
Bombay Electric opens a pop-up shop at Selfridges

When I worked in India a few years ago, Bombay Electric was a regular stop-off on my beat, where I’d coo over local designers and the odd bit of Japanese kook. (more…)



The Dior watch with a Raf Simons flavour



Dior watch Dior VIII Grand Bal Plisse Soleil, 36mm in steel, mother of pearl & alligator strap £16,800

Is Raf Simon’s influence permeating the Dior watches line?

It’s not something that’s usually apparent, but the hyper-real colour palette of the AW15 collection does seem to have infiltrated these day and evening watches. I love the odd combo of electric blue and green, offset by the pink-tipped mother of pearl ‘skirt’ in the Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé Soleil (below), (more…)