The New Garconne

Gentlewoman style: At home with Phyllis Wang



Phyllis Wang by Elise Toide from The New Garconne - How to be a Modern Gentlewoman

I can’t remember if I told you, but I’m working on my next book!

It’s going to be beauty-focused and as part of my research, I’ve been re-reading my last book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman. Weirdly – or perhaps not – I haven’t had much need to revisit it since it was published in 2016. But like most books, when I do re-read it, it’s interesting to notice the parts that have a new or different relevance.

I loved interviewing comedienne Phyllis Wang. She was one of the last people I approached and was recommended by my then commissioning editor, Camilla. I was looking for women who embodied the ‘gentlewoman’ aesthetic and values of shopping consciously yet with their own ‘garconne style’ twist. Phyllis certainly veered to the eccentric end of the scale, which was totally fine! (more…)



Still not bored of French girl magic



In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide

Here’s a delicious new book celebrating cool, understated Parisiennes. If you enjoyed my book, The New Garconne (here), I think you’ll love In Paris: 20 Women on Life in the City of Light. It’s full of voyeuristic intimate photo profiles of everyday Parisian women, with photos taken by the quintessential Paris babe, Jeanne Damas. (more…)



The DRG Retail Index: H&M Studio, John Lewis, & Other Stories, Sezane



& Other Stories Paris collection

Here’s ALISON FARRINGTON’S latest monthly retail round up, celebrating experimentalism and innovation on the high street. H&M Studio drops with strong retro looks, John Lewis is all about Instagram influencers for its own-label brands, Sezane opens in London’s Notting Hill and & Other Stories gives us luxury hair vibes.
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Dior, Malin + Goetz, Depop, 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…

1. ALL CHANGE AT DIOR (BUT WHAT ABOUT MARIA?)
Kim Jones Dior
The big fashion news of the week was the announcement that Dior’s longtime men’s designer, Kris Van Assche, is departing, and being replaced by Kim Jones, London’s street wear darling, formerly of Louis Vuitton menswear. But the word on my WhatsApps is… (more…)