Sociologist and media critic Marshall McLuhan once described art in these terms: "Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it."
I woke up this morning to the very sad news of Oscar de la Renta's passing. So much has been written about the man, his tremendous skill, generosity and elegance of mind and spirit that there seems little left to say. Instead, I would like to share a personal anecdote.
We seem to be living in a golden age of television. I can't recall a time when we were so spoiled for rich, satisfying, plot-driven drama. I recently binged on the excellent BBC spy thriller The Honourable Woman. It was so compelling and complex that I had to watch it a second time just to grasp all the twists and turns (a pleasure rather than an imposition).
It's been a long, hectic week and I can say without hesitation that I'm relieved the week-end is near. It seems that my phone has been almost permanently affixed to my ear and my iPad became dangerously hot from overuse yesterday. It's time therefore to disconnect and walk away. Are you with me?
The Sex and the City series may have lost its way in the end (as many successful television series do) and the movies it spawned were disappointingly superficial but like many women, the series in its early incarnation remains dear to my heart.
I should state from the outset that I'm a huge fan of Net-A-Porter and the people behind it. I've been a loyal customer since 2006 and the bulk of my fashion-related purchases are made on their site. Whether or not that makes me more inclined to like Porter magazine as a result, I couldn't say for sure. What I can say however is that to date, I'm fairly impressed by what the team behind Porter has managed to do in only five issues.
Unless you live under a rock, you've probably already come across the film commissioned by the Musee d'Orsay to publicise its upcoming exhibit on the Marquis de Sade, Sade: Attacking The Sun. The film depicts a highly stylised, artfully lit orgy.
I had the opportunity to attend the World Retail Congress which took place in Paris last week. Over the course of three jam-packed days, some of the world's leading retailers and retail service providers converged on my fair city to present and discuss current and emerging retail challenges including the tremendous potential of new payment technologies, digital integration and the ever changing consumer behaviours that are forcing retailers to radically rethink the in-store experience. Not surprisingly, the terms "disruptor" and "disruption" were on virtually everyone's lips.
The Luxe Chronicles is a collection of interviews, profiles and musings on various aspects of the luxury industry and occasionally, a rant on our celebrity obsessed culture and the dumbing down of our collective sense of style and esthetic.