On the very same day that Dr Dre, rapper and co-founder of Beats stood up on stage to be honoured by the Wall Street Journal Magazine at its fourth annual Innovators Award, Jay Z, another rapper, made headlines for his purchase of the Armand de Brignac champagne brand. There is an obvious lesson here: Misogyny pays. Handsomely.
Given the current state of France, one would think that the country would be focused on its countless economic, political and social problems, right? After all, who has time for petty bickering and backbiting when the country is in such dire straits? If only.
Ever since the Hollande government came to power and started rolling out its confiscatory tax policies, rumours have abounded within the luxury industry of brands quietly transferring top level decision makers and their teams out of France for tax reasons.
We've been hearing the term le French bashing a lot lately. It is used by both government ministers and commentators in response to virtually any and all criticism of anything French, especially as it relates to the country's current economic predicament.
Well, what do you know?! It's apparently possible to teach an old beauty industry giant a new beauty trick after all. Behold a gorgeous and (reportedly) un-retouched image from a new l'Oreal Paris campaign featuring academy-award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren.
Last night, I finally peeled the shrink wrap from Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan (Rizzoli, 2014). Co-written by Marella Agnelli and Marella Caracciolo Chia, it is a mix of biography and autobiography coupled with beautiful images of various Agnelli homes and their sumptuous gardens.
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.