It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of wardrobe in film, television and theatre. The right costume choices can communicate crucial information about a character's mood, personality and status without the actor ever uttering a single word. Besides the excellent writing and rich, complicated plot lines featured on the Netflix series House of Cards, costume design is one of the aspects of the show I admired most about Season 1.
In a brief press release issued by Condé Nast earlier today, Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue expressed regret for her decision to cast reality television personality Kim Kardashian on the April 2014 cover of her magazine.
When fashion historians look back at this April 2014 cover of French fashion glossy Jalouse featuring 12 year-old Thylane Blondeau, they will no doubt conclude (correctly) that the fashion media reached a new level of depravity in 2014. How else to explain the casting of a prepubescent child on the cover of a magazine purportedly targeting women aged 25-40?
Who knew that after a long day tirelessly fighting the patriarchal social structure in pursuit of equal rights for women and other social justice causes, Gloria Steinem enjoyed a nice, relaxing bubble bath?
After the fashion week marathon with all the shows, parties and petty drama, I always find it useful to take a step back and let it all sink in. There are so many wonderful things to celebrate about fashion but there are also aspects that I find profoundly irritating, many of which were prominently on display during this past round of shows.
As you may have read, Christie's recently launched an online-only action of pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories. Not surprisingly, the sale's highlights include a number of coveted exotic skin Hermès Birkin and Kelly handbags.
Family Jules NNN (No Naked Niggahs), Barkley Hendricks, 1974
We're currently so awash in nudity that it's difficult to remember that exposed human flesh was once a terrible taboo in Western culture. Everywhere you look from your neighborhood news stand to department store fragrance counters to music videos, the female form (if not the male) is prominently on display. But are the subjects nude or merely naked? Is it art and therefore worthy of our attention or is it something lesser? This is the subject of the latest in Le Méridien's "Unlock Art" short film series called A Brief History of Art Undressed.
In her 2011 interview with CBS' Serena Altschul, Anna Wintour declares: "To be in 'Vogue' has to mean something. It's an endorsement. It's a validation." Well then, what are we to make of Vogue's April cover subject, Kim Kardashian*?
"I'm shocked, shocked to find that data collection has been going on here!"
Do you remember that classic scene in Casablanca when Captain Renault walks into Rick's café and exclaims "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" while a casino attendant hands him a wad of cash? That scene immediately came to mind when I read The Guardian this morning.
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.