I was invited to the opening of the beautifully renovated and much expanded Guerlain flagship store a few weeks ago. Ruinart flowed generously and the crowd was tremendously chic as one would expect but the real star of the evening was incontestably the historic location itself.
“The ability of data to flow or be accessed across borders is essential to a robust, 21st century, global economy (…). So wrote Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Aol, Apple and LinkedIn in an open letter to U.S. president Barack Obama published yesterday in response to the bulk collection of digital communications and online activities by the NSA and GCHQ. In the letter, the aforementioned tech giants urge the US president to enact tougher limits on government surveillance of users and increase transparency relating to government requests of data.
This week-end is the week-end that I get my Christmas freak on and I'm thoroughly excited! Tradition in my household requires me to buy the biggest, baddest tree I can fit in my living room. Last year, I found a magnificent two and a half meter Norway Spruce. My ceilings are three meters high so I'm aiming for a slightly taller tree this year. This will no doubt elicit a good round of ribbing from my husband (it's part of the tradition).
I know we've now just entered December but January is actually not that far off. If you haven't done so already, please note that Club eLuxe will be holding its annual breakfast seminar on January 9, 2014 at Paris' chic Hotel Meurice. Entitled "Virtual + Physical Luxury: Striking a Balance Between High-Tech and High-Touch", this edition of Club eLuxe will examine the evolving behavior of luxury consumers and their merging online and offline shopping habits.
I've just returned from a quick jaunt to London where I managed to squeeze in the "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" exhibit at Somerset House. Sadly, I was pressed for time and therefore feel like I haven't really done it justice. Still, it is a moving tribute to one of fashion's last genuine eccentrics and in my opinion, well worth seeing.
I'm not American but I grew up in the U.S. and so Thanksgiving remains a significant holiday for me. It is also by far my favorite holiday thanks to its inclusiveness: What other holiday can be readily embraced by atheists, agnostics and religious fundamentalists alike regardless of political orientation?
I grew up surrounded by strong women and so I've never had an issue with calling myself a feminist. Consequently, I've never really understood how and why the term "feminist" became a dirty word. It was thoroughly refreshing therefore to read the Guardian's interview with Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon.
After decades of cheap celebrity fragrances and mass marketed designer fragrances, we seem to be entering a new more subtle and vastly more interesting age of perfume making. In the words of one of this new breed of scent makers, Kilian Hennessy: