Unless you live deep within the caves of Afghanistan with little or no communication with the outside world, you no doubt are aware that "Irreverent", the tribute book dedicated to former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld penned by Olivier Zahm (Purple Magazine) is set to drop just in time for Paris Fashion Week. Ms. Roitfeld is therefore currently doing a series of press interviews for the book including one in which she graciously sat down with a group of French fashion bloggers.
First came the heavyweight lobbyist in the form of Joel Kaplan, former deputy chief of staff under George W. Bush and the man known throughout Washington as responsible for successfully shepherding the highly invasive Patriot Act through Congress. Now comes the PAC (Political Action Committee) which will funnel political donations to various political candidates who might be persuaded to help them advance their policy interests. This is no coincidence.
When the industry's lead magazine is not publishing surreal profiles of dicators' wives extolling their fashion-forward credentials and idyllic lifestyles, dictators' daughters are being given coveted spots on the New York Fashion Week schedule ... It begs the question: Why do these things keep happening on "Planet Fashion"?
By now, most of my regular readers have probably concluded (correctly) that I love technology almost as much as I love shoes. Mind you, I don't love technology in of itself the way I love shoes but I do love what technology enables me to do. Thanks to technology, I can save precious time by working more efficiently and eliminating hassles. I can stay in touch with my loved ones regardless of my geographical location and I can even connect and exchange with complete strangers with whom I share an interest or passion. In short, I believe in the tremendous power of technology. The problem is that I don't always believe in the good intentions of the purveyors of that technology.
Apologies for the delay in posting this morning. I was momentarily dazed and confused after reading an actual honest critique of Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2012 collection in The Guardian this morning. I'm collecting myself right now but please do take the time to read this short piece posted by Jess Cartner-Morley. I also suggest you bookmark the webpage as this type of event doesn't happen every fashion season.
The French electorate was treated to a well-rehearsed, well-orchestrated piece of political theatre last night in the form of the the long-awaited television interview of disgraced former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn by lead TF1 anchor Claire Chazal. No doubt chosen for her "polite" interviewing style (more Katie Couric than Chistiane Amanpour) and her long-standing friendship with DSK's wealthy, politically connected wife Anne Sinclair, her questions were pointed enough to be uncomfortable but stopped well short of making him squirm.