647 posts categorized "Art & Culture"

World Retail Congress 2014: A Review.

Oct 08 2014

98_hermes_retail interior

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.

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Galliano's Second Act.

Oct 07 2014

Galliano Runway

Like many, I greeted yesterday's news that John Galliano was headed to Maison Martin Margiela with a mixture of surprise and confusion. I read the news on my Twitter feed as I was headed back to Paris from Epernay after spending the better part of the day sampling vintage champagnes at Moët & Chandon so I had to read the WWD Tweet twice.

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Oh, So You're A Feminist Now?

Sep 17 2014

Pharrell Williams:Blured Lines:Feminist

"I'm using you as a prop but I want you to know that I totally respect you."

Have you heard? Women now have a new knight in shining armour in their corner ready to stand up for the feminist cause. His name is Pharell Williams and he's fond of making sweeping public pronouncements about his deep respect for and support of women. #Swoon.

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Jean Paul Gaultier To Cease Pret-A-Porter Activities.

Sep 16 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier Ceases Pret a Porter Activities

Today is a sad day indeed for the world of French fashion. Citing the "accelerated pace of the fashion schedule and commercial constraints", Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that he would be ceasing his pret-a-porter activities to concentrate exclusively on haute couture.

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The French Doth Protest Too Much.

Sep 15 2014


Go on! I know you want to read it.

I love France. I love living in Paris (minus the exorbitant taxes, the never-ending litanie of charges sociales and the bumbling incompetents that make up the current government). I love engaging in heated political discussions with my well-informed, articulate French friends around a nice meal and a good bottle of wine.

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On The Link Between Shame And Fame.

Sep 11 2014


The CEO of a catering company is caught on camera beating a dog. The video goes viral. Public outrage ensues. The CEO eventually loses his job.

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François Hollande And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week.

Sep 05 2014


To say that French president François Hollande had a bad week would be an understatement. Having your former companion spill the beans in an embarrassing tell-all book is bad enough but when its release comes sandwiched in between a serious challenge to your authority from within your own party and yet another dodgy tax-related resignation from a senior member of your government, it's enough to start to doubt your political survival. His approval rating currently sits at thirteen per cent, a historic low.

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Happy Fourth Of July!

Jul 04 2014

Early work attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat

Early work attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat.

A very happy 4th of July celebration to all my U.S. based readers!

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We Should All Aspire To “Elegant Rebellion”.

Jul 02 2014

Alysia Montano:elegant rebellion

I was catching up on my reading this past weekend when I came across a write-up of London-based designer Duro Olowu’s current exhibition entitled More Material. It is a tribute of sorts to the rebellious side of women and in describing his show, Olowu used the term “elegant rebellion”.

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On Digital Virtual Product Placement And Trust.

Jul 01 2014


Ever heard of the term "digital virtual product placement"? Even if you haven't, chances are you've experienced it while watching your favorite television show.

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