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

Sep 05 2014

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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

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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

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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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A Vogue Cover You Won't Be Ashamed To Display.

Jun 23 2014

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While nothing will ever redeem Anna Wintour after that cover, the site of Lupita Nyong'o's radiant smile on the July issue of U.S. Vogue is certainly a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale industry.

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Can Luxury And Digital Innovation Co-Exist?

Jun 17 2014

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While the terms “digital innovation” have become inextricably intertwined with Silicon Valley in our collective conscience, the truth is that there is exciting innovation taking place right here in Paris too. Whether it is the success of homegrown e-commerce platforms like Vente-Privée.com or Xavier Niel’s projected tech hub, 1000StartUps, it’s clear that not all of France’s digital innovators have moved State-side or across the Channel.

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Le Meridien's Final 'Unlock Art' Film Asks 'What's So Funny?'

Jun 16 2014

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House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, Martha Rosler, 2004.


I had the pleasure of attending the launch of What’s So Funny?, the final in a series of eight short films produced jointly by the Tate and Le Méridien Hotels (Starwood Group) for its Unlock Art program.

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Suzy Menkes And Fashion's Bitch Brigade.

Jun 09 2014

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J'accuse!


In her much awaited inaugural column for Vogue, former International New York Times fashion critic Suzy Menkes has taken on what she termed “the bitch brigade”.

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Welcome to Silicon Valley Dr. Dre. You'll Fit Right In.

Jun 02 2014

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Dear Dr. Dre: Congratulations on your recent sale of Beats and on your new career at Apple.

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

May 29 2014

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There are books that leave an indelible mark on your soul. Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is one. Romain Gary's La vie devant soi is another. And of course, Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

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