Today's post is dedicated to a review of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. In the interest of full disclosure, please note that the book's author, journalist Carla Power, is a dear friend.
We're frequently told that digital platforms constitute a "disruptive force". Streaming services like Spotify threaten to disrupt the recording industry, Uber the taxi industry, Airbnb the hotel industry, and so on.
I don't know whether a truth serum has been surreptitiously released into Hollywood's water supply or some air born version thereof but Hollywood actresses seem more willing then ever to publicly call out their industry's rampant sexism and double standards.
Last week, Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released a very clever advert featuring their celebrity ambassador Pamela Anderson shot by David Lachapelle in a pose reminiscent of the classic Hitchcock thriller Psycho.
The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has just wrapped. The awards have been handed out, the distribution deals have been cut and the borrowed jewels and frocks have been returned. And what sticks in my mind after nearly two full weeks of this annual circus? The rampant sexism on display.
On a recent holiday, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History, the newly released book by Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan.
No television show has done more to glamorize the mid-century aesthetic than AMC's cult series Mad Men. While we may revel in the fashions and the interior design however, it's the story lines that keep us coming back for more even when, to be perfectly honest, many of those stories make us cringe.
Grace Coddington wore something akin to fancy pajamas. Rihanna wore a dress with a train that looked like a giant plate of scrambled eggs. Perhaps they coordinated? The least we can say about the images of the 2015 edition of the Met Gala is that they make for entertaining breakfast table chatter.
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.