Let's suppose for a moment that you've reached the pinnacle of your profession. You've amassed your professions's highest honours, earned the respect of your peers and achieved fame. In other words, you have nothing left to prove to anyone. What then?
I confess that I've lost count of all the women claiming to have been raped or sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby over the years. Now, a former NBC employee has come forward to confess to having been his "fixer" during the years Cosby reigned over television with his hit NBC series The Cosby Show. The role allegedly involved standing guard at the door during some of these encounters and distributing pay offs.
On the very same day that Dr Dre, rapper and co-founder of Beats stood up on stage to be honoured by the Wall Street Journal Magazine at its fourth annual Innovators Award, Jay Z, another rapper, made headlines for his purchase of the Armand de Brignac champagne brand. There is an obvious lesson here: Misogyny pays. Handsomely.
Given the current state of France, one would think that the country would be focused on its countless economic, political and social problems, right? After all, who has time for petty bickering and backbiting when the country is in such dire straits? If only.
We've been hearing the term le French bashing a lot lately. It is used by both government ministers and commentators in response to virtually any and all criticism of anything French, especially as it relates to the country's current economic predicament.
Well, what do you know?! It's apparently possible to teach an old beauty industry giant a new beauty trick after all. Behold a gorgeous and (reportedly) un-retouched image from a new l'Oreal Paris campaign featuring academy-award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren.
Last night, I finally peeled the shrink wrap from Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan (Rizzoli, 2014). Co-written by Marella Agnelli and Marella Caracciolo Chia, it is a mix of biography and autobiography coupled with beautiful images of various Agnelli homes and their sumptuous gardens.
Sociologist and media critic Marshall McLuhan once described art in these terms: "Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it."
We seem to be living in a golden age of television. I can't recall a time when we were so spoiled for rich, satisfying, plot-driven drama. I recently binged on the excellent BBC spy thriller The Honourable Woman. It was so compelling and complex that I had to watch it a second time just to grasp all the twists and turns (a pleasure rather than an imposition).
The Sex and the City series may have lost its way in the end (as many successful television series do) and the movies it spawned were disappointingly superficial but like many women, the series in its early incarnation remains dear to my heart.
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.