643 posts categorized "Art & Culture"

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

Jun 23 2014


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

Luxury craftsmanship

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-Privé 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

Rosler:Bringing the War Home04

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



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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