It hardly takes a rocket scientist to realize that traditional boundaries between creative disciplines are rapidly melting away. Nowhere is this more prominently on display than in the contemporary art and fashion worlds. International art events like Frieze and especially Art Basel Miami have become as much a fashion "happening" as a contemporary art gathering with many of fashion's usual suspects (designers, "it" girls, luxury brands) present and accounted for. And, of course, blockbuster fashion-themed exhibits in leading museums around the world have now become commonplace.
If you live in any one of the world's fashion capitals, you may have felt the earth move perceptibly last week. That would have been the impact of Porter, Net-A-Porter's long awaited print magazine, hitting the news stands.
British sparkling wine is having a moment. Climactic changes in the south of England over the past few decades coupled with naturally occurring chalky soils in areas like Kent and West Sussex have made the area particularly hospitable to the chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes traditionally used to make champagne. This in turn has spurred a renewed interest in domestic winemaking with a particular focus on sparkling wine.
I was in London recently for the release of the latest short film in Le Méridien's Unlock Art series. The fourth film in a projected series of eight, it is dedicated to the place of women in art, a topic as ambitious as it is sensitive, especially amongst art historians.
The adorable family from the Cheerios commercial that unleashed a maelstrom of vitriol and racist commentary on YouTube back in May 2013 have returned for another adorable commercial. Given the level of hatred unleashed by that initial 30 second television advert, a brand might be forgiven for moving on. Instead, Cheerios is sticking to its guns.
I've been meaning to tell you about the Serge Poliakoff exhibit at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris for some time but haven't had a chance until now. I saw the exhibit during the holidays and simply put, I was blown away.
Today's post is in response to art critic Blake Gopnik's review of the Jewels by JAR exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Besides the fact that he finds JAR's creations tacky and utterly unworthy of the Met, Gopnik sees the exhibit as an indication that "at this moment in American society, the wealthy are casting their tastes across the rest of culture." In his words:
Awards season is upon us which means fashion media both online and off will soon be overflowing with red carpet fashion coverage. The stakes are high so fashion, accessories and fine jewelry brands have already been jockeying intensely to secure the right endorsement deals.
This February 2014 Dazed & Confused cover featuring Lupita Nyong'o clad in Miu Mui is one of the most visually interesting and beautiful magazine covers I've seen in a long time (even though I'm not crazy about the eye make-up and lighting).
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.