652 posts categorized "Art & Culture"

Can A Tree Grow In Place Vendome?

Oct 22 2014


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."

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The Trouble With "The Honourable Woman".

Oct 20 2014

Dame Julia Walsh:Janet McTeer:The Honourable Woman

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).

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He Called Her A What?!

Oct 16 2014


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.

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What Would Sade Say?

Oct 13 2014


Unless you live under a rock, you've probably already come across the film commissioned by the Musee d'Orsay to publicise its upcoming exhibit on the Marquis de Sade, Sade: Attacking The Sun. The film depicts a highly stylised, artfully lit orgy.

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Isn't It Ironic?

Oct 09 2014

Anya Hindmarch F14 Counter Culture show 2

When it comes to protecting trademarks, logos and intellectual property in general, no sector has been as aggressive or as persistent as the luxury industry.

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World Retail Congress 2014: A Review.

Oct 08 2014

98_hermes_retail interior

I had the opportunity to attend the World Retail Congress which took place in Paris last week. Over the course of three jam-packed days, some of the world's leading retailers and retail service providers converged on my fair city to present and discuss current and emerging retail challenges including the tremendous potential of new payment technologies, digital integration and the ever changing consumer behaviours that are forcing retailers to radically rethink the in-store experience. Not surprisingly, the terms "disruptor" and "disruption" were on virtually everyone's lips.

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Galliano's Second Act.

Oct 07 2014

Galliano Runway

Like many, I greeted yesterday's news that John Galliano was headed to Maison Martin Margiela with a mixture of surprise and confusion. I read the news on my Twitter feed as I was headed back to Paris from Epernay after spending the better part of the day sampling vintage champagnes at Moët & Chandon so I had to read the WWD Tweet twice.

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Oh, So You're A Feminist Now?

Sep 17 2014

Pharrell Williams:Blured Lines:Feminist

"I'm using you as a prop but I want you to know that I totally respect you."

Have you heard? Women now have a new knight in shining armour in their corner ready to stand up for the feminist cause. His name is Pharell Williams and he's fond of making sweeping public pronouncements about his deep respect for and support of women. #Swoon.

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Jean Paul Gaultier To Cease Pret-A-Porter Activities.

Sep 16 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier Ceases Pret a Porter Activities

Today is a sad day indeed for the world of French fashion. Citing the "accelerated pace of the fashion schedule and commercial constraints", Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that he would be ceasing his pret-a-porter activities to concentrate exclusively on haute couture.

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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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