Tiffany blue, Hermes orange and now Kapoor black? I've been mulling over news reports from a few weeks ago that British artist Anish Kapoor has secured the exclusive right to use the high-tech color "Vantablack".
To anyone who observes the luxury industry even casually, it's fairly clear that while many brands talk a good game about innovation and risk-taking, a lot of it is just that, talk. Advertising and communication styles have become formulaic with brands relying largely on glossy images of famous people. It's all very pretty but rarely generates more than a blip on your radar.
I must admit, I was curious about the Ai Weiwei installation at Paris' Le Bon Marche but I had my doubts. Can serious, culturally relevant art co-exist with fragrance samples? Would the art of commerce overshadow or even cheapen the artist's message?
Last April, I wrote a post on racial diversity in the fashion industry in which I suggested that progress on this front seemed to be more forthcoming from brand adverts and e-commerce sites like Net-A-Porter than mainstream fashion editorials in magazines like Vogue.
So much has been written about David Bowie's legacy since his recent death that there seems nothing truly of consequence to add. Except perhaps one thing: The manner in which he lived his life is, to me, proof that fame does not have to come at the expense of either privacy or dignity.
Long before musical artists discovered the power of fashion to create ever changing identities, long before Madonna or Lady Gaga discovered the power of reinvention, long before professional stylists invaded the music scene, there was you in all your androgyny and sartorial splendor.
As my regular readers can attest, I am a self-declared bone fides Christmas freak. I love Christmas and I simply don't care whether in some circles, that may make me what the French would call plouc (deeply uncool to the point of being backward). I will concede however that I had to work a bit harder this year to capture the festive spirit.
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.