From where I sit, there are two things currently rattling the luxury fashion industry. The first: Hedi Slimane's cynical but commercially successful collections at Saint Laurent. The second, Raf Simon's decision to leave Dior after a mere three and a half years.
To my mind, the hallmark of a good collaboration is when the resulting products combine both brands' DNA into a graceful, cohesive whole. In other words, the product itself must be desirable on its own independent of the brands behind it. In this respect, the new Jean Charles de Castelbajac collaboration with Petit Bateau looks like a winner.
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.