On a recent holiday, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History, the newly released book by Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan.
No television show has done more to glamorize the mid-century aesthetic than AMC's cult series Mad Men. While we may revel in the fashions and the interior design however, it's the story lines that keep us coming back for more even when, to be perfectly honest, many of those stories make us cringe.
Grace Coddington wore something akin to fancy pajamas. Rihanna wore a dress with a train that looked like a giant plate of scrambled eggs. Perhaps they coordinated? The least we can say about the images of the 2015 edition of the Met Gala is that they make for entertaining breakfast table chatter.
The duel announcements that Chanel would be joining the e-commerce fray in 2016 and debuting a fine jewellery collection on Net-A-Porter starting this week may not seem like much at first blush but in luxury industry terms, it amounts to a minor earthquake.
Roy Lichtenstein's "The Ring (Engagement)" (1962).
It has been a rather frothy two weeks in the world of fashion what with all the talk of mergers and acquisitions relating to Net-A-Porter. As my regular readers will attest, I'm a huge fan and loyal customer of the pioneering luxury fashion site so I've been following these stories very closely.
As you may have heard, Dior has signed Rihanna as their new brand ambassador. She is the first woman of colour to land this lucrative contract which makes this a historic moment for the brand. For that reason alone, part of me so badly wants to celebrate the decision. Alas ...
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.