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 ...
In case we needed any further evidence that fashion has become as much a form of entertainment as film, music or sports, the characters from the cult 90's film Zoolander made an appearance on the Valentino runway recently.
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.