It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of wardrobe in film, television and theatre. The right costume choices can communicate crucial information about a character's mood, personality and status without the actor ever uttering a single word. Besides the excellent writing and rich, complicated plot lines featured on the Netflix series House of Cards, costume design is one of the aspects of the show I admired most about Season 1.
In a brief press release issued by Condé Nast earlier today, Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue expressed regret for her decision to cast reality television personality Kim Kardashian on the April 2014 cover of her magazine.
When fashion historians look back at this April 2014 cover of French fashion glossy Jalouse featuring 12 year-old Thylane Blondeau, they will no doubt conclude (correctly) that the fashion media reached a new level of depravity in 2014. How else to explain the casting of a prepubescent child on the cover of a magazine purportedly targeting women aged 25-40?
After the fashion week marathon with all the shows, parties and petty drama, I always find it useful to take a step back and let it all sink in. There are so many wonderful things to celebrate about fashion but there are also aspects that I find profoundly irritating, many of which were prominently on display during this past round of shows.
As you may have read, Christie's recently launched an online-only action of pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories. Not surprisingly, the sale's highlights include a number of coveted exotic skin Hermès Birkin and Kelly handbags.
In her 2011 interview with CBS' Serena Altschul, Anna Wintour declares: "To be in 'Vogue' has to mean something. It's an endorsement. It's a validation." Well then, what are we to make of Vogue's April cover subject, Kim Kardashian*?
From the outside, she seemed to have it all. Talent, beauty, wealth and glamour. Whatever it was that lead her to take her own life, we'll never know for sure. Perhaps we should simply remember her for the thoughtfulness she brought to an industry that is frequently too absorbed with itself to think of others.
Richardson posing with Woody Allen, patron saint of dirty old men everywhere.
As you may have heard, the luxury and fashion worlds' "pervert of choice", Terry Richardson (aka "Uncle Terry"), has finally broken his silence and addressed the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct that have been swirling around him. The man The Guardian recently dubbed "fashion's shameful secret" penned what can only be described as a "non-denial denial" according to which, the allegations in question are nothing but rumors, lies, false accusations, libelous claims and an Internet witch hunt.
Raf Simons: “Excuse me Sidney, can I take a photo?”
Photographers often have a privileged perch from which to observe the various antics that take place throughout fashion week. Usually, they let their images speak for themselves but Vanity Fair France recently published a series of photos with the commentary of photographer François Goizé.
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.