Today is a sad day indeed for the world of French fashion. Citing the "accelerated pace of the fashion schedule and commercial constraints", Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that he would be ceasing his pret-a-porter activities to concentrate exclusively on haute couture.
There has to be more to luxury's digital future than Google Glass and diamond-encrusted cell phones. That's why I'm excited to be attending the upcoming Hackers on the Runway conference which will take place in Paris tomorrow and Wednesday (July 1 & 2).
While nothing will ever redeem Anna Wintour after that cover, the site of Lupita Nyong'o's radiant smile on the July issue of U.S. Vogue is certainly a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale industry.
Ever since fashion became fashionable with financiers, the industry has become far too fashionable for its own good. It seems that everyone and their mother wants to be a fashion designer: Celebrities, rappers, pop stars, models, stylists, actresses …
"I mean, I can't in good conscience support sharia law Grace!"
As you may have heard, US Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour has joined the boycott of Dorchester Collection hotels in protest of the Sultan of Brunei's decision to extend full sharia law throughout his kingdom. Dorchester Collection properties include Le Meurice and Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Principe di Savoia in Milan and The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London.
“It was positively surreal.” How often do we use that term to describe an event or incident that strikes us as bizarre? It’s not clear exactly when the term was vacuumed up by popular culture to become a synonym for “weird” but it does illustrate the far-reaching impact of the cultural movement founded by French writer and poet André Breton. It is that movement that is the subject of the penultimate film from Le Méridien’s Unlock Art series.
International relations, politics, human rights … These are not normally subjects you’ll hear discussed at your standard luxury industry event. In fact, these are subjects that most luxury brands are keen to avoid discussing publicly altogether.
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.