Jun 06 2014


Can You Tell What Day It Is?


Not me but a reasonable facsimile of my current state of mind.

Make every minute of the next forty-eight hours count.

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Jun 05 2014


Off To Club eLuxe!

Club eLuxe 1

Dear Readers: Just a brief reminder that I will be attending the Club eLuxe International Summit today.

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Jun 03 2014


Well Done Mr. Altuzarra!

Joseph Altuzarra

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 …

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Jun 02 2014


Welcome to Silicon Valley Dr. Dre. You'll Fit Right In.


Dear Dr. Dre: Congratulations on your recent sale of Beats and on your new career at Apple.

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May 30 2014


Happy Friday!

Gosford 4

Well what do you know? It's Friday already and the week-end is upon us!

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May 29 2014


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.


There are books that leave an indelible mark on your soul. Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is one. Romain Gary's La vie devant soi is another. And of course, Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

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May 28 2014


Anna Wintour's Conscience.


"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.

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May 26 2014


Is The Art Market Ripe For Disruption?

Art Market Ripe For Dispution

Given the sheer amount of money currently sloshing around the contemporary art market and the vertiginous prices achieved by the likes of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Damian Hirst and a few others, we could easily be lulled into the sense that art as an occupation offers a comfortable existence for all involved.

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May 21 2014


Le Méridien’s “Unlock Art” Series Invites You To Explore Surrealism.


René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928

“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.

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May 20 2014


Robin Wright On Ageing In Hollywood.

Robin-wright:ageism & sexism in Hollywood

As I’ve highlighted previously, one of the aspects of Netflix series House of Cards that gets little attention but makes it groundbreaking from a gender perspective is that the female characters are not only strong and well-developed with independent plot lines and a range of complicated emotions but they’re actually played by age-appropriate actresses.

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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.

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