Oct 31 2014


A Lovely Weekend To All!


Friday is upon us (already!) and the weather is unseasonably gorgeous here in Paris. My only plan for this weekend is to take full advantage of my city's great beauty.

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Oct 30 2014


Is London Becoming The New Centre Of French Luxury?


Ever since the Hollande government came to power and started rolling out its confiscatory tax policies, rumours have abounded within the luxury industry of brands quietly transferring top level decision makers and their teams out of France for tax reasons.

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Oct 28 2014


No More 'French Bashing' Please.

Super models

No French bashing here.

We've been hearing the term le French bashing a lot lately. It is used by both government ministers and commentators in response to virtually any and all criticism of anything French, especially as it relates to the country's current economic predicament.

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Oct 27 2014


Old Cosmetic Giant Learns New Beauty Trick?


Well, what do you know?! It's apparently possible to teach an old beauty industry giant a new beauty trick after all. Behold a gorgeous and (reportedly) un-retouched image from a new l'Oreal Paris campaign featuring academy-award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren.

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Oct 24 2014


Happy Friday!!!


We've survived another week! As far as I'm concerned, that's worth at least a small scale celebration - don't you?

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Oct 23 2014


Lost In Marella Agnelli's Magic.

Marella Agnelli:Rizzoli:2014:The Luxe Chronicles

Last night, I finally peeled the shrink wrap from Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan (Rizzoli, 2014). Co-written by Marella Agnelli and Marella Caracciolo Chia, it is a mix of biography and autobiography coupled with beautiful images of various Agnelli homes and their sumptuous gardens.

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Oct 22 2014


Can A Tree Grow In Place Vendome?


Sociologist and media critic Marshall McLuhan once described art in these terms: "Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it."

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Oct 21 2014


Requiescat In Pace Mr. De La Renta.

Oscar de la renta

I woke up this morning to the very sad news of Oscar de la Renta's passing. So much has been written about the man, his tremendous skill, generosity and elegance of mind and spirit that there seems little left to say. Instead, I would like to share a personal anecdote.

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Oct 20 2014


The Trouble With "The Honourable Woman".

Dame Julia Walsh:Janet McTeer:The Honourable Woman

We seem to be living in a golden age of television. I can't recall a time when we were so spoiled for rich, satisfying, plot-driven drama. I recently binged on the excellent BBC spy thriller The Honourable Woman. It was so compelling and complex that I had to watch it a second time just to grasp all the twists and turns (a pleasure rather than an imposition).

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Oct 17 2014


Gimme An 'F' ...

Gimme An F

It's been a long, hectic week and I can say without hesitation that I'm relieved the week-end is near. It seems that my phone has been almost permanently affixed to my ear and my iPad became dangerously hot from overuse yesterday. It's time therefore to disconnect and walk away. Are you with me?

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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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