To my mind, the hallmark of a good collaboration is when the resulting products combine both brands' DNA into a graceful, cohesive whole. In other words, the product itself must be desirable on its own independent of the brands behind it. In this respect, the new Jean Charles de Castelbajac collaboration with Petit Bateau looks like a winner.
One of the first things Hedi Slimane did when he was named creative director of Yves Saint Laurent was to drop the "Yves" from the brand name. In hindsight, it was a very good decision, if not for the brand, then for the man who founded it.
Last week, Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released a very clever advert featuring their celebrity ambassador Pamela Anderson shot by David Lachapelle in a pose reminiscent of the classic Hitchcock thriller Psycho.
The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has just wrapped. The awards have been handed out, the distribution deals have been cut and the borrowed jewels and frocks have been returned. And what sticks in my mind after nearly two full weeks of this annual circus? The rampant sexism on display.
On a recent holiday, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History, the newly released book by Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan.
No television show has done more to glamorize the mid-century aesthetic than AMC's cult series Mad Men. While we may revel in the fashions and the interior design however, it's the story lines that keep us coming back for more even when, to be perfectly honest, many of those stories make us cringe.
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.