Oct 07 2014


Galliano's Second Act.

Galliano Runway

Like many, I greeted yesterday's news that John Galliano was headed to Maison Martin Margiela with a mixture of surprise and confusion. I read the news on my Twitter feed as I was headed back to Paris from Epernay after spending the better part of the day sampling vintage champagnes at Moët & Chandon so I had to read the WWD Tweet twice.

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Sep 29 2014


Reminder: World Retail Congress.

Le Printemps Department Store Paris

Just a brief post to remind you that I will be attending the World Retail Congress and live tweeting at @LuxeChronicles using #wrc2014.

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Sep 17 2014


Oh, So You're A Feminist Now?

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"I'm using you as a prop but I want you to know that I totally respect you."

Have you heard? Women now have a new knight in shining armour in their corner ready to stand up for the feminist cause. His name is Pharell Williams and he's fond of making sweeping public pronouncements about his deep respect for and support of women. #Swoon.

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Sep 16 2014


Jean Paul Gaultier To Cease Pret-A-Porter Activities.

Jean Paul Gaultier Ceases Pret a Porter Activities

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.

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Sep 15 2014


The French Doth Protest Too Much.


Go on! I know you want to read it.

I love France. I love living in Paris (minus the exorbitant taxes, the never-ending litanie of charges sociales and the bumbling incompetents that make up the current government). I love engaging in heated political discussions with my well-informed, articulate French friends around a nice meal and a good bottle of wine.

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Sep 11 2014


On The Link Between Shame And Fame.


The CEO of a catering company is caught on camera beating a dog. The video goes viral. Public outrage ensues. The CEO eventually loses his job.

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Sep 09 2014


Fashion As An Expression Of Individuality: Take 3.

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It's the start of the Fashion Week Marathon. This post is dedicated to all those who believe that fashion is a form of self-expression and an extension of our individuality.

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Sep 05 2014


François Hollande And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week.


To say that French president François Hollande had a bad week would be an understatement. Having your former companion spill the beans in an embarrassing tell-all book is bad enough but when its release comes sandwiched in between a serious challenge to your authority from within your own party and yet another dodgy tax-related resignation from a senior member of your government, it's enough to start to doubt your political survival. His approval rating currently sits at thirteen per cent, a historic low.

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Sep 04 2014


The 2014 World Retail Congress Comes To Paris.

Le Printemps Department Store Paris

The 2014 edition of the World Retail Congress will be taking place in Paris from September 29-01 Oct. Not surprisingly, high on the list for this year’s conference are themes ranging from the disruptive force of new technologies and the new business models they engender, the evolving nature of the physical store and of course, changing consumer behaviours.

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In Praise Of Boredom.


I like vacations. I like staying up late, sleeping in, ordering room service, lounging by the water. I like it all for about 36 hours. After that, boredom sets in and I need to do something, anything, productive. Usually, that's the moment when I pull out the stack of books I've accumulated over the months and dig in.

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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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